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Here’s How to Tell If You Are At Risk for a Stroke

Strokes don’t just happen to older people. In 2009, the latest figures a available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of people hospitalized for stroke were less than 65 years old. You are at risk for stroke if you have: High blood pressure. High cholesterol. Diabetes....


Why Does My Neck Hurt? (It Could Be a Pinched Nerve)

When is neck pain a serious issue? When it’s a pinched nerve, according to Dr. Joel Bauman, chief of neurosurgery at the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center. Q: What is a pinched nerve? A: A pinched nerve is when there is an injury, usually in the disk, which...


Epilepsy: What Happens After You’re Diagnosed?

Nearly 60,000 people in Connecticut live with epilepsy. There are many different types of epilepsy and seizures — and they can come out of nowhere. Hartford HealthCare epileptologist Dr. Erica Schuyler explains.   Q. What is epilepsy? A: Epilepsy is recurrent, unprovoked seizures – caused by abnormal electrical activity in the...


The Parkinson’s Podcast

The brain works in mysterious ways – and even the best neuroscientists and physicians are trying to figure it all out. Take Parkinson’s disease, for example: 1 million Americans have it. It’s a brain disease for which there is – at the moment – no cure. But there are treatments...


What is Ataxia?

Ataxia is a general term for a class of movement disorders. There is no cure for ataxia, but there are treatments, according to Dr. Duarte Machado, co-director of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Chase Family Movement Disorders Center.  Q: What is ataxia? A: Ataxia is a degenerative disease of the...


Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule for Daylight Saving Time

Spring is almost here and that means daylight saving time is right around the corner! That luxurious extra hour of sunlight means one less hour of sleep at the time change, but do we really need to adjust our sleep schedule to prepare for March 10? Dr. Susan Rubman, insomnia...


Migraine Syndrome: When A Headache Is More Than Just A Headache

Sometimes a headache is more than just a headache. Sometimes it’s really migraine syndrome. Event planner Nadia Woodman can attest to that. She suffered for over 10 years with devastating head pain and nausea. Some days she soldiered through; other days she remained bed-ridden. Her quality of life diminished. Diagnosis...