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Backus Trauma Center Reverified as Level III Facility

The Trauma Center at Backus Hospital has been reverified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The achievement recognizes the center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. David Coletti, MD, director of Trauma at Backus Hospital, said being “trauma strong” is a...


The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment is Now!

Clinical trials are the means by which doctors and researchers work toward providing newer, better and more innovative health care treatments. This is especially true as the health care community works toward treating cancer. As the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is...


Innovations in Hand Pain Treatment

Hand pain is a common condition that affects many people. Dr. Nicholas Bontempo is an orthopedic surgeon at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital with information on the latest advances in technology to treat the conditions that cause hand pain.  Q: What are some of the...


Hartford Hospital Approved for New Medication to Treat Brain Hemorrhages

Hartford Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be approved for a new medication to treat brain hemorrhages or bleeding related to the use of certain blood thinners. Dr. Mark Alberts, Physician in Chief of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute and Chief of Neurology at Hartford Hospital explains the...

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How Linear Accelerator Technology Can Reduce Cancer Treatments

More than a year after being installed, Backus Radiation Oncology’s linear accelerator is being used in new ways to help patients fight cancer. In operation since last July, the new equipment uses a higher, more targeted dose of radiation for small tumors in various parts of the body. These precisely...


Bluetooth Technology in a Pacemaker

Imagine for a moment a pacemaker that comes with its own mobile app. Now stop imagining – because it’s a reality. The world’s only pacemaker that can communicate directly with a patient’s smartphone or tablet is available at the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital. Cardiac electrophysiologist Dr....


New Research May Change the Way Women are Screened for Cervical Cancer

In Canadian research that could eventually change the way women are screened for cervical cancer, a test to identify the human papillomavirus (HPV) was deemed more accurate than traditional Pap exams at detecting precancerous cervical lesions. The study, which examined test results in more than 19,000 women, was published in...