LVHN News (feature)

2018
June
20,
2018
The sun is shining, kids are playing … and the bugs are biting. Welcome to summertime in the Lehigh Valley, where insect populations soar to annoying heights. Many bugs, such as fireflies, are harmless. But other insects, including ticks and mosqu...
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June
19,
2018
We’re hitting the time of year when outdoor temperatures climb in to the 80s, 90s and above. It’s also a time of year when you hear heartbreaking news stories about young children left unattended in cars. Whether a parent makes a quick run to the gro...
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June
15,
2018
Enjoying summer-ripened cantaloupes, watermelons and honey dews is nearly a summer ritual. However if you’re not careful when it’s time to serve these refreshing vine-grown fruits, they can deliver a decidedly unwelcome surprise – Salmonella. Don’t f...
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June
14,
2018
Feeling unwell one evening in June 2017 didn’t worry Clark Deardorff of Harleysville, Pa. “I thought I had a minor bug,” Clark recalls. It didn’t seem like the start of a life-and-death struggle that would change him and his growing family forever. ...
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June
13,
2018
Unlike the depiction of drowning in a movie, drowning is a fast and silent killer. Don’t expect splashing and yelling. Children who are in water trouble sink and drown. Here’s what Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) wants you to know about kids, dro...
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June
11,
2018
Sleep disorders are common but difficult to identify on your own for a simple reason: You’re not fully aware of what transpires while you sleep. Many people experience sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing involuntarily pauses as often as 20 to...
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June
06,
2018
When Bath resident Diane Breinig heard “cancer” in reference to herself, she immediately thought, “I don’t want to die.” While Breinig’s stage 2 colon-rectal cancer diagnosis was considered early, she still felt scared and alone. After undergoing ...
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May
31,
2018
Kevin Learish of Bethlehem had a choice when he felt pressure in his chest and struggled to breathe after hitting the shower at his gym: Call 911 or don’t. Fortunately, he recognized he was having a heart attack and made the call. ER and heart care t...
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May
30,
2018
“I didn’t have to give up my life when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.” That statement summed up Charmaine Welsh’s experience when she chose to stay close to home and entrust her cancer care to Michael Evans, MD, and Lehigh Valley Health Network ...
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May
24,
2018
You know the Hackerman-Patz House is located on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. You know it provides peaceful and affordable lodging. You know that for the past seven years it has been a “home away from home” for families who wish t...
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May
23,
2018
It’s just before 7 a.m. and Kimberly Martin, RN, is cradling a tall cup of coffee. “I have an hour and twenty minute drive to get here,” she says, “I need this!” Though early, Martin is smiling and ready to start her day in the neuroscience intens...
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May
23,
2018
Christian Barangian, a third-grader from Tracy Elementary School in Easton, was crowned the overall champion Saturday in the fifth annual Community Canvas Grand Finale at Lehigh Valley Mall. The 8-year-old Barangian bested 17 other third-, fourth-...
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May
22,
2018
Neurosurgeon Luis Cervantes, MD, with LVPG Neurosurgery in East Stroudsburg, recalls a patient who drove himself home, even though he was experiencing the worst headache of his life. “He should have gone to the ER,” Cervantes says. “Eventually we saw...
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May
21,
2018
Emergency medical services (EMS) responders are an essential part of our communities. Throughout the Lehigh Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania, these trained and certified on-the-scene health care providers initiate a critical sequence of care from...
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May
16,
2018
Obstetrician-gynecologist Cheryl Hamilton, MD, with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Practicing since the 1980s, Hamilton has witnessed a...
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May
14,
2018
Morning sickness is quite common in early stages of pregnancy, affecting as many as 80 percent of pregnant women. What’s less common is extreme morning sickness, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum. You may have read that Kate Middleton (Duchess of ...
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May
11,
2018
Home, specifically Hazleton, is where the heart is, especially for Anthony Valente, MD, chief medical officer at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton. After graduating from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey and completing his residency throu...
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May
08,
2018
A message from Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, President and Chief Executive Officer, Terry Capuano, RN, MSN, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Tom Whalen, MD, MMM, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer: Pr...
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May
07,
2018
Have you ever felt an unusual fluttering or thudding feeling in your chest? Cardiologist Praveer Jain, MD, with Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, who has specialized training in electrophysiology (electrical activity of the heart), shares the signs – an...
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May
03,
2018
If you often feel sleepy during the day no matter how well you slept the night before, and your bed partner or family members complain about your snoring, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects approximately 3 to 5 percent of the population...
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May
02,
2018
Practicing medicine in Hazleton was not always the plan, but it’s certainly turning out to be perfect for Jodi Lenko, MD, Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) Assistant Medical Director for the Department of Medicine in Hazleton. Born and raised in H...
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May
01,
2018
3-D mammogram Detecting breast cancer as early as possible is our mission. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, makes diagnosing hidden breast cancer possible. During tomosynthesis, an arc of X-ray images is taken of each breast. The imag...
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April
26,
2018
Some headaches are a pain, but mild enough that they will resolve quickly. On the other hand, some headaches can take over your life. “People often tell themselves: ‘Everybody gets headaches. I’ll just take something over the counter and try to live ...
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April
12,
2018
As we “spring ahead” into a new season, changes will begin taking shape in the coming months at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton. Modernized and patient-friendly changes that will soon grace the interior and exterior of our community hospital. Constru...
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April
12,
2018
When choosing a product or service, you’re looking for value. You want high quality at a fair cost, and you’ll search for the best value. At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), we’re driven to give you health care value. We aim to help you achiev...
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April
11,
2018
“Ouch! My back hurts!” If you’ve ever groaned about your back, you’re not alone. Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in our lives. It’s one of the most common reasons for a visit to a health care provider. If you have back pain, you...
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March
30,
2018
When you need health care, you want it at a convenient time that fits your busy life. That’s why LVHN is committed to giving you access to the care you need when you need it. The team from LVPG Family Medicine–Hamburg, for example, is focused on g...
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March
28,
2018
While you might not call your primary care provider (PCP) your best friend, there’s probably no one else who knows your body as well. Your PCP: Meet Our Expert Oliana Ros, MD Family Medicine View Profile Keeps tra...
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March
22,
2018
You may know that a hernia is when part of an organ or tissue goes through an opening in the muscle where it doesn’t belong. But do you know what a hiatal hernia is? Surgeon Scott Beman, MD, with LVPG General and Bariatric Surgery describes the pa...
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March
22,
2018
In the coming weeks, kindergarten registration in most public, non-public, private and parochial schools will occur. In addition to knowing which school your child will attend and filling out that school’s registration information, it’s important to ...
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