If Your Child Can’t Sleep, This Type of Study Might Be What Your Family Needs

Dora doll for pediatric sleep study

The doll used at the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center shows children what to expect during a sleep study.

You’ve tried everything to get your child to sleep. You’ve darkened the bedroom, instituted a specific sleep schedule, and even employed old-school relaxation strategies such as a hot bath or some bedtime reading before bed. Nothing has worked. So now your primary care physician believes it’s time to see what the sleep specialists have to say. Your doctor orders a sleep study.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) offers two locations for pediatric sleep disorder studies – one at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street in Allentown, the other at the Health Center at Bethlehem Township. After receiving your primary care physician’s referral, LVHN’s trained sleep disorders professionals take it from there.

Here’s a look at what families can expect when a child enters a sleep study at LVHN: Read More »

LVHN Hematologist-Oncologist Authors Study About Improving Multidisciplinary Care for Cancer Patients

Eliot Friedman, MD

Eliot Friedman, MD
Hematology oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)’s participation in the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) from 2010-2014 resulted in improvements to the multidisciplinary care cancer patients receive, according to a study authored by an LVHN hematologist-oncologist.

Eliot Friedman, MD, with Hematology-Oncology Associates, wrote the study for the Journal of Oncology Practice. It summarizes the results of assessments at 14 NCCCP sites with multidisciplinary clinics for lungbreast and colon-rectal cancer in June 2010, June 2011 and June 2012. The American Society of Clinical Oncology reports on the study in an article that published online last week.

LVHN’s multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs) are teams of physicians and a patient navigator who review your case and meet with you together. At the conference, the team gives you a written opinion that combines all of the experts’ input and recommendations.  Read More »

Vitamin D Update: New Study Reports Evidence That Higher Levels Improve Colon-Rectal Cancer Outcomes

A new study that provides additional evidence concerning vitamin D levels in colon-rectal cancer patients will be presented this week at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. The study also explores the potential impact vitamin D may have on a patient’s length of survival.

Lehigh Valley Health Network hematologist oncologist Maged Khalil, MD, discussed the connection between vitamin D and colon-rectal cancer outcomes in our November 2014 Healthy You Tip on this topic. Get Khalil’s insight, and take our quiz to learn more about vitamin D.

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Influenza Cases Triple; Experts Urge Getting Flu Shot Despite Imperfect Match

The number of people in our region who are sick with influenza tripled last week, including outbreaks among residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, according to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) infection control experts.

That’s in part because this year’s flu vaccine does not protect against the particular strain of the flu that has been circulating most prominently this winter. The virus’ genes mutate quickly, so the vaccine is not always a complete match.

“Nevertheless, we absolutely endorse getting a flu shot, because at the very least it gives you partial protection,” Terry Burger, RN, LVHN’s director of infection control and prevention, told WFMZ-TV 69News for this report. (Watch the video below.)

It’s not too late to get vaccinated. The most flu cases are reported during February; December typically is the second-worst flu month, says LVHN infectious disease specialist Luther Rhodes, MD, with Lehigh Valley Infectious Diseases Specialists. Read More »