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  • After Nearly Two Decades, Parkinson’s Relief Through Deep Brain Stimulation

    March 19, 2018

    For years, Don Steele’s life has revolved around waiting for his many medications to combat the effects of Parkinson’s disease. “I take so much medication,” Don said. “It’s not fun.” It was a summer vacation in Canada when the Simsbury resident first noticed the symptoms of Parkinson’s. His hand would…

  • Why Overusing Pain Medication Can Make Your Headaches Worse

    March 12, 2018

    Headaches affect millions, and if you suffer from them, you may not realize that the medication you take could be making it worse. Dr. Brian Grosberg is the medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center: Q: How do you know if you’re having a reaction to your medication, and…

  • Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule for Daylight Saving Time

    March 09, 2018

    Spring is almost here and that means daylight saving time is right around the corner! That luxurious extra hour of sunlight means one less hour of sleep at the time change, but do we really need to adjust our sleep schedule to prepare for March 10? Dr. Susan Rubman, insomnia…

  • Helping People with Huntington’s Disease

    March 08, 2018

    Huntington’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative condition without a cure. Dr. Joy Antonelle de Marcaida is Medical Director of the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.  Q.  Give us a bit more detail on Huntington’s disease.  A: Huntington’s is a relatively rare hereditary condition characterized…

  • If CPAP Isn’t Working: An Alternate Treatment for Sleep Apnea

    February 22, 2018

    Did you know that Hartford Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the Northeast to offer patients an FDA-approved implantable device to treat sleep apnea? If you have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea and the CPAP machine isn’t really working for you, you may want to consider this…

  • Gronkowski’s Concussion: Is it Really Time to Quit?

    February 15, 2018

    Rob Gronkowski, maybe the NFL’s most unpredictable player, did not deny a report he might be considering retirement after New England’s 41-33 loss to the underdog Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 4  in Super Bowl LII. Gronk being Gronk? Maybe a strategic move, at age 28, to entice a lucrative restructuring of…

  • New Hope for Patients with Parkinson’s, Essential Tremors

    February 15, 2018

    Hartford HealthCare recently became the first in Connecticut to offer the latest in Deep Brain Stimulation (DPS) technology. Dr. Patrick Senatus is the medical director of DBS at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.  Q: This new technology is the Abbot Infinity DBS system. How does it work?   A: Abbott’s DBS…

  • Parkinson’s: New, App-Controlled Deep Brain Stimulation Technology

    February 12, 2018

    Hartford HealthCare is the first in Connecticut and among the first in New England to offer the most advanced Deep Brain Stimulation technology for patients with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. Dr. Patrick Senatus, Neurosurgery Director at the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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