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How Treating Concussions Has Changed: Free Talk On What You Should Know

Maybe the first time you realized how serious concussions could be was when the NFL started fielding lawsuits from former players with repeated head injuries that forever changed – or ended – their lives. Concussion – the mildest form of traumatic brain injury – can result from an accident, sports...

Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Hartford HealthCare Adds Neurosurgeon Andrew Wakefield

Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute announced that the providers with Connecticut Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, LLC, joined the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and will continue to provide services at Hartford Hospital. The practice includes Andrew Wakefield, MD, FAANS, and Sean Brennan, PA-C. Dr. Wakefield, shown above, earned a master’s degree...

Dr. Elena Bortan

Dr. Elena Bortan Joins Ayer Neuroscience Institute

The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute announced the appointment of Dr. Elena Bortan, a movement disorders specialist, to its team. Dr. Bortan comes to Hartford HealthCare from Middlesex Hospital, where she has worked for almost a decade. She earned her medical degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy...


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...


Recent Study Shows Pregnant Woman are More at Risk for Strokes

While picking out baby booties and nursery color schemes, mothers-to-be should also be paying attention to the effects their pregnancy is having on their body, some of which could be life-threatening. Dr. Mark Alberts, physician-in-chief of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute at Hartford HealthCare, reported out of the recent annual meeting...

Cooled RF

How Cooled Radiofrequency Can Help Osteoarthritis, Back Pain

For people who suffer with chronic knee, hip or back pain, discomfort can affect every aspect of day-to-day living. Going up and down stairs, taking a walk around the block, running errands and even sleeping can be physically painful and emotionally draining. Maybe you’ve suffered for years with knee, hip...