LVHN News (blog)

2018
April
20,
2018
End-of-life care for those we love brings out our deepest emotions. We have heard your concerns over our decision to close our Hospice House. We apologize for not communicating with you the discussions of the Pocono Medical Center Board, during the y...
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April
19,
2018
More than half of people over age 50 have hemorrhoids, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. But talking about swollen and inflamed veins in the anal or rectal area is something most of us would rather avo...
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April
17,
2018
You’ve probably heard of fetal alcohol syndrome. But what about opioid neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)? “We are seeing a rising incidence of this syndrome in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),” says Amanda Flicker, MD, LVHN Chief of Medic...
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April
12,
2018
As we “spring ahead” into a new season, changes will begin taking shape in the coming months at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton. Modernized and patient-friendly changes that will soon grace the interior and exterior of our community hospital. Constru...
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April
12,
2018
Planning to attend a race at the Pocono Raceway or other outdoor sporting events this summer? Keep these tips from our specialists at Lehigh Valley Health Network in mind to help you stay healthy and make the most of the sunshine season. Slath...
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April
12,
2018
When choosing a product or service, you’re looking for value. You want high quality at a fair cost, and you’ll search for the best value. At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), we’re driven to give you health care value. We aim to help you achiev...
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April
11,
2018
“Ouch! My back hurts!” If you’ve ever groaned about your back, you’re not alone. Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in our lives. It’s one of the most common reasons for a visit to a health care provider. If you have back pain, you...
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April
05,
2018
Health care isn’t on the list of things you enjoy. But when you need care – whether it’s with your family doctor, in the ER or hospital, or during a test – you expect to be treated the way you want to be treated. You want a good experience. At LVH...
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April
03,
2018
They’re the three words no one wants to hear: You have cancer. “It is definitely a daunting moment for anyone who gets a cancer diagnosis,” says Joseph Puzzi, MD, otolaryngologist with Boran and Puzzi, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, Pottsville. “Th...
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March
30,
2018
When you need health care, you want it at a convenient time that fits your busy life. That’s why LVHN is committed to giving you access to the care you need when you need it. The team from LVPG Family Medicine–Hamburg, for example, is focused on g...
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March
30,
2018
Lehigh Valley Health Network has a full team of family medicine and internal medicine physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and support staff at a location near you. Not only that, they have hours and availability that matches your busy sc...
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March
28,
2018
While you might not call your primary care provider (PCP) your best friend, there’s probably no one else who knows your body as well. Your PCP: Meet Our Expert Oliana Ros, MD Family Medicine View Profile Keeps tra...
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March
26,
2018
Though you may not know it by name, you might have seen someone with the hand condition Dupuytren disease (or Dupuytren contracture). The telltale sign is a severely curled and contracted finger, typically the ring or pinkie finger, or both. It affec...
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March
22,
2018
You may know that a hernia is when part of an organ or tissue goes through an opening in the muscle where it doesn’t belong. But do you know what a hiatal hernia is? Surgeon Scott Beman, MD, with LVPG General and Bariatric Surgery describes the pa...
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March
22,
2018
In the coming weeks, kindergarten registration in most public, non-public, private and parochial schools will occur. In addition to knowing which school your child will attend and filling out that school’s registration information, it’s important to ...
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March
20,
2018
The appendix is a thin worm-shaped pouch sitting at the junction of your small and large intestines. Measuring just under 4 inches, this small organ may not seem significant, but it can develop a painful, life-threatening condition called appendiciti...
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March
20,
2018
Whether you’re laid up from surgery or an injury, physical therapy can help you get back in the game. “Physical therapy can help you recover faster,” says physical therapist Leanne J. Cramer, manager of rehabilitation services at Lehigh Valley Hos...
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March
16,
2018
After surgeons removed her thyroid gland in February, Judy Davidson-Roth was thrilled to learn she would be one of the first patients to benefit from Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) new Thyrogen® program. The injectable drug allows patients to ...
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March
15,
2018
Ads featuring leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and mugs of green beer are out in full-force promoting pub crawls and other St. Patrick’s Day events, all aimed at encouraging people to drink early and often. While you might share an Irish toast with you...
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March
14,
2018
If you develop a hernia, it’s important to understand treatment options that are available to you. Surgeon Michael Mahoney, DO, with LVPG Surgery in Hazleton, says that knowledge will help you feel more comfortable discussing what’s next in your hern...
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March
08,
2018
Q&A: Yearly Mammogram Guidelines Mammogram guidelines – such as when you should have your first screening mammogram – can be confusing. We spoke to Priya Sareen, MD, imaging director of Breast Health Services at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)...
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March
07,
2018
Two significant storms impacted our area recently. Power outages caused by those storms, and subsequent use of power generators and other alternate heat sources, has had an unfortunate effect: an increased number of patients with symptoms of carbon m...
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March
06,
2018
One of the hallmarks of multiple sclerosis (MS) is unpredictability. “Symptoms can vary greatly, and each patient’s clinical history is different,” says neurologist Gary Clauser, MD, with LVPG Neurology. “Among the most consistent symptoms are loss o...
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March
05,
2018
In order to better serve the health needs of the people of central Lehigh County, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) expanded the hours of operation at two ExpressCARE locations in the area. ExpressCARE–Fogelsville, located at the Health Center a...
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March
02,
2018
Patients ages 16 and older who experience allergy symptoms, such as chronic rhinitis, nasal congestion and post-nasal drainage, can now be evaluated at LVPG Ear, Nose and Throat for reactions to airborne environmental allergens. Skin testing Th...
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February
28,
2018
An inguinal hernia happens when part of your intestine pushes through a weak spot in your lower belly, or groin area. The hernia creates a soft lump under the skin. Over time, this lump in your groin may get bigger. “Because an inguinal hernia will n...
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February
27,
2018
While undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, Doug Geisner, 57, a retired Lehigh Township police officer, experienced lower back pain, especially at bedtime. It’s a common side effect of the major surgery Geisner had, known as a Whipple procedure...
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February
21,
2018
If you have a lump in your belly or groin, it might be a hernia. But how do you know for sure? And what happens if you do have a hernia? Identifying a hernia Hernias develop when the stomach, intestines or other organs in your abdomen poke thro...
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February
13,
2018
Clinical trials for breast cancer may offer an opportunity for effective treatment not available otherwise, but for some, the thought of unfamiliar physicians and extra travel time can be overwhelming. However, women with breast cancer no longer need...
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February
12,
2018
Pregnancy myths are well meaning but often wrong. Whether passed from generation to generation or through pop culture, it can be hard to separate myth from reality. Obstetrician-gynecologist Atena Asiaii, MD, with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology, shar...
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