LVHN News (blog)

2018
October
16,
2018
It isn’t unusual to see people engrossed with texts, binge-watching video content or flipping through social media posts on their mobile devices. So much small screen engagement has caused this generation’s version of neck pain: “text neck.” But w...
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October
10,
2018
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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October
08,
2018
When your child is sick, going to the doctor’s office isn’t always convenient or practical (somebody’s got a stomach bug). But now, kids between the ages of 3 and 17 can have an LVHN Pediatric Video Visit with one of our providers, right from the com...
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October
04,
2018
It is an art show and auction to honor a spouse and to benefit local nursing students. Retired surgeon and local artist Abdul Wahhab, MD, has planned the special event for Oct. 13, 14 and 15 to honor his wife of 50 years, Zarina, by creating a schola...
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October
02,
2018
New treatment guidelines from the American Heart Association lower the threshold for high blood pressure. Instead of 140/90 mmHg, it’s now 130/80. “The new guidelines help better identify people who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and who n...
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September
27,
2018
For the ninth consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill has received the Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) – Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes LVH–Schuylkill for implementing specific quality improvement ...
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September
26,
2018
More than 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles. In-line skating and skateboarding are also popular among this age group. Although a great form of exercise, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) experts caution that these ac...
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September
24,
2018
A dozen Monroe County kids in bathing suits, water shoes and old T-shirts dipped into Cherry Creek to learn about the freshwater creatures living there. The excursion featured plenty of information, not to mention welcome relief from late summer’s st...
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September
21,
2018
It’s no surprise that accidents happen during summer activities, even when you’re trying to be careful. “Because we’re outside more and the days are longer, summer can be a more dangerous time,” says Colleen Kennedy, MD, medical director at Lehigh Va...
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September
20,
2018
Ken Kolakowski, 53, of Bushkill, Pa., father of six and grandfather of eight, is feeling fine these days. Nearly everyone who knows him finds that amazing because not long ago he was the opposite of “fine”. “Everybody tells me I’m a miracle,” Kola...
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September
14,
2018
Childhood obesity in the U.S. is growing at an alarming rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity rate among U.S. children and teens has tripled since 1980. “Most children become overweight due to a combination...
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September
12,
2018
Members of Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill’s Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing class of 2019 have joined with others to help flood victims in the area. A group representing the Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) chapter at t...
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September
12,
2018
For many high school students, summer is the chance to sleep in and hang out with friends. But for committed athletes looking ahead to August practices, it can mean a workout-filled schedule. “There’s a lot of demand on high school athletes in the...
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September
07,
2018
The arrival of Daniel Koh, MD, brings additional expertise in medical oncology and general hematology (blood diseases) to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, a part of the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute’s membersh...
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September
05,
2018
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) understands the challenges that arise during times of illness. In the chaos of doctors’ visits and tests, sometimes the best way to help your child is to bring him or her home. LVHN offers at-home pediatric hospice...
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September
04,
2018
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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August
31,
2018
In the spring, professional leaders from LVHN took the stage at LVHN–Mack Boulevard to present new ideas in the areas of connected medicine, empathy and leadership mindset. Their presentations were part of the TEDx Program, which is designed to help ...
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August
29,
2018
When Kelly M. Wanamaker MD, began college, medicine wasn’t even on her radar. “I set out to become a math teacher,” Wanamaker says. “Quickly, I began to realize that interacting with people is what interested me most.” She switched majors from mathem...
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August
27,
2018
Everyone should have a well-stocked first-aid kit at home, in the car and in the workplace. You may also want to stock a portable kit that can be taken to the site of an emergency. “Check your kit regularly to replenish items that have been used, ...
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August
27,
2018
The Great Allentown Fair will be held Aug. 28 to Sept. 3. Are you going? Know someone who is? If so, park in Lot 7. Why? Proceeds collected from parking fees at that lot will benefit LVHN’s Street Medicine program as well as research and education in...
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August
22,
2018
When schools close for the summer, many parents struggle to feed their children. “More than 30,000 kids in the Lehigh Valley are food insecure, meaning they don’t have access to healthy meals every day,” says Dr. Cathy Coyne, LVHN’s Director of Healt...
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August
21,
2018
Life is filled with ups and down as well as arthritis, sprains, strains, broken bones and other injuries that can keep you from doing what you need to – like blow drying your hair or comfortably operating a computer mouse. To help you get back on ...
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August
20,
2018
Palliative care and hospice care are health care terms that are sometimes used interchangeably. However, each describes very different kinds of care with different goals – although sometimes those goals intertwine with the other. Learn more about ...
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August
17,
2018
Is “Baby Shark,” the catchy children’s song, stuck in your head thanks to social media’s viral “Baby Shark Challenge” videos? Our talented Children’s Cancer Center staff at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital created a fun, “zero leagues under the sea”...
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August
17,
2018
When you or a loved one begins to change focus from healing treatments to a more comfortable end-of-life experience, hospice may be the next step. Lehigh Valley Health Network provides you and your family with supportive options during the final pass...
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August
16,
2018
Earlier this week, LVH-Schuylkill delivered food items for residents and clean-up crews. Wednesday afternoon, LVH–Schuylkill President Bill Reppy, accompanied by Infection Preventionist Gail Newton, RN, and Physician Liaison Penny Klinger, returned t...
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August
16,
2018
The start of a new school year is not far off. If you have a child who will be ready for kindergarten next year, now is the time to make sure your child will be up to date on required immunizations for attendance at school. Pediatrician Garry Hami...
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August
15,
2018
As Schuylkill County communities continue to clean up from this week’s devastating storms and flooding, officials have reassured area residents that LVH–Schuylkill remains a resource. “We have been in contact with our local Emergency Management Agenc...
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August
14,
2018
Start on the right foot About four to six weeks before the season starts is the perfect time to have a preparticipation physical examination (PPPE). “A PPPE can help detect any condition that may limit participation or predispose an athlete to inj...
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August
14,
2018
Tips for Treating Children’s Burns Burns and fires are a leading cause of injury and accidental death in children and adults, and account for an estimated 3,275 adult and child deaths per year. To help ensure you know what to do in case of a bu...
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