LVHN News (healthy you)

2018
April
19,
2018
More than half of people over age 50 have hemorrhoids, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. But talking about swollen and inflamed veins in the anal or rectal area is something most of us would rather avo...
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April
17,
2018
You’ve probably heard of fetal alcohol syndrome. But what about opioid neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)? “We are seeing a rising incidence of this syndrome in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),” says Amanda Flicker, MD, LVHN Chief of Medic...
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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
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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April
03,
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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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
26,
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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March
20,
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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March
20,
2018
Whether you’re laid up from surgery or an injury, physical therapy can help you get back in the game. “Physical therapy can help you recover faster,” says physical therapist Leanne J. Cramer, manager of rehabilitation services at Lehigh Valley Hos...
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March
16,
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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March
06,
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
27,
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
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
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
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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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
11,
2017
This time last year, Schuylkill Health was integrating its hospitals and at the same time, merging into Lehigh Valley Health Network. The merger forever changed the local landscape for health care – improving access and delivery to services now and f...
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November
27,
2017
Before weight-loss surgery, many patients prepare and lose weight by following these suggestions from the team at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Weight Management Center. “Good nutrition and habits are the basis for any- one’s success,” says register...
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November
14,
2017
How you plan to feed your new baby is an important decision only you can make. At Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, we provide information on infant nutrition and the benefits of breastfeeding, then support you no matter what feeding method you choo...
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November
10,
2017
There’s only one big problem with being 91 years old as far as William Bakes is concerned. “All my friends are gone,” says the proud World War II veteran from Allentown. “Outside of my family, there aren’t many people I can call a friend anymore.”...
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October
11,
2017
Most men being treated for prostate cancer need daily radiation therapy over nine weeks. “That’s a huge inconvenience,” says Charles Andrews, MD, director of radiation oncology at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono. “We’re trying toshorten courses o...
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October
11,
2017
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and your body’s cells. It helps produce cell membranes and hormones. There are two types of cholesterol: good cholesterol – high-density lipoprotein or HDL, and bad cholesterol – low-dens...
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October
10,
2017
You might think pressure is some- thing to avoid. But if you’re dealing with a stubborn wound, pressure can help promote healing when delivered in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. “With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you breathe 100 percent oxygen,” says ...
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October
09,
2017
When you are diagnosed with a disease, it may seem like your doctor is making all the treatment decisions. But, in fact, a team including pathologists and radiologists is often working in the background to help pinpoint what you have. Here’s why thes...
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October
09,
2017
It’s a dreaded sound for basketball and football players – a popping noise and then ensuing knee pain. Many times its meniscus cartilage tearing that’s making that pop. “It’s one of the more common problems we see in our office,” says orthopedic s...
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October
09,
2017
When you hear that someone has a hernia, what do you think? If you think that they may have lifted something heavy and injured their groin, you have a basic idea, says Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton surgeon Jayme Lieberman, MD, with LVPG General and...
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October
09,
2017
Your heart is complex. When it’s in distress from a heart attack, you need specialists who understand its complexities and have the resources to provide necessary care. Here’s a look at two lifesaving treatments Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) ca...
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