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Shoveling Snow: Winter Chore or Health Hazard?

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

Posted on January 17, 2017

Believe it or not, winter has officially begun! And, although there has been a lack of significant snowfall and cold temperatures in our area, we should still be prepared for the possibility of more seasonable weather. 
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Are You Guilty of Overeating During the Holidays? Check Out These Simple Ways to Beat Weight Gain

by Meredith Urban, MS, RD, CDN, The Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, The Valley Hospital

Posted on January 10, 2017

As we look forward to the fresh start that a new year brings, many of us will also be struggling with the addition of the unwanted pounds we’ve gained during the holidays. In my role as a bariatric nutritionist, I have acquired a few tips and tools that can help you get back on track—and, hopefully, back to your goal weight!
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How Can I Help My Child to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep?

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on December 20, 2016

Overall, studies indicate that 15 to 20 percent of one to three year olds continue to have nightwakings. Inappropriate sleep associations are the primary cause of frequent nightwakings. Sleep associations are those conditions that are habitually present at the time of sleep onset and in the presence of which the infant or child has learned to fall asleep. These same conditions are then required in order for the infant or child to fall back to sleep following periodic normal nighttime arousals. 
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Is Holiday Stress Making You Sick?

by Jodie Katz, M.D., Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on December 6, 2016

Along with family and friends, the holiday season can bring unwelcome guests including stress and depression. And, no matter how much we may welcome the season, the holidays often present a dizzying array of demands including parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. 
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Tags: stress

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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