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What Causes An Irregular Heartbeat?

The average human heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping almost 2,000 gallons of blood through the body. What makes it tick so precisely? An electrical system that creates impulses to control the heart rate (beats per minute) and heart rhythm (synchronizing the pumping action). When that system is...


10 Signs of Mental Health Issues in Men

We know – and joke about – how, generally, men don’t particularly like seeing doctors for physical ailments, but getting them to see a professional for behavioral health issues is nearly impossible. Dr. Alexander Miano, physician psychiatrist at the outpatient behavioral health clinic at Backus Hospital in Norwich, has been at...


What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

It can happen on the soccer field, in a car accident or at work – but after sitting in a dark room, quietly for a few days, the concussion you’ve suffered should heal, right? Not always, according to Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa, associate director of the new Sports Neurology Program in the...

Yoga for Cancer

Why We’re Testing Y4C: Yoga for Cancer Patients, Survivors

Many cancer patients seek out yoga to provide comfort, relaxation, reduce pain and anxiety. Yoga, the ancient Indian system, incorporates physical exercise and movement with mental and spiritual practice. In the United States, yoga is one of the most common forms of integrative medicine. But not all forms of yoga...

Insulin Pump and Exercise

‘Siri, What’s My Blood Sugar’: Technology and the Insulin Pump

Let’s track the technological progression available to diabetics since Melissa Dethlefsen, a  content and social media integration manager at Hartford HealthCare, was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes 22 years ago. For nine years, her routine included multiple daily injections of insulin, which helps the body use glucose for energy. For 11...