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  • 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…

  • A ‘Bit of Anxiety’ Over This Physician’s First Mammogram, at 40

    October 16, 2018

    Dr. Camelia Lawrence took the proverb “physician, heal thyself” quite seriously when she donned a johnny recently and stepped up to a machine in The Hospital of Central Connecticut radiology suite in Plainville recently for her first screening mammogram. She just turned 40 and, as director of breast surgery for…

  • 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…

  • 7 Tips to Help You Choose an Orthopaedic Surgeon

    October 01, 2018

    Chronic pain from joint or musculoskeletal injuries can be draining, but for eligible patients orthopaedic surgery may bring relief. With so many types of doctors, procedures, technology and facilities, identifying the right surgeon can be overwhelming. “Patients have a variety of options when selecting their orthopaedic surgeon,” says Dr. Aaron…

  • Here’s What’s in Your Flu Vaccine: Will It Work This Season?

    September 25, 2018

    Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were sunning ourselves at Hammonasset Beach? Maybe it only feels that way, but now it’s officially fall and we only care about one thing — the coming flu season. Predicting the severity of a flu season isn’t like predicting which team will win more football…

  • 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…

  • New Hope for Leaky Heart Valves

    July 17, 2018

    Download your free informational guide on mitral valve disease.  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…

  • When Rabies Can Kill: Watch for These Signals

    July 09, 2018

    When most people think of rabies, they think of the awful disease that turned a loving family dog like Old Yeller into a vicious animal like Cujo. But outside of Hollywood, how much do you actually know about rabies and how this disease has affected residents in their own backyard?…

  • Breast Cancer Study: Certain Women Can Skip Chemo

    July 05, 2018

    A groundbreaking study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women with early stage breast cancer may not actually need chemotherapy. Dr. Camelia Lawrence is a breast surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute: Q: Tell us more about this promising study and its findings. A:…

  • What’s a Baby-Friendly Hospital? Ask a Breastfeeding Mother

    July 03, 2018

    With breastfeeding experiencing a global resurgence bolstered by research touting its benefits, Hartford HealthCare hospitals have responded by creating Baby-Friendly environments focused on supporting mothers in their feeding choice. The Centers for Disease Control’s 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card reveals that more than eight in 10 new mothers begin breastfeeding their…


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