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  • Medicare Advantage via CarePartners: What’s in it for Patients?

    October 10, 2018

    Connecticut has never seen anything like CarePartners of Connecticut, a joint venture between Hartford HealthCare and Tufts Health Plan of Massachusetts, that will begin selling 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in the state when the open-enrollment period begins Oct. 15. It’s the first partnership between a hospital system and an insurer…

  • 7 Tips to Help You Choose an Orthopaedic Surgeon

    October 01, 2018

    Chronic pain from joint or musculoskeletal injuries can be draining, but for eligible patients orthopaedic surgery may bring relief. With so many types of doctors, procedures, technology and facilities, identifying the right surgeon can be overwhelming. “Patients have a variety of options when selecting their orthopaedic surgeon,” says Dr. Aaron…

  • Here’s What’s in Your Flu Vaccine: Will It Work This Season?

    September 25, 2018

    Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were sunning ourselves at Hammonasset Beach? Actually, yes it was, but now it’s officially fall and we only care about one thing — the coming flu season. Predicting the severity of a flu season isn’t like predicting which team will win more football games, the…

  • Assessing the Hereditary Risk of Cancer

    September 21, 2018

    A new hereditary cancer risk assessment program is helping identify specific cancers in women and men across Connecticut. Hartford HealthCare nurse practitioner Meghan Burgess explains the importance of this program. Q: Why is it so important to have this type of assessment program? A: We’re identifying women at risk for…

  • New Hope for Leaky Heart Valves

    July 17, 2018

    Download your free informational guide on mitral valve disease.  Did you know that your heart beats more than 100,000 times each and every day? And that some hearts are predisposed to leaking valves? But newer studies show that with the right surgeon, a surgeon with tremendous experience, repairing the valve  – in this case specifically…

  • When Rabies Can Kill: Watch for These Signals

    July 09, 2018

    When most people think of rabies, they think of the awful disease that turned a loving family dog like Old Yeller into a vicious animal like Cujo. But outside of Hollywood, how much do you actually know about rabies and how this disease has affected residents in their own backyard?…

  • Breast Cancer Study: Certain Women Can Skip Chemo

    July 05, 2018

    A groundbreaking study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women with early stage breast cancer may not actually need chemotherapy. Dr. Camelia Lawrence is a breast surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute: Q: Tell us more about this promising study and its findings. A:…

  • What’s a Baby-Friendly Hospital? Ask a Breastfeeding Mother

    July 03, 2018

    With breastfeeding experiencing a global resurgence bolstered by research touting its benefits, Hartford HealthCare hospitals have responded by creating Baby-Friendly environments focused on supporting mothers in their feeding choice. The Centers for Disease Control’s 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card reveals that more than eight in 10 new mothers begin breastfeeding their…

  • A Son’s Lifesaving Gift to his Dad

    June 20, 2018

    In 2017, life threw a curve ball at Ricardo Arduengo of Hartford. He was facing end-stage kidney failure. “At this point last year, Dad was really, really sick,” his son, Sebastian, recalled. “He looked like an 80-year-old man. He could barely get out of bed.” This was a dramatic turn of…

  • Suicide and Celebrity: What Does That Link Mean for Us?

    June 08, 2018

    Designer Kate Spade is dead at 55. Chef and CNN world traveler Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61. These are just the latest in a long line of tragic, high-profile deaths by suicide. Google “celebrity suicide” and the lists are seemingly endless. They stretch back centuries. Included are people whose influence…

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