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Men: ED Treatment Sound Too Good To Be True? It Probably is.

If you were among the 50 percent of adult males between the ages of 40 and 70 with erectile dysfunction, would you pay thousands of dollars for shock-wave treatment, which has uncertainties about long-term effectiveness and safety? Would you be concerned that it is not FDA-approved? You should be. More...


E-cigs Vaporize Drop in Teen Tobacco Use

An e-cigarette epidemic has smoked out consistent declines in teen tobacco use, as a new report shows teen “vaping” is to blame for a 1.3 million increase nationwide from 2017 to 2018. The rise in the use of tobacco products by teens comes after several years of decreases and is...


New Look on the Horizon: Backus Hospital Begins Renovation Project

Work crews, signage, and safety enclosures have begun on the major renovation project for the Backus Hospital lobbies and main entrance ways. The upgrades will give the hospital a more modern, welcoming look and improve the patient and visitor experience. In the most visible areas the work will be highlighted by...

Elliot Joseph

HealthCare Matters: Join the CT Mirror Conversation

Early in the morning, while most of us are grabbing a cup of coffee before work, a nurse is on the road. She helped get her own family ready for the day, and she is on her way to take care of your family. One of our billing specialists is...


Luke Perry’s Death Raises Questions About Stroke. We Have Answers.

Actor Luke Perry’s death at age 52 is raising questions about stroke, including its signs and symptoms. Hartford HealthCare’s Dr. Mark Alberts, medical director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute, has the information you need to act F.A.S.T. if you suspect a stroke is underway. Q: How common is it for...


New CardioMEMS Implant Monitors Heart Failure Patients Remotely

Jim Mason was getting used to the same old routine experienced by many heart failure patients: Feel good for a while, have shortness of breath, swelling in his legs and abdomen and then back to the hospital. It’s a cycle that makes managing the disease particularly difficult. Now thanks to...


MyChartPlus: Get Your Health Records With An App

Hartford HealthCare has a new online tool and app (iOS and Android) that make it easier for patients to navigate their care.  MyChartPLUS provides a secure network for patients to access their personalized health information and records from any PC, smartphone or tablet.  Dr. Spencer Erman is Vice President and Chief Medical...