LVHN News (blog)

2019
November
13,
2019
| 09:50 PM America/New_York
A coordinated treatment program for women with pre-existing or pregnancy-related diabetes is giving moms peace of mind and babies a safer start in life. “Much of your baby’s fetal development occurs in the first eight weeks of pregnancy,” says mat...
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November
13,
2019
| 06:11 PM America/New_York
When Kelly Kalovcak, MD, and David Russell, DO, each joined Lehigh Valley Health Network in September to practice medicine in Schuylkill County, it was more than a homecoming for them. The two internal medicine physicians, both of whom were born at L...
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November
13,
2019
| 05:27 PM America/New_York
Gynecologic oncologists treat a variety of conditions, even noncancerous ones. To find out if you might need to see this specialist, we spoke with Christine Kim, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist with LVPG Gynecologi...
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October
21,
2019
| 04:07 PM America/New_York
Flu season is upon us again, and the time to prepare is now. Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Director of Infection Control and Prevention, Terry Burger, RN, has the insights you need to stay well during flu season, and know what to do if you get sick....
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October
17,
2019
| 05:23 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer Packing a healthy lunch for your kids is one of the best ways to set them up for success while they’re away from home. And while it’s easy to stock your fridge pre-packaged and processed foods, a little planning goes a long way wh...
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October
16,
2019
| 06:29 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer There’s no shortage of fall festivals in the Lehigh Valley. From cows to sheep to pigs, fairs and fests often include a petting zoo for kids and adults to touch their favorite animals while enjoying the crisp fall air. The pig pen...
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October
15,
2019
| 09:49 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer Those first few months of school come with a long list of tasks to complete for parents and students alike. This can often include required physicals, vaccines and examinations. But if you’ve waited until the last minute, your chi...
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October
11,
2019
| 11:01 PM America/New_York
For patients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ), opening up to your physician is key to getting personalized health care. Even though discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with your doctor is not alw...
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October
11,
2019
| 06:05 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer By this time, your child's backbpack is full of every pencil, binder and folder he or she needs to be successful in the classroom. But among the erasers and stickers, stocking their backpack with a few health essentials can keep y...
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September
23,
2019
| 04:24 PM America/New_York
With migraines affecting 39 million Americans, chances are you have either experienced a migraine or care about someone who has. “Migraines can happen to anyone,” says neurologist Sowmya Lakshminarayanan, MD, with LVPG Neurology. Migraines produce...
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September
23,
2019
| 04:23 PM America/New_York
From texting and typing to holding and carrying, your hands do countless tasks. But when things go wrong, Lauren Arcury, a certified hand therapist at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, is here to help.  Getting back to your life As the ...
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September
23,
2019
| 04:21 PM America/New_York
Kaytee Morrissey, Nanticoke resident Morrissey has two large hospitals with childbirth services within 15 minutes of her home. But this past January, when it came time to deliver her first child, Morrissey chose the Family Birth and Newborn Center...
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September
23,
2019
| 04:19 PM America/New_York
Each month, Lehigh Valley Health Network honors colleagues who go “above and beyond” in the course of their work with Service Star awards. Recently, two West End Community Ambulance colleagues, ambulance provider for Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, we...
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September
20,
2019
| 10:40 PM America/New_York
Sun Safety Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 that shields against both UVA and UVB rays (look for “broad spectrum” protection).  “Make sure you cover all exposed skin with sunscreen – most people don’t use enough...
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September
20,
2019
| 10:35 PM America/New_York
The condition, known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI), affects about one in three women at some point in their lives, according to the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS). “Many women will first notice SUI after the birth of their first chi...
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September
20,
2019
| 10:32 PM America/New_York
If you find yourself making more than two bathroom trips a night, it’s a sign you could have benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, a condition that causes the prostate gland to enlarge as men grow older. About half of all men over age 50 – and 90 per...
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September
20,
2019
| 09:16 PM America/New_York
You “Auto” Be Careful: Motor Vehicle Safety for Children For children between the ages of 3 and 14, accidental injury-related deaths happen most often when riding in a car. Children are more likely to be injured, suffer more severe injuries or die...
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September
16,
2019
| 07:05 PM America/New_York
It’s been six years now, but Pieter Holland remains unable to thank the health care professionals at Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono enough for what they did for him. “I wouldn’t be here if not for the ...
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September
16,
2019
| 05:04 PM America/New_York
The death of actor Luke Perry at age 52 from an ischemic stroke – caused by a blocked blood vessel to the brain – brought to light the sobering truth that strokes do occur in younger people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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August
23,
2019
| 07:42 PM America/New_York
Recent research finds, for example, that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, along with difficulties such as trouble drifting off, fragmented slumber and daytime f...
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August
23,
2019
| 07:18 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer Summer is the season of late nights and no alarm clocks. But after two months of blissful, routine-free life, the first week of school can be a rude awakening for kids and parents alike. “One-third of the general population does n...
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August
16,
2019
| 08:31 PM America/New_York
Robert Kruklitis, MD, PhD, specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine at LVPG Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine–1250 Cedar Crest. As a pulmonologist, I appreciate it when my patients tell me concerns about their lung health. It allows ...
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August
14,
2019
| 11:01 PM America/New_York
Meet our author: Chetan Nayak, MD, with LVPG Ear, Nose, and Throat, is a board-certified otolaryngology surgeon who has special expertise in head and neck cancer surgery and microvascular reconstruction. The term "head and neck cancer" represents ...
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July
15,
2019
| 04:37 PM America/New_York
Meet Our Providers Elizabeth Flodin, DO Obstetrics and Gynecology View Profile Your Next Step We work by your side to create a uniquely personal birth experience for you and your family and provide all of the care you nee...
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July
15,
2019
| 04:20 PM America/New_York
Folic acid is an important type of B vitamin for both women and men. It helps form red blood cells and produce DNA, which carries genetic information. It works with vitamins B-12 and C to help the body break down, use and create new proteins. “Eve...
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July
10,
2019
| 04:08 PM America/New_York
These are the summer news stories you never want to hear: young children left unattended in cars. Whether a parent makes a quick run to the grocery store or forgets they have a child in the car, results are tragic and often fatal. You don't need to b...
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July
08,
2019
| 08:22 PM America/New_York
Almost every kid gets an ear infection at some point. According to the National Institutes of Health, five out of six American children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. Ear infections are the most common reason why parent...
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July
08,
2019
| 07:53 PM America/New_York
A new study confirms a common-sense notion: Earplugs can shield you from the temporary hearing loss that can happen after a high-decibel music concert. While getting young people to wear earplugs at concerts may be a long shot, one expert says the...
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June
21,
2019
| 09:04 PM America/New_York
  Lehigh Valley Health Network Chief of Neurology Steven Lewis, MD, has spent much of his career teaching other physicians. But when he recently accepted the American Academy of Neurology’s 2019 A.B. Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neurolo...
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June
18,
2019
| 05:43 PM America/New_York
The Dick and Peggy Fleming Military and Veteran Resource Information Center (MAVRIC), part of LVHN's Veteran Health Program (VHP), is a resource designed to provide guidance and navigation to current and former military members with service-connected...
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