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The “Hot” Topic: Egg Freezing

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Keri L. Greenseid, M.D., Staff Physician, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

For better or for worse, female fertility is not everlasting.  There is a finite period of time that women are able to achieve a pregnancy using their own eggs, and this varies from woman to woman.  In this day and age, many women are pushing the timeline to get pregnant later and later.  This may be because they have not yet met a partner, they wish to advance their career, or they are just not ready.  Egg freezing allows women to preserve their fertility.  
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Mark the Date for the Great American Smokeout and Make a Plan to Kick the Habit!

Posted on November 18, 2014 by Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director, Blumenthal Cancer Center; and Director of Thoracic Surgery

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Great American Smokeout—which always falls on the third Thursday of November—is just days away. If you're a smoker or tobacco user who's been looking for some inspiration, this might just be it. On November 20, the ACS encourages smokers across the nation to use the date to make a plan to quit, even if only for the day.
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Hospice Care: Offering Support, Comfort and Peace of Mind for Patients and their Families

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Tina Basenese, Director, Valley Hospice

For patients with serious, advanced illness for whom a cure is no longer possible, facing the end of life can be both frightening and confusing.  Enlisting support through hospice care can help.
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Get Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM; Medical Director; The Center for Sleep Medicine at The Valley Hospital

Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. That means setting your clocks back an hour. Thanks to that extra hour, "falling back" isn't nearly 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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Having Problems Becoming Pregnant? It May Be More than Bad Timing

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Ali Nasseri, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

As a physician specializing in the treatment of infertility, one of the first questions I ask couples seeking to become pregnant is how long they have been having unprotected intercourse. The answer is usually a in the form of “for about ….months, but really trying for only… months”.  What most couples do not realize is that they should not have to “try” to achieve a pregnancy.  
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—Are You Overdue for Your Mammogram?

Posted on October 1, 2014 by Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Breast Center

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and if you are overdue for your mammogram, this serves as the perfect reminder to make an appointment today.  Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12 percent) women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.
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Enterovirus –D68: What Parents Need to Know

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Steven Kanengiser, M.D., Pediatric Pulmonologist, Valley Medical Group

Many children come home from school with scrapes from playground games or fresh colds caught from friends, but this year, a strain of enterovirus is hospitalizing children around the country. 
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To PSA or Not to PSA?

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Urologic Oncology Center

A healthcare task force says no; a national urologic association says yes.  What’s a man to do?
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Getting Your Children Ready to Go Back to School? Be Sure to Make Sleep a Priority

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director of The Valley Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

As you prepare your children for the start of a new school year, make sure you put “get enough sleep” on their back-to-school lists. 
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Send Your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to Date

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Jeffrey Bienstock, M.D., Director of Pediatrics

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.
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