Author: NFMdymun

It’s time to stop putting off a mammogram

The seemingly never-ending COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions have put countless plans on hold. In many cases, those plans have included regular cancer screenings — particularly screening for breast cancer, which has fallen by nearly 50%. As we know, the key to beating metastatic breast cancer is early detection. Delayed diagnoses give cancer more time to spread before it’s caught, reducing chances of survival. In fact, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates more than 10,000 additional deaths from breast and colorectal cancer over the next 10 years because of these delayed screenings.

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Keeping your little one safe: Baby Safety Month

Babies are beautiful and sweet and lovable and wonderful… but unfortunately, they’re also accident-prone. If you’ve ever had one, you know. The most innocuous object in your house — a tablecloth, drawer, or rocking chair eventually screams “DANGER!” In spite of countless new safety standards for baby gear, more than 1.3 million American infants are brought to emergency rooms every year. That’s why we’re taking the occasion of Baby Safety Month to help you know the risks and learn ways to keep baby safe and hopefully calm your nerves.

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Barbara Wilson: Cancer Survivor and Cardiac Patient

An alternative way of treating large blood clots in the chest is making it possible for patients to avoid the ordeal of open heart surgery. At St. Clair, Andy C. Kiser, M.D., FACS, FACC, FCCP, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, uses a sophisticated device called an AngioVac to safely remove not only blood clots, but also tumors and infectious material from the heart and blood vessels without major surgery. The minimally invasive new procedure, called aspiration thrombectomy, is an important advance in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a serious condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs and pelvis. A clot can become free and travel through the blood vessels to the lungs, where it is known as a pulmonary embolism, a potentially life-threatening situation.

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Scott Marshall: Family Matters

A human voice is like a fingerprint; no two are exactly alike. Voices are so distinct that we can immediately identify others by voice alone. Medical professionals who care for unconscious patients have long believed that these patients can hear sounds in the room, and so they often talk to them while providing care, and encourage families to do the same. Recent research tells us that hearing a familiar voice can actually help a comatose patient awaken and even lead to a faster recovery.

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Jim Kauffman: It Takes a Village

Jim Kauffman, 62, resides in a Mount Washington neighborhood, but he has a village of his very own. He lives there with his wife, Wendy, 55, and their two Great Danes, Diesel and Lexie. Many others — family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, fellow musicians — make up the population of Jim’s personal village, and although they don’t all know each other, they all know Jim and are linked by their great love and affection for him. He’s an easy guy to like — gregarious, energetic, witty and warm.

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Summer Sun & Safety

After being cooped up for months, getting out of the house has been a more welcome diversion than ever before. That’s a good thing — aside from enticing you to be active (which is always a plus), there are numerous benefits to having fun in the sun.

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Stroke: Signs and symptoms — and how you can prevent them.

Today, many doctors and health care experts have begun to refer to a stroke as a “brain attack.” That’s because a stroke basically works the same as a heart attack — the blood supply to a vital organ (in this case, the brain) is interrupted, and that organ’s cells begin dying in a matter of minutes.

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Celebrating St. Clair Nurses on World Health Day

With the proliferation of official “days,” “weeks” and “months,” World Health Day can easily go virtually unnoticed in most years. But the 2020 version is garnering more of a spotlight, and putting a special focus on workers who often find themselves on the frontline of care — nurses and midwives.

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National Nutrition Month

Mind Your Plate During National Nutrition Month

“Make healthier food choices” is sound advice, but it can sometimes be a lot harder than it sounds. With changes to food labels, sometimes-contradictory research news (eggs are bad/no wait, eggs are good), not to mention the Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet, the fasting diet, MIND diet and countless other approaches that come along every day, just knowing where to start can cause paralysis by analysis.

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American Heart Month

Improve your heart IQ during American Heart Month

When you hear the words “American Heart Month” the first thing that likely comes to mind is “heart attack.” But that’s only one part of the story. More than raising awareness of signs of heart attack, this month is all about heart disease, which covers an array of conditions that, combined, are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.

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