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  • Can You Get a New Aortic Valve While Partly Awake? With TAVR, Yes.

    October 10, 2019

    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is the popular technique for replacing a defective heart valve without open-heart surgery, and one Hartford HealthCare fellow found a way to make it even safer, more efficient, more effective and less costly. Dr. Wassim Mosleh, a second-year University of Connecticut cardiology fellow working with…

  • Parkinson’s: Where Behavioral Health and Neurology Intersect

    October 10, 2019

    By Kate Carey-Trull Chances are, you know someone with Parkinson’s disease. One person is diagnosed every 10 minutes, with about 60,000 Americans diagnosed with the chronic, progressive neurological and degenerative disorder each year. Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute Chase Family Movement…

  • TryCycle, a Mobile Tool, Gives Added Connection in Recovery

    October 10, 2019

    It’s easy enough to talk about the urge to use opioids when you’re seated across from your counselor in a regular appointment. It’s the reason you’re there. But office visits are typically not when the temptation of opioid use disorder (OUD) is most challenging. That itch comes later, when you’re…

  • New Twist for Cancer Survivors: Exercise Makes a Difference

    October 08, 2019

    So much of cancer seems beyond your control, but staying as active as possible can be key to managing the side effects of the disease and treatment and improving survival. Gretchin Bade, a physical therapist and program director of oncology with the Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network, cited at least 20…

  • Why Head and Neck Cancer Patients Need Speech, Swallow Rehabilitation

    October 08, 2019

    By Nicole Silva Speech Language Pathologist Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute According to the American Cancer Society, head and neck cancer accounts for approximately 65,000 cases annually. In the United States, about 3 percent of all cancers are head and neck cancer . Patients with head and neck cancer often face…

  • Backus Hospital Named ‘Baby-Friendly’ Birthing Center by International Health Group

    October 07, 2019

    Backus Hospital has been named a Baby-Friendly birthing center by Baby-Friendly USA, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based…

  • Knee Pain? What To Do if It’s Patellar Tendonitis

    October 07, 2019

    Feeling pain in your knees when you are exercising? Jon Davis of Hartford HealthCare’s Sports Medicine team says that it could be due to patellar tendonitis. Patellar tendonitis, also known as Jumper’s or Kicker’s knee, is the inflammation of a tendon, generally due to overuse. Patellar tendonitis specifically is caused…

  • How Cardiac Rehab can Help Heart Patients

    October 03, 2019

    Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients lose weight, lower their cholesterol, improve diabetes and reduce anxiety and depression after heart-related illnesses and procedures. So why aren’t people taking advantage of these programs? A study found that only 62 percent of people referred to cardiac rehab programs are actually using them. Why is…

  • How to Use Ice Properly to Treat Injuries

    October 03, 2019

    As as a Certified Athletic Trainer on Hartford HealthCare’s Sports Medicine team, Rebecca MacEwan treats all kinds of injuries on and off the field. Sometimes the technique she uses help an injured athlete is the most common, ice.  Ice and other cooling  methods are great for treating many conditions, says MacEwan, …

  • Addiction Expert: Recreational Vaping vs. Quitting Smoking

    October 03, 2019

    The lack of research and regulation around recreational use of e-cigarettes and vapes – plus national outcry after serious illness and deaths led to multi-state bans on sales – makes the devices less desirable than ever. In fact, one Rushford doctor had two words for anyone thinking of picking one…


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