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  • How Parents Can Brace Kids for Possibly Missing Favorite School Activities Because of COVID-19

    July 14, 2020

    We haven’t even entered the dog days of summer, but the focus for parents, educators and maybe even students is returning to the classroom in the fall. The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools in March, leaving parents home-schooling children and teachers taking to electronic platforms for lessons. Now, districts are grappling…

  • BHN Receives Awards for Best HealthCare Marketing, Communications

    July 09, 2020

    The New England Society of HealthCare Communications (NESHCo) has recognized BHNews as the top healthcare employee newsletter in all of New England. The weekly electronic employee newsletter received a Gold Award from NESHCo, one of 34 Lamplighter awards received by HHC. Other BHN recognitions included silver awards for MATCH (Medication…

  • Fatigued From Bad News? 5 Ways to Tune Out

    July 09, 2020

    As responsible citizens, we like to watch the news, but the stress of pandemics, racism, protests that can spark looting or tear-gassing, and an ugly election season makes it a stressful experience. We turn the news on each evening or read it in papers, magazines or websites. Meanwhile, the feelings…

  • These Age Groups Most Affected by COVID-Related Depression, Anxiety

    June 29, 2020

    Experts call it the underlying crisis. While COVID-19 cases spike around the country, more than a third of Americans report related depression and anxiety. “The spread of COVID-19 leaves people feeling out of control, which is uncomfortable and unnerving,” said Dr. James O’Dea, vice president of operations for the Hartford…

  • First Video Game, by Prescription Only, Approved to Treat ADHD in Youths

    June 18, 2020

    It might seem like a treat for the children, but 30 minutes of prescribed video-game playing could lend a sense of calmness that their parents can enjoy as well. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month took the revolutionary step of approving the video game EndeavorRX by Akili Interactive…

  • Virtual Health Visits Nearing 200,000 Since COVID-19. Here’s How it Works.

    June 18, 2020

    Telemedicine was not a new concept when the COVID-19 pandemic locked society down in March, it was simply underutilized. “I’ve been using virtual visits for several years now with my pacemaker patients,” said Dr. Steven Zweibel, system director of cardiac electrophysiology for the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Heart & Vascular Institute….

  • What Kids Can Teach Adults . . . Through Video Games

    June 16, 2020

    Is it a good idea for parents to try to get in on the game – or is that sacred ground? Dr. Paul Weigle  likes the idea. “As parents. the best approach that we can take toward helping our kids develop healthy media experience habits is to be more than…

  • IOL Research: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective Against Hoarding Disorder

    June 10, 2020

    People with hoarding disorder don’t necessarily have to suffer alone, as research published by an Institute of Living (IOL) psychologist shows significant effect with group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. David Tolin, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the IOL, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN),…

  • Psychologist: By Age 4, Children Aware of Racial Stereotypes

    June 09, 2020

    As the world marches and protests for equal rights, the eyes of our children are watching, much like they observe and take cues from general adult behavior. Very young children recognize racism and discrimination in their world early, and feel the effects both physically and emotionally, according to Dr. Aieyat…

  • Here’s a Young Brain. Here’s What Happens With Too Much Screen Time.

    June 04, 2020

    Digital overload was almost unavoidable with all the downtime during COVID-19 self-isolation. It’s not a good thing for younger people. “Studies indicate that youth who spend the most time with screen media are most prone to depression, behavior problems, low self-esteem and poor physical fitness,” says Dr. Paul Weigle, associate medical…


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