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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

The Truth About Tanning

by Valley Health System

Posted on May 10, 2016

We're all excited for warmer weather and let's face it, we all love the look of tanned skin. But that tan is an indication of sun damage. Learn the truth about tanning.
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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
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