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  • Hartford HealthCare First in State to Perform Robotic Esophagectomy

    March 19, 2018

    Procedure means faster recovery, less pain for esophageal cancer patients Dr. Stefan Kachala, a thoracic surgeon at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, has performed the first successful robotic esophagectomy in the state.  The procedure was done at Hartford Hospital using the da Vinci robotic system on March 1. A robotic…

  • After Nearly Two Decades, Parkinson’s Relief Through Deep Brain Stimulation

    March 19, 2018

    For years, Don Steele’s life has revolved around waiting for his many medications to combat the effects of Parkinson’s disease. “I take so much medication,” Don said. “It’s not fun.” It was a summer vacation in Canada when the Simsbury resident first noticed the symptoms of Parkinson’s. His hand would…

  • Colon Cancer: Risks, Prevention and Removing Precancerous Polyps

    March 15, 2018

    Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. During “March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month,” Hartford Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Elaine Plotkin answers your questions about the disease.  Q. What should the general population know about colorectal cancer?  A.  Colorectal cancer…

  • LIFE STAR Goes Out of State: Third Helicopter Added to Fleet

    March 12, 2018

    The new LIFE STAR helicopter, based at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass., already has more than 40 flights since being commissioned in November as the only air ambulance service in western Massachusetts. Other LIFE STAR helicopters are based at MidState Medical Center in Meriden and Backus Hospital in Norwich, with…

  • Before First-Responders Arrive: How To Stop The Bleeding After An Accident Or Shooting

    March 11, 2018

    Some survivors of mass-casualty shootings have only minutes to survive. “Most of these shooting events are over in 15 minutes and people can bleed to death within five minutes from these severe injuries,” says Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, director of the Trauma Institute at Hartford Hospital. “Responses to save victims have…

  • Teens need early intervention

    March 09, 2018

    Pediatric experts call for annual depression screenings Although early treatment is seen as an important first step to combating depression, only about half of depressed adolescents are diagnosed before becoming adults. Primary care physicians only identify about one out of every three adolescents with depression, and only about half of those…

  • Helping People with Huntington’s Disease

    March 08, 2018

    Huntington’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative condition without a cure. Dr. Joy Antonelle de Marcaida is Medical Director of the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.  Q.  Give us a bit more detail on Huntington’s disease.  A: Huntington’s is a relatively rare hereditary condition characterized…

  • Anti-Inflammatory Recipe: Confetti Rice Salad

    March 06, 2018

    Confetti Rice Salad is an adaptable recipe from Jeanne Tennis, a vegan chef and certified macrobiotic health coach, that makes a great lunch dish on its own or a delicious side dish for dinner. Prepare it a day ahead and pack in a thermos the next morning for a lunch to…

  • How She Maintains 120-Pound Weight Loss Since Gastric Bypass

    March 05, 2018

    By Margaret DeMarino By age 32, Tammy Ratcliffe weighed 240 pounds and suffered from eight medical conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure. Overweight most of her life, Ratcliffe remembered being weighed in a nurse’s office in third grade and told she was 120 pounds. “I weighed so much more than everyone,”…

  • A Mother’s (Second) Heart Transplant

    March 04, 2018

    Carey Taylor and her son, Noah, were planning the trip of a lifetime to Greece. It almost didn’t happen. “There wasn’t a lot of hope surrounding her situation,” Noah recalled, referring to his mother’s heart condition: hypertropic cardiomyopathy. This condition causes the walls of the heart to thicken. For Carey,…

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