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CHH Adds 3 Neurologists, Physician Assistant

The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) has greatly increased access to neurology services for patients with the addition of three neurologists and a physician assistant in the Medical Office Building CHH, 538 Litchfield Street, Suite 104 in Torrington. Neurologists Dr. Hugh Cahill, Dr. Lucas Meira-Benchaya [...]

How This Doctor Treats Chronic Pain With Virtual Reality Goggles, Not Narcotics

By Elissa Bass Christine Chiappone was a fit and active 45-year-old single mother of two young girls when she began feeling pain in her right arm. Eventually, a neurologist diagnosed her with a pinched nerve in her neck, and surgery was scheduled. During surgery it was discovered that she had [...]

How East Hartford Family Deals with Parkinson’s

East Hartford residents Jan and Roger Penney, who have been married 56 years, are a striking couple who laugh easily and enjoy each other’s company. Jan and Roger, along with their son and daughter-in-law, are handling the challenge of Roger’s Parkinson’s diagnosis as a family. Jan says, “They take it [...]

After Deep Brain Stimulation, Parkinson’s Patient Playing Banjo Again

Paul Cochrane hadn’t picked up his banjo in years, ever since Parkinson’s disease had caused tremors that prevented his fingers from plucking the strings to any semblance of a tune. But, after having the Vercise Gevia Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) battery implanted in January and turned and adjusted over the [...]

Parkinson’s: Where Behavioral Health and Neurology Intersect

By Kate Carey-Trull Chances are, you know someone with Parkinson’s disease. One person is diagnosed every 10 minutes, with about 60,000 Americans diagnosed with the chronic, progressive neurological and degenerative disorder each year. Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute Chase Family Movement [...]

How Normal is Memory Decline as We Age?

Normal aging makes joints creak and skin sag. Inside the brain, cognition changes in similarly “predictable ways,” according to Dr. Amy Sanders, director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Memory Care Center in Wethersfield. Research has shown, she said, that the speed with which adults process new information or retrieve stored [...]