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  • Chest Pain, Numbness, Sweating: Heart Attack? No, Acid Reflux

    September 02, 2020

    Eric Crane is an active, fit husband and father of two young children, living a pretty normal life in Plainville. But there was nothing normal about twice yearly trips to the Emergency Department for severe chest pains and all the symptoms of a heart attack. Doubled over and immobilized in…

  • More Substance Abuse, More Overdoses in the State . . . And Fewer People Seeking Help

    September 02, 2020

    While Connecticut’s opioid overdose statistics seemed somewhat hopeful in 2018, widespread introduction of fentanyl reversed the trend last year and the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t finished overloading people with worries feeding addictions this year. Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Rushford, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, marked…

  • Hartford Hospital Study: Pepcid, a Heartburn Medication, Helped Some COVID-19 Patients

    September 02, 2020

    The over-the-counter heartburn medication Pepcid might be one of the oddest answers to the COVID-19 question, with a preliminary Hartford Hospital research study showing benefit for patients with the virus. Dr. Raymond McKay, a cardiologist at the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Heart & Vascular Institute, is the primary investigator of the…

  • IOL To Host Eighth World Suicide Prevention Day Conference

    September 01, 2020

    Every day, 132 people die by suicide in the United States. The Institute of Living (IOL) is hoping to shed light on this and other troubling statistics during its annual World Suicide Prevention Day conference. This year, the conference will be web-based, held during National Suicide Prevention Week on Wednesday,…

  • Why You Should Buy Honey When Cold Season Arrives

    September 01, 2020

    You’ve heard the one about honey as a home remedy for upper-respiratory misery caused by the common cold. It’s no joke. Honey, in fact, is more effective than antibiotics and over-the-counter medicines, according to a review of 14 studies by researchers at the University of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. In…

  • Boseman’s Death: When Should a Younger Person Get a Colonoscopy?

    August 31, 2020

    As the superhero in “Black Panther,” actor Chadwick Boseman was fierce, but his recent death, at 43, represents a frightening national trend showing increases in the number of younger people with colon cancer. Boseman — who also starred as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “42,” singer James Brown in “Get on…

  • When Work-at-Home Ergonomics Cause Back, Neck Pain

    August 28, 2020

    Working from home has become the new normal for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’re saving on gas money and spending more time with the family, but it also means spending long hours sitting in front of computer and, for some, less daily physical activity. Without the proper setup…

  • Researcher: Statins for Cholesterol Do Not Hurt Athletic Performance

    August 28, 2020

    Research by a Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute specialist shows no evidence that statins, a medication used to lower dangerous level of lipids in the bloodstream and prevent heart attacks, hinder athletic performance. Dr. Paul Thompson, chief emeritus of cardiology at Hartford Hospital, recently presented the findings to the…

  • Exposed to COVID-19? Despite New CDC Guidance, State Says Get a Test

    August 27, 2020

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention slightly softened controversial new COVID-19 testing guidance Thursday with a statement suggesting tests for people exposed to the virus who do not show symptoms “may be considered.” Earlier in the week, the CDC website quietly updated recommendations to exclude asymptomatic cases. Connecticut, in a break…

  • Where Does PSA Test Fit in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis?

    August 27, 2020

    It’s a fine line between overdiagnosing and overtreating prostate cancer. A recent study showing an increase in the rate of advanced disease in men over 50 doesn’t serve to clarify the process, according to Dr. Joseph Wagner, chief of urology at Hartford Hospital. A study in the Journal of the…


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