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  • This Simple Saliva Test Assesses Breast Cancer Risk

    October 17, 2018

    By Meghan Burgess Breast cancer has a particularly high prevalence in Connecticut, but a new program is helping women and men identify their risk of developing the disease – and other cancers – through a simple questionnaire and saliva test. The Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program, offered through Hartford HealthCare…

  • A ‘Bit of Anxiety’ Over This Physician’s First Mammogram, at 40

    October 16, 2018

    Dr. Camelia Lawrence took the proverb “physician, heal thyself” quite seriously when she donned a johnny recently and stepped up to a machine in The Hospital of Central Connecticut radiology suite in Plainville recently for her first screening mammogram. She just turned 40 and, as director of breast surgery for…

  • 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…

  • Clinical Breast Cancer Trials: Making an Impact Locally

    October 09, 2018

    Breast cancer clinical trials are paving the way for patients to try new forms of treatments that can help doctors test alternative ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Dr. Wylie Hosmer is an oncologist with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer…

  • 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? Maybe it only feels that way, 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…

  • 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…

  • Southington Community YMCA presents Diabetes Prevention Program in collaboration with Hartford HealthCare

    September 07, 2018

    Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects more than 30 million people in the United States with more than 1 million people being diagnosed each year, according to the American Diabetes Association. To address the problem locally, the Southington Community YMCA is launching the free 12-week Diabetes Prevention Program in…

  • Spreading Hope in the World, One Dress at a Time

    September 04, 2018

    By making dresses to donate to girls on another continent, Betsy Humiston is paying it forward, despite her own fight for life since she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nearly five years ago. “When I’m making these dresses I think about these little girls in Africa and how I just…

  • This Procedure Hides Scars in Certain Breast Surgeries

    September 04, 2018

    A breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating, with scars from a mastectomy or lumpectomy a constant reminder of the disease. But today, women have options. A procedure known as hidden-scar surgery is as effective as a mastectomy or lumpectomy, but doesn’t leave lasting scars.  The surgery does not change the…

  • When Aches in Legs, Thighs or Hips Signal Hardened Blood Vessels

    August 20, 2018

    As we age, our body tends to wear down. We feel aches and pains that we’ve never felt before and with no obvious reason. For almost 12 million people in America, the pain, aching and fatigue they feel in their thighs, hips and leg muscles may be from poor blood…


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