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  • Spider Bites: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

    September 13, 2019

    By Dr. Aurangzeb Ali They are creepy, crawly creatures that come in many sizes and cause some people to shriek in fear. In fact, a movie, “Arachnophobia,” was based on irrational reactions to spiders. While the “Arachnophobia” takes things a bit too far, it is a fact that every spider…

  • Suicide Questionnaire Could Be the Next ‘Miracle Drug’

    September 12, 2019

    Major breakthroughs have been made for many health issues – genetic testing for cancer, antibiotics for infections, new procedures for heart disease. But what about suicide, which is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States? The answer is simple — ask the right questions, according to Kelly Posner,…

  • Digestive Disorders: Free Info Session Sept 12 Hosted by Doctor in West Hartford

    September 11, 2019

    Straining to make a bowel movement when you really feel the need to go can be downright frustrating if not painful, and it’s a symptom of one of the most common digestive disorders in our country today—chronic constipation. If you or someone you know is struggling with this health concern,…

  • Why Younger, Healthier Non-Smokers Now Getting Head, Neck Cancer

    September 09, 2019

    The “face” of head and neck cancer has changed over the past 5 years, as the cause of these cancers is shifting. An estimated 51,000 new cases of oral cavity and pharynx cancers will occur in the United States this year, twice as common in men as in women, and…

  • Fall Nutrition: Baked Tomato and Egg Cups; Apple Oatmeal Custard

    September 05, 2019

    It’s fall and schedules are colliding with kids getting back to school and you getting out the door on time for work. But don’t forget to fuel your day with a healthy breakfast. It will not only give your body energy, but also provide important nutrients for your health. Besides…

  • When Medical Illness Causes Mental Health Problems in Youths

    September 04, 2019

    As if struggling with chronic medical illness is not challenging enough for young adults, research shows they are also far more likely to develop mental illness than those not facing physical challenges or limitations. A two-year research study released by the Cambridge Health Alliance followed 48,000 youth between ages 6…

  • Cancer Overtakes Cardiovascular Disease as No. 1 Cause of Death in Wealthy Nations

    September 03, 2019

    Roxanne Nelson, RN, BSN Medscape Cancer is now the leading cause of death in high-income countries, where it is responsible for twice as many deaths as cardiovascular disease, according to findings from a new global report. “The world is witnessing a new epidemiologic transition among the different categories of noncommunicable…

  • Meet Zack, Hartford Hospital’s 205-Pound Therapy Dog

    September 03, 2019

    If you’ve walked through Hartford Hospital’s main lobby on a Thursday morning, chances are you’ve seen Zack the therapy dog. (At 205 pounds, with monstrous paws, this St. Bernard is hard to miss.) Last week, WVIT-NBC Connecticut filmed a segment about Zack’s ability to put smiles on our faces:

  • Sepsis: A Minor Infection Becomes Deadly

    September 01, 2019

    Sepsis can kill anyone. Boxer Muhammad Ali, Pope John Paul II and Muppets creator Jim Henson are among the people who have died from complications related to sepsis, the body’s extreme reaction to infection that causes tissue damage, organ failure and, in these severe cases, death. Sepsis is often referred…

  • How to Become an EMT or Paramedic

    August 28, 2019

    Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation, the international training destination known as CESI, offers hands-on training to doctors and nurses but also to EMTs and other first-responders. Here’s Michael Zacchera, and Emergency Medical Services educator at CESI: Q. There are several different courses offered for EMS personnel. What…


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