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  • Dermatologist: How to Prevent Skin Problems From Your Face Mask

    June 21, 2020

    It’s just a relatively small patch of skin we’re hiding under the face masks required during the COVID-19 pandemic, but keeping it covered for long periods and recapturing the moist air we exhale against it all day can cause a variety of skin problems. “The masks are a great way…

  • 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 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….

  • 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),…

  • Get COVID-19 Answers From an Infectious Disease Doctor

    June 10, 2020

    Here is an edited version of a recent question-and-answer session with Dr. Faiqa Cheema, a Hartford HealthCare infectious disease specialist for Courant.com subscribers: Q: What are the odds of a recurrence of the pandemic in the fall? A: It is very possible to see a second wave of coronavirus that may…

  • An ‘Aggressive Exerciser,’ Resistant to Partial Knee Replacement. And Then?

    June 10, 2020

    Peter Gailey of Simsbury is an active 58-year old, a proud “aggressive exerciser,” who  found himself suffering from considerable knee pain “It felt like knives were being stuck into both of my knees,” he said. But Peter was adamant about avoiding surgery. He tried injections, without relief. On vacation in…

  • The New Look: Better Communication With Clear Masks Now at Hospitals

    June 09, 2020

    At one of the most frightening points in your life, sick and battling the lethal COVID-19 virus, maybe even on a ventilator, alone because visitors are not allowed, what a joy it would be to see a smiling, reassuring face bent over you in your hospital bed. Until now, that…


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