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Suite start at Community Hospital

Community Hospital in Munster opened its new Family Birthing Center last week, a state-of-the-art facility that doubles the capacity of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and offers amenities and resources geared toward helping moms and their babies throughout the birthing process and beyond. The …

Back-to-school health: Ready those pencils, pens, crayons … and physical exam

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July and August are ideal for both a back-to-school physical examination and a check and update of immunizations and vaccinations. Visit Vista Family Medicine, Little Company of Mary Medical Group, can schedule appointments conveniently to meet your needs.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit saves lives at Porter Regional Hospital

Most parents don’t anticipate problems with their delivery or their baby. Yet even typical pregnancies can result in unanticipated high-risk births and babies with special needs. According to the March of Dimes, about one in 10 babies will require intensive medical care immediately after birth. …

The value of carrying to full term

According to the March of Dimes, premature birth is a serious and costly problem. They report that more than a half million babies are born too soon in the United States each year, costing the nation more than $26 billion annually. Babies who survive an …

Methodist Hospitals helps new moms and babies get off to a great start

A new baby is among life’s greatest joys. The miracle of birth happens at Methodist Hospitals everyday. As a result, the hospital’s remarkable Women and Children Services professionals know exactly how to make this special time safe and comforting for mothers, babies and their families. …

Brain-saving cooling cap at Franciscan St. Anthony combats birth hypoxia

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Crown Point offers a new weapon to combat birth hypoxia, a relatively rare occurrence in which oxygen flow to a newborn’s brain is impaired due to a number of possible causes. And parents Karen Rothe …

Foot and ankle pain goes hi-tech

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Podiatrists Michael Nirenberg and Michael Lacey are now using a hi-tech camera to alleviate painful arthritis of the foot and ankle. Arthritis in the foot and ankle is common, affecting millions of Americans each year. Drs. Nirenberg and Lacey are now using a hi-tech camera …

Heart of a fighter

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When Leon Lasota was 17 years old, German soldiers hauled him out of bed in the middle of the night and carted him off to a concentration camp. That was the second of many times in his almost-93 years that the Romeoville man has faced …

On a mission

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At Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, the goal is for cardiac patients to achieve health-success by returning to their regular activities but with an enhanced quality of life, armed with knowledge. But the ultimate goal of the hospital is to prevent heart disease from …

Life after a heart attack

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 715,000 Americans every year have a heart attack. Of those, 190,000 have had a heart attack before. With statistics like those, prevention becomes as important after a heart attack as before. Abdul Ghani, a cardiologist at …

Prevention, detection, intervention are keys to cardiac care at Porter

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At Porter Regional Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Medicine, the goal is not only to successfully treat heart disease but to help prevent it. “We’re working on more of a disease management strategy as opposed to acute care,” said Terri Gingerich, Cardiovascular Service Line director at …

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating kicks off Slim Down Contest

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Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE), a leading freshly prepared meal replacement company in the country, kicks off its Lake and Porter Counties weight loss contest called Seattle Sutton’s 2014 Slim Down.  For 15 weeks, 10 chosen contestants will compete for prizes and improve their health …

Chicago, northwest Indiana plan heart health awareness events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

HEALTHY EATING Chicken with strawberry and pineapple salsa

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Grilled pineapple and fresh mint and strawberries combine with tangy lemon and a bit of hot pepper flakes to make an interesting salsa for grilled chicken. Serves 4; 3 ounces chicken and 1/2 cup salsa per serving 1 teaspoon canola or corn oil Salsa 2 …

Unearthing winter health hazards

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It seems like snow has been in the forecast just about every other day this winter. While for most people shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, The American Heart Association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling can increase …

It pays to  be a quitter

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Cigarette smokers who are over 65 years of age may be able to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths to the level of never-smokers when they quit faster than previously reported, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in November. …

Modest weight loss may reduce heart disease risks in middle-aged women

Modest weight loss over 2 years in overweight or obese, middle-aged women may reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, according to research published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In a study of 417 women participating in weight loss programs …

Black men raised by single parent had higher blood pressure as adults, study reports

African-American men raised in single-parent households in Washington, D.C., had higher blood pressure as adults than men raised by two parents, according to a recent study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. The study is the first to link childhood family living arrangements to …

Doctor In Your House: May I remind you about your memory?

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Are you experiencing a change in your memory? Don’t worry too much; most of the time, it is benign and simply a matter of aging. In fact, most people with serious memory problems do not have the capacity to realize that a problem exists. In …

Sondheimer On Sight: Our cataract surgery mission trip

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Cataracts are a reduction in vision due to cloudiness of the lens of the eyes. Severe cataracts make it impossible to see anything but light or darkness. People who are blind from cataracts can’t see to walk, work, take care of others, take care of …

Doctor In Your House: The proven road to happiness

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Where do you find happiness? Does it come from being very wealthy? Does it occur when your mate proclaims their love for you? Does it happen after you accomplish a monumental task for yourself? While most people would feel happy with any of the above, …

Sondheimer On Sight: The Dangers Of Glaucoma

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Glaucoma is a generally irreversible disease that injures the optic nerve and retinal ganglion cells that bring vision from the eye to the brain. Over a million Americans are diagnosed as having Glaucoma, and another million Americans are unaware that they have the condition. It …

Doctor In Your House: Wipe away the tears of depression

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Depression or persistent sadness for more than two weeks affects 20 million Americans. A comprehensive approach is needed. Many people who suffer from depression function at the level of heart failure. Fortunately, more than 90 percent of such patients can improve over time. It is …

Sondheimer On Sight: Advances in Cataract Surgery

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Forty years ago, it was considered successful when patients could see clearly following cataract surgery. Cataracts are a cloudiness of the lens of the eye that causes a decrease in vision. When the loss of vision from a cataract interferes with important visual tasks such …

Sondheimer On Sight: What In The World Is Keratoconus?

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Keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes the outermost layer of the eye, known as the cornea, to become steeper, thinner, cone shaped, and distorted. The name “Keratoconus” is derived from the Greek words “Kerato” meaning cornea and “Conus” meaning cone shaped. Keratoconus usually affects …