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The Impact of Stress on Your Health and Longevity

by Jodie Katz, M.D., Director, Valley Medical Group's Center for Integrative Medicine

Posted on April 26, 2016

We have all experienced stress at some point in our lives, but did you know that 75 percent of Americans reported that they have experienced at least 1 symptom of stress in the past month according to a recent American Psychological Association (APA) study? Although periodic stress is normal and is not typically a cause for concern, the negative effects of recurrent stress on our health are substantial. 
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Tags: stress

From Early Signs to Treatment: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Autism

by Lisa Nalven, M.D., Director, Developmental Pediatrics, The Valley Hospital Kireker Center for Child Development

Posted on April 12, 2016

Autism spectrum disorders are being diagnosed in ever increasing numbers. Nationally, there are about 1 in 68 children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. However, the ADDM estimates that the number is even higher in New Jersey, with 1 in 45 children being diagnosed with an ASD. 
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Tags: autism, children

Knee Replacement: You Don’t Have to Wait

by Anthony Delfico, M.D., Director, Orthopedic Surgery

Posted on March 29, 2016

It used to be that doctors reserved knee replacements for people who could no longer function or perform daily activities. Not anymore, new data show. According to National Hospital Discharge Survey results published in August, people are getting knee replacements not only at greater rates, but also at younger ages. In 2000, the average knee replacement patient was about 69 years old. Ten years later, the average age had dropped to just over 66.
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March is National Nutrition Month: Does Your Diet Measure Up?

by Joseph R. Juliano, DTR, Manager of Clinical and Community Nutrition, The Valley Hospital

Posted on March 15, 2016

Although there is increasing awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet to support physical wellness and longevity, Americans of all ages are still struggling to achieve optimal nutrition. 
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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need and What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough?

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

Posted on March 1, 2016

Every March, we are all faced with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time and its impact on our circadian rhythms, i.e. our sleep-wake pattern.  The 1 hour shift in time can even temporarily disrupt our ability to fall asleep at night and to wake up in the morning.  We not only lose an hour of sleep, but the time change disrupts the body’s biological clock and circadian rhythm.  The effect is the same as jetlag in plane travel, in which our bodies remain on the prior schedule for a period of time.  
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Take Heart, Take Care. February is American Heart Month

by Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Care for Women; and Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Chair of Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 16, 2016

February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to be reminded to take care of your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But there is good news: heart disease is largely preventable and controllable. 
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Tags: cardiac, heart

Exercise & Heart Health: What America Doesn't Know

by Valley Health System & Cleveland Clinic

Posted on February 8, 2016

Do you know how much exercise is best for your heart? Or how many calories you need to cut back or eliminate to lose 1 lb a week? Most Americans don’t, according to a new survey on exercise and heart health by our cardiovascular partner Cleveland Clinic. Check out their infographic that summarizes the survey findings.
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17 Power Foods for Your Heart

by Valley Health System and the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute

Posted on February 8, 2016

To follow a balanced, heart healthy-diet, you need to eat veggies, fruit, fish, soy, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds on a regular basis. But some foods have more heart-healthy disease-fighting nutrients than others. Here are the best foods to power your heart into healthy old age.
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Listen To Your Heart

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Chair of Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 1, 2016

How much exercise is best for your heart? A new study by Valley’s partner Cleveland Clinic reveals that Americans aren’t sure. As February is American Heart Month and heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, we at Valley encourage you to listen to your heart. Heart disease is largely preventable and controllable, and exercise is one of the keys to preventing heart disease.
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Tags: cardiology, heart

Give Yourself the Best Chance to be Pain Free

by Robert Silverman, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Pain Management Center

Posted on January 19, 2016

There are many individualized treatments and therapies offered at pain management centers that can be used to treat chronic and acute pain, especially for pain that’s caused by something out of your control, such as severe illness or injury.   However, these treatments work much better when you simultaneously take personal initiatives to manage all aspects of your physical and mental health that are in your control.  Follow these self-management techniques in conjunction with any treatments or therapies your doctor recommends to give yourself the best chance at minimizing and effectively managing your pain.
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