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  • The Best (And Worst) Mood-Altering Food

    April 09, 2018

    Can what we eat affect more than our waistline? Many times, during our visit to a doctor’s office, we’re told how to eat to keep us physically healthy. For example, a DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet may help lower blood pressure while a low-glycemic diet can help with…

  • Have You Had Your Colon Screening Lately?

    March 27, 2018

    By Dr. Rafal Barczak Colon cancer was the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States last year, but that statistic can change for the better.  It is one of the most treatable forms of cancer when found early. Having regular colonoscopies starting at age 50 can save your…

  • Hartford HealthCare Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport

    March 27, 2018

    Ascension and its St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport have signed a non-binding letter of intent with Hartford HealthCare for Hartford to acquire St. Vincent’s and all of its related operations.  St. Vincent’s, with more than 3,200 associates, includes a licensed 473-bed community teaching hospital, a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility…

  • Hartford HealthCare, Tufts to Offer Medicare Advantage Plans in State

    February 28, 2018

    Hartford HealthCare today announced it is forming a health insurance company with Tufts Health Plan of Massachusetts to provide Connecticut residents eligible for Medicare with cost-effective Medicare Advantage plans. The joint venture, CarePartners of Connecticut Inc., anticipates joining the state’s Medicare Advantage health insurance market Jan. 1, 2019, pending regulatory…

  • Study: Hormonal Birth Control Does Not Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

    February 13, 2018

    When it comes to a connection between hormone contraceptives and breast cancer, there seems little for women to worry about, according to a recent study. Dr. Sapna Khubchandani, an oncologist and breast health specialist with Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Oncology and Hematology in Waterford, says the study published in the…

  • Obesity Summit, With its Focus On Research, a First for State

    February 12, 2018

    MASHANTUCKET — More than 20 nurses, surgeons, physicians and other health providers from Hartford HealthCare attended the first Obesity Summit Jan. 25-26 presented by the Connecticut State Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (CT-ASMBS) at Foxwoods Casino. The conference, the first of its type in Connecticut,…

  • A Patient’s Heartfelt Thanks

    January 28, 2018

    It’s the little moments that have the biggest impact. “You know, all the holidays, all the birthdays – they weren’t as important as the little things every day,” said Leigh Pechillo. It was Mother’s Day 2014, and Leigh was enjoying a day of pampering that featured a song written just…

  • Dr. Devika Umashanker: Why Diet, Exercise Isn’t a Weight-Loss Formula for Everyone

    January 22, 2018

    As an Obesity Medicine Specialist, I care for people  with obesity after bariatric surgery, prior to bariatric surgery, not interested in or do not meet criteria for bariatric surgery. It is common to hear during an office visit, “If I eat less, exercise more, I know I can lose weight.”…

  • How Hurricane Maria Caused Nationwide IV Bag Shortage

    January 16, 2018

    With a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags, clinical pharmacies across Hartford Healthcare are working to ensure patient care isn’t interrupted. The Wall Street Journal reported that the shortage began in September after a group of IV bag manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico lost power because of Hurricane Maria. The shortage…

  • The ‘Man Flu’: A Severe Case or Severe Wimpiness?

    January 16, 2018

    When it comes to complaining about flu and other upper-respiratory infection symptoms, men might not be wimps after all.  Maybe. A new study by researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada found that “man flu” — a term often used by women who think that men complain more about…


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