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To PSA or Not to PSA?

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Urologic Oncology Center

A healthcare task force says no; a national urologic association says yes.  What’s a man to do?
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Getting Your Children Ready to Go Back to School? Be Sure to Make Sleep a Priority

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director of The Valley Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

As you prepare your children for the start of a new school year, make sure you put “get enough sleep” on their back-to-school lists. 
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Send Your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to Date

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Jeffrey Bienstock, M.D., Director of Pediatrics

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.
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When it Comes to Feeding Your Baby, Breastfeeding is Best

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Beth A. McGovern, MSN, RNC-OB, Clinical Practice Specialist, Women’s and Children’s Services

It seems that every time we turn around we read something about an initiative that is celebrated with a “day” or a “week”, like National Ice Cream Day or Love Your Pet Week.  Here at Valley we are proud to recognize World Breastfeeding Week!

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Do You Know What to Look for in Choosing a Heart Surgeon?

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Alex Zapolanski, M.D., Director, Cardiac Surgery, The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute

If you are like most Americans, you find it easier to make an informed choice about cars and refrigerators than about cardiac surgeons. Your cardiologist or primary care physician will most likely refer you to a heart surgeon, but you still may want to explore your options. 
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Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Risks for Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes in Severely Obese Patients

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Beth A. Schrope, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

The primary goal of weight loss, or bariatric surgery, is to help combat severe obesity. But did you know that there is accumulating evidence that it can also reduce the risk of cancer, cardiac disease, and diabetes in morbidly obese patients?
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Leave Fireworks to the Pros

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Peter Lee, M.D., Director, Pediatric Emergency Room

With the July 4th holiday right around the corner, we want to remind the community that in the hands of untrained consumers and children, fireworks can cause fires, injuries, and even death.  Injuries can include severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. Even fireworks mistakenly thought to be safe, like sparklers – which can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – can burn users and bystanders.
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Play it Safe in the Sun

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Iris Kopeloff, M.D., Co-Director of The Valley Hospital’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center

Now that the warmer weather has arrived, most of you, and especially children, will be spending more time outdoors. But heading out into the sun without adequate sun protection can lead to much more than an uncomfortable sunburn.  Repeated overexposure to the sun can lead to premature aging and skin cancers called basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
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A Reminder of the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Director of Pulmonology, and Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine at The Valley Hospital

Drowsy driving has been suggested as a possible contributing factor in the horrific crash on the N.J. Turnpike in which a truck struck a limo bus, killing one man and injuring four others, including comedian Tracy Morgan.  
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What is PGS?

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Keri L. Greenseid, M.D., Staff Physician, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

Preimplantation Genetic Screening, or PGS, is a technique used to identify chromosomal abnormalities in an embryo produced through in vitro fertilization. It differs from other genetic screening procedures, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, because it enables us to check the genetics BEFORE an embryo is put inside a woman’s uterus.
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