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Emergency Room Or Urgent Care? There’s A Difference

Hartford HealthCare has a number of Urgent Care Centers across Connecticut. Dr. Paqui Motyl, Regional Medical Director for Urgent Care, describes the services offered. Q. Explain the difference between ER vs. Urgent Care usage? A. Hartford Healthcare Medical Group is dedicated to provide outstanding medical care to the community. Therefore, Urgent...


What Will You Gain? By Losing Weight, This Man Gained A New Life

Paul Listro, director of public safety at Westfarms mall, says he recognized the health consequences of steadily gaining weight until he  finally reached 325 pounds. “If I walked up the stairs,” he says, “I was huffing and puffing. I had high blood pressure. I used a CPAP machine (for sleep...


A Doctor’s Call: How To Avoid Losing Vision To Glaucoma

What should you know about glaucoma? The older you are, the more you should know. Dr. Kristy Mascarenhas, an ophthalmologist at Hartford Hospitals Eye Surgery Center, offers some details on this common condition: Q.  What is glaucoma? A.  Glaucoma is a certain type of change in the optic nerve (which...


Headache Center Gains International Attention

The Hartford HealthCare Headache Center continues to raise its profile as a hub for education and research in the field of headache care. Most recently, the program was observed by the leading headache neurologist in Colombia, South America.  Dr. Joe Munoz spent three months shadowing Headache Center Medical Director Dr....

Dr. Ricardo Young

Backus Revives Surgical Weight Loss Program With New Director

After a short hiatus, the Backus Center for Surgical Weight Loss is again accepting patients with the arrival of general surgeon Ricardo Young, MD. With advanced training in bariatric, robotic and endoscopic surgery, Young comes to Backus Hospital from the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas,...

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You Can’t Reverse the Past . . . Unless It’s Your Vasectomy

Robert Burbank was hoping to add to his new family. The divorced father of three boys, ages 13, 11, and 9, had remarried and wanted to have a baby with his new wife but thought the vasectomy he underwent eight years prior would prevent him from growing his family. A...