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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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When it Comes to Feeding Your Baby, Breastfeeding is Best

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Beth A. McGovern, MSN, RNC-OB, Clinical Practice Specialist, Women’s and Children’s Services

It seems that every time we turn around we read something about an initiative that is celebrated with a “day” or a “week”, like National Ice Cream Day or Love Your Pet Week.  Here at Valley we are proud to recognize World Breastfeeding Week!

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Do You Know What to Look for in Choosing a Heart Surgeon?

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Alex Zapolanski, M.D., Director, Cardiac Surgery, The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute

If you are like most Americans, you find it easier to make an informed choice about cars and refrigerators than about cardiac surgeons. Your cardiologist or primary care physician will most likely refer you to a heart surgeon, but you still may want to explore your options. 
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Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Risks for Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes in Severely Obese Patients

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Beth A. Schrope, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

The primary goal of weight loss, or bariatric surgery, is to help combat severe obesity. But did you know that there is accumulating evidence that it can also reduce the risk of cancer, cardiac disease, and diabetes in morbidly obese patients?
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