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  • Essential Tremor: The Most Common (And Least Known) Movement Disorder

    June 04, 2019

    Essential tremor, the most common adult movement disorder, affects nearly 10 million people in the United States. That’s more than 2 percent of the population. Here’s a Q/A with Dr. Duarte Machado, co-director of Hartford HealthCare’s David and Rhoda Chase Family Movement Disorders Center: Q. For something so common, many…

  • Just Zap It: Device Gets FDA Approval After Headache Center Testing

    June 03, 2019

    A revolutionary wearable device for migraine treatment, investigated by a Hartford HealthCare headache specialist, recently earned approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use. Dr. Brian Grosberg, director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, said the new treatment comes in the form of electrical pulses delivered through…

  • Dr. Mohamad Khaled, a Neurosurgeon, Joins Ayer Institute

    May 15, 2019

    Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute announced the appointment of Dr. Mohamad Khaled as a neurosurgeon seeing patients both at Hartford Hospital and in offices in Enfield. “Dr. Khaled’s broad base of expertise enhances the services we already provide to patients suffering from various diseases and tumors of the brain and…

  • When it comes to a stroke, think F.A.S.T.

    May 14, 2019

    By Dr. Timothy Parsons If you or a loved one had a stroke, would you know what to do? May is Stroke Awareness Month and it’s a good time to learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatments for stroke. The more you know, the faster you can respond, and…

  • Dancing Stars Shine in Ayer Neuroscience Institute Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease

    May 13, 2019

    The stars were shining bright during the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Second Annual Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s event on May 10 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. Eight amateur dancers, including a Parkinson’s patient and leaders from across Hartford HealthCare, teamed up with their professional dance partners to compete and…

  • This Is What a Stroke Looks Like

    May 06, 2019

    Stroke, a leading cause of death in the United States, causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Stroke risk more than doubles each decade after age 55, according the the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Here’s more from Dr. Amre Nouh, director of the Stroke Center at…

  • Backus and Ayer Neuroscience Institute Welcomes Neurosurgeon

    April 25, 2019

    The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute welcomes neurosurgeon Mark Hornyak, MD, who began seeing patients earlier this month at One Towne Park Plaza in Norwich and will be performing procedures at Backus Hospital. Dr. Hornyak, who grew up in Clinton, CT, comes to Hartford HealthCare from Bassett Healthcare Network in…

  • Why Targeted Deep Brain Stimulation is so Effective for Parkinson’s

    April 22, 2019

    Video: Targeted deep brain stimulation: Learn more about deep brain stimulation at the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center here. 

  • Watch Your Step: It’s Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s May 10

    April 15, 2019

    They’re doctors, administrators, corporate organizers – and now they’re dancers as part of the second annual Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s fundraiser to benefit the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute. “I’m no dancer – I’m not even sure I have rhythm!,” said Donna Handley, president…

  • Parkinson’s and Psychosis: For Many, A Symptom of the Disease

    April 11, 2019

    Psychosis is a non-motor symptom of more than half of people with Parkinson’s disease. But there are ways to treat it. What is Psychosis? More than half of all patients with Parkinson’s disease eventually develop symptoms over the course of their disease. Find out what Parkinson’s patients can do about…


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