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  • Demand Spikes During COVID-19 for Rushford’s Substance Use, Behavioral Health Services

    August 13, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted schedules, education routines and social events, but, perhaps more seriously, it has also increased the need, nationally and locally, for behavioral health and addiction services. Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Rushford, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, told a panel from…

  • A Little TOO Much Family Time During COVID-19? Here’s How to Inject Some Fun

    August 13, 2020

    Most families develop patterns or habits that become dear to them, from off-beat to touching, and there’s no time like the endless togetherness of a pandemic to strengthen yours or start new ones. Do you make breakfast for dinner one night a month? Slouch around in pajamas on snow days?…

  • Gray Death, a Fatal Synthetic Opioid Combination, Seen as Threat in State

    August 07, 2020

    An emerging fatal opioid combination, known as Gray Death, has become a potential threat in Connecticut and has the Behavioral Health Network (BHN) clinicians on alert. Called Gray Death due to its color and concrete-like material, it is a deadly combination of various synthetic opioids including carfentanil, U-47700, 4-ANPP and…

  • Massive Pecan Tree at IOL, Dating to 1860s, Destroyed by Isaias

    August 07, 2020

    By Robin Stanley and Brenda Kestenbaum Tropical Storm Isaias made history when it barreled through the region Aug. 4. It also erased some history. Several trees on the Institute of Living (IOL) grounds, dating to the 1860s, were destroyed — including a famed pecan tree. “The pecan is one of…

  • Feeling Powerless After Isaias, COVID-19? It’s a Test of Our Coping Skills

    August 05, 2020

    After the COVID-19 pandemic, a state shutdown, mass unemployment and disruption of school and family life comes Isaias, one of the most devastating tropical storms to hit Connecticut since Sandy in 2012. Enough is enough. “This sort of disaster over the last 24 hours has absolutely pushed some people to…

  • Reduce Men’s Alcohol Limit by Half: USDA Dietary Guidelines Report

    July 30, 2020

    Data showing increased drinking among American men and calculations of its impact on society prompted national experts to suggest the government cut the daily recommended alcohol limit in half. The recommendation came this month in “The Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee,” a report to the U.S….

  • A Healthier You: Upcoming Webinars in August

    July 30, 2020

    The classes and events Hartford HealthCare brought you every week, before COVID-19, aren’t going away. We’re bringing them to you in a new series of webinars you can watch, then ask our professionals any questions you might have. In the coming weeks, you can join webinars on Medicare basics, surgical…

  • Study: People With Depression More Likely to Have Heart Problems

    July 17, 2020

    A 14-year international study supported the power of the mind-body connection, noting that people who are depressed are more likely to have cardiovascular issues and die early than those with heart issues but no depression. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, examined more than 145,000 people in rural and urban…

  • The Loneliness of COVID-19: How to Deal With Your New Life

    July 15, 2020

    Cooped up for months thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic can take its toll, pushing people further from others and leaving many feeling downright lonely. If the situation doesn’t feel temporary – meaning you’ve noticed that your social circle has shrunk in the past few years – it’s important to understand…

  • How Parents Can Brace Kids for Possibly Missing Favorite School Activities Because of COVID-19

    July 14, 2020

    We haven’t even entered the dog days of summer, but the focus for parents, educators and maybe even students is returning to the classroom in the fall. The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools in March, leaving parents home-schooling children and teachers taking to electronic platforms for lessons. Now, districts are grappling…


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