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  • New Safety Card Connects Domestic Violence Victims With Help

    January 28, 2020

    Helping victims of domestic violence can be as basic as getting the right information into their hands and listening when they reach out, according to Susie DiVietro, PhD, a research scientist with the Injury Prevention Center. Dr. DiVietro offered a statistically and emotionally harsh look at intimate partner violence (IPV),…

  • Why the Census Is a Healthcare Issue

    January 24, 2020

    By Jeffrey A. Flaks Hartford HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer and Sarah S. Lewis Hartford HealthCare Vice President, Health Equity Among the New Year’s resolutions that you’ve made (or maybe already broken), here’s one that should be easy to keep: Complete your U.S. Census form, and encourage everyone you…

  • ‘A Good, Sober Way to Have Fun’: Boxing and the IOL’s Dual Diagnosis Program

    January 23, 2020

    He stood quietly, watching the others throw punches that sometimes missed the mark. Then Michael, his eyes intent behind roundish glasses, stepped forward and launched a series of solid punches, first at the instructor’s outstretched training mitts and then to the jaw of a sparring dummy. Uppercut. Thwack! Jab. Thwack!…

  • Mental Health First Aid Class: Learn How to Help an Adolescent in Crisis

    January 04, 2020

    You’ve probably heard about CPR, right? It’s a certification that anyone can earn to help someone in medical distress. But did you know there is a similar program to help people learn how to provide first aid in the event of a mental health crisis? It’s called Mental Health First…

  • Word Leaders Support Gender Fluidity With ‘They’ Pronoun

    December 19, 2019

    It’s a four-letter word that means so much more today than ever before and the recent announcement that the word gurus at Merriam-Webster dictionary dubbed the pronoun “they” its word of the year marked a milestone for those identifying as non-binary. The dictionary had enhanced its definitions of “they” and…

  • Marijuana and Driving: Watch TEDxHartford Talk By IOL’s Pearlson

    December 12, 2019

    Dr. Godfrey Pearlson, founding director of the Institute of Living’s Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, participated in a TEDxHartford talk, presenting his current research into the effects of marijuana on driving. You can watch the TedxHartford Talk by clicking here. TEDxHartford — spawned from the innovative TED talks – is an…

  • Eagles’ Brooks: What It’s Like To Handle Anxiety Like an NFL Pro

    December 04, 2019

    Professional athletes are known for their game-day routines, whether its Sidney Crosby’s pregame peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Steph Curry’s shooting warmup or former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher’s habit of consuming Girl Scout cookies before each game. For Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks, however, game days usually start with…

  • With IOL’s Pearlson, TEDxHartford Talk to Highlight Marijuana, Driving Research

    November 25, 2019

    What do an organizational behaviorist, real estate marketer and anti-trafficking activist have in common with a behavioral health researcher from the Institute of Living (IOL)? For four hours on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the answer is the attention of those attending the TEDxHartford program as they share innovative and inspiring ideas…

  • Stress, Anxiety and Your Immune System: How to Avoid Getting Sick

    November 15, 2019

    You take a daily multivitamin, even a Vitamin C boost when you feel a sniffle, but avoiding something else in your life is a better way to improve your immunity. “Stress and anxiety have a tremendous impact on our immune system,” said David Tolin, PhD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center…

  • How Age Can Affect How We Handle Stress

    November 05, 2019

    Stress is like taxes and death – one of life’s certainties — but as we age, the types of stress we face and our ability to handle it changes, and not always for the better. “Contributors to stress and anxiety vary with age,” says Peter Lucchio, a clinical psychologist who…


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