LVHN News (feature)

2019
April
11,
2019
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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April
09,
2019
A slip and fall injury in your home or driveway may result in a hematoma. Though similar to a bruise, a hematoma is a pool of clotted or partially clotted blood that forms when blood vessels leak or burst. A hematoma can occur deep in the abdominal w...
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April
04,
2019
Meet Our Expert Paul Cesanek, MD General surgery View Profile When Macungie resident Randy Bernhard, was first diagnosed with a hernia, he was concerned. Looking back, he admits that his initial fear and anxiety came...
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April
01,
2019
When a public figure reveals a health diagnosis, it is often accompanied by a message of hope and determination. Last year, pancreatic cancer was the third-leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Inst...
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March
28,
2019
Ever heard of the Hackerman-Patz House? Located on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, the Hackerman-Patz house has provided peaceful, affordable lodging for families who wish to remain close to a hospitalized loved one for the past sev...
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March
26,
2019
Hacking cough. Sneezing. Runny nose. Congestion. When cold or flu symptoms come on strong and it’s after hours or on the weekend, ExpressCARE is here for you and the whole family – without an appointment, 365 days a year. To make it even more conveni...
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March
22,
2019
Antibiotics are powerful medicines used to treat certain illnesses. However, antibiotics do not cure everything, and taking them when you don’t need them can even be harmful. What’s the problem? There are two main types of germs that cause most...
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March
19,
2019
Right now, the spotlight is on teams competing in the national college basketball championship playoffs. For orthopedic surgeon Gabe Lewullis, MD, with LVPG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, these games bring back memories of the 1996 first-round matc...
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March
15,
2019
Managing diabetes can be complicated. But a new insulin pump system makes it easier to achieve control by automatically adjusting blood sugar levels 24 hours a day. The Medtronic MiniMed™ 670G Insulin Pump System reads glucose levels every five minut...
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March
14,
2019
Meet Our Expert Eric Bean, DO Emergency Medicine View Profile It’s 2 a.m., and your 3-year-old has a fever. Or you’re not feeling well, but you just can’t leave the office. Or you’re feeling ill, and it’s too icy to ...
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March
08,
2019
1. Get vaccinated. “This is priority one,” says family physician Victor Catania, MD, with LVPG Family Medicine–Tobyhanna. “Flu season peaks in January and February, but you can get flu throughout the season, so it’s never too late to get a vaccine.” ...
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March
07,
2019
Meet Our Expert Gordon Fried, DO Cardiology View Profile   For 20 years, John Loguercio faced danger on a daily basis as a New York City detective. When he finally retired, he sighed with relief, knowing that he was...
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March
05,
2019
Each year, more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sepsis, a dysfunctional and toxic response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Early symptoms of sepsis often go undetected and therefore untreat...
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February
28,
2019
Stroudsburg resident Jeff Desind says he’s lived on borrowed time for almost a quarter century. In 1994, he was diagnosed with rare hairy cell leukemia. “It destroys your immune system – so you die of something else,” Desind says. “In 1994, I was goi...
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February
20,
2019
When you need reliable and patient-centered care that’s close to home, turn to the Health Center at Mountain Top. We offer primary care in our family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology practices, as well as services like X-ray and ultrasound, ped...
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February
20,
2019
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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February
19,
2019
Though often used interchangeably, heart attack and cardiac arrest actually describe two different heart emergencies. Here’s what you should know to help yourself or someone you love. HEART ATTACK: CIRCULATORY BLOCKAGE  Q: What happens when ...
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February
18,
2019
When Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) patients Ryan Genery, 28, John Gallo, 70, and Alfonso Severino, 62, each needed a lifesaving kidney transplant, they had a loved one willing to be a living donor. The bad news: None was a medical match. Bu...
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February
14,
2019
Not only is LVHN a great place for care, it was also a great place to find true love for these colleagues. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, read the romantic stories of married couples who are also LVHN colleagues. Melissa and Jerry Rodriguez ...
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February
13,
2019
A mother’s intuition is a powerful thing. Just ask Brianna Roth, 24, Schuylkill County resident and mother of two young children. This past summer, Roth’s intuition brought her to the emergency room at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill when her...
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February
11,
2019
Did you know kids are at greater risk than adults for sports injuries? That’s because they are still growing and developing. To help kids and teens avoid injury in contact sports, make sure they follow these rules from our sports medicine speciali...
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February
06,
2019
Meet Our Expert Brittany Portonova, DPM LVPG Podiatry View Profile Ever since he fell over a barstool back in his so-called “wilder days” about 40 years ago, Albert Kessler, 71, has had a wound on his left leg. For the...
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February
06,
2019
Meet Our Expert Steven Perch, MD Radiation oncology View Profile After learning he had early-stage prostate cancer in January 2018, Murry Frink of Wyomissing had a big decision to make – where to go for radiation treat...
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February
01,
2019
ExpressCARE, your go-to resource for quick, reliable health care just got even better: If you are prescribed a medication by your ExpressCARE provider, it’s likely that you can purchase it right there and avoid a drive to the pharmacy. ExpressCARE...
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January
31,
2019
Meet Our Expert Joanne Quinones, MD Maternal fetal medicine View Profile Jennifer Sicinski, 31, a mother of two from Harleysville, Pa., knew something was wrong. She was 22 weeks pregnant with her third child and had...
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January
28,
2019
Meet Our Expert Kimberly Brown, MD Pediatrics View Profile Does it seem as if you and your kids spend more time facing handheld screens than interacting with each other? The American Heart Association (AHA) reports tha...
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January
14,
2019
Childbirth and breastfeeding take a permanent toll on women’s bodies, but “mommy makeover” procedures can help women reclaim their pre-baby bodies in a way that diet and exercise alone cannot achieve. Meet Our Expert Randolph Wojcik J...
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January
14,
2019
Realizing no high school sports player wants to be sidelined, “our model at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is ‘return to play without delay,’” says Richard Canlas, MD, board-certified sports medicine physician with LVPG Orthopedics and Richard C...
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January
14,
2019
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects millions of people. For most, asthma symptoms appear in childhood, but adults can and do develop asthma, too. Meet Our Expert Debra Ahrensfield, MD Internal medicine View Profile ...
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January
10,
2019
Prediabetes means you have higher-than-normal blood sugar that’s not yet in the diabetes range. “Certain risk factors boost your odds of developing prediabetes and later type 2 diabetes,” says family physician Beth Careyva, MD, LVPG Family Medicin...
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