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Backus Hospital OR Staff Pitches In by Fabricating PPE Supplies

It’s been a little quieter than usual the past several weeks on the surgical services unit at Backus Hospital — but if you listen carefully, you can hear the hum of sewing machines and occasional fits of laughter. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of our hospitals and while...

Immune-System Foods

9 Ways You Can Boost Your Immune System During COVID-19

By Sharon Knight Transplant Dietitian Hartford Hospital Transplant Program Here are some great eating tips to help you maintain your health and to get you through this stressful time: Eat whole foods: A Nutrient-Dense Diet Our immune system relies on nutrient-dense whole foods to function well. Death from infections is often...

COVID Concerns

Worrying Your Way Through COVID-19? Here’s How to Quiet Your Mind

Your mind races from one thought to the next on a seemingly endless loop of mostly frightening possibilities and crippling ideations as the COVID-19 pandemic heightens all your fears and anxieties. While it’s not unusual to have such thoughts at times of such unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty, for your emotional...

Parkinson's

What Does COVID-19 Self-Quarantine Mean for Parkinson’s Patients?

Social distancing and isolation required during the COVID-19 pandemic causes more than just depression in people with Parkinson’s disease. It can actually worsen symptoms. According to Dr. Elena Bortan, a movement disorders neurologist with the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center, part of the Hartford Healthcare Ayer Neuroscience Institute, said being confined...

3D Printer

A Doctor Joins DIY Move to Making Masks from a 3D Printer

Ingenuity knows no limits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people are making masks from cloth, elastic straps and sewing skills. Others, more technically inclined, are fashioning masks from 3D printers. Count Dr. Chris Wiles., a first-year anesthesiology resident at Hartford Hospital, as the 3D-printer type. Dr. Wiles, 30, a New...

Working at home

It’s a New Ergonomic World When Working at Home. Some Tips.

With more people stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, physical therapist Ken Bruno of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network says you’ll need to make some adjustments to your new work conditions. Here’s a edited interview with WFSB, Channel 3: Q. What are your tips to avoid strain from sitting and using...