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  • After Deep Brain Stimulation, He Goes From Uncontrollable Muscle Contractions to Skiiing

    March 19, 2019

    Brian Smuda loves to ski. “If I could ski every day of the year, I would,” he said. While today he enjoys a picture-perfect, end-of-season run, it wasn’t long ago that Brian wouldn’t even leave his house. Brian was diagnosed with dystonia as as result of medications used to treat…

  • 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…

  • Telehealth Takes the Commute – and Headache – Out of a Doctor’s Visit

    March 12, 2019

    The migraines that grip Lyssette Flinchbaugh can be overpowering, but traveling from her Berlin home to West Hartford for follow-up appointments with her specialist seemed like a lot of driving for what amounts to a brief visit. Especially last fall after ankle surgery left her unable to drive. That’s when…

  • 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…

  • Luke Perry’s Death Raises Questions About Stroke. We Have Answers.

    March 05, 2019

    Actor Luke Perry’s death at age 52 is raising questions about stroke, including its signs and symptoms. Hartford HealthCare’s Dr. Mark Alberts, medical director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute, has the information you need to act F.A.S.T. if you suspect a stroke is underway. Q: How common is it for…

  • New Armband Device, in Study, Delivers Relief for Migraine Sufferers

    January 23, 2019

    Most migraine sufferers have tried it all – medications, injections, resting in dark, quiet places – but a Hartford HealthCare headache specialist calls an armband device delivering electrical pulses a potential “revolutionary” new treatment for acute care. Dr. Brian Grosberg, director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, was the principal…

  • 2019 Healthy Family FunFest Marks Event’s 10th Anniversary

    January 09, 2019

    Each February, thousands of people pass through the doors of the Aqua Turf in Plantsville/Southington for the Healthy Family FunFest. More than a health fair, it is an event built on strong local partnerships and a singular goal: provide the community with information, screenings and other resources to improve their…

  • Epilepsy: What Happens After You’re Diagnosed?

    December 11, 2018

    Nearly 60,000 people in Connecticut live with epilepsy. There are many different types of epilepsy and seizures — and they can come out of nowhere. Hartford HealthCare epileptologist Dr. Erica Schuyler explains.   Q. What is epilepsy? A: Epilepsy is recurrent, unprovoked seizures – caused by abnormal electrical activity in the…

  • Living With Multiple Sclerosis: How to Improve Your Symptoms, Outcome

    December 11, 2018

    By Laura Strom A woman awakes after sleeping for seven hours but still feels foggy.  A man gets out of bed awkwardly with concrete-heavy legs and feels like he is walking barefoot on cobblestones. Another woman has difficulty picking up her toothbrush because she has pins and needles in her…

  • Multiple Sclerosis: New Program, New Treatments

    November 14, 2018

    Each week, an estimated 200 Americans are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). But new treatments bring new hope, according to neuro-immunologist Dr. Brian Wong. He is helping to launch a comprehensive multiple sclerosis program at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute. Q: What is neuro-immunology? A: Neuro-immunology is a subspecialty of…


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