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  • Weight Loss Surgery: Can Success Be Predicted?

    November 12, 2018

    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…

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

    November 08, 2018

    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…

  • Study: Flu Shot Can Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke

    November 08, 2018

    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…

  • Diabetes: The Difference Between Types

    November 07, 2018

    Nearly thirty-million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Michael LeMay is a Hartford HealthCare endocrinologist.  Q: What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?  A: Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar, or glucose….

  • Prostate Cancer: What is ‘Active Surveillance’?

    November 06, 2018

    While it may seem passive, the “active surveillance” approach to treating prostate cancer requires a very diligent monitoring process. Dr. Stuart Kesler, a urologist with the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute, says that even when prostate cancer is discovered, there isn’t always a need to start treatment immediately….

  • Dr. Patricia DeFusco to Lead Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program

    November 02, 2018

    Dr. Patricia DeFusco (left) with Dr. April Duckworth at the recent Pink Party in West Hartford. Dr. Patricia DeFusco, affiliated with the Hartford Hospital Division of Medical Oncology since 1986, was recently named the first director of the Breast Program for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Her experience – and…

  • Weighing the Pros & Cons of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

    November 01, 2018

    Deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer is a very personal choice. How do you decide? Dr. Alan Babigian, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Hartford Hospital, has some guidance.  Q: How do you know if you are likely candidate for breast reconstruction? A: Most people…

  • The Mammogram: Demystified

    November 01, 2018

    Since the 1980’s, the mammogram has helped reduce breast cancer deaths by about 30%. Though it saves lives, this simple, 10-minute screening has a serious public relations problem. It is a topic of legend and lore among women – and not always in a positive way. If fear of having a…

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Recurring Thoughts and Actions that Affect Your Life

    November 01, 2018

    It’s one of those abbreviations that gets tossed around freely in conversation, but OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a chronic, long-lasting disorder that plagues many people with uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and requires they repeat behaviors over and over just to get through the day. “People oversimplify OCD, using it as…

  • Changing Your (Body) Clock

    October 29, 2018

    Every six months, Americans (except those residing in Arizona and Hawaii) fumble through the ritual of adjusting their timepieces to mark either the start or the finish of Daylight Savings Time (DST). Though it has become infinitely easier to make the change now that most computers and smart phone clocks…


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