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  • New HPV Vaccine Offers Some Protection Against Several Cancers

    October 17, 2018

    Like many things in science and medicine, the vaccine for the human papilloma virus has evolved. First it was recommended for females age 12 to 26 who had not been sexually active, later for males in the same age group who had not had sex. Recently, however, research prompted the…

  • This Simple Saliva Test Assesses Breast Cancer Risk

    October 17, 2018

    By Meghan Burgess Breast cancer has a particularly high prevalence in Connecticut, but a new program is helping women and men identify their risk of developing the disease – and other cancers – through a simple questionnaire and saliva test. The Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program, offered through Hartford HealthCare…

  • Beyond ‘Chemobrain’: New Hartford HealthCare Study Looks at Cancer and the Mind

    October 15, 2018

    By David Finitsis Clinical Psychologist and Senior Scientist, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Does this sound familiar? You walk into a room only to forget exactly what it was you came into that room to do.  Or your friend introduces you to someone and no sooner have you shaken hands when…

  • Medicare Advantage via CarePartners: What’s in it for Patients?

    October 10, 2018

    Connecticut has never seen anything like CarePartners of Connecticut, a joint venture between Hartford HealthCare and Tufts Health Plan of Massachusetts, that will begin selling 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in the state when the open-enrollment period begins Oct. 15. It’s the first partnership between a hospital system and an insurer…

  • Hartford HealthCare’s First Neuroscience Symposium Set for Oct. 27

    October 09, 2018

    Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute will host its first symposium to help providers care for patients with common neurological conditions and make appropriate subspecialty referrals. Called “Innovations and Advances in Neuroscience Conditions,” the event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Connecticut Convention…

  • How $22 Million Federal Grant Will Be Used in State to Fight Opioid Crisis

    October 09, 2018

    A federal infusion of $22 million to help fight the opioid crisis in Connecticut, where the overdose rate is higher than the national average, will be directed at retrieving unused narcotics through pharmacy and police department collection centers. Dr. Vincent McClain, associated medical director of residential services with Rushford, spoke…

  • A Bigger Role for Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment?

    October 09, 2018

    Although immunotherapy – the ability to use the body’s immune system to fight off cancer – has not been as helpful for breast cancer patients, new research shows “promise” for some women, according to Dr. Patricia DeFusco, director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program. “Harnessing the immune system…

  • The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment is Now!

    October 08, 2018

    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…

  • Weight, Weight: Don’t Tell Me (Simple Exercises to Tone the Body?)

    October 08, 2018

    When most people hear the words weight training, images of bodybuilders lifting huge heavy weights may be the first thing that comes to mind. But you don’t have to look like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger to reap the benefits that weight training can provide. Weight training is an extremely important…

  • The Three Seasons of Breast Cancer Survivorship

    October 08, 2018

    On July 25, 1985, Fitzhugh Mullan, a young physician who had just gone through treatment for a germ cell cancer, wrote a thoughtful letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. This letter gave rise to the field of cancer survivorship. “Survival, in fact, begins at the point of diagnosis,”…


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