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Poison Ivy: Leaves of Three, Leave Them Be!

If you are among those allergic to poison ivy (and 70-90 percent of us are), avoiding contact with the plant is the best way to prevent infecting yourself with its hallmark itchy rash. Knowing what the plant looks like is a start. According to the Centers for Disease Control and...


How Can She Help You? At 95, She’s Backus Hospital’s Oldest Volunteer

Mary Kornacki says giving back is what keeps her going.  And, she does keep going and going and going. Kornacki, who recently celebrated her 95th birthday, is Backus’ oldest volunteer.  The Norwich native and Preston resident began volunteering at Backus Hospital in 1998, serving in various roles with the marketing...


Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center Opens In Prospect

Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center, a familiar presence in central and eastern Connecticut, is reaching into new territory with its latest location in Prospect that opened July 20 at 73 Waterbury Road. Prospect, a small town (population: 9,494) south of Waterbury that was once rated one of of the nation’s best...


Can Your Morning Coffee Ritual Really Help You Live Longer?

Like a lot of people, I can’t function in the morning without a cup of coffee. Now two studies suggest that drinking coffee might have even more powerful, lasting effects — reducing the risk of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and other diseases related to blood circulation and digestion....


PODCAST: Is Cancer More Common Than Getting Married, Having First Baby?

Is cancer more common than getting married or having a first baby? That’s the claim of at least one British newspaper after the release of an analysis of cancer statistics by London-based McMillan Cancer Support. Get perspective on this study from Dr. Peter Yu, physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer...


Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care Center Now Open in Glastonbury

Is this the new shape of urgent care in America, with a reception area but no receptionist and no patient paperwork, open space instead of walls, no magazines (but complimentary decaf Tazo tea) in the waiting area and doctors in oversize examination rooms visible to all through transparent “smart glass”...