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The Parkinson’s Podcast

The brain works in mysterious ways – and even the best neuroscientists and physicians are trying to figure it all out. Take Parkinson’s disease, for example: 1 million Americans have it. It’s a brain disease for which there is – at the moment – no cure. But there are treatments...

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Winter Comfort Food Made Easy (and Healthy)

By Angela Frankland Registered Dietitian With the temperatures dipping and the leaves fallen, many of us will soon turn to comfort food to help us make it through the winter months. After all, there’s nothing like a big plate of mom’s pot roast and mashed potatoes to help you fight the...


Diabetes: The Difference Between Types

Nearly thirty-million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Michael LeMay is a Hartford HealthCare endocrinologist.  Q: What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?  A: Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar, or glucose....


Weighing the Pros & Cons of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer is a very personal choice. How do you decide? Dr. Alan Babigian, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Hartford Hospital, has some guidance.  Q: How do you know if you are likely candidate for breast reconstruction? A: Most people...


Changing Your (Body) Clock

Every six months, Americans (except those residing in Arizona and Hawaii) fumble through the ritual of adjusting their timepieces to mark either the start or the finish of Daylight Savings Time (DST). Though it has become infinitely easier to make the change now that most computers and smart phone clocks...


Do You Have a Drinking Problem? Find Out With This 5-Question Quiz

Several recent scientific papers have tackled the health effects of alcohol, some claiming there are health benefits while others suggest the national published guidelines for “safe drinking” should be lower. The debate may make it harder to know if you or someone you care about has a drinking problem. “The...


Sepsis As The ‘Silent Killer’: Know The Symptoms

Sepsis can kill anyone. Boxer Muhammad Ali, Pope John Paul II and Muppets creator Jim Henson died from complications related to sepsis, the body’s extreme reaction to infection that causes tissue damage, organ failure and, in these severe cases, death. Sepsis is often referred to as a “silent killer” because...