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  • Flu Season Sends Most People to Medical Professionals Since 2009 Pandemic

    January 29, 2018

    Flu season, which already has sent the highest percentage of people nationally to their health care providers since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, is still at least a couple weeks weeks from its expected peak. The virus has been linked to 63 deaths through Feb. 2 in Connecticut, including 10-year-old Nico…

  • A Patient’s Heartfelt Thanks

    January 28, 2018

    It’s the little moments that have the biggest impact. “You know, all the holidays, all the birthdays – they weren’t as important as the little things every day,” said Leigh Pechillo. It was Mother’s Day 2014, and Leigh was enjoying a day of pampering that featured a song written just…

  • New Hope for Leaky Heart Valves

    January 26, 2018

    Did you know that your heart beats more than 100,000 times each and every day? And that some hearts are predisposed to leaking valves? But newer studies show that with the right surgeon, a surgeon with tremendous experience, repairing the valve  – in this case specifically the mitral valve – might be better for some…

  • Phrases You Never Thought You’d Utter: Don’t Eat that Tide Pod!

    January 26, 2018

    As a parent (or rational adult), there are phrases you never thought you’d have to utter. “Don’t eat that Tide pod,” falls squarely in that category. But believe it or not, people – mainly teens and young adults – are actually eating those detergent packets and uploading the videos to social…

  • New Study Reinforces Expanded Window of Treatment for Stroke Patients and Protocols Already Established at Hartford HealthCare

    January 25, 2018

    A new study is offering more evidence that using advanced imaging technology can greatly increase the window of treatment and improve outcomes for many stroke patients. The study, which was presented this week at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed…

  • ‘Rainbow’ Baby Brings Family Hope, Healing

    January 25, 2018

    At just 1 day old, Charlotte Grace Gaudino is bringing hope and healing to her loving family. Charlotte is a “rainbow” baby, a child born after the storm of personal tragedy — the loss of a previous baby — much like a rainbow appears after the darkness of a rainstorm….

  • Neil Diamond After Parkinson’s Diagnosis: Did He Have to Give Up Touring?

    January 23, 2018

    Just two days before his 77th birthday, musician Neil Diamond canceled the third leg of his 50th anniversary concert tour Monday and announced his retirement from the road following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. “The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large…

  • Backus First in Eastern Connecticut to Use New Spinal Surgery Guidance System

    January 23, 2018

    Last week, the Backus Hospital Operating Room became the first in eastern Connecticut to use the Globus Excelsius GPS, a  sophisticated new surgical guidance system for spine procedures. The advanced technology was introduced in New England last month at the Hospital of Central Connecticut and will be unveiled this week…

  • Dr. Devika Umashanker: Why Diet, Exercise Isn’t a Weight-Loss Formula for Everyone

    January 22, 2018

    As an Obesity Medicine Specialist, I care for people  with obesity after bariatric surgery, prior to bariatric surgery, not interested in or do not meet criteria for bariatric surgery. It is common to hear during an office visit, “If I eat less, exercise more, I know I can lose weight.”…

  • Dr. Wylie Hosmer: Weaponizing Your Immune System Against Cancer

    January 18, 2018

    By Dr. Wylie D. Hosmer The three most terrifying words in the English language may be: “You have cancer.” But exciting advances in research have uncovered more powerful treatment options, using the patient’s immune system, to target and attack cancer cells. More research is needed, but this treatment known as…


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