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  • Suboxone Treatment Can Begin in the Emergency Room

    December 04, 2018

    On a recent Saturday, a patient was brought into The Hospital of Central Connecticut Emergency Department overdosing on opioids; doctors diagnosed him with Opioid Use Disorder and asked if he wanted to start recovery. When he agreed, they gave him a dose of Suboxone, a medication that eases what can…

  • Achy Ankle? Here’s What You Can Do About It!

    November 30, 2018

    We’re on our ankles all the time. Sometimes that makes our joints achy, particularly our feet and ankles. Some basics about on foot and ankle pain from Dr. Adam Ferguson from the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center. Q: Why does someone have ankle pain? A: When we talk…

  • Top 7 Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    November 27, 2018

    Years of computer keystrokes, repetitive hand movements, trauma or congenital defects can cause pain from the fingers to the neck and shoulder. Over time, damage to local nerves, especially in the hand and wrist, can lead to debilitating pain and an inability to perform everyday tasks. This can often cause…

  • Community Partnership Puts Opioid Users into Treatment Instead of Jail

    November 27, 2018

    Drugs fueled a vicious, seemingly unending circle for Steven Mikkanen. Using since high school, when he “wanted to fit in,” left him homeless and broke throughout his 20s. He’d steal to support his habit, but multiple arrests left him undesirable to employers and feeling worthless. In 2014, after three arrests…

  • Drs. Nowicki, London, Frallicciardi to Lead Tweeting for CME’s on Emergency Medicine on Nov. 29

    November 18, 2018

    You’re a busy professional in the demanding field of healthcare. One of the demands is finding the time to take Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours to keep abreast of the latest innovations in healthcare, not to mention maintain your licensure. Hartford HealthCare’s Department of Continuing Education can help with the…

  • MidState Medical Center Receives Breastfeeding Award

    November 14, 2018

    Baby-Friendly USA recently re-designated MidState Medical Center as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. “We are proud to be recognized as a ‘Baby-Friendly’ hospital,” said Amy Kelleher, Director of Women and Infant Services at MidState Medical Center. “Our Family Birthing Center team members are committed to creating the best breast-feeding experience to…

  • After Facing Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis, It’s More Rides for This Avid Bicyclist

    November 12, 2018

    At 77, Dr. Ralph Giarnella is an avid bicyclist. He’s traveled just about every back road in Hartford County. He recently finished a fundraising event that required him to ride his bike 100 miles. “For me, riding on the bike is sort of like free time, liberation,” said Dr. Giarnella….

  • Dr. Patricia DeFusco to Lead Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program

    November 02, 2018

    Dr. Patricia DeFusco (left) with Dr. April Duckworth at the recent Pink Party in West Hartford. Dr. Patricia DeFusco, affiliated with the Hartford Hospital Division of Medical Oncology since 1986, was recently named the first director of the Breast Program for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Her experience – and…

  • The Mammogram: Demystified

    November 01, 2018

    Download this free informational resource to help you understand breast cancer and the procedures and treatments available to you at Connecticut’s largest breast program. Since the 1980’s, the mammogram has helped reduce breast cancer deaths by about 30%. Though it saves lives, this simple, 10-minute screening has a serious public…

  • Is My Foot Pain Achilles Tendonitis or Plantar Fasciitis?

    October 25, 2018

    Is that a rock in my shoe? Overuse injuries can cause heel and foot pain. Weekend warriors, aerobics enthusiasts and even folks who are just getting back into exercise are no strangers to pains and strains. When it comes to foot pain, there are two common issues: Pain in the…


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