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Blackouts: Common and Dangerous Result of Excessive Alcohol Consumption

They’ve been the subject of comedy skits, courtroom dramas and even Supreme Court justice nomination hearings but the reality is that blackouts are a common and dangerous result of excessive alcohol consumption. “A blackout comes after heavy or binge drinking when the person loses control over impulses and, later, has...


Greatness at Natchaug Goes Beyond the Numbers

Natchaug Hospital had a successful year in terms of inpatient volume, outpatient visits and financial stability. But most importantly, its focus on recovery for those suffering from mental health and addiction was stronger than ever. “It’s been a remarkable year at Natchaug,” said Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) Vice...


What the Four Phases of Migraine Feel Like

By Abigail Chua, DO, Headache and Facial Pain Fellowship Program Director at the Ayer Neuroscience Institute Hartford HealthCare Headache Center While the terms “migraine” and “headache” are often used interchangeably, they are not one and the same. The term “headache” is used to describe any pain or discomfort that occurs in...


PODCAST: Organ Donation

On any given day in the United States, more than 115,000 people are waiting for the lifesaving gift of an organ donation – 1,200 of them here in Connecticut alone. About 4,500 people die every year while waiting for an organ. In this HealthCare Matters podcast, Rebecca Stewart and Elliot...


Fourth-grade project lights up infusion center

This might be a story about mothers and sons — one mother teaching her child the value of giving back to his community, another accepting support during her own son’s illness. It might also be about serendipity. Liz Abram, business coordinator of the new Infusion Center in Plainfield, happened to...