LVHN News (blog)

2019
May
17,
2019
Midwifery care is a growing and welcome part of our obstetrics and gynecology team. At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), midwives play a special role in providing exceptional care to women. Midwifery care is safe and satisfying, and it is unique a...
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May
15,
2019
When Jane Storm underwent surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton last spring, her family didn’t fret in the waiting room during the 10-hour process, wondering how she was doing. Instead, they used a new app on their mobile devices known as ...
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May
12,
2019
It’s hard to argue with the successful impact made by screening mammograms. A recent study looked at breast cancer deaths over a long period of time (1969 to 2015). What it found was encouraging: Since 1990, fewer women die each year from breast canc...
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May
10,
2019
Each year, more than 70,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma in the U.S. – the deadliest type of skin cancer – and more than 9,000 people die from the disease. Regionally, more than 150 people are diagnosed and treated at Lehigh Valley Cancer Insti...
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May
07,
2019
Obstetrician-gynecologist Cheryl Hamilton, MD, with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Practicing since the 1980s, Hamilton has witnessed a...
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May
02,
2019
There’s a new place at LVH-Muhlenberg where patients and their loved ones can go to get some fresh air, relax, talk and be with one another as they heal. It’s the new ICU Healing Garden at LVH-Muhlenberg. Located on the second floor, the garden featu...
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April
30,
2019
Patients who normally visit Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)– Hazleton for outpatient lab testing and imaging services are encouraged to go to the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton for more convenient access to services. With the expansion of the emer...
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April
26,
2019
Meet Our Experts Adam Kotkiewicz, DO, is a hematologist oncologist with LVPG Hematology Oncology–Muhlenberg. View Profile Your Next Step At Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, you'll find hope—and so much more. Learn More ...
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April
25,
2019
When unused medications find their way into the wrong hands, it can have dangerous and often tragic consequences. On Saturday, April 27, you can be one of thousands across the country who will clean out unwanted or expired medications and help assure...
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April
11,
2019
Ovarian cancer often doesn’t cause any symptoms until after it has spread outside the ovary. Even then, symptoms are often subtle and similar to other more common diseases. That’s why women need to be familiar with ovarian cancer symptoms, and kno...
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April
11,
2019
Anyone can develop esophageal cancer, but there are some factors that can increase your risk for it. Lehigh Valley Health Network offers the following guidelines to help you understand your risk factors and lower your chances of developing the diseas...
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April
09,
2019
A slip and fall injury in your home or driveway may result in a hematoma. Though similar to a bruise, a hematoma is a pool of clotted or partially clotted blood that forms when blood vessels leak or burst. A hematoma can occur deep in the abdominal w...
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April
04,
2019
Meet Our Expert Paul Cesanek, MD General surgery View Profile When Macungie resident Randy Bernhard, was first diagnosed with a hernia, he was concerned. Looking back, he admits that his initial fear and anxiety came...
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April
01,
2019
When a public figure reveals a health diagnosis, it is often accompanied by a message of hope and determination. Last year, pancreatic cancer was the third-leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Inst...
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March
28,
2019
Ever heard of the Hackerman-Patz House? Located on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, the Hackerman-Patz house has provided peaceful, affordable lodging for families who wish to remain close to a hospitalized loved one for the past sev...
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March
26,
2019
Hacking cough. Sneezing. Runny nose. Congestion. When cold or flu symptoms come on strong and it’s after hours or on the weekend, ExpressCARE is here for you and the whole family – without an appointment, 365 days a year. To make it even more conveni...
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March
25,
2019
Most teens know that tobacco use is dangerous, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, youth cigarette smoking has plummeted. Unfortunately, a new danger has arisen in its place: vaping, or use of electronic devices such as e-cigarettes. ...
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March
22,
2019
Antibiotics are powerful medicines used to treat certain illnesses. However, antibiotics do not cure everything, and taking them when you don’t need them can even be harmful. What’s the problem? There are two main types of germs that cause most...
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March
19,
2019
Right now, the spotlight is on teams competing in the national college basketball championship playoffs. For orthopedic surgeon Gabe Lewullis, MD, with LVPG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, these games bring back memories of the 1996 first-round matc...
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March
15,
2019
Managing diabetes can be complicated. But a new insulin pump system makes it easier to achieve control by automatically adjusting blood sugar levels 24 hours a day. The Medtronic MiniMed™ 670G Insulin Pump System reads glucose levels every five minut...
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March
14,
2019
Meet Our Expert Eric Bean, DO Emergency Medicine View Profile It’s 2 a.m., and your 3-year-old has a fever. Or you’re not feeling well, but you just can’t leave the office. Or you’re feeling ill, and it’s too icy to ...
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March
13,
2019
Measles seems like a disease from the past. In fact, in 2000 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that measles was eliminated from the U.S. as a result of standardized measles vaccination programs. So how do measles outbreaks k...
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March
08,
2019
1. Get vaccinated. “This is priority one,” says family physician Victor Catania, MD, with LVPG Family Medicine–Tobyhanna. “Flu season peaks in January and February, but you can get flu throughout the season, so it’s never too late to get a vaccine.” ...
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March
07,
2019
Meet Our Expert Gordon Fried, DO Cardiology View Profile   For 20 years, John Loguercio faced danger on a daily basis as a New York City detective. When he finally retired, he sighed with relief, knowing that he was...
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March
05,
2019
Each year, more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sepsis, a dysfunctional and toxic response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Early symptoms of sepsis often go undetected and therefore untreat...
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February
28,
2019
Stroudsburg resident Jeff Desind says he’s lived on borrowed time for almost a quarter century. In 1994, he was diagnosed with rare hairy cell leukemia. “It destroys your immune system – so you die of something else,” Desind says. “In 1994, I was goi...
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February
20,
2019
Patients who normally visit LVH–Hazleton for outpatient lab testing and imaging services are encouraged to go to the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton for more convenient access to services. With the expansion of the emergency room (ER), parkin...
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February
20,
2019
When you need reliable and patient-centered care that’s close to home, turn to the Health Center at Mountain Top. We offer primary care in our family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology practices, as well as services like X-ray and ultrasound, ped...
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February
20,
2019
Due to the weather throughout our region, some of our facilities will be closed or have modified hours. Please contact your care provider if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. All emergency services and hospitals will remain open and fu...
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February
19,
2019
Though often used interchangeably, heart attack and cardiac arrest actually describe two different heart emergencies. Here’s what you should know to help yourself or someone you love. HEART ATTACK: CIRCULATORY BLOCKAGE  Q: What happens when ...
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