Jennifer Walker

jewalker@uconn.edu

UConn Center on Aging Study Seeks to Decrease COVID-19 Severity by Improving Immune Health in Older Adults

October 22, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults have been among the most impacted groups. People over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable, developing more severe disease, worse outcomes, and a nearly 100-fold increased risk of dying when compared to younger individuals. UConn Center on Aging at UConn Health will be leading an NIH-funded clinical trial […]

3D Printed Prosthetic Breast Grant Awarded to UConn Health

October 21, 2020

The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Biomedical Engineering Department at UConn Health.   The grant announced during Breast Cancer Awareness month is the largest of three to be awarded.  It will be used to fund its Personalized 3D Printed Breast Forms Project, which will create personalized 3D breast forms for […]

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Reveals Rare Disorder

October 15, 2020

An odd lump on Elizabeth Cowles Johnston’s breast prompted a Friday morning call to her primary care physician Rebecca Andrews at UConn Health. Dr. Andrews quickly fit her in, and upon checking the lump sent her to Dr. Alex Merkulov, Section Head of Women’s Imaging at the Beekley Imaging Center at UConn Health for a […]

Earlier Detection with Low-Dose Mammograms

October 1, 2020

While mammograms have been proven necessary screening for early signs of breast cancer, women typically don’t look forward to the uncomfortable annual visit. But now, new low dose mammography technology available at UConn Health captures clearer images with less time in compression and half the dose of radiation. In the past year, the Beekley Imaging […]

Ovarian Cancer Caught Early with Genetic Testing

September 22, 2020

Lisa Baxter of Stafford Springs was 51 when she started having issues that were attributed to pre-menopause.  When her niece who was seven years younger than her was diagnosed with a genetic form of ovarian cancer she decided that she should undergo genetic testing. Some ovarian cancers cluster in families. These cancers are described as […]

World Alzheimer’s Day Raises Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease

September 17, 2020

Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease. There is no treatment or cure for the clinical progression of the disease. Current treatments temporarily improve symptoms of the disease. As the sixth leading cause of death, 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer […]

How a Hip Study may have Prevented a Fatal Heart Condition

September 16, 2020

Connie Ali, 88 of Farmington, came to the UConn Center on Aging for her final appointment as part of the STEP-HI clinical trial that she had taken part in after she had broken her hip. However, during this final visit, the study team would catch a condition that, if undiagnosed and untreated could have led […]

Leading the Way in POCUS Instruction

September 3, 2020

In critical care medicine, time is everything – time is heart, time is brain, time is life. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is an emerging tool utilized extensively in the Emergency Department at UConn Health to expedite triage, diagnosis, and treatment in critically ill patients. UConn Health also is leading the charge in POCUS education, with many […]

Protecting Yourself from the Flu during the Coronavirus Pandemic

September 2, 2020

While every flu season is unpredictable, the 2020-2021 season will certainly be unique as the COVID-19 pandemic still looms. The prospect of the flu season during the coronavirus pandemic leaves health experts looking for answers. COVID-19 has already claimed the lives of over 170,000 Americans and the flu usually accounts for tens of thousands of […]

Health Professions Students form Community for Hartford Seniors during COVID-19

August 10, 2020

Each day, as the numbers of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic escalate, one thing is clear: no matter where they live, the elderly face the highest risk. Older adults have been instructed to limit face-to-face interactions with individuals outside their immediate household to protect themselves from COVID-19. COVID-19 has forced many family members to […]

I Wasn’t Giving Up for My Baby

July 31, 2020

Tasharia Oliver was prepared to give her daughter Denver the best, no matter what it took.  Oliver had taken all the pre-natal courses and learned about the importance of breastfeeding when she was pregnant and she decided breastfeeding was the best option for her baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the […]