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  • How Long Does it Take Flu Vaccine to Work? (And Why You Should Get One Now)

    September 15, 2020

    Fall means foliage and, unfortunately, flu. This year, the double-whammy of the seasonal respiratory ailment and a predicted second wave of COVID-19 has infectious disease experts urging Americans to rally against quarantine fatigue, maintain safe practices and get a flu shot. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National…

  • How to Control Mindless Eating While Working, or Learning, at Home

    September 15, 2020

    During the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, my two college-aged children found themselves suddenly back at home, taking their classes remotely from their bedrooms. I would get texts asking me to bring up some coffee “and please stay out of the Zoom.” In the mornings, I would find…

  • Hartford HealthCare Celebrates Mystic HealthCenter With Official Ribbon-Cutting

    September 10, 2020

    A chance of showers couldn’t keep the East Region from celebrating the the new Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter in Mystic with an official ribbon-cutting Wednesday evening. A small group of Hartford HealthCare leaders, providers and community members came together to recognize a special collaboration between Hartford HealthCare, developer David Lattizori and the town…

  • Quiet, Please! How It Can Help Stop COVID-19

    September 03, 2020

    Shhhhhhh! We’re trying to prevent infection here! Keeping your conversations quiet – or not having them at all! – is the latest suggestion for containing the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Jose Jimenez, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder who researches disease transmission, told The Atlantic that loud…

  • Helping People: One Patient, One Client, One Customer at a Time

    August 11, 2020

    A letter to patients from Jeffrey A. Flaks, Hartford HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer (shown above, center, with Gov. Ned Lamont, left): Dear Hartford HealthCare Patient: I hope you and those you love are healthy and safe. Connecticut continues to fare well with the coronavirus, with low rates of infection…

  • Masks Save Lives: Duke Study Confirms Which Ones Work Best

    August 11, 2020

    Of all the mask studies, the latest by Duke University researchers affirming the fitted N95 as king in the fight against COVID-19, the most important remains the study of all studies by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The IHME, a research center that has provided…

  • 37 Routine Activities Ranked by Risk of COVID-19 Infection

    July 07, 2020

    COVID-19 has redefined risky behavior. So how do we know what’s more risky: getting a haircut, eating inside a restaurant, traveling by plane or shaking someone’s hand? Trick question. They’re equally risky to our health, according to a new risk-assessment chart produced by the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force and…

  • Windham Hospital To Discontinue Childbirth Services, Enhance Women’s Health Services

    July 06, 2020

    WINDHAM – After years of declining births and recruitment challenges, the Windham Hospital Birthing Center is seeking State approval to no longer provide childbirth services. The rest of the pregnancy experience remains the same, with prenatal and postpartum care continuing at Windham Hospital. The hospital, which ranks last in Connecticut…

  • Is the Worst to Come? How COVID-19 Could Upend State’s Phase 3 Reopening

    June 30, 2020

    The good news is that Connecticut is heralded as one of two states, with neighboring Rhode Island, experiencing a consistent decline in COVID-19 cases. The not-so-good news is the World Health Organization revelation that “the worst is yet to come.” WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed to the…

  • 10 Tips to Keep Your Summer Entertaining Safe During COVID-19

    June 26, 2020

    The summer season is officially underway and whether you’re spending the Fourth of July holiday weekend at home – again! – or widening your world in some way, chances are you’ll be trying to socialize sometime soon. COVID-19 social distancing guidelines have kept us largely at home. As infection rates…


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