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Understanding Diabetes: Warning Signs and Risk Factors

by Adam Kelman, M.D., Endocrinologist, Valley Medical Group

Posted on May 30, 2017

Most of us know what we need to do to stay healthy. Eat right. Exercise. Maintain a healthy weight.  But studies show we're not taking care of ourselves the way we should. And this has led to an increase in people who live with diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 29 million people -- over 9 percent of the U.S. population -- live with diabetes. That number includes more than 8 million people who have diabetes but don't know it because they haven't been diagnosed yet.
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Stay Sun Smart This Summer!

by Tamar Zapolanski, M.D., FAAD, Dermatologist, Valley Medical Group - Park Ridge

Posted on May 16, 2017

Did you know that skin cancer is highly preventable? Because May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we want to highlight the fact that our lifestyle choices contribute greatly to our chances of getting skin cancer. The most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers is sun exposure. 

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Understanding Strokes and tPA

by Kenneth A. Levin, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Stroke Center

Posted on May 2, 2017

A stroke is a "brain attack" and occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off. Most strokes are caused by a blood clot that has built up on the wall of a brain artery or one that has traveled there from another part of the body (an embolic stroke or ischemic stroke). Other strokes are caused by a ruptured blood vessel in or near the brain (aneurysm), which results in bleeding within or over the surface of the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Stroke is the fifth leading killer and the number-one cause of disability in the United States.
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It’s Never Too Soon to Start the Conversation or Fill Out an Advance Directive

by Tina Basenese, RN, MA, APN-C, ACHPN, Director of Valley Hospice

Posted on April 17, 2017

An advance directive is a written statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment, often including the naming of a health care representative, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor. Contrary to popular belief, filling out an advance directive can be a positive experience for both you and your loved ones. Think of the process as similar to buying insurance. When you buy insurance, you file the certificate of insurance away, and the only time you have to think about it is if or when you need it. Similarly, an advance directive is like an insurance policy: your loved ones will be glad to have it in the event that you are unable to make your own healthcare decisions. 
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Global Warming and Outdoor Allergies

by Margaret L. Co, M.D., Director of Allergy and Immunology, The Valley Hospital

Posted on April 14, 2017

Global warming and climate change are in the headlines today.  For allergy sufferers, the impact of warmer temperatures on their daily lives may soon become very apparent.  If you think that your spring allergies have worsened, you may be right, and global warming may have contributed to this.  With this year’s winter being warmer than usual (temperatures this year were the second highest in history for the month of February), the pollen season is most likely going to be early.  In the Garden State, the tree pollen count will surely be one of the highest in the nation.  
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Safety and Quality Go Hand in Hand

by Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Posted on April 12, 2017

For a third consecutive year, The Valley Hospital has received the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of  serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. Valley is among 460 recipients of the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2017 out of approximately 4,600 hospitals with inpatient Medicare claims from 2013 to 2015, and is also among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals in the nation reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance. Valley is the only hospital in Bergen County to have received this distinction.
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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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