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Diabetes Care at School: Preparation is Key

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Paul Pelavin, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinologist, Valley Medical Group

Getting ready to send your child off to school for the first time or preparing an older child to go back to school can be a daunting task, especially if your child has diabetes. 
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Expecting a Baby? You Deserve a Doula

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Sharon Tanis, Supervisor, The Valley Hospital Center for Family Education

The birth of a baby is a very exciting event. Yet, labor and delivery can be a long and challenging process. To help meet the emotional and physical needs of women in labor, Valley was the first in northern New Jersey to offer birth doulas as an option for all women delivering at the hospital’s Center for Childbirth.
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Tags: childbirth, doula

Does Ovarian Stimulation “Use Up” Your Eggs?

Posted on July 7, 2015 by Dehan Chen, M.D., Associate Clinical Director, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

A common question I am asked is whether taking ovarian stimulation medications such as clomid or injections “use up” one’s remaining eggs faster, thus accelerating the rate at which a woman enters menopause — defined as the end of a women’s fertility.  
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Tags: infertility, ivf

Leave Fireworks to the Pros

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Peter Lee, M.D., Director, Pediatric Emergency Room

With the July 4th holiday just days away, we want to remind the community that in the hands of untrained consumers and children, fireworks can cause fires, injuries, and even death.  
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Tags: fireworks

Study: Risk of Whole-Brain Radiation Outweighs Benefit

Posted on June 24, 2015 by The Valley Gamma Knife Center

Researchers have found that whole brain radiation therapy – a traditional approach that treats the entire brain rather than targeted areas – did not improve survival for patients with brain metastases (cancer that starts elsewhere in the body and spreads to the brain). The side effects of this aggressive treatment had a negative effect on memory, speech and thinking skills. The research suggests that highly focused radiosurgery, such as Gamma Knife surgery, may be best for the brain and the patient’s quality of life.

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Tags: Gamma Knife

It’s Only Heartburn…Or Is It?

Posted on June 10, 2015 by Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director The Valley Hospital Blumenthal Cancer Center and Director of Thoracic Surgery

If you have or have ever had chronic heartburn, you may be at risk for Barrett’s esophagus, a serious complication of chronic, severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Barrett’s esophagus has been recognized as a major risk factor for developing cancer of the esophagus.  
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Tags: heartburn

Bicycle Helmets: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Posted on June 1, 2015 by Parminder K. Savalia, Health Education Supervisor, The Valley Hospital Department of Community Health and Community Benefit

Before your child heads out on his or her bike or skateboard this summer, make sure he or she is wearing a helmet.  Not only is it the law – since 2005 New Jersey law requires that all children under the age of 17 wear a helmet while bicycling, skateboarding, and roller-skating – wearing a helmet is one of the most effective ways to decrease your child’s risk of a serious head injury.
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Tags: helmet, safety

Beating Seasonal Allergies

Posted on March 12, 2015 by Marjorie Slankard, M.D., Director of Allergy and Immunology, The Valley Hospital

After a seemingly never-ending winter, temperatures have finally warmed and spring is in the air — literally. In fact, people with spring allergies are most likely already experiencing sneezing, watery eyes and fatigue because of tree pollen.
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Beating the Biological Clock

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Ali Nasseri, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director; Dehan Chen, M.D., Associate Clinical Director; and Keri L. Greenseid, M.D.; The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

For a variety of reasons, many women choose to postpone childbearing until they are in their 30s or even 40s.  But the difficult truth is that the biological clock waits for no one, and fertility declines with age.  Increasingly, young women are turning to a procedure that allows them to freeze their eggs while they are fertile and store them until a pregnancy is desired.
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Losing Sleep Over Daylight Saving Time?

Posted on March 1, 2015 by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine

This month, you may find you feel a little more tired than usual as you adjust to the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.
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Tags: sleep
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