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  • Why People, And Medical Researchers, Need Help with Anger

    April 16, 2019

    Anger is the first negative emotion babies can express and research shows that as many people seek treatment for it as depression and anxiety combined. Yet it is not officially classified a mental health disorder which, according to Dr. Ray DiGuiseppe, director of education with the Albert Ellis Institute and…

  • High Preparedness: Legal or Not, What’s Weed Do to Drivers?

    April 16, 2019

    Dr. Godfrey Pearlson Director, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living Research Director, Institute of Living Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network Whatever the outcome of the current debate on legalizing recreational marijuana in Connecticut, we need to know more about marijuana’s overall effect on the brain and behavior…

  • The Amazing Psychology of Your ‘Gut Bugs’

    April 11, 2019

    “Go with your gut” now has some science behind it. New research suggest that the gut microbiome, made up of millions of microorganisms that live in the human digestive system, do more than just digest and absorb nutrients  — they may influence your mood, behavior and preferences. These “gut bugs”…

  • How Researchers Can See Psychosis in Someone’s Eyes

    April 08, 2019

    The pupil – the dark circle in the center of the eye that flexes in size based on available light – performs a much different role in people with psychosis. “The pupils are a direct link to the brain. They give away what you’re doing, thinking and feeling. It’s a…

  • BHN’s Prominent Presence at National Council Conference

    April 04, 2019

    As the National Council for Behavioral Health held its annual conference in Nashville in late March, a Behavioral Health Network contingent was on hand, with several clinicians presenting research and observation as part of professional sessions throughout the four-day event. “Hartford HealthCare was well-represented at the conference by an enthusiastic…

  • Autism Study, Backed by $3.6 Million Federal Grant, Targets Socializing Deficit

    April 03, 2019

    Understanding the way neuromechanisms in the brain help humans socialize might prove key to helping people with autism and other disorders like schizophrenia improve the way they connect with others. That’s the premise behind the research of Dr. Michal Assaf of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of…

  • Men: ED Treatment Sound Too Good To Be True? It Probably is.

    March 17, 2019

    If you were among the 50 percent of adult males between the ages of 40 and 70 with erectile dysfunction, would you pay thousands of dollars for shock-wave treatment, which has uncertainties about long-term effectiveness and safety? Would you be concerned that it is not FDA-approved? You should be. More…

  • What’s Next With New Ketamine Depression Drug? At IOL, a Study With Kids.

    March 13, 2019

    While the nation is clamoring for more information about the new treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration for depression, Drs. Andrew Winokur and Mirela Loftus are quietly working on the next application. A nasal spray containing the active ingredient Esketamine — a chemical “relative” of the drug ketamine…

  • E-cigs Vaporize Drop in Teen Tobacco Use

    March 12, 2019

    An e-cigarette epidemic has smoked out consistent declines in teen tobacco use, as a new report shows teen “vaping” is to blame for a 1.3 million increase nationwide from 2017 to 2018. The rise in the use of tobacco products by teens comes after several years of decreases and is…

  • HealthCare Matters: Join the CT Mirror Conversation

    March 06, 2019

    Early in the morning, while most of us are grabbing a cup of coffee before work, a nurse is on the road. She helped get her own family ready for the day, and she is on her way to take care of your family. One of our billing specialists is…


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