Jennifer Walker

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National Awards for UConn Health Faculty

This fall UConn Health and its faculty have been applauded on the national stage for their accomplishments.  The most recent accolades include: American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Executive Committee Welcomes New Member Dr. Augustus (Gus) Mazzocca is a new member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Executive Committee. He currently serves as president […]

Family Honors Mother’s Alzheimer’s Journey

November is Alzheimer’s disease and National Family Caregiver Awareness Months.  The month recognizes and raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and is dedicated to supporting caregivers who care for family and friends. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior.  Symptoms of Alzheimer’s eventually grow severe enough to interfere […]

Great American Smokeout is November 19, 2020

The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, a day when millions of Americans are urged to quit smoking and begin a healthier life free from tobacco, is Nov. 19. About 32.4 million American adults still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes […]

UConn Health Employees Honored as 2020 HealthCare Heroes by Hartford Business Journal

The Hartford Business Journal announced its 2020 Healthcare Heroes Awards that identifies outstanding leaders in the healthcare industry who are the epitome of a “hero.” Congratulations to UConn Health’s honorees Dr. David Banach, hospital epidemiologist in the physician category, and Nancy Dupont, nursing director of epidemiology in the health care staff category. “Congratulations and gratitude […]

Q&A – COVID-19 and Older Adults

Individuals 65 years and older are more than 100 times as likely to develop severe COVID-19 including the risk of hospitalization or death as compared to individuals under the age of 65.  We asked Dr. George Kuchel, Chief, Geriatric Medicine at UConn Health and Director, UConn Center on Aging what older adults can do to […]

Pancreatic Cancer Takes the Lives of Beloved U.S. Icons

Alex Trebek and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg brought awareness to the disease that is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. that has a 5-year survival rate of 10%.

An Act of Kindness that Changed a Life

When Curtis Exum, 62 of Torrington, was admitted to the Oncology Unit at UConn John Dempsey Hospital, his diagnosis was not good and his spirits were worse. “As soon as I came here, I wanted to go home,” says Exum. “I was really low and my sanity was in a bad place.” Sammy Myers, a […]

I Think of Strokes Happening in Older People, Not Me

A sunny, hot day on the golf course in July, Karen Walsh’s life as she knew it changed. Having the greatest round ever and working toward a new personal best, she was getting ready to drive the ball when she had a sudden onset of dizziness. Thinking she was just dehydrated, she drank liquids but […]

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

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 […]

A view of the UConn Health campus.

3D Printed Prosthetic Breast Grant Awarded to UConn Health

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 […]