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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…

  • Charlotte Hungerford and Hartford HealthCare receive state approval to affiliate

    November 16, 2017

    The state Office of Health Care Access has approved the affiliation of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and Hartford HealthCare (HHC), allowing the two organizations to move forward with finalizing their partnership. Now that the Certificate of Need application has been approved, the two organizations must approve a final agreement, after…

  • 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…

  • HHC Ayer Neuroscience Institute Offers Free Seminar Series on Movement Disorders, Back Pain, Headache and Other Neurologic Conditions

    November 15, 2017

    Identifying the cause of tremors and managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease was the focus of the latest in a series of community talks hosted by the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute on Nov. 14 in Hartford.  More than 75 people attended the event at Phillips Church led by Dr….

  • For This Retiree, UroLift (For Enlarged Prostate) Proves Liberating

    November 15, 2017

    You might find it hard to believe that Brian Macfarlane has already been retired for 10 years. It’s easy to imagine the youthful 71-year-old still driving the beer distribution truck that he drove for more than 30 years. He’s enjoying retirement and staying active by walking three to four miles…

  • 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…

  • Rethinking Stroke: DAWN Trial Expands Treatment Window

    November 14, 2017

    A groundbreaking new study is helping hospitals and health systems around the world establish protocols that increase the time window of treatment for patients who have had an ischemic stroke, greatly reducing disability and improving outcomes. Results from the DAWN stroke trial released in the New England Journal of Medicine this…

  • 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…


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