Most of us know what foods are healthy and unhealthy. It’s finding a way to make healthy eating a way of life that trips most people up.
While heart-disease risk increases as we age, even those who spent their younger years sedentary, smoking and overeating can reverse course by adopting heart-healthy practices.
The term “death doula,” which a lot of people use when describing Nathalie Bonafé, makes her job sound edgy. But the proper name for what Bonafé and her company A Gentler Parting do is “end-of-life doula.” And while the job does involve helping individuals and their caregivers face the exist…
In September, Stamford-based Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy as part of a tentative settlement in a lawsuit brought against the company by more than 2,000 municipalities and two dozen states. The deal marked a stunning turn of events for the Connecticut company th…
With colder weather right around the corner, experts offer these tips to get your skin ready.
Memory decline in most patients in a pilot study appeared to be reversed after they received a new Alzheimer’s treatment developed by NeuroEM Therapeutics, a medical device company with ties to Connecticut.
Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors connects individuals facing difficult medical treatment decisions with the best doctors, selected by impartial peer review in over 450 medical specialty/subspecialty combinations, to review their diagnosis and treatment plans.
A research team at Danbury Hospital is developing a new screening tool for early detection of ovarian and endometrial cancers, a potential game-changer that could save thousands of women’s lives every year.
An innovative new immunotherapy treatment at the Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital called CAR T-cell therapy has shown remarkable success in treating certain blood cancers, including some for which all other treatment options have failed.
Among the many unique and innovative features of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit, one of the most advanced of its kind in the nation, are couplet rooms, allowing mothers and their babies to remain together while receiving care.
When Karl “Ken” Corey was told earlier this year he’d likely need open-heart surgery, he immediately thought he’d be recuperating for weeks, if not months, especially given that he’s 70 years old and had another major surgery last year.
UConn Health is among the first hospitals in the nation to use new, more precise robotic technology that enables early detection of lung cancer, including in hard-to-reach areas.
Glycogen storage disease is a rare genetic childhood disorder that impacts the liver’s storage and release of sugar, with potentially devastating short- and long-term implications if not properly treated each day.
For 15 years, as their son Simon aged from infancy to his teenage years, Kelley Amato and her husband Tim took Simon to scores of doctors, the most renowned medical centers in the country, and tried anything physicians said might work to ease Simon’s ever-present pain, increase his mobility and improve his quality of life.
The opioid crisis continues to take a deadly toll on the state, and Connecticut one of the top 10 states for rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. But some novel efforts are underway to combat the scourge.
Ted Dumbauld is co-owner of SoNo 1420, the state’s newest distillery and the first in the world, as far as he knows, to use hemp as an integral part of the spirit-making process.
One of the state’s most vocal opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in recent years has been Dr. Deepak D’Souza, a research scientist and professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.
Cannabis in Connecticut may one day have a new label: locally grown.
The naturally occurring cannabinoid is increasingly being used in medical products, though its benefits may be difficult to quantify.
Mark Braunstein has lived on both ends of the marijuana spectrum. As a teenager on Long Island in the late 1960s, he smoked recreationally. As a 67-year-old paraplegic living in the woods of Waterford, he now smokes for medicinal purposes.
Whether you’re well-versed in the world of marijuana or a clear-lunged “weedtotaler,” chances are you’ve never been inside any of Connecticut’s nine medical marijuana dispensaries. And that’s very much by design.
Jessica DiMatteo, a plant science major at UConn, joined a crowd of students, faculty, staff and outside professionals at the Konover Auditorium on the last Monday morning in February to hear a talk by a renowned Israeli researcher. The junior from Bethany took notes as Hinanit Koltai, an em…
There are no knives or incisions, anesthesia or recovery time involved in the newest body-shaping techniques. Nonsurgical, noninvasive shaping, sculpting and contouring can annihilate fat cells and, in in one case, increase muscle mass without endless trips to the gym.
Most Americans think the U.S. health care system is troubled. Nearly three-quarters say it is “in a state of crisis” or “has major problems,” according to a 2018 Gallup survey.
At UConn Health, researchers are exploring MDMA as a remedy for PTSD. If the FDA-approved study is successful, the treatment could be available in three years.
If you think you’re safe from those nasty, Lyme disease-carrying insects now that the cooler weather is here, forget it.
When I tell friends that 14 species of carnivorous plants grow wild in Connecticut, they go into states of low-key shock and denial.
Bill Finch’s enthusiasm is contagious as he walks through Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum and Planetarium and greets visitors.
STAMFORD — A colossal spoon, stained to symbolize burnt heroin, was installed Friday morning outside of Purdue Pharma’s Tresser Boulevard headquarters by protesters hoping to draw attention to the pharmaceutical company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic.
What does it take to change a paradigm, a convention of thought built up over decades? It doesn’t happen by accident. Most often paradigms shift through a concerted effort of collective action. Nowhere is this more clear than in the world of mental health and illness. In the 19th century, an…
Every day about 46 people tested positive for the flu — and every 38 hours someone died from it — during the most recent flu season in Connecticut.
Emma Seppälä recently gave birth to her second child without the aid of painkillers.
I have always been a relatively healthy person. I was never a big competitive sports buff, but I always ate my veggies and loved to exercise. In my 30s, I departed from a career in teaching and curatorial work, and became certified as a personal trainer. I also started boxing and competing i…
Human beings have been aboard the International Space Station continuously now for over 17 years. Crews spend months orbiting the Earth, privy to some of the most breathtaking views in the universe. But what exactly are they working on while hurtling through space? A few months from now the …
Children learn many important things in school. Little bricks of knowledge and information come together to form the foundation on which a future is built. Drew Drechsel learned his biggest lesson one day in high school when he was 15. He just happened to be backflipping off a vending machin…
It’s a long way to the Red Planet. In Windsor Locks, scientists and engineers are working with NASA on ways to keep astronauts alive for the voyage.
Inside a Yale lab, Adele Ricciardi is pouring small amounts of a clear liquid into two glass vials. Dressed in a white lab coat and wearing pink-rimmed lab glasses, the M.D. and Ph.D. student at Yale is preparing PNA molecules, which are a type of synthetic DNA.
In the mid-2000s, Claudia and Gilberto Candido received news no one wants to hear: their oldest child, Maurizio, had cancer.
In the wake of a study showing frequent overdiagnosis, is it time to change the way we screen for and treat the disease?
For most of the history of the human species, up until relatively recently, we understood our place in the world, and indeed in everything that exists, by looking to the stars. For centuries humans navigated the globe via the night sky. Ancient geometries allowed the European explorers to tr…