Dr. Anthony Alessi and his daughter, Dr. Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa are both part of the Sports Neurology Program at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute. This father daughter team share a passion for boxing and MMA – that is - the fight to make these sports safer and protect the fighters from serious brain injury. They’ll take you ringside and describe what they are looking for in the fighters that might compel them to end the fight.
Check the links below for more compelling stories about the risk of traumatic brain injury in fighters and what is being done to better protect them.
Podcast: MMA Guidance from a Black Belt Physician
Article: Boxing Study Shows The Bigger They Are, The Harder It Is On The Brain
Steve Coates welcomes Dr. Joseph Wagner, Chief of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at Hartford Hospital. This month marks the 20th anniversary of FDA approval for robotic prostatectomy and Dr. Wagner was one of the first in the nation to perform this groundbreaking procedure. He’ll take us back to what that was like for him and for the patient – and he’ll also describe how this technology has changed over the past two decades.
Learn more about Robotic Surgery at Hartford HealthCare's Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Hartford HealthCare’s Steve Coates talks to Dr. Bharat Narapareddy, a neuropsychiatrist at the Institute of Living, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network. He’s also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Dr. Narapareddy is part of a collaborative research team who recently published a study on brain changes in professional fighters based on weight class. He helps us better understand the effect repeated blows to the head have on brain structure and function over time.
Hartford HealthCare’s Steve Coates talks Dr. Amy Sanders, Director of Hartford HealthCare’s Memory Care Center. They explore the affects the COVID era may be having on our brains and topics most of us can relate to including brain fog, stress-related memory loss, and what we can all be doing to stave off age-related memory loss. Here’s Steve Coates.
If you would like to learn more about services offered at Hartford HealthCare’s Memory Care Center, go to www.HartfordHealthCare.org/MemoryCare
Dr. Vijay Yanamadala, a neurosurgeon with the Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Spine Wellness Center in Westport, Connecticut, joins us to discuss spine deformities such as scoliosis, advances in spine surgery, and how taking a non-surgical or holistic approach is benefiting so many who are living with a spine deformity or suffering from back or neck pain.
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Hartford HealthCare’s Steve Coates talks with Dr. Jeffrey Nestler, Hartford Hospital Chief of Gastroenterology and Medical Co-Director of the Digestive Health Center. They discuss new colonoscopy recommendations, advances made in preventing, detecting and treating colon cancer, the pros and cons of home test kits – and even dreaded colonoscopy prep. Here’s Steve Coates.
For more information or to schedule your screening, go to HartfordHealthCare.org/services and choose Digestive Health.
Hartford HealthCare’s Steve Coates talks with Sarah Lewis, Vice President of Health Equity at Hartford HealthCare, and Dr. John Santopietro, Physician-in-Chief of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, to discuss the urgency of addressing health equity, why it’s important, particularly within our Black and Hispanic communities, vaccine hesitancy, and efforts underway to ensure diversity and inclusion within Hartford HealthCare and the communities it serves.
For more information and resources about health equity and the vaccine, go to HartfordHealthCare.org/vaccine
Hartford HealthCare's Steve Coates talks to Dr. Subramani Seetharama, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network. They will explore what’s being called “long hauler syndrome” which finds many COVID-19 patients struggling with various symptoms - long after the virus itself clears, and how Hartford HealthCare’s COVID Recovery Center and Rehabilitation Network can help.
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Keith Grant, Senior System Director of Infection Prevention at Hartford HealthCare, talks about some positive trends we are seeing right now in the state of Connecticut, which include lower COVID and flu numbers overall and fewer cases of cluster spreading. He also provides some encouraging data about vaccine efficacy against new COVID variants, and vaccine brand options we should all consider.
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Featured guest: LeaAnn Blanchard, a social worker and executive director at Hartford HealthCare's The Orchards at Southington, a residential and assisted living community for senior citizens in Southington, Connecticut.
Isolation in the midst of a pandemic touches every one of us in one way or another. Learn about those most at risk and how we can help each other to connect and ease loneliness.
Additional Hartford HealthCare support services and links discussed in this episode:
The Center for Healthy Aging
Virtual Dementia Caregivers Support Group
Vaccine information and resources
HHC Independence at Home
Community Care Center hotline 1.833.621.0600
In this episode, Hartford HealthCare’s Steve Coates talks with Dr. Kelly McGonigle, an OBGYN, Resident at Hartford Hospital, Dr. Stephanie Bakaysa, an attending OBGYN at Hartford Hospital, and Dr. Adam Borgida, Chief of OBGYN at Hartford Hospital. They discuss COVID-19 vaccine options for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Dr. McGonigle is 24 weeks pregnant and Dr. Bakaysa is breastfeeding. Both have received the vaccine.
For more resources and vaccine information, go to HartfordHealthCare.org/Vaccine.
Hartford HealthCare’s Jocelyn Maminta talks with Dr. Jurate Ivanaviciene, an infectious disease specialist at Hartford HealthCare’s St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They discuss current COVID facts and figures, the new strain, and the vaccine: Who should get it and who should not? Potential side effects - and some of the myths circulating about vaccines currently be administered in the U.S.
For more vaccine information and resources, go to HartfordHealthCare.org/vaccine
In this special episode, Hartford HealthCare’s Steve Coates sits down with Dr. Sam Pope, ICU medical director at Hartford Hospital and pulmonologist with the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group. They discuss the science and many aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine including safety, potential side effects, efficacy and even the prospects of alternate uses for similar vaccines.
For more information about the vaccine news and resources, go to HartfordHealthCare.org/vaccine
In this special edition of the Hartford HealthCare podcast, Steve Coates talks with Eric Arlia, senior director of systems pharmacy for Hartford HealthCare, to update us on the approval, delivery and safety of the first COVID-19 vaccine considered for U.S. distribution.
You will learn about the extensive planning and preparation underway for phase 1: Vaccination of front line healthcare workers and the most vulnerable population in our communities.
Learn more about Hartford HealthCare and the COVID-19 vaccine.
In this episode, Hartford HealthCare’s Steve Coates shares a remarkable story of a role reversal of sorts. Professor and student meet again, unexpectedly – as patient and physician - at the height of the pandemic.
You'll also learn about an important alliance between Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering - and the difference it is making in this patient's cancer journey.
In this episode of More Life, Hartford HealthCare’s Steve Coates talks to Jim Mason, a 67-year-old heart failure patient who was faced with repeat hospitalizations. His cardiologist, Dr. Howard L. Haronian, who saw Mason as the perfect candidate for the outpatient CardioMEMS procedure. It involves implanting a wireless sensor in the pulmonary artery and can significantly reduce heart failure hospital admissions and vastly improve quality of life.
Learn more about the CardioMEMS procedure at Hartford HealthCare
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In this episode of Hartford HealthCare’s More Life podcast, Erin Hallinan, a nurse practitioner in the ICU and chair of the APRN Council at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, shares her professional and personal experiences during the COVID-19 surge.
Hartford HealthCare has treated thousands of COVID-19 patients, many of whom are still struggling with lingering side effects.
For most of us, our routines have changed - and that could be putting us at risk of weight gain. In this episode, Dr. Darren Tishler, director of metabolic and bariatric surgery at Hartford HealthCare, discusses how many Americans are struggling with their weight. Learn about the risks of being overweight associated with covid-19, overall health, social stigma and even that pesky Quarantine 15.
Learn more about surgical and non-surgical weight loss options at WhatWillYouGain.org
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No pain pills post-surgery? It's possible with a revolutionary pain management program which utilizes nerve blocking to mitigate pain and reduce the need for opioids and other pain medications. In this episode, you'll meet the surgeon, Dr. Girard Girasole, the anesthesiologist, Dr. Theresa Bowling, and the Patient, Vince, who recently underwent spine surgery using nerve blocking and got his life back - pain free.
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September is National Suicide Prevention month. In this episode, Dr. John Santopietro, physician in chief at Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network, discusses important warning signs and how to start the conversation with someone who might be struggling with thoughts of self-harm.
He also provides insight into some alarming statistics with rates of suicide likely on the rise in numbers, particularly among young people of color.
Dr. Nicole Gill, a headache specialist with Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Headache Center in Cheshire, Connecticut, talks about the triggers of migraine, how they can affect our families, friends and careers, and how certain lifestyle changes might just relieve your pain.
Listen to episode 2 featuring Dr. Joe Casaly for some promising new headache treatment and devices on the market.
Dr. Joe Casaly, a neurologist with Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Headache Center in Mystic, Connecticut, discusses types of headache including migraine and cluster headaches. He also gives us some great news about treatment options including medications and wearable devices new to the market.
Listen to episode one featuring Dr. Nicole Gill for a deeper dive into the triggers and treatment of migraine.
Sarah Lewis, vice president of health equity at Hartford HealthCare, talks about the lack of access to quality of life and quality healthcare for the black population, and helps us get more comfortable about speaking up on the topic.
Dr. Khalid Abbed, Co-Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute, talks addresses common back pain and when surgery may not be your best option.https://stvincents.org/services/spine-care
Statistics show nearly 50% of millennials do NOT have a primary care physician. In this episode of Hartford HealthCare’s More Life podcast, Dr. Linette Rosario, a primary care physician with the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group in Bridgeport, talks about millennial health trends and the importance of the primary care connection.