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Sleep Medicine Specialist Urges: Don’t Ignore The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 22, 2016

The recent catastrophic NJ Transit train accident in Hoboken highlights one of the perils of undiagnosed sleep apnea – the threat to transportation safety.  As in several other recent calamitous accidents, the engineer fell asleep at the wheel due to a medical condition that causes sleepiness, and the presence of which he was not aware.  When an individual operates a vehicle of public transportation, whether it be a train, a bus or a plane, many lives are in their hands.  Anytime the operator of one of these modes of transportation becomes drowsy, or worse, falls asleep at the controls, many lives are immediately placed in jeopardy.  This is why these safety-critical personnel should be screened and monitored for their fitness for their work, including identifying the presence of sleep disorders.   In fact, the Federal Railroad Administration is expected to issue a safety advisory this week stressing the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment.
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What is Palliative Care and How Can it Help Patients and Families?

by Sandy Balentine, MSN, RN, OCN, MBA, Director, Clinical Onocolgy, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 14, 2016

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and, although we are focusing on raising awareness of them at the same time, it is important to note important distinctions between the two services. Hospice is a philosophy of care for people who are near the end of life and are no longer seeking curative treatment. Palliative care, on the other hand, focuses on preventing or relieving the symptoms, pain and stress that can accompany a serious, chronic or incurable illness. Palliative care can also be used during times of acute illness.
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Should Infants Sleep In Their Parents Bedrooms? Tips to Prevent SIDS

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director of Valley’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on November 14, 2016

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a recommendation that infants sleep in their parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed — but on a separate surface designed for infants — for at least 6 months, and preferably up to 1 year of age. Such a sleeping arrangement decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent, according to the AAP.
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17 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking Today

by Robert Korst, M.D., Director, Oncology Surgical Services and Thoracic Surgery, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 8, 2016

Are you a smoker or tobacco user? Do you know what the greatest cause of death is from cigarette smoking? Most people would say lung cancer. True, smoking is the leading cause of this cancer, which kills approximately 160,000 Americans a year. But what many don't realize is that cigarettes may cause even more deaths from heart attack—smoking is believed to be the cause of about one in every four deaths from coronary artery disease and to be a major cause of stroke as well.
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Get Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 1, 2016

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, which means setting our clocks back an hour and — for many of us — enjoying an extra hour of sleep. Thanks to that extra hour, "falling back" isn't as disruptive to our bodies as "springing forward." Our circadian rhythms, or our bodies' natural biologic clocks, can usually adjust quickly to the additional hour. Because the biologic clock is slightly longer than 24 hours, it is usually much easier to sleep an hour later than to get up an hour earlier.  
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Tags: daylight, sleep

Tips for Dealing with Candy Overload

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Director, Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management, Valley Medical Group

Posted on October 30, 2016

While many kids wait all year for Halloween to come, their parents dread the annual sugar overload! But there are ways to let your kids enjoy their trick-or-treating loot without overindulging.
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What Are My Breast Reconstruction Options After a Mastectomy?

by Tzvi Small, MD, FACS, Director, Department of Plastic Surgery, Bergen Plastic Surgery

Posted on October 25, 2016

The field of breast reconstruction has undergone dramatic changes over the past 20 years. These changes are very beneficial to patients as they are enabling shorter recovery times while simultaneously enhancing the appearance of the patient’s breasts.
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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Know How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam?

by Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center and Tihesha Wilson, Assistant Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 11, 2016

October is a month that is known for pumpkin picking, hayrides and beautiful fall foliage. The month is also synonymous with breast cancer awareness and features walks, fundraisers and nationwide comradery to raise awareness, as well as funds, to beat the disease. This cause is as important as ever with approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. 
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Do You Have Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Director, Valley/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation and Chair, Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on September 26, 2016

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States? And, according to the American Heart Association, a heart attack strikes someone in the United States about every 43 seconds. Although these statistics are worrisome, you can help to protect yourself by knowing your risk for a heart attack and the signs and symptoms to look for. 
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Ovarian Cancer: What Are the Symptoms and Who is At Risk?

by Noah Goldman, M.D., Director of Gynecologic Oncology, The Valley Hospital

Posted on September 20, 2016

According to the National Cancer Institute, ovarian cancer accounts for approximately 3% of all cancers in women and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States.
Because women in the early stages of ovarian cancer have either no symptoms or mild symptoms that can be easily – but mistakenly – attributed to other causes, it often goes undiagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage.
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