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    August 01, 2019

    Protecting Children from Extreme Heat

    Falls sports season is in full swing and the heat is on! Heat illness in children participating in sports is a real concern, which is why it’s extremely important for everybody — especially parents on the sidelines watching their children participate — to have some information regarding heat-related illness. Heat illness, a spectrum of disorders due to environmental exposure to heat, results from a combination of high temperature and humidity. Understanding the signs of the three main heat-related conditions can help parents and coaches act quickly and treat children appropriately.

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    July 31, 2019

    Pascack Valley Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

    American Heart Association Award recognizes Pascack Valley Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care

    WESTWOOD, JULY 31ST, 2019 ― Pascack Valley Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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    July 29, 2019

    Breastfeeding Highs and Hurdles

    Breastfeeding can be a great experience for both mom and baby, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard work that comes with a set of big difficulties. Every mom is bombarded with articles that explain the benefits of breastfeeding and, while they are largely correct, it can put more pressure on a very personal situation. We want all mothers and families to feel they are supported and that they can come to us with any questions or concerns.

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    June 25, 2019

    The Importance of Self-Care When Caregiving for Alzheimer’s disease

    Each year, 15 million Americans provide more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care for friends and family with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Each stage of Alzheimer’s disease requires a different level of attention and care. When you are acting as a caregiver for a loved one, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your loved one.

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    May 14, 2019

    Vitamins and Minerals to Strengthen Your Hair, Skin and Nails

    According to the Dietary Reference Intakes, 92 percent of the American population suffers from at least one vitamin or mineral deficiency. Have you experienced signs of vitamin deficiencies? Signs of various vitamin deficiencies may include brittle hair and nails, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, poor night vision, dandruff, hair loss, red or white bumps on skin and restless leg syndrome. What people may not realize is that most vitamins and supplements help stimulate hair and nail growth if it contains biotin, fish oil or Vitamins A, C and E.

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    March 28, 2019

    What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

    Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Affecting both men and women, more than 50,000 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed annually. Dr. Eric Avezzano, gastroenterologist with Pascack Valley Medical Group, spoke with us about what you need to know about colon cancer and the patient journey through the treatment of colon cancer.

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    March 20, 2019

    Living a Nutritious Lifestyle

    National Nutrition Month is recognized each March as a time to bring awareness to the importance of proper nutrition. Meredith Yorkin, Registered Dietitian with the Center for Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolism at Pascack Valley Medical Center, tells us how patients are taught about proper nutrition and shares tips on how you can maintain a nutritious lifestyle.

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    March 12, 2019

    The Importance of Sleep Hygiene

    A decent night of sleep is essential for feeling rested and refreshed. Achieving great sleep starts with proper sleep hygiene.

    “To achieve better sleep at home, it’s important to practice sleep hygiene,” said Chris McCarthy with the Sleep Center at Pascack Valley Medical Center. “Just like how oral hygiene gives you good oral health, proper sleep hygiene can set you up for better sleep.”

    Proper sleep hygiene includes:

    - Getting to bed early and giving yourself the opportunity to get a full eight hours of sleep

    - Setting a cool climate

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    March 05, 2019

    Understanding Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, sometimes because the individual suffering from this disorder hides their symptoms and behaviors due to fear and shame. Unfortunately, a diagnosis typically occurs after permanent side effects have already emerged. This is why it’s important to understand the characteristics of eating disorders and to get help as soon as possible.

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    February 26, 2019

    Diabetes and Heart Disease

    Statistics tell us that there is a strong relationship between heart disease and diabetes. At least 68 percent of people age 65 and older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults with diabetes. Individuals with diabetes also have a high incidence of heart disease without symptoms due to nerve damage from elevated blood sugar.

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