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Expecting a Baby? You Deserve a Doula

Posted on April 21, 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

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

Take Heart, Take Care. February is American Heart Month

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Care for Women; and Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Chair of Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

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: heart

Stay Safe in the Snow

Posted on January 26, 2015 by George Becker, M.D., Director of Emergency Medicine, The Valley Hospital

The No.1 winter-related reason for visits to Valley’s Emergency Room this winter (aside from the flu) has been injuries from slips and falls on ice-covered surfaces. With another winter storm bearing down on the area we urge you to take steps to reduce your risk of injury.
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Mark the Date for the Great American Smokeout and Make a Plan to Kick the Habit!

Posted on November 18, 2014 by Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director, Blumenthal Cancer Center; and Director of Thoracic Surgery

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Great American Smokeout—which always falls on the third Thursday of November—is just days away. If you're a smoker or tobacco user who's been looking for some inspiration, this might just be it. On November 20, the ACS encourages smokers across the nation to use the date to make a plan to quit, even if only for the day.
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Hospice Care: Offering Support, Comfort and Peace of Mind for Patients and their Families

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Tina Basenese, Director, Valley Hospice

For patients with serious, advanced illness for whom a cure is no longer possible, facing the end of life can be both frightening and confusing.  Enlisting support through hospice care can help.
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Tags: hospice

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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