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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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Does a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Require Treatment?

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

Posted on September 13, 2016

From a patient perspective, hearing the word cancer is both frightening and shocking. In the case of prostate cancer, a diagnosis is initially made after a prostate biopsy based on the results of a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or abnormal digital rectal examination. 
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Back to School Lunches: A Key Part of Your Child’s Health and Education

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Pediatric Wellness & Weight Management

Posted on August 30, 2016

Getting the kids ready to go back to school often involves shopping for school supplies, new clothes and attempting to get everyone back into a normal sleep routine. However, another key part of ensuring that your kids are prepared to tackle the new school year is sending them to school with a healthy lunch. And, fortunately, packing a healthy lunch is easier and faster than you might think!
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The Importance of Sleep in Children and Teens

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

Posted on August 16, 2016

Are your children getting enough sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep for children can vary quite a bit depending on the age of the child.
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Your Farmers Market Guide

by Valley Health System

Posted on August 2, 2016

You've heard, "Eat your fruits and vegetables," since childhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's good advice. Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. With more farmers markets taking root across the U.S., buying fresh is easier than ever.
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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
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