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  • Update: Mosquitoes in Connecticut Test Positive for EEE, West Nile Virus

    August 13, 2020

    It’s still COVID-19 season, but now it’s also Eastern equine encephalitis season after mosquitoes trapped in Stonington tested positive for the rare viral disease. The mosquitoes, trapped Aug. 5 at Stonington High School, are the first in the state this season that tested positive. Last year, four human EEE cases, resulting…

  • Demand Spikes During COVID-19 for Rushford’s Substance Use, Behavioral Health Services

    August 13, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted schedules, education routines and social events, but, perhaps more seriously, it has also increased the need, nationally and locally, for behavioral health and addiction services. Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Rushford, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, told a panel from…

  • A Little TOO Much Family Time During COVID-19? Here’s How to Inject Some Fun

    August 13, 2020

    Most families develop patterns or habits that become dear to them, from off-beat to touching, and there’s no time like the endless togetherness of a pandemic to strengthen yours or start new ones. Do you make breakfast for dinner one night a month? Slouch around in pajamas on snow days?…

  • Why is ‘Orthocoronavirinae’ a Hot Google Search?

    August 12, 2020

    People in Cornwall, Lebanon, Franklin, Bozrah, East Lyme and throughout Connecticut are joining other Google searchers around the country looking for information on orthocoronavirinae. In the past week, Google searches in the state for orthocoronavirinae are more than seven times more popular that searches for COVID-19. It’s not Spelling Bee season, so…

  • Abdominal Bloating? Why Water With Food is Bad, Pineapple is Good

    August 11, 2020

    Many patients complain of postprandial (after eating food) bloating. The symptoms are uncomfortable and can significantly interfere with the person’s quality of life. People with this condition have difficulty fitting into their clothes, tend to feel heavier and experience discomfort throughout their abdomen. The good news is that bloating does…

  • 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…

  • Five Ways to Get Sick, Besides COVID-19, From Poor Hand Hygiene

    August 10, 2020

    COVID-19 is powerful motivation to wash your hands frequently. But any germaphobe knows thousands of germs can lurk on the unwashed hand. A University of Colorado at Boulder study found 3,200 bacteria from 150 species on human hands. Yuck! (Just take a look under a microscope at SARS-CoV- 2, above,…

  • A COVID-19 Back-to-School Guide . . . for Parents

    August 10, 2020

    This is the time of year when parents and kids usually start thinking about going back to school and making shopping lists for new clothes, backpacks and supplies. But this isn’t a usual school year, as school districts and parents struggle to decide what school will look like during COVID-19….

  • The Connection Between Acid Reflux and Cancer

    August 10, 2020

    Acid reflux affects millions of people, but you may not know that acid reflux over time could turn to cancer. Hartford HealthCare gastroenterologist Dr. David Chaletsky explains.  Q: What is acid reflux?  A: Acid reflux – commonly known as heartburn – occurs when acid from the stomach moves up into…


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