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  • ‘A Good, Sober Way to Have Fun’: Boxing and the IOL’s Dual Diagnosis Program

    January 23, 2020

    He stood quietly, watching the others throw punches that sometimes missed the mark. Then Michael, his eyes intent behind roundish glasses, stepped forward and launched a series of solid punches, first at the instructor’s outstretched training mitts and then to the jaw of a sparring dummy. Uppercut. Thwack! Jab. Thwack!…

  • A No-Incision Procedure That Removes Deep Tumors in GI Tract

    January 22, 2020

    Dr. Michael Karasik, a gastroenterologist at the Digestive Health Center at Hartford Hospital, is the only physician in the state performing complex procedures to remove deep tumors in the gastrointestinal tract. Q.  First, tell us all about these less invasive procedures. What are they? A.  Endoscopic submucosal dissection, ESD, is…

  • State Police: Beware of Phone Scams

    January 22, 2020

    Connecticut State Police are warning residents to beware of phone scams that appear to be on the rise, including ones involving Hartford HealthCare. Dispatchers and troopers from around the state have been contacted by concerned citizens about unusual phone calls they have received. The phone calls are from people claiming…

  • In Litchfield County, Geriatric Care Managers a Vital Link to Services, Home Assistance

    January 21, 2020

    Family members who care for an older loved one can be overwhelmed by the responsibilities, difficulties in navigating the health care maze, trying to understand the changes in physical and mental abilities, arranging home assistance, tackling finances, driving to appointments – all while trying to keep their own life in…

  • Cologuard: Is At-Home Test Really as Good at Detecting Cancer as a Colonoscopy?

    January 20, 2020

    If you’ve heard about the newer tests on the market aimed at detecting colon cancer, they may sound like a dream come true. Skip the dreaded colonoscopy in favor of a less invasive option. No prep. No going under anesthesia. And done in the privacy of your own home. But…

  • Colorectal Surgeon: Here’s What to Like About a Colonoscopy

    January 16, 2020

    Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States.  Yet one in three people are not up-to-date when it comes to colorectal cancer screening. Here’s more from Dr. William Sardella, a colorectal surgeon at the Digestive Health Center at Hartford Hospital,…

  • How to Stay Active, Fit and Safe During the Coldest Winter Months

    January 15, 2020

    Despite the January thaw we recently experienced, the winter weather is here to stay.  But don’t let the cold keep you from getting out to enjoy the outdoors. The Hartford HealthCare Sports Medicine team reminds you that with a little planning and preparation, it’s easy to stay active during the…

  • Healthy Family FunFest coming to Aqua Turf Feb. 23

    January 13, 2020

    Well-being for the mind, body and spirit will be the focus of the 11th annual Healthy Family FunFest set for Sunday, Feb. 23, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street in the Plantsville section of Southington. Healthy Family FunFest, Southington’s most popular health…

  • Heart Study: This Type of Exercise Cuts Years Off Your Cardiovascular Age

    January 13, 2020

    How far do you have to go to slow cardiovascular aging? How about 26.2 miles, not coincidentally the precise marathon distance? A new study suggests a basic six-month marathon-training program followed by 138 newbie runners, ages 21 to 69, reduced the equivalent of four years from their vascular age. The…

  • How Long Do Joint Replacements Last?

    January 09, 2020

    In a winner-take-all endurance test, which is stronger: metal or human bone? Surprise: If it’s a metal alloy knee or hip replacement vs. the original human bone, take the bone. That goes for polyethylene, ceramic and any other material paired with metal in an artificial joint, too. No combination will last…


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