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  • Study: Hormonal Birth Control Does Not Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

    February 13, 2018

    When it comes to a connection between hormone contraceptives and breast cancer, there seems little for women to worry about, according to a recent study. Dr. Sapna Khubchandani, an oncologist and breast health specialist with Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Oncology and Hematology in Waterford, says the study published in the…

  • Obesity Summit, With its Focus On Research, a First for State

    February 12, 2018

    MASHANTUCKET — More than 20 nurses, surgeons, physicians and other health providers from Hartford HealthCare attended the first Obesity Summit Jan. 25-26 presented by the Connecticut State Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (CT-ASMBS) at Foxwoods Casino. The conference, the first of its type in Connecticut,…

  • A Patient’s Heartfelt Thanks

    January 28, 2018

    It’s the little moments that have the biggest impact. “You know, all the holidays, all the birthdays – they weren’t as important as the little things every day,” said Leigh Pechillo. It was Mother’s Day 2014, and Leigh was enjoying a day of pampering that featured a song written just…

  • Dr. Devika Umashanker: Why Diet, Exercise Isn’t a Weight-Loss Formula for Everyone

    January 22, 2018

    As an Obesity Medicine Specialist, I care for people  with obesity after bariatric surgery, prior to bariatric surgery, not interested in or do not meet criteria for bariatric surgery. It is common to hear during an office visit, “If I eat less, exercise more, I know I can lose weight.”…

  • How Hurricane Maria Caused Nationwide IV Bag Shortage

    January 16, 2018

    With a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags, clinical pharmacies across Hartford Healthcare are working to ensure patient care isn’t interrupted. The Wall Street Journal reported that the shortage began in September after a group of IV bag manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico lost power because of Hurricane Maria. The shortage…

  • The ‘Man Flu’: A Severe Case or Severe Wimpiness?

    January 16, 2018

    When it comes to complaining about flu and other upper-respiratory infection symptoms, men might not be wimps after all.  Maybe. A new study by researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada found that “man flu” — a term often used by women who think that men complain more about…

  • His Patient Self-Diagnosed Cancer Via Google (Guess What?)

    January 08, 2018

    This op-ed first appeared in The Hartford Courant. By Dr. David W. Wolpaw “Doctor, I think I have cancer.” the young man said to me. His throat had been sore for a few weeks and, when he looked in the mirror, he thought he saw a growth in the back…

  • The Science Behind Walking On Winter Ice Without Slipping, Falling

    December 28, 2017

    Sometimes you just have to know when to walk like a penguin, as unsightly as it may seem. It could save a lot of pain and misery. With sub-freezing temperatures, black-ice parking lots and slick sidewalks, it’s time. Yes, the best way to avoid a fall — and possible injury…

  • One Percent of HHCMG Vaccines May Be Ineffective, Audit Concludes

    November 28, 2017

    Some vaccines and tuberculosis tests provided at several Hartford HealthCare Medical Group health centers may not have been stored in accordance with manufacturers’ recommended temperature guidelines. Although this causes no harm to patients, temperature fluctuations may reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines, so the medical group is recommending that the…

  • Attention All Men: Movember Is Here!

    November 02, 2017

    November is “Movember,” which means all this month is dedicated to raising awareness around men’s health. What should men be looking out for when it comes to their health? Dr. Jared Bieniek is a urologist who also specializes in male fertility and sexual dysfunction at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology…


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