Hazleton Teen, 14, Revives Father With CPR

News-LozanoCPR-400x400Teenagers rarely get to be heroes. But Daniel Lozano, 14, earned that honor early on Dec. 27, 2015, in his Hazleton home.

Around 4:30 a.m., the eighth-grader heard Mirian, his mother, screaming his father’s name. Francisco, 45, lay unconscious on the bed – pale, still, with no pulse.

Shaken and desperate, Mirian called 911.

“I told her to calm down and started CPR,” says Daniel matter-of-factly in his deep adult-sounding voice.

He jumped on the bed, clasped his hands flat in the center of his father’s chest and did a series of fast compressions. Then he locked his open mouth onto Francisco’s and blew strongly into it several times. Daniel says he recalls seeing CPR done on TV, but never had formal instructions.

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When She Could No Longer Smile Through The Pain, Ruth Egan Got Help From an OACIS Palliative Medicine Expert

News-OACIS-400x400Typically, 89-year-old Ruth Egan is spunky enough to make light of her daily pain. But one day her daughter, Patricia, visited her at Phoebe Ministries’ assisted living facility – and immediately got scared.

“She said she felt like she was dying, and that’s not like her,” Patricia says. “My mom has been managing a spinal condition and an inoperable hernia for some time. Her primary care doctor at Phoebe is a good physician, yet my mom needed an additional resource. Luckily for us, I work at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), and I knew of a place we could get help.”

Patricia, a physician liaison at LVHN, turned to the network’s OACIS (Optimizing Advanced Complex Illness Support) Palliative Medicine program, which assists patients and their families with the physical and emotional challenges of advanced complex illnesses. The OACIS team includes doctors, advanced practice nurses and social workers.

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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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