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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 4, 2017

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

Could My Excessive Sweating Be Hyperhidrosis?

by Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director, Hyperhidrosis Center, The Valley Hospital

Posted on March 21, 2017

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that is more than what is needed to regulate body temperature. About 7 million Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis, a disorder that often goes undiagnosed. Hyperhidrosis sufferers often feel a loss of control because the sweating happens independently—without a high body temperature or highly charged emotional situation. The condition may make you avoid social situations, especially when they involve shaking hands. Anxiety can make hyperhidrosis worse. The condition can also be triggered by certain foods and drinks, nicotine, caffeine, and some smells.
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Colon Cancer: Early Detection Can Save Your Life

by Mitchell Rubinoff, M.D., Chair, Gastroenterology, Valley Medical Group

Posted on March 7, 2017

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). In fact, the ACS estimates that 134,490 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016, including 70,820 men and 63,670 women. In addition, the ACS estimates that 49,190 people, 26,020 men and 23,170 women, died from colorectal cancer in 2016.
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Many Americans Don't Know Their Heart Health Numbers. Do You?

by Cleveland Clinic and Valley Health System

Posted on February 27, 2017

Knowing your heart numbers is crucial for your cardiac health. These quick statistics from our cardiovascular affiliate, Cleveland Clinic, provide insights into what we know--and what we don't!
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Tags: heart

Can Sleep Impact Heart Health?

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on February 22, 2017

You have probably heard that not getting enough quality sleep can impact your day to day performance, but did you know that inadequate or disturbed sleep can also negatively impact your heart health? As Americans increasingly cut back on sleep in favor of social, leisure, or work-related activities, the relation of sleep disorders to cardiac disease is becoming clearer. Sleep disorders have emerged as being related to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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Tags: cardiac, heart, sleep

Take Control: The Role of Psychosocial Stressors in Heart Disease

by Elliot Brown, M.D., Valley Medical Group, Cardiology, Clifton

Posted on February 20, 2017

The treatment of atrial fibrillation involves not only world-class medical care but a consideration of psychological and behavioral factors as well. Behavioral cardiology — a new discipline within cardiology — focuses not only on the physical aspects of heart disease, but also the psychosocial stressors that may impact the progression of heart disease.
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Evidence-Based, Patient-Centric, Team-Directed Healthcare for Patients with AFib

by Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of Electrophysiology at The Valley Hospital and Medical Director, the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation

Posted on February 15, 2017

When it comes to successfully treating atrial fibrillation (AFib), collaboration is proving to be more crucial than ever.  
Atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat, can lead to blood clots and is associated with a higher incidence of stroke and heart failure.  Today, more than 2.7 million people in the U.S. live with AFib, and that number is expected to double by 2050.  Guidelines on the management of AFib released this summer by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery suggest that a comprehensive treatment approach may help curb this trend.
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Heart Disease: Risk Factors and Prevention

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Director, Valley/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation and Chair, Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 8, 2017

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States? And, according to the American Heart Association, a heart attack strikes someone in the United States about every 43 seconds. Although these statistics are worrisome, you can help to protect yourself by knowing your risk for a heart attack and the signs and symptoms to look for. 
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Know Your Numbers: New Survey Shows Many Americans are Unaware of Their Risk Factors for Heart Disease

by Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Care for Women, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 1, 2017

A just-released study by Cleveland Clinic, of which we are an affiliate of their heart program, shows that while 68 percent of Americans are worried about dying from heart disease, many don’t know the basic numbers important for heart health.
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Tags: cardiology, heart

Shoveling Snow: Winter Chore or Health Hazard?

by George Becker, M.D., Director, Emergency Department, The Valley Hospital

Posted on January 17, 2017

Believe it or not, winter has officially begun! And, although there has been a lack of significant snowfall and cold temperatures in our area, we should still be prepared for the possibility of more seasonable weather. 
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