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  • Watch Your Step: It’s Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s May 10

    April 15, 2019

    They’re doctors, administrators, corporate organizers – and now they’re dancers as part of the second annual Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s fundraiser to benefit the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute. “I’m no dancer – I’m not even sure I have rhythm!,” said Donna Handley, president…

  • Parkinson’s and Psychosis: For Many, A Symptom of the Disease

    April 11, 2019

    Psychosis is a non-motor symptom of more than half of people with Parkinson’s disease. But there are ways to treat it. What is Psychosis? More than half of all patients with Parkinson’s disease eventually develop symptoms over the course of their disease. Find out what Parkinson’s patients can do about…

  • When is a Seizure Defined as Epilepsy?

    April 08, 2019

    When signals in the brain misfire for whatever reason, the result can be a seizure that can include violent, spastic movements, foaming at the mouth and loss of consciousness. When someone has multiple seizures that are unpredictable, it may be epilepsy. “Epilepsy is characterized by seizures but people can have…

  • Watch What Deep Brain Stimulation Did to His Out-of-Control Muscle Contractions

    March 19, 2019

    Brian Smuda loves to ski. “If I could ski every day of the year, I would,” he said. While today he enjoys a picture-perfect, end-of-season run, it wasn’t long ago that Brian wouldn’t even leave his house. Brian was diagnosed with dystonia as as result of medications used to treat…

  • 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…

  • Telehealth Takes the Commute – and Headache – Out of a Doctor’s Visit

    March 12, 2019

    The migraines that grip Lyssette Flinchbaugh can be overpowering, but traveling from her Berlin home to West Hartford for follow-up appointments with her specialist seemed like a lot of driving for what amounts to a brief visit. Especially last fall after ankle surgery left her unable to drive. That’s when…

  • HealthCare Matters: Join the CT Mirror Conversation

    March 06, 2019

    Early in the morning, while most of us are grabbing a cup of coffee before work, a nurse is on the road. She helped get her own family ready for the day, and she is on her way to take care of your family. One of our billing specialists is…

  • Luke Perry’s Death Raises Questions About Stroke. We Have Answers.

    March 05, 2019

    Actor Luke Perry’s death at age 52 is raising questions about stroke, including its signs and symptoms. Hartford HealthCare’s Dr. Mark Alberts, medical director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute, has the information you need to act F.A.S.T. if you suspect a stroke is underway. Q: How common is it for…

  • New Armband Device, in Study, Delivers Relief for Migraine Sufferers

    January 23, 2019

    Most migraine sufferers have tried it all – medications, injections, resting in dark, quiet places – but a Hartford HealthCare headache specialist calls an armband device delivering electrical pulses a potential “revolutionary” new treatment for acute care. Dr. Brian Grosberg, director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, was the principal…

  • 2019 Healthy Family FunFest Marks Event’s 10th Anniversary

    January 09, 2019

    Each February, thousands of people pass through the doors of the Aqua Turf in Plantsville/Southington for the Healthy Family FunFest. More than a health fair, it is an event built on strong local partnerships and a singular goal: provide the community with information, screenings and other resources to improve their…


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