LVHN News (blog)

2018
December
10,
2018
When you travel during the holidays, you know you will need to contend with crowds, traffic and unfamiliar surroundings. But children’s safety should always come first. Use these tips to keep your kids safe this season. Before you go: Plan ahead ...
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December
04,
2018
As the season shifts and temperatures drop, kids tend to spend more time indoors. This is good news for your carpets – less mud trekked through the halls! But it could be bad news for your child’s health. Lead poisoning is a real danger, even if you ...
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December
03,
2018
Though it may seem that our bones never change, the reality is that bone is dynamic and the cells in our bones are constantly turning over and rebuilding with new bone. Two types of cells do this work: Osteoclasts break down and resorb old bone which...
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November
27,
2018
Glowing skin during pregnancy is a perk most women look forward to. But for some, pregnancy leads to a skin discoloration condition called melasma. That’s what Miriam Morales experienced during her second pregnancy. The “mask of pregnancy,” as it ...
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November
02,
2018
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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November
01,
2018
For 20 years, John Loguercio faced danger as a New York City detective. In retirement, he figured that living home in Milford, Pa., was far less risky than working in the Big Apple. But as it turned out, June 6 proved more dangerous than anything ...
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October
29,
2018
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
24,
2018
Call, click or walk in. That’s all people need to do to conveniently access the health care services they need at LVHN. Now there’s a new place people can click to access our care. LVPG is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with Zocd...
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October
23,
2018
Yasir Abunamous, MD, has made LVHN history. He is the first graduate of the USF SELECT program (class of 2015) to complete the full trajectory of his medical education at LVHN – first as a medical student, then as a resident and now as an attending p...
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October
23,
2018
When we think of Halloween, we picture children laughing in colorful costumes and buckets and pillowcases brimming with candy and treats. However, experts warn that this fun-filled night can pose safety hazards. Below are tips compiled by the team at...
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October
22,
2018
More than 250,000 patients enjoy accessing their health information on MyLVHN, our popular patient portal. Until recently, all information on the portal has been in English. But now, a patient’s MyLVHN information can be viewed in Spanish, an option ...
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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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