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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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