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Mark the Date for the Great American Smokeout and Make a Plan to Kick the Habit!

by Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director, Blumenthal Cancer Center; and Director of Thoracic Surgery

Posted on November 18, 2015

Tomorrow marks the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual Great American Smokeout. If you're a smoker or tobacco user who's been looking for some inspiration, this might just be it. On Thursday, November 19, we encourage smokers across the nation to use the date to make a plan to quit, even if only for the day.
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New Technology for Breast Surgery: Radioactive Seed Localization

by Dr. Laura Klein, breast surgeon and Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Breast Center; and Dr. Jaclyn Calem-Grunat, radiologist and Director of Breast Imaging at Valley

Posted on November 13, 2015

The Valley Hospital was the first hospital in northern New Jersey to offer a more accurate and patient-friendly procedure to precisely pinpoint and remove both small benign and cancerous breast tumors or abnormal breast tissue. The procedure, called radioactive seed localization, consists of a radiologist injecting a low-energy radioactive “seed” the size of a grain of rice into the breast tissue to mark the exact location of the tumor or abnormal tissue. In the operating room, the breast surgeon uses a handheld gamma detection probe (a device used to measure radioactivity) to locate the seed and remove both it and the abnormal breast tissue.
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Tags: , breast cancer

Is a Gestational Carrier Right for You?

by Ali Nasseri, M.D., Ph.D, Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

Posted on November 6, 2015

When standard infertility treatments have failed, using a gestational carrier —in which a woman carries your baby for you—may provide the best chance to have your own biological child.
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Tags: infertility, ivf

Tips for Dealing with Candy Overload this Halloween

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

Posted on October 30, 2015

While many kids look forward all year to the arrival of Halloween, 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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Get Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend

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

Posted on October 28, 2015

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 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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Tags: sleep

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Changing Philosophy of Caring for Patients

by Dr. Laura Klein, breast surgeon and Medical Director, and Tihesha Wilson, breast surgeon and Assistant Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 15, 2015

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime and about 40,000 women will die from the disease. These statistics may sound alarming, but with advancements in the early detection of breast cancer and improved treatment for women diagnosed with the disease, survival rates are increasing.  According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. 
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Facebook Chat Follow-Up: Answers to Questions on Pregnancy and Early Parenthood

by Rosie Pope, Myrandele Damian-Coleman, M.D., and Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Valley Medical Group.

Posted on October 9, 2015

Rosie Pope, motherhood guru, TV personality and proud mother of four joined Dr. Myrandele Damian-Coleman, an ob-gyn, and Dr. Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, a pediatrician, from The Valley Hospital and Valley Medical Group for a live Facebook Q&A on Thursday, Sept. 17, to answer questions about pregnancy, birth plans, labor and delivery, healthy diets for children, nursing, newborn care and more. In case you missed the full Facebook Q&A, you can catch up with it here. It was such a lively chat that the experts couldn’t get to all the questions during the hour allotted. Here we provide answers to the questions that they couldn’t get to.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the 411 on Mammograms

by Dr. Laura Klein, breast surgeon and Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 1, 2015

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. Regular screenings for breast cancer are so important because it’s been shown time and time again that regular screening for breast cancer with a mammogram and a breast self-exam reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer by catching the cancer early, when it is more easily and successfully treated.

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10 Easy Tips to Help Your Child Eat Healthier

by By Sherry Sakowitz, M.D., Director of Healthy LifeWays: Valley’s Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management

Posted on September 28, 2015

The American Academy of Pediatrics considers the epidemic of childhood obesity one of the most pressing health concerns of the 21st century. One of three children in the United States is overweight or obese. This puts kids at risk for problems that were once diagnosed almost exclusively in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol. 
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Tags: obesity

Prostate Cancer — The Best Defense is Early Detection

by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Urologic Oncology Center

Posted on September 1, 2015

This month marks National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and many men age 50 and older will face the question: should I be screened for prostate cancer?
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