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  • Baby Aspirin a Day for Your Heart? Not For Everyone

    September 25, 2018

    While about 50 percent of older American adults take aspirin regularly to ward off heart disease, a new study reveals that the practice may actually cause more harm than good for healthy people. Dr. Paul Thompson, chief of cardiology and physician co-director of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute,…

  • Study: MitraClip Device a ‘Game-Changer’ for Heart-Failure Patients

    September 25, 2018

    Until now, patients with serious heart failure caused by leaky valves were treated so they felt a little better but the disease relentlessly stunted their life expectancy relentlessly. Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, however,  gives hope to these patients, according to Dr. Sabet Hashim, chair…

  • The List: Patients Who Don’t Take Meds as Prescribed, By Condition

    September 25, 2018

    “Devastating” and “staggering (toll)” are adjectives used by officials with the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute, or MDI, on its recent report showing a grave lack of compliance to medication prescriptions. Noncompliance with medication regimens — when people do not take prescription drugs as prescribed by their…

  • Free Symposium to Help Brain-Tumor Patients, Caregivers

    September 24, 2018

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute will host the 12th annual Fred Cohen Symposium on Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown at 200 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. The session, “Living with a Brain Tumor: Tools to Empower Patients & Caregivers,”  is free for…

  • Assessing the Hereditary Risk of Cancer

    September 21, 2018

    A new hereditary cancer risk assessment program is helping identify specific cancers in women and men across Connecticut. Hartford HealthCare nurse practitioner Meghan Burgess explains the importance of this program. Q: Why is it so important to have this type of assessment program? A: We’re identifying women at risk for…

  • What is Precision Medicine in Breast Cancer Treatment?

    September 21, 2018

    Precision medicine allows doctors to treat patients based on their individual biology. Dr. Camelia Lawrence is the director of breast surgery at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center. She explains how precision medicine is used in treating breast cancer.  Q: What is precision medicine? A:…

  • Flu Clinics: Where, When to Get Your Vaccines

    September 21, 2018

    Here is the latest list of Hartford HealthCare at Home flu clinics. Hartford HealthCare at Home can directly bill the following insurance companies: Aetna, Anthem (including Blue Cross/Blue Shield), ConnectiCare, Cigna, Medicare and the Medicare Advantage Plans for Aetna, Anthem and ConnectiCare. We also accept payment by personal check. A self-pay vaccination is…

  • Prostate Cancer: The Third Leading Cause of Death in American Men

    September 20, 2018

    Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death in American men, and one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  Dr. Joseph Wagner is a urologist with the Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute, and Director of Robotic Surgery at Hartford Hospital.  Q: There has been…

  • Natchaug Hospital’s Green Valley School Provides Norwich Students with an Alternative Learning Environment

    September 18, 2018

    When Norwich school officials announced there would be no room for Natchaug Hospital‘s in-district clinical day program this school year, there was momentary panic. But the ensuing move to Franklin Elementary School has proved to be a blessing in disguise. Housed in Norwich since 1999, the former Hickory School (originally…

  • What the Four Phases of Migraine Feel Like

    September 18, 2018

    By Abigail Chua, DO, Headache and Facial Pain Fellowship Program Director at the Ayer Neuroscience Institute Hartford HealthCare Headache Center While the terms “migraine” and “headache” are often used interchangeably, they are not one and the same. The term “headache” is used to describe any pain or discomfort that occurs in…


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