LVHN News (blog)
2017
October
11,
2017
Many people with head and neck cancer experience a variety of symptoms, and most are quite noticeable. “Many symptoms of head and neck cancer don’t go away for two weeks or more,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network otolaryngology surgeon Chetan Nay...
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October
11,
2017
This time last year, Schuylkill Health was integrating its hospitals and at the same time, merging into Lehigh Valley Health Network. The merger forever changed the local landscape for health care – improving access and delivery to services now and f...
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October
11,
2017
How you plan to feed your new baby is an important decision only you can make. At Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, we provide information on infant nutrition and the benefits of breastfeeding, then support you no matter what feeding method you choo...
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October
11,
2017
Most men being treated for prostate cancer need daily radiation therapy over nine weeks. “That’s a huge inconvenience,” says Charles Andrews, MD, director of radiation oncology at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono. “We’re trying toshorten courses o...
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October
11,
2017
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and your body’s cells. It helps produce cell membranes and hormones. There are two types of cholesterol: good cholesterol – high-density lipoprotein or HDL, and bad cholesterol – low-dens...
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October
10,
2017
Before weight-loss surgery, many patients prepare and lose weight by following these suggestions from the team at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Weight Management Center. “Good nutrition and habits are the basis for any- one’s success,” says register...
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October
10,
2017
You might think pressure is some- thing to avoid. But if you’re dealing with a stubborn wound, pressure can help promote healing when delivered in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. “With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you breathe 100 percent oxygen,” says ...
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October
09,
2017
There’s only one big problem with being 91 years old as far as William Bakes is concerned. “All my friends are gone,” says the proud World War II veteran from Allentown. “Outside of my family, there aren’t many people I can call a friend anymore.”...
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October
09,
2017
When you are diagnosed with a disease, it may seem like your doctor is making all the treatment decisions. But, in fact, a team including pathologists and radiologists is often working in the background to help pinpoint what you have. Here’s why thes...
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October
09,
2017
It’s a dreaded sound for basketball and football players – a popping noise and then ensuing knee pain. Many times its meniscus cartilage tearing that’s making that pop. “It’s one of the more common problems we see in our office,” says orthopedic s...
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October
09,
2017
Traveling to another hospital while you are experiencing neurological symptoms is a hardship for people. It is particularly difficult for older people or people who suffer from chronic conditions. Telemedicine can resolve many of those challenges. “T...
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October
09,
2017
Anthropologists believe the main function of the eyebrow is to guard the eye from sweat droplets and other eye-irritating matter. Artists, psychologists and even poker players know brows play a starring role in facial expressions. But beyond their pr...
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October
09,
2017
When you hear that someone has a hernia, what do you think? If you think that they may have lifted something heavy and injured their groin, you have a basic idea, says Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton surgeon Jayme Lieberman, MD, with LVPG General and...
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October
09,
2017
Your heart is complex. When it’s in distress from a heart attack, you need specialists who understand its complexities and have the resources to provide necessary care. Here’s a look at two lifesaving treatments Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) ca...
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October
06,
2017
Author: Robert Prosnitz, MD, is a radiation oncologist with Allentown Radiation Oncology Associates at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. I meet many patients with persistent trigeminal neuralgia (TN) who worry they may need invasive surgery to r...
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September
25,
2017
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has won two prestigious health care honors in the 2017 Morning Call Readers’ Choice Awards, released by the newspaper on Sunday. LVHN won Best Hospital/Health Network and LVPG Family Medicine won Best Family Doc...
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September
22,
2017
Day in and day out, nurses call on specialized skills to provide care for victims of illness, injury and trauma. Yet some injuries are so emotionally and physically damaging they require an extra level of sensitivity and skill. Now, an innovative edu...
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September
21,
2017
Have you ever felt sharp pain in your right side? It could be a sign of gallbladder disease. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatments from surgeon Michael Mahoney, DO, with LVPG Surgery and family medicine nurse practitioner Jennifer Yourey, CRNP, wi...
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September
18,
2017
It’s one of the most common conditions in health care, affecting from 10 to 30 percent of people in the U.S. in some form each year. Yet sinusitis (sinus infections) continues to be misunderstood. “Many people assume allergies and sinus problems a...
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September
15,
2017
When rookie LVHN volunteer Sheldon Dubois, 17, was paired up with nine-year-veteran volunteer Shelden Radin, 80, for the summer of 2017, the shared name instantly bonded them. “I’ve never met anyone else named Sheldon in my life,” says the younger...
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September
14,
2017
Gamma Knife® Icon™ is considered the radiosurgery “gold standard” for treating cancerous and noncancerous brain conditions, but it also offers another important advantage: a frameless treatment option for improved patient comfort and flexibility. ...
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September
13,
2017
Becoming ill while traveling in a foreign country can be frightening, so it is best to be prepared before you leave home. Taking the following measures can minimize inconvenience and distress should you become ill while traveling in a foreign country...
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September
12,
2017
You probably can’t get through the day without glancing at your smartphone, laptop or tablet. But staring too much and too long at these wireless devices isn’t just distracting, it also may hurt your neck and spine. It’s called “text neck,” and it...
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September
11,
2017
Prenatal education is an important part of the pregnancy experience. Most first-time parents find the experience so valuable they attend refresher classes. In fact, the expectant mom sitting next to you in class just might be part of your health care...
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September
08,
2017
The weather forecast for Sunday’s Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Via Marathon is warm and sunny. For Ian Walsh, who set a record in 2015 as the half-marathon champion, that forecast signals something that’s important to every distance runner. ...
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September
08,
2017
Author: Alyson McIntosh, MD, is a radiation oncologist with Allentown Radiation Oncology Associates at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. When I meet with patients who are potential candidates for Gamma Knife® Icon™ treatment, they often have que...
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September
07,
2017
Head and neck cancer is the term given to cancers that start in the head and neck region. There are many different types of tissues in this area. These cancers can begin in any of these places: Voice box or larynx Nasal cavity, the passage behi...
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September
06,
2017
Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital encourages vaccinations for newborns and toddlers. A new school year is upon us and timely vaccinations are an effective way for parents to keep their children protected from illness. It’s important to follow the imm...
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September
01,
2017
Our new children’s play center on the campus of LVH–Muhlenberg is sure to bring a smile to the faces of children and their parents when it opens on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Located inside the Family Health Pavilion, Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Play Ce...
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August
31,
2017
Summer is almost gone and most area children will be back in school before the end of the month. Whether your kids walk to school or take a school bus, there are some things you should keep in mind – and review with your children – to ensure their sa...
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