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A New Voice Of Recovery At Behavioral Health Network

For Karen Kangas, the Behavioral Health Network’s new Director of Recovery and Family Affairs, hope is the best tool you can give a person battling addiction and mental illness. She speaks from experience. Kangas is in recovery herself and has spent the past 25 years advocating for people with mental...


Cheers! WNPR Stops By Bone & Joint Institute For ‘Food Schmooze’

Let’s put aside bones and joints for a moment. You must be starving by now. So let’s talk about food, the topic du jour Thursday on WNPR when Faith Middleton brought “Food Schmooze” to the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute demonstration kitchen for an hour of cooking tips (whole...


How To Talk To Someone Who Has Dementia

By Michelle Wyman, Dementia Specialist Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging How to communicate with people who have dementia: Always state their name before speaking. This attracts their attention. Maintain eye contact throughout the conversation. Avoid speaking from another room or from behind. They may have forgotten you were in...


Hernia: When Do You Need Surgery?

Dr. Chike Chukwumah, director of the Hartford Hospital Hernia Center, answers your questions about hernias.  Q: What is a hernia?  A: A hernia is a defect that can occur in various muscles/tissues of the body. It is different from a muscle sprain/strain. A hernia does not heal or fix itself. It can...


NFL Week 3 Injury Profile: Rob Gronkowski (Groin)

Our weekly NFL report this season evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital’s sports orthopedic specialists. Player: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end. Injury: Groin. How it happened: Gronkowski appeared to suffer...


Nutrition: How To Become A Happy (And Healthy) Tailgater

Tailgating classics like cheesy appetizers, burgers, hot dogs, pretzels and beer may get you in the game-day mood but they can really pack in the calories and sodium. There are almost 500 calories in one soft pretzel. A 150-pound woman would need to cycle 10 mph for 81 minutes to...


Don’t Let Fall(s) Upend Your Life

Falls, with or without injury, can result in a significant impact on your life. Don’t let fear of falling limit your daily activities and social engagements — they’re great for both your physical and mental well-being. Here are a few tips to reduce your risk of falling: Exercise regularly. Programs...