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  • Why This Common Steroid Could Be Life-Saving COVID-19 Drug

    June 18, 2020

    British research demonstrating the effectiveness of a common steroid to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients was reassuring to Hartford HealthCare clinicians already using the drug in the system. The World Health Organization announced the research results for dexamethasone which cut mortality by one third in patients relying on ventilators and…

  • Virtual Health Visits Nearing 200,000 Since COVID-19. Here’s How it Works.

    June 18, 2020

    Telemedicine was not a new concept when the COVID-19 pandemic locked society down in March, it was simply underutilized. “I’ve been using virtual visits for several years now with my pacemaker patients,” said Dr. Steven Zweibel, system director of cardiac electrophysiology for the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Heart & Vascular Institute….

  • No Debate: New Study Shows How Masks Slow Spread of COVID-19

    June 17, 2020

    Some people fight it, but you can’t beat a mask for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in public when social distancing isn’t possible. Here’s some evidence: A study released this week in Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthcare journal, found that masks prevented as many as 230,000 to 450,000 COVID-19 cases…

  • What Kids Can Teach Adults . . . Through Video Games

    June 16, 2020

    Is it a good idea for parents to try to get in on the game – or is that sacred ground? Dr. Paul Weigle  likes the idea. “As parents. the best approach that we can take toward helping our kids develop healthy media experience habits is to be more than…

  • Hotels Ready to Reopen: Are You Ready for This?

    June 16, 2020

    Sooner or later, you’re going to spend a night in a hotel for the first time since COVID-19. In Connecticut, that can’t happen until the June 17 reopening for hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts meeting necessary guidelines. Here are some Connecticut requirements for hotels preparing to reopen: Thorough cleaning…

  • In Case of Emergency, Go to the Emergency Department! (It’s Safe)

    June 15, 2020

    Is it safe to go to the hospital? Yes. Here’s what you need to know. With so many fearful of the coronavirus, visiting a hospital has made many people hesitant. But doctors fear waiting or delaying care for health issues can be far more dangerous. A new Hartford Hospital study…

  • What Really Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Get Enough Vitamin D?

    June 15, 2020

    By Sharon Knight Transplant Dietitian Hartford Hospital Transplant Program Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” plays many roles in maintaining our good health. If you’re indoors most of the time and your skin never sees the light of day, then you might not be getting enough D. In fact,…

  • If You’re Returning to Your Office, Some CDC Guidelines

    June 12, 2020

    Hanging out by the water cooler, chatting with coworkers about last night’s ballgame while sharing a bag of chips is not a scene you’ll likely see in the office any time soon. Nor is racing through the office door, dropping gear at your desk because you’re late for a meeting….

  • How COVID-19 Created Crisis Innovation Under Pressure

    June 11, 2020

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used their existing partnership during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to create crisis innovation that will remain in place long after the last infected patient leaves the hospital, according to HHC President and CEO Jeff Flaks. “These types of…

  • IOL Research: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective Against Hoarding Disorder

    June 10, 2020

    People with hoarding disorder don’t necessarily have to suffer alone, as research published by an Institute of Living (IOL) psychologist shows significant effect with group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. David Tolin, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the IOL, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN),…


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