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Seven Important Tips for Taking Control of Your Health and Healthcare

by David Strassberg, M.D., Chair, Primary Care Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on July 19, 2016

It is important to ensure that any visit to the doctor is informative and productive for both you and your practitioner. The following tips can help you open up the clearest possible line of communication with your doctor—and ensure that you receive the fullest measure of care. By taking an active role in the management of your health care, you can help keep your body running smoothly.
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Tags: primary care

The Truth about Children and Gluten-Free Diets

by Katherine Orellana, DO, Childrens Services, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Diana Volpert, MD, Childrens Services, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Posted on July 5, 2016

The popularity of a gluten-free diet, or GFD, has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. “While in some cases, going gluten free is a health necessity, in most cases it’s not. For people who don’t have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, children especially, there is no data supporting the presumed health benefits of a GFD. In fact, the opposite may be true in certain cases, particularly when the diet is followed without the guidance of an experienced registered dietitian or physician” explains Katherine Orellana, D.O., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Valley Medical Group.
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Be Safe in the Great Outdoors

by George Becker, M.D., Director, Emergency Department, The Valley Hospital

Posted on June 21, 2016

Summer Safety Guide
Whether you're at the beach, on a boat, camping or relaxing poolside — be prepared to protect yourself and your family from potential summertime dangers.
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Tags: bites, bugs, safety, summer, sun

12 Postpartum Survival Tips for Easing into Motherhood

by Shelly M. Nitz, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Valley Medical Group

Posted on June 7, 2016

No matter how many times you read What to Expect When You're Expecting, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the unexpected physical and emotional changes brought on by motherhood. Here are a dozen ways to make the transition to parenthood a little smoother.
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Protecting Your Vision: An Overview of Diabetes and Eye Health

by David Benderson, M.D., Ophthalmologist, Valley Medical Group

Posted on May 24, 2016

Loss of vision is one of the many dreaded complications of diabetes.  Over 5.3 million Americans suffer from diabetes-related retinal disease or diabetic retinopathy. After 20 years of living with diabetes, nearly all type 1 diabetics will have some degree of diabetic retinopathy, as will approximately 60 percent of type 2 diabetics. Some of these patients will experience significant vision loss. 
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Tags: diabetes, eyes, vision

The Truth About Tanning

by Valley Health System

Posted on May 10, 2016

We're all excited for warmer weather and let's face it, we all love the look of tanned skin. But that tan is an indication of sun damage. Learn the truth about tanning.
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The Impact of Stress on Your Health and Longevity

by Jodie Katz, M.D., Director, Valley Medical Group's Center for Integrative Medicine

Posted on April 26, 2016

We have all experienced stress at some point in our lives, but did you know that 75 percent of Americans reported that they have experienced at least 1 symptom of stress in the past month according to a recent American Psychological Association (APA) study? Although periodic stress is normal and is not typically a cause for concern, the negative effects of recurrent stress on our health are substantial. 
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Tags: stress

From Early Signs to Treatment: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Autism

by Lisa Nalven, M.D., Director, Developmental Pediatrics, The Valley Hospital Kireker Center for Child Development

Posted on April 12, 2016

Autism spectrum disorders are being diagnosed in ever increasing numbers. Nationally, there are about 1 in 68 children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. However, the ADDM estimates that the number is even higher in New Jersey, with 1 in 45 children being diagnosed with an ASD. 
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Tags: autism, children

Knee Replacement: You Don’t Have to Wait

by Anthony Delfico, M.D., Director, Orthopedic Surgery

Posted on March 29, 2016

It used to be that doctors reserved knee replacements for people who could no longer function or perform daily activities. Not anymore, new data show. According to National Hospital Discharge Survey results published in August, people are getting knee replacements not only at greater rates, but also at younger ages. In 2000, the average knee replacement patient was about 69 years old. Ten years later, the average age had dropped to just over 66.
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March is National Nutrition Month: Does Your Diet Measure Up?

by Joseph R. Juliano, DTR, Manager of Clinical and Community Nutrition, The Valley Hospital

Posted on March 15, 2016

Although there is increasing awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet to support physical wellness and longevity, Americans of all ages are still struggling to achieve optimal nutrition. 
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