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Is Taking Out The Trash Any Way To Live Longer? (Really?)

Thanks to fitness-tracker accelerometers, researchers have learned more precisely the amount of physical activity it takes to live a longer, fitter life. Surprisingly, not much. Three studies that used accelerometers to measure participants’ activity  concluded in recent months that even the lightest regular physical activity — making a bed, taking...

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The ‘Man Flu’: A Severe Case or Severe Wimpiness?

When it comes to complaining about flu and other upper-respiratory infection symptoms, men might not be wimps after all.  Maybe. A new study by researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada found that “man flu” — a term often used by women who think that men complain more about...

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Dr. Darren Tishler: Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?

Here at Hartford HealthCare, we are taking a new approach to bariatric, or weight loss, surgery.  In the past, we would often look at any diet, exercise program, or weight loss surgery procedure in terms of how much weight we could expect a patient to lose. In fact, most overweight...


In 2018, Make the “Good Life” A Priority

We’ve all heard the saying “A New Year, a new you.” But, as each year passes our bodies change. Aaron Russ is an exercise physiologist for the Good Life fitness program at the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. He explains how we can improve our overall health as we get older. ...

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The Science of Obesity vs. the Social Disgrace

When we think about someone who has a disease or condition caused by genetics, environment or biology, we don’t normally discredit them because of their disease. For instance, if someone you know has Parkinson’s disease, the condition doesn’t detract from his character. Or if a neighbor is being treated for kidney disease, she...

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Safe Steps: What a Balance, Fall Prevention Program Can Do For You

By Sharon Treat, MSPT Outpatient Therapy, Jefferson House One of the trendier new self-help mantras is about becoming your “best self.” Those who work with the aging population know falling often gets in the way of being your “best self.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more...