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  • Inside LIFE STAR: A Flight On The Critical-Care Helicopter

    November 16, 2017

    Meet Jeff Heath. “Flying around in helicopters is pretty cool,” he says. But Heath doesn’t fly around in just any helicopter – and he doesn’t do it for fun. Heath is a member of the medical crew for Hartford HealthCare’s LIFE STAR helicopters. When there is a serious accident, or…

  • Living Kidney Donors And Their Champions Help Save Lives

    November 16, 2017

    The waiting list for a deceased donor kidney transplant continues to grow every year, leaving many patients on dialysis for lengthy periods, waiting for a kidney. But through Hartford Hospital’s Living Donor Champion program, patients waiting for a kidney are finding a match faster. Dr. Caroline Rochon is the director…

  • Parents: How To Explain Hollywood Sex Scandal To Your Kids

    November 15, 2017

    Talking about sex with your own kids is never easy. Talking with them about the accusations of sexual misconduct against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K. or U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and others can be downright intimidating. But it’s an opportunity – another in the many “teachable” moments…

  • What New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean For You

    November 14, 2017

    The number of Americans with high blood pressure increased dramatically Nov. 13 when the American Heart Association, the American College Cardiology and nine other groups released a new guideline on hypertension. The standard, the first change in 14 years, is now 130/80 mm Hg, down from the guideline established in…

  • Doctor’s Call: Your Weight ‘Set Point’ And Why It Matters

    November 14, 2017

    Our brain, it turns out, likes to work like a thermostat. It needs a reference set point to regulate many human functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and temperature. Having a set point makes it consistent for the brain: It always tries to bring each function it regulates within a…

  • Forget The Meds: Now He Zaps Away Back Pain

    November 12, 2017

    For Dan Ivey, life is once again in full bloom. “I love this job. I want to be able to do it until I’m 75 years old,” he said of his job as church caretaker in Old Lyme. But that goal proved nearly impossible after Dan could no longer work…

  • Connecticut Veterans And The Alarming Rate Of Suicide

    November 09, 2017

    Not too long ago, suicide rates for active military members and veterans were lower than those of the general population. Yet the military (active and veterans) now represents 20 percent of all suicides in the United States after a doubling of suicide rates between 2001 and 2009. Veterans Day, a national…

  • Restoring Sight With A Beam Of Light

    November 09, 2017

    Laser eye surgery has certainly come a long way over the years with new and improved lasers, such as the Femtosecond laser, which is used to treat cataracts. Dr. Peter Shriver is an ophthalmologist at Hartford Hospital’s Eye Surgery Center.  Q: What is this Femtosecond laser? A: It’s a laser…

  • Changing Your (Body) Clock

    November 03, 2017

    Every six months, Americans (except those residing in Arizona and Hawaii) fumble through the ritual of adjusting their timepieces to mark either the start or the finish of Daylight Savings Time (DST). Though it has become infinitely easier to make the change now that most computers and smart phone clocks…

  • Attention All Men: Movember Is Here!

    November 02, 2017

    November is “Movember,” which means all this month is dedicated to raising awareness around men’s health. What should men be looking out for when it comes to their health? Dr. Jared Bieniek is a urologist who also specializes in male fertility and sexual dysfunction at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology…


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