Bigger Isn’t Always Better

As a teenager, Destinee Deely of Macungie played sports. But then the late bloomer, well, bloomed, and suddenly she couldn’t enjoy those activities anymore. “After college, because of my breast size, I could no longer run,” says Deely, now 30. “It was painful and hurt my back.”

Fast forward a few years, as Deely and her husband Kevin welcomed daughter Rory. After pregnancy and breastfeeding, Deely’s bust line increased to a 36GG. “I had divots in my shoulders from my bra straps from having such large breasts,” she says.

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LVHN’s Medical Home Project Wins National Charitable Services Award

IMG_1433Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Medical Home Project won a 2015 Hospital Charitable Services Award, sponsored by Jackson Healthcare and announced Feb. 10 in Atlanta. The project was one of 10 named a “Program of Excellence,” which comes with a $10,000 unrestricted grant. More than 100 organizations nationwide competed for these awards.

The LVHN Medical Home Project is a team of health care professionals, patients, family members and community organization representatives focused on improving health care delivery and quality of life of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. LVHN family medicine physician Sweety Jain, MD, the project’s founder and  director, accepted the award for the team, accompanied by MHP team member Trieste Kennedy of Allentown.

“Patients and family members are integral to the success of the MHP,” says Jain, who sees patients at the Lehigh Valley Family Health Center. “They are the ones who live it every day and we need to hear from them and value their input”.

LVHN’s Community Exchange program was an award finalist.

How to Protect Your Health When Traveling Abroad

news-travelmed-400x400About the author: Suzanne Templer, DO, is a travel medicine specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). She practices with Keystone Travel Medicine, a service of LVPG Infectious Diseases–1250 Cedar Crest.

The worldwide concern over the spread of the Zika virus brings home an important point – that when you travel abroad, you can be exposed to diseases, insects and parasites we don’t have in the United States. It’s my role as a travel medicine physician to help protect you prior to your trip.

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5 Early Signs You Might Be Pregnant

pregnancy-testAbout the author: Reena Kanabar, MD, is an obstetrician/gynecologist with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology–West Broad in Bethlehem

Your period isn’t on time, and your mind starts to race. “Could I be pregnant,” you wonder.

It’s a question women ask themselves throughout their fertile years, because missing your period could mean you may be expecting. Yet it’s not a reliable indicator for every woman, particularly if you have irregular menstrual cycles. Pregnancy involves complex hormonal changes that begin as early as the first weeks.

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Allentown Teacher Avoids Pancreatic Cancer Through LVHN Early Detection Research Study

Wanda Brubaker doesn’t teach genetics to her sixth-graders at Allentown’s South Mountain Middle School, but if she did, she’d have a real-life lesson for them.

The teacher would tell her class, “Know your family history; early detection can save lives.” She knows how true this is; she’s lived it.

It started when Brubaker, 56, found a mole on her right leg in 2014.

Her primary care doctor, Kenneth Ryder, MD, sent her to Rohit Sharma, MD, with LVPG Surgical Oncology – 1240 Cedar Crest, who removed the suspicious growth.

When he found that it was malignant melanoma, Sharma encouraged Brubaker to have genetic testing at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest. She was found to be a carrier of a dangerous mutation in the p16 gene, which is linked to both melanoma and pancreatic cancer. Her mother and many family members had died of pancreatic cancer, putting her at high risk for the disease.

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