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  • Could Walking Fido Actually Be Bad for Your Health?

    March 25, 2019

    Walking your dog is a great way to stay active, but a new study published in March in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that dog-walking has led to more fractures in adults over the age of 65. The national study notes that hip fractures occur most frequently….

  • Can People With Diabetes Eat Chocolate? A True-False Quiz

    March 21, 2019

    Editor’s note: Diabetes Alert Day on March 26 serves as a wakeup call to the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of assessing your risk. Test your knowledge of diabetes with this True/False quiz: 1. Type 2 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar. False. A high-calorie diet, including…

  • Heart & Vascular Institute Adds More Advanced Procedures at Backus

    March 20, 2019

    The Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute continues to add more advanced procedures for cardiac patients in eastern Connecticut. Dr. Paras Bhatt, Medical Director of Electrophysiology in the East Region, inserted an implantable biventricular defibrillator in an 80 year old patient with ischemic cardiomyopathy (weakened heart muscle) at Backus Hospital…

  • Men: ED Treatment Sound Too Good To Be True? It Probably is.

    March 17, 2019

    If you were among the 50 percent of adult males between the ages of 40 and 70 with erectile dysfunction, would you pay thousands of dollars for shock-wave treatment, which has uncertainties about long-term effectiveness and safety? Would you be concerned that it is not FDA-approved? You should be. More…

  • Rx for Health Program Adds Healthy Options for Winter Season

    March 15, 2019

    Thanks to a partnership with the Norwich ShopRite and United Community and Family Services (UCFS), Backus Hospital’s successful Rx for Health Program to help fight childhood obesity is now available during the winter months. Nine years ago, staff at the hospital identified obesity as a top health concern as part…

  • Hartford HealthCare to Begin Offering Text Message Reminders for Imaging Services

    March 14, 2019

    Life seems to get more and more hectic every day, with work calendars, social agendas, the children’s activities and, oh right, your health to think about. In an effort to gently remind people about upcoming outpatient imaging appointments, Hartford HealthCare will begin offering text message reminders. Through a partnership with…

  • Beyond ‘Baby Blues’: IOL Program Identifies, Treats Perinatal Depression

    March 14, 2019

    Pregnancy should be a time of joy, but for women with mental illness it can be a complex period with layers of anxiety, fear and guilt overshadowing the excitement and anticipation. Up to 3 million women suffer from depression while pregnant and after giving birth, according to Art Guerra, APRN,…

  • What’s Your Heart Disease Risk? Your Coronary Calcium Score Can Tell You

    March 14, 2019

    Do you know your coronary calcium score? Screening helps you understand your risk of heart disease Coronary artery disease, also known as heart disease, is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women. Knowing your risk before you experience symptoms could save your life. Thanks to coronary calcium…

  • Weight Loss? Improved Sleep? Yes, After This Free Diabetes Prevention Program.

    March 13, 2019

    Weight loss, improved sleeping, fewer medical problems and feeling better overall are among the benefits participants are reporting after completing the Southington Community YMCA’s free Diabetes Prevention Program, a 12-week series incorporating health education and exercise. The Southington Community YMCA, in collaboration with Hartford HealthCare, has been offering the program since…

  • E-cigs Vaporize Drop in Teen Tobacco Use

    March 12, 2019

    An e-cigarette epidemic has smoked out consistent declines in teen tobacco use, as a new report shows teen “vaping” is to blame for a 1.3 million increase nationwide from 2017 to 2018. The rise in the use of tobacco products by teens comes after several years of decreases and is…


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