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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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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A New Look at Antibiotics

Antibiotics-blogWithout fail, when your mucus turns shades of yellow and green, you think you need an antibiotic. These days, however, antibiotics aren’t the recommended treatment.

“Most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses, not bacteria, so an antibiotic will not help you,” says pediatrician Debra Carter, MD, with LVPG Pediatrics–Trexlertown. As for that mucus, “It’s all part of the normal cycle of a cold,” Carter says. “You’ll feel better in 10 days to two weeks.”

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Clarks Summit Student Celebrates 21st Birthday with New Heart Valve

Melanie-Ray-LindseyLindsey Hannigan celebrated her 21st birthday on Jan. 29, 2016, at home in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County, aware she might not have reached this milestone of adult life.

Less than two months earlier, the college junior had heart surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township to replace her diseased aortic valve with one that would allow blood to easily flow from her heart to the rest of her body. She says the operation was done just in time, as her own valve had been leaking dangerously with each heartbeat over the past few months.

“I might not have reached 21 if I didn’t have the surgery,” Hannigan says.

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How ECMO Helps People Heal from Hypothermia and Other Conditions

About the author: James Wu, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon with LVPG Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery–1250 Cedar Crest. He’s part of a team that’s used ECMO therapy on more than 140 patients in the past three years, including Justin Smith.

The recent story about Justin Smith, the young man found frozen in a snow bank last February and brought back to life, has raised awareness of a therapy called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO. While ECMO is considered a last-resort option for someone with cardiac or respiratory failure, it’s a technology that’s a proven lifesaver.

ECMO technology has advanced in the past 10 years. It began to get major interest from the medical community because of how it helped adults with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) improve in-hospital survival during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Those results were reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2011. Read More »