LVHN News (blog)

2018
February
21,
2018
If you have a lump in your belly or groin, it might be a hernia. But how do you know for sure? And what happens if you do have a hernia? Identifying a hernia Hernias develop when the stomach, intestines or other organs in your abdomen poke thro...
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February
13,
2018
Clinical trials for breast cancer may offer an opportunity for effective treatment not available otherwise, but for some, the thought of unfamiliar physicians and extra travel time can be overwhelming. However, women with breast cancer no longer need...
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February
12,
2018
Pregnancy myths are well meaning but often wrong. Whether passed from generation to generation or through pop culture, it can be hard to separate myth from reality. Obstetrician-gynecologist Atena Asiaii, MD, with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology, shar...
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February
09,
2018
A hernia happens when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle. But why this occurs and who is at risk depends on the type of hernia. To help you better understand this common condition, surgeon Paul Cesanek, MD, with ...
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February
09,
2018
One of the hallmarks of multiple sclerosis (MS) is unpredictability. “Symptoms can vary greatly, and each patient’s clinical history is different,” says neurologist Gary Clauser, MD, with LVPG Neurology. “Among the most consistent symptoms are loss o...
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February
08,
2018
Who you choose for health care during your pregnancy is important. As you look at pregnancy care offered by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), you will find certified nurse-midwives are part of the team. A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) may offer a ...
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February
06,
2018
They’re the three words no one wants to hear: You have cancer. “It is definitely a daunting moment for anyone who gets a cancer diagnosis,” says Joseph Puzzi, MD, otolaryngologist with Boran and Puzzi, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, Pottsville. “Th...
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February
06,
2018
Though you may not know it by name, you might have seen someone with the hand condition Dupuytren disease (or Dupuytren contracture). The telltale sign is a severely curled and contracted finger, typically the ring or pinkie finger, or both. It affec...
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February
06,
2018
The appendix is a thin worm-shaped pouch sitting at the junction of your small and large intestines. Measuring just under 4 inches, this small organ may not seem significant, but it can develop a painful, life-threatening condition called appendiciti...
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February
05,
2018
Not long ago, a woman who delivered her child by cesarean section (C-section), a surgical procedure, felt disconnected from the bonding experience described by couples whose child was delivered vaginally. Instead of dad or a partner cutting the umbil...
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February
01,
2018
A small study linking male infertility and ibuprofen use garnered national attention recently. If you saw the news you may be thinking twice before taking the popular painkiller. We asked Jatin Gupta, DO, a urologist experienced in male fertility, vo...
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January
29,
2018
Sometimes speed matters – like when you want to see a doctor quickly and you are open to seeing any provider. Imagine seeing the first available appointments in the type of care you need –family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, ped...
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January
24,
2018
Whether you are preparing for your first mammogram or have been faithfully undergoing annual mammograms for years, chances are you’ve either heard the term “dense breast tissue” or have been told that your breast tissue is dense. About half of women ...
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January
18,
2018
After trying to get pregnant for a year, Jacqueline and Ricky Musselman finally heard the good news: Jacqueline was expecting. The couple was elated. Yet the happy news came with questions – lots of them. Jacqueline was the first among her extende...
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January
17,
2018
After surgeons removed her thyroid gland in February, Judy Davidson-Roth was thrilled to learn she would be one of the first patients to benefit from Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) new Thyrogen® program. The injectable drug allows patients to ...
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January
17,
2018
Jack and Winona Baloga of Hazle Township don’t want aches, pains or even surgery to slow them down. “We’ve been active most of our lives,” Jack says. Winona played softball from the 1950s to the 1990s. He was a high school track and field athlete in ...
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January
17,
2018
More than 60,000 people nationwide have contracted the flu during the 2017-2018 influenza season as of Jan. 6, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Emergency rooms across the country, including those at all Lehigh Val...
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January
16,
2018
Concussion is one of today’s most compelling topics in sports. We asked three Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) concussion experts provide important insights about this brain injury. Gabriel Lewullis, MD, LVPG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Danie...
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January
05,
2018
Knowing your breasts are healthy is a gift. To gain that insight, schedule a 2-D or 3-D mammogram at a Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) mammography location near you. No prescription needed at most locations if: You are age 40 and older Y...
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January
05,
2018
While undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, Doug Geisner, 57, a retired Lehigh Township police officer, experienced lower back pain, especially at bedtime. It’s a common side effect of the major surgery Geisner had, known as a Whipple procedure...
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January
05,
2018
Cardiologist Jeffrey Gordon, MD, is fascinated with electrical circuits. As a physics major at Georgetown University, he studied electromagnetism. As a homeowner, he has rewired circuits to make his house “smart.” Now as one of the newest cardiologis...
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January
03,
2018
Nothing feels better than tackling a New Year’s resolution. So why not choose a resolution that’s easy to accomplish and good for your health? This year, if you are a woman in your 40s, resolve to schedule your annual screening mammogram. But if mamm...
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2017
December
28,
2017
Traveling to another hospital while you are experiencing neurological symptoms is a hardship for people. It is particularly difficult for older people or people who suffer from chronic conditions. Telemedicine can resolve many of those challenges. “T...
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December
28,
2017
From time to time, your heart may flutter when you’re excited, nervous or exercising. This irregular heartbeat, also called arrhythmia, tends to go away as quickly as it started and may seem like no cause for concern. But Lehigh Valley Health Network...
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December
27,
2017
LVHN provides patients with a free and easy-to-use patient portal called MyLVHN. With an activated MyLVHN account, you have the key to your personal health information, as well as many other time-saving tools, like: Scheduling well or sick visit...
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December
21,
2017
The Center for Mindfulness at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) offers a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course to help you learn how to manage stress using mindfulness. But what exactly does this buzzword “mindfulness” mean? Mindfulness is a...
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December
18,
2017
About the author: Mark C. Knouse, MD, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, believes each patient should be treated with the best scientific technology, but also with as much compassion as possible. His goal for every day on the job is to combine t...
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December
15,
2017
Getting in the Spirit We all enjoy good company and a good party, especially during the holidays. But it’s also important to be responsible while you’re enjoying the seasonal festivities. That was the theme behind the 17th annual Lehigh Valley DUI...
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December
15,
2017
It’s the most tempting time of the year. Buffet tables are overflowing. Expectations for traditional dishes are running high. And calorie-laden foods are never more than arms reach away. What’s a pregnant woman to do? Sticking to your nutritional ...
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December
13,
2017
Becoming ill while traveling in a foreign country can be frightening, so it is best to be prepared before you leave home. Taking the following measures can minimize inconvenience and distress should you become ill while traveling in a foreign country...
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