K2 Use Creates Patient Surge at Lehigh Valley Area Hospitals

Kenneth Katz, MD

Kenneth Katz, MD
Emergency medicine

Lehigh Valley hospitals have experienced a surge during the past week of young patients with severe reactions after using the synthetic cannabinoid known as K2.

“More than two dozen patients have been treated since Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown (where Lehigh Valley Health Network physicians staff the emergency room), and about 10 people have been admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest,” says LVHN medical toxicologist and emergency medicine physician Kenneth Katz, MD.

Most of the patients are high school-aged adolescents or young adults under 30 years old. “Normally, we may see one of these in a month,” Katz says. “This is clearly an exponential boom.”

LVHN encourages families to talk with their children and loved ones about the dangers of the drug, because the effects are serious.

K2 is a green, leafy matter that’s laced with a hazardous chemical compound that causes harmful reactions in the body. Using it can cause fever, seizures, delirium, agitation and rhabdomyolysis – the destruction of muscle tissue that results from muscles working overtime, which can lead to kidney failure. Read More »

Vote on Facebook for Your Favorite Artwork from Our Fourth Community Canvas 2015 Event

Luisa Sinisterra

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School third-grader Luisa Sinisterra won the audience vote at Tuesday’s Community Canvas event.

It’s time for you to visit our Facebook page and choose your favorite artwork from our fourth Community Canvas 2015 event.

On Tuesday night, students from Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School in Bethlehem brought their artistic talents to the Bethlehem Area Public Library. The artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. During the contest, attendees enjoyed free healthy meal samples such as a breakfast burrito and mini quiche bites from Randy Zerfass, chef at Lehigh Country Club in Allentown.

Attendees also voted for their favorite artwork. Third-grader Luisa Sinisterra won top honors. But there’s still some voting to do.

Now you can visit Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Facebook page to view the artwork and vote to determine which other artist will move on to the Grand Finale on May 17, featuring Disney television star Sabrina Carpenter. Voting will be open for one week. If you’re using a mobile device to vote, search for “Lehigh Valley Health Network” in your Facebook app. Read More »

Join Us April 21 at Bethlehem Area Public Library for Fourth Community Canvas 2015 Event

Audrey Gill at Community Canvas

Cheston Elementary School third-grader Audrey Gill won the Facebook vote after the third 2015 Community Canvas event.

Student artists from Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School will be showing off their skills in the fourth Community Canvas 2015 preliminary round 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Bethlehem Area Public Library, 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem.

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in collaboration with Lehigh Valley Art Spark and Communities in Schools, Community Canvas encourages area children to eat healthy and live well.

At the April 21 event, each student artist will receive a lunchbox full of supplies and will have 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a healthy theme. The audience in attendance will vote for their favorites, and the artwork also will be posted to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Facebook page for voting. The artists with the most votes will advance to the grand finale this spring. All children who participate will receive a prize.

In addition, chef Randy Zerfass of Lehigh County Country Club will prepare free healthy meal samples for those in attendance. Read More »

Learn 10 Tips to Stop the Fighting and Raise Happy Siblings

siblings fightingIf your children don’t get along with each other, consider registering for our workshop next week that will help you replace sibling rivalry with peace. Learn hands-on, practical skills to stop the squabbling and encourage your children to cooperate and negotiate instead.

You can end the fighting and create an encouraging family. If your second child is on the way, attend this class to learn how to avoid conflict before it even starts. Read More »

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Disney Star Sabrina Carpenter to Appear at Community Canvas Grand Finale

Sabrina CarpenterActress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Maya Hart in the popular Disney Channel television series “Girl Meets World,” will make an appearance at the Community Canvas 2015 Grand Finale from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at PBS Studios, 839 Sesame St., Bethlehem. Doors will open to the public starting at 12:30 p.m.

Community Canvas is an art competition for area elementary school students sponsored by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Lehigh Valley Art Spark and Communities in Schools. The purpose of Community Canvas is to encourage area children to eat healthy and live well.

Carpenter, 15, hails from Quakertown. She got her start in acting in 2011 with a role on “Law & Order: SVU” and started singing professionally the same year. Carpenter had a role in the 2013 file “Horns” with Daniel Radcliffe before joining the cast of “Girl Meets World” that year. Her debut music single “Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying” was released by Radio Disney last year. Her debut album, “Eyes Wide Open,” was released in January.

Families are encouraged to go to LVHN.org/canvas to register for the Sabrina Carpenter appearance at the grand finale. You must be 18 or older to register for the event. Read More »