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Weight Loss Surgery: Can Success Be Predicted?

Weight loss surgery has become an effective tool in treating obesity, especially in people who have not benefitted from diet and exercise. Along with reduced weight – about 30% on average – there is improved health for many who undergo this surgery: lowered blood pressure, reduced sleep apnea, and even [...]

The Parkinson’s Podcast

The brain works in mysterious ways – and even the best neuroscientists and physicians are trying to figure it all out. Take Parkinson’s disease, for example: 1 million Americans have it. It’s a brain disease for which there is – at the moment – no cure. But there are treatments [...]

More Rides for an Avid Bicyclist

At 77, Dr. Ralph Giarnella is an avid bicyclist. He’s traveled just about every back road in Hartford County. He recently finished a fundraising event that required him to ride his bike 100 miles. “For me, riding on the bike is sort of like free time, liberation,” said Dr. Giarnella. [...]

Why Breathing Winter Air Through Your Mouth Is Bad for Your Heart

There are extra benefits from exercising in the winter such as helping beat seasonal blues, increasing energy levels and boosting your immune system in cold and flu season, but just breathing cold air can have adverse effects on your body. “The rate of heart attacks may be as much as [...]

Winter Comfort Food Made Easy (and Healthy)

By Angela Frankland Registered Dietitian With the temperatures dipping and the leaves fallen, many of us will soon turn to comfort food to help us make it through the winter months. After all, there’s nothing like a big plate of mom’s pot roast and mashed potatoes to help you fight the [...]

Study: Flu Shot Can Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke

Preventing the flu is reason enough to get an annual vaccine, but a research study this year also suggests that flu shots can help prevent heart attacks and stroke as well. A research team from the University of Toronto examined close to 20,000 patients testing positive for the flu and [...]


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