LVHN News (blog)

2018
June
20,
2018
The sun is shining, kids are playing … and the bugs are biting. Welcome to summertime in the Lehigh Valley, where insect populations soar to annoying heights. Many bugs, such as fireflies, are harmless. But other insects, including ticks and mosqu...
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June
19,
2018
We’re hitting the time of year when outdoor temperatures climb in to the 80s, 90s and above. It’s also a time of year when you hear heartbreaking news stories about young children left unattended in cars. Whether a parent makes a quick run to the gro...
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June
15,
2018
Enjoying summer-ripened cantaloupes, watermelons and honey dews is nearly a summer ritual. However if you’re not careful when it’s time to serve these refreshing vine-grown fruits, they can deliver a decidedly unwelcome surprise – Salmonella. Don’t f...
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June
14,
2018
From part 1: In June 2017, when an infection triggered a widespread sepsis attack, Clark Deardorff’s life hung on drastic measures. But with help from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) doctors like James Wu, MD, and nurses like Lisa Forstburg, RN, ...
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June
14,
2018
Feeling unwell one evening in June 2017 didn’t worry Clark Deardorff of Harleysville, Pa. “I thought I had a minor bug,” Clark recalls. It didn’t seem like the start of a life-and-death struggle that would change him and his growing family forever. ...
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June
13,
2018
Unlike the depiction of drowning in a movie, drowning is a fast and silent killer. Don’t expect splashing and yelling. Children who are in water trouble sink and drown. Here’s what Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) wants you to know about kids, dro...
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June
11,
2018
Sleep disorders are common but difficult to identify on your own for a simple reason: You’re not fully aware of what transpires while you sleep. Many people experience sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing involuntarily pauses as often as 20 to...
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June
06,
2018
When Bath resident Diane Breinig heard “cancer” in reference to herself, she immediately thought, “I don’t want to die.” While Breinig’s stage 2 colon-rectal cancer diagnosis was considered early, she still felt scared and alone. After undergoing ...
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June
04,
2018
Calling 911 when you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency is the fastest and most efficient way to receive potentially life-saving care. In the Pocono region, rapid response by emergency medical services (EMS) providers ensures ...
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May
31,
2018
Kevin Learish of Bethlehem had a choice when he felt pressure in his chest and struggled to breathe after hitting the shower at his gym: Call 911 or don’t. Fortunately, he recognized he was having a heart attack and made the call. ER and heart care t...
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May
24,
2018
You know the Hackerman-Patz House is located on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. You know it provides peaceful and affordable lodging. You know that for the past seven years it has been a “home away from home” for families who wish t...
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May
23,
2018
It’s just before 7 a.m. and Kimberly Martin, RN, is cradling a tall cup of coffee. “I have an hour and twenty minute drive to get here,” she says, “I need this!” Though early, Martin is smiling and ready to start her day in the neuroscience intens...
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May
23,
2018
Christian Barangian, a third-grader from Tracy Elementary School in Easton, was crowned the overall champion Saturday in the fifth annual Community Canvas Grand Finale at Lehigh Valley Mall. The 8-year-old Barangian bested 17 other third-, fourth-...
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May
22,
2018
Neurosurgeon Luis Cervantes, MD, with LVPG Neurosurgery in East Stroudsburg, recalls a patient who drove himself home, even though he was experiencing the worst headache of his life. “He should have gone to the ER,” Cervantes says. “Eventually we saw...
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May
21,
2018
Emergency medical services (EMS) responders are an essential part of our communities. Throughout the Lehigh Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania, these trained and certified on-the-scene health care providers initiate a critical sequence of care from...
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May
16,
2018
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
14,
2018
Morning sickness is quite common in early stages of pregnancy, affecting as many as 80 percent of pregnant women. What’s less common is extreme morning sickness, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum. You may have read that Kate Middleton (Duchess of ...
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May
14,
2018
Fred Tim’s painful left hip was standing between him and the skiing, sailing and hunting he loved. So after having his hip replaced at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, the Pocono Pines resident was happy to quickly get back to the ski patrol and ...
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May
11,
2018
Home, specifically Hazleton, is where the heart is, especially for Anthony Valente, MD, chief medical officer at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton. After graduating from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey and completing his residency throu...
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May
08,
2018
A message from Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, President and Chief Executive Officer, Terry Capuano, RN, MSN, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Tom Whalen, MD, MMM, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer: Pr...
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May
07,
2018
Have you ever felt an unusual fluttering or thudding feeling in your chest? Cardiologist Praveer Jain, MD, with Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, who has specialized training in electrophysiology (electrical activity of the heart), shares the signs – an...
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May
03,
2018
If you often feel sleepy during the day no matter how well you slept the night before, and your bed partner or family members complain about your snoring, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects approximately 3 to 5 percent of the population...
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May
03,
2018
You’re running a 5K, hitting the basketball court or playing a tennis match when you feel it – sudden pain. What do you do? Should you see a doctor? “For minor sports injuries such as sprains, strains, and severe bruises and bumps, you can use the...
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May
01,
2018
3-D mammogram Detecting breast cancer as early as possible is our mission. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, makes diagnosing hidden breast cancer possible. During tomosynthesis, an arc of X-ray images is taken of each breast. The imag...
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April
26,
2018
Some headaches are a pain, but mild enough that they will resolve quickly. On the other hand, some headaches can take over your life. “People often tell themselves: ‘Everybody gets headaches. I’ll just take something over the counter and try to live ...
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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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