LVHN News (blog)

2019
December
05,
2019
| 05:00 AM America/New_York
In most cases, your primary care provider helps you manage your condition successfully. However, sometimes treatment doesn’t move cholesterol levels far enough in the right direction. If a stubborn cholesterol problem concerns you, Lehigh Valley Hear...
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December
04,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
Throughout her husband’s cancer battle, Arlene Hottenstein tried ignoring the excruciating pain in her right leg.  “It hurt so bad I couldn’t bend to tie my shoes and had to give up walking my dog,” she says. “But I couldn’t get it checked because...
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December
02,
2019
| 05:30 AM America/New_York
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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December
02,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Sports Academy offers young athletes, ages 8 to 18, programs to build foundational fitness, hone sports-specific skills and learn injury prevention techniques. “Our programs are appropriate for all youth who wou...
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November
29,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
Don't let painful, stiff hips and knees keep you on the sidelines of life. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono total joint replacement program offers the latest minimally invasive surgical approaches for osteoarthritis, including bilateral knee repla...
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November
27,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
MyLVHN is Lehigh Valley Health Network's Patient Portal. With MyLVHN, you can access your health information, your care team, convenient LVHN Video Visits and much more. MyLVHN helps you... Schedule an appointment View test results Review y...
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November
22,
2019
| 03:30 PM America/New_York
No one wants to have surgery. But when it’s a necessary step toward feeling better, you want to do everything you can to have a positive experience. “Surgery is a team effort,” says trauma and general surgeon David Scaff, DO, with LVPG General and...
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November
21,
2019
| 09:53 PM America/New_York
Holidays are supposed to be jolly almost by definition. But many people find the Halloween-New Year's stretch to be stressful and far from cheery.  “There’s often a lot of financial strain coupled with family dynamics that can be hard to deal with...
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November
16,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
Colds, stomach bugs, minor cuts, and injuries never happen at a convenient time. When you go to ExpressCARE, you can count on high-quality urgent care, 365 days a year, no appointment needed. When you arrive at ExpressCARE, sign in with the regist...
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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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