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Dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:00 pm

 Dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study recently published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period.

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Study shows the benefits of surgery for prostate cancer patients

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 01, 2014 03:46 pm

More than 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year in the United States, but determining the course of treatment remains a source of considerable debate.

A new study by researchers from Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues, which draws from one of the few randomized trials conducted to directly address this issue, finds a substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy.

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Avoiding allergy triggers is the best way to reduce symptoms

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 01, 2014 06:48 am

 Allergy shots have been shown to provide long-term relief of allergic rhinitis symptoms.  Allergy shots have been shown to provide long-term relief of allergic rhinitis symptoms.  Spring is in the air, and so are billions of tiny pollens that trigger allergy symptoms in millions of people. This condition is called seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever.

Hay fever can affect your quality of life. It can lead to sinus infections, disrupt sleep and affect ability to learn at school or be productive at work, according to the American Academy of Asthma and Immunology.

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Research links insomnia and stroke risk

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:00 pm

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The risk of stroke may be much higher in people with insomnia compared to those who don’t have trouble sleeping, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

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Risk of obesity from eating fried foods may depend on genetics

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:00 pm

 Risk of obesity from eating fried foods may depend on genetics

People with a genetic predisposition to obesity are at a higher risk of obesity and related chronic diseases from eating fried foods than those with a lower genetic risk, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.

It is the first study to show that the adverse effects of fried foods may vary depending on the genetic makeup of the individual.

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Fussy infants and toddlers tend to have more exposure to media

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014 07:44 pm

Fussy infants and toddlers tend to have more exposure to media  Fussy infants and toddlers tend to have more exposure to media

Babies who have problems with self-regulation also tend to have more media exposure, and their parents may be especially likely to benefit from help with managing these aspects of their children’s development, according to a new study.

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Alzheimer’s a greater threat to older women than breast cancer

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014 05:38 pm

According to the Alzheimer's Association 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released in March, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is one in six, compared with nearly one in 11 for a man.

As real a concern as breast cancer is to women's health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

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Study indicates BMI, not body shape, is risk factor for breast cancer

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014 03:26 pm

A recent study appearing in the April 2014 issue of Cancer Causes and Control suggests that a larger waist circumference is associated with higher risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, but not beyond its contribution to body mass index.

The study, by American Cancer Society researchers involving predominantly white women, fails to confirm previous findings that body shape itself is an independent risk factor for breast cancer.

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Healthy Living - Spring 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00 pm

Healthy Living Book Spring 2014

   

Medical advocacy group attributes deaths to excess salt intake

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00 pm

CSPI has a counter displaying the number of Americans it says have died from salt-related diseases at www.cspinet.org/salt.  CSPI has a counter displaying the number of Americans it says have died from salt-related diseases at www.cspinet.org/salt.

Every year tens of thousands of Americans prematurely fall victim to strokes, heart attacks or other health problems caused or exacerbated by excess sodium intake, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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Local physician named ‘Top Doc’ in New Jersey

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 09, 2014 04:21 am

 From left are Mary Beth DeCredico, RN, Dr. Joe Milio, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, Dr. Bruce Noll, Dr. Richard Michner, Lisa Nichols, RN and Mayor Dan Lockwood of Middle Township.
 From left are Mary Beth DeCredico, RN, Dr. Joe Milio, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, Dr. Bruce Noll, Dr. Richard Michner, Lisa Nichols, RN and Mayor Dan Lockwood of Middle Township.  CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A local obstetrician and gynecologist was recently recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as one of New Jersey’s top doctors.

Dr. Bruce Noll has been a member of the medical staff at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House since 1980. He has received Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. “Top Doc” recognition every year since 2005, according to a press release.

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AMI assumes operation of mobile mammography van

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Written by Advertiser Submission Tuesday, April 08, 2014 02:23 pm

 A ribbon cutting commemorates the redesigned Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van, now operated by Atlantic Medical Imaging. Pictured from left are van staff members Barbara Tarsitano and Susan Antonczak; Judy Astin, wife of the late Dr. Jan Astin; Dr. Robert Glassberg, president and CEO of AMI; Joanne Kenney of RNS; and van staff member Christine Edgell. A ribbon cutting commemorates the redesigned Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van, now operated by Atlantic Medical Imaging. Pictured from left are van staff members Barbara Tarsitano and Susan Antonczak; Judy Astin, wife of the late Dr. Jan Astin; Dr. Robert Glassberg, president and CEO of AMI; Joanne Kenney of RNS; and van staff member Christine Edgell.  Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI) has assumed operation of the former AtlantiCare Ruth Newman Shapiro Mobile Digital Mammography Van.

Under AMI’s direction, and with funding from the AMI Foundation, the newly named Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van will continue to offer screening mammograms to women throughout southern and central New Jersey.

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Penn vascular surgery program expands at Cape Regional Medical Center

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Written by Advertiser submission Monday, April 07, 2014 11:39 am

 Dr. Paul L. O’Donnell Dr. Paul L. O’Donnell  CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Residents of Cape May County now have access to top-ranked vascular care close to home through an expanded partnership with Penn Medicine, according to hospital officials.

This expanded partnership with Cape Regional Medical Center brings the most fully integrated and comprehensive care for vascular disease in South Jersey. Through this collaboration, Cape Regional Medical Center enhances the level of care to patients with vascular conditions in the community and throughout the region, according to the hospital.

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Rainbow Pediatrics offers lactation consulting services for nursing mothers

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Written by Advertiser submission Monday, April 07, 2014 11:36 am

Lactation Consultant for Rainbow Pediatrics Marie S. McGowan, a licensed practical nurse, offers recommendations, advice, methods and tips for successful breastfeeding to moms in their Rio Grande office.  Lactation Consultant for Rainbow Pediatrics Marie S. McGowan, a licensed practical nurse, offers recommendations, advice, methods and tips for successful breastfeeding to moms in their Rio Grande office.  RIO GRANDE – To assist both nursing mothers and their babies with professional advice, direction and tips for successful nursing, Rainbow Pediatrics offers specialized and personalized lactation consulting services.

Rainbow’s lactation consultant, Marie S. McGowan, LPN, LC, has been a nurse for nearly 40 years and has worked for Rainbow Pediatrics since 1998. She became a lactation consultant in 2002, offering recommendations, advice, methods and tips for successful breastfeeding to hundreds of new moms.

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Reef Pharmacy offers Metagenics supplements

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Written by Advertiser submission Sunday, April 06, 2014 11:00 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Stress, fast foods, lack of sleep and exercise can all take their toll on our bodies, depleting our nutritional reserves and weakening our immune systems. Replenishing nutrients essential to healthy immune function can help, according to Scott Reef, owner and pharmacist at Reef Family Pharmacy. That’s why he carries a full range of nutritional and vitamin supplements, including the most recent addition to his shelves, Metagenics.

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New digital scan makes traditional orthodontic impressions a thing of the past

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Written by Advertiser submission Sunday, April 06, 2014 11:00 pm

  Dr. Jeff Vecere Dr. Jeff Vecere

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Dr. Jeff Vecere has recently purchased the Lythos digital scanning system for Vecere Orthodontics at 22 West Pacific Ave.

This scanner uses advanced technology to create a very accurate digital reproduction of the patient’s teeth and bite, according to staff at the office. This allows participating orthodontic laboratories to construct appliances for the patients that are more accurate than those produced from traditional orthodontic impressions.

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High-tech treatment offers alternative to braces

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:00 am

 Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option for the correction of crowded teeth and bad bites. It is described as a high-tech method of straightening teeth and correcting bites that is planned and manufactured over the Internet.

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Dry mouth a common side effect of medication

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Written by Advertiser Submission Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00 am

Reef Pharmacy offers tips to help

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Most people experience dry mouth occasionally, a result of being nervous or upset, under stress, or dehydrated. But if you experience dry mouth more regularly, it may be caused by a chronic condition or a side effect of the medications you take. No matter what the cause, dry mouth can be a dangerous condition that can lead to ill effects.

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Dr. Rajen Udani joins Sleep Services at Cape Regional Medical Center

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, March 11, 2014 02:46 pm

 Susan Campbell, a cardiopulmonary clinical coordinator at Cape Regional Medical Center’s Sleep Services, works with Maryann Viereck. 
 Susan Campbell, a cardiopulmonary clinical coordinator at Cape Regional Medical Center’s Sleep Services, works with Maryann Viereck.

New diagnostic technology announced as well

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The staff at Cape Regional Medical Center’s Sleep Services say a restful night’s sleep is within reach.

“Our team of healthcare professionals is your partner in Cape May County for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of all types of sleep disorders,” reads a statement from the hospital. “Whether you suffer from sleep apnea, narcolepsy, severe insomnia or the occasional sleep-related problem, our board-certified sleep medicine physicians and highly-trained technicians are available to help achieve a restful night’s sleep.”

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Seven tips to safeguard your vision

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Written by Advertiser Submission Tuesday, March 11, 2014 02:32 pm

More than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss. While not all eye diseases can be prevented, here are some simple steps from Jersey Coastal Eye Center to maintain healthy eyes now and reduce your chances of vision loss in the future.

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Atlantic County offers dental discount program

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Written by Mandee McCullough Friday, February 28, 2014 12:45 pm

Atlantic County offers dental discount program Atlantic County offers dental discount program Atlantic County has partnered with the National Association of Counties to provide a dental discount program for all residents.

The program is not insurance. Anyone may join, and there are no age or income restrictions, according to a news release from the county. Under the program, members and everyone in their household can receive a discount of up to 50 percent on teeth cleanings, X-rays, braces, dentures, crowns, root canals and other dental services.

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Rainbow Pediatrics offers Spanish speaking families a medical interpreter

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Written by Advertiser submission Sunday, February 16, 2014 01:10 pm

Anita LaPlaca, a medical Spanish interpreter for Rainbow Pediatrics in Rio Grande, ensures accurate communications and the best pediatric care for Spanish-speaking patients and their parents.
  Anita LaPlaca, a medical Spanish interpreter for Rainbow Pediatrics in Rio Grande, ensures accurate communications and the best pediatric care for Spanish-speaking patients and their parents.

RIO GRANDE – To accommodate the large population of Spanish speaking families in the region, Rainbow Pediatrics features a medical Spanish interpreter.

According to the pediatric group, Anita LaPlaca has facilitated accurate communications between Spanish-speaking patients and the nurse, receptionist and pediatrician caring for them at the Rio Grande location since 2012.

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Take steps to protect body from injury

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Written by Advertiser submission Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 am

 
Take steps to protect body from injury   Getting to know your body and how it is supposed to move can greatly enhance you r progress and results when exercising, according to the staff at Upper Level Fitness. Each human body is constructed of the same elements, bones, and muscles. However, we are all very different and experience various aches, pains, and often injuries. Sprains and strains are the most common injuries in sports and physical activities.

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Comprehensive diabetes care in two locations

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Written by Advertiser submission Friday, February 14, 2014 07:14 am

The team at the Diabetes Center Cape Regional Medical Center says education is the first step to managing diabetes. 
  The team at the Diabetes Center Cape Regional Medical Center says education is the first step to managing diabetes.

 If you or a loved one has diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to manage the disease, say the staff at Cape Regional Medical Center. Some may even say it can become overwhelming.

Certified diabetes educators help individuals with diabetes learn to manage their disease and to be as healthy as possible. The goal of a certified diabetes educator is to inform patients on the behaviors that will improve their life and make it easier to lower their blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. All of these risk factors, if controlled, can lead to a healthier life. They work with patients and their doctors to develop individualized goals.

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A bumper sticker could win free braces

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, February 11, 2014 09:05 pm

   A bumper sticker could win free braces A bumper sticker could win free braces

Vecere Orthodontics, 22 West Pacific Ave. in Cape May Court House, has new promotion that could mean a $25 gift certificate or free braces for a new patient at the practice.

“Dr. Jeff Vecere is always looking for ways to keep patients and the community at large connected to what he is doing at the office,” reads a statement from Vecere Orthodontics. “Since orthodontic treatment is often a long-term commitment, Vecere Orthodontics has come up with promotions and contests that have motivated patients and families to participate in the activities of the practice.”

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AMI offering free coronary CTA exams in February

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 am

GALLOWAY – Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI) will offer free coronary CTA exams during the month of February in conjunction with American Heart Month.

The exam will be provided at no cost for patients with no insurance, or for those whose insurance does not cover the exam. The free screenings are made possible through the support of the AMI Foundation.

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Support Groups

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Mom to Mom: Get together with other moms and share your experiences 1-2 p.m. every Monday in the Jenkins Room at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point. Free. New moms are encouraged to bring their babies. Valet parking is available.

Physician Referral Service provides information about physicians including insurances accepted, office locations and hours, and educational background. Operated 24 hours a day by Shore Memorial Hospital. Call 653-4600 or visit www.shoredoctors.com.

Smoking Cessation Clinic provided by Shore Memorial Hospital’s QuitCenter offers counseling with our certified tobacco treatment specialists and information on nicotine replacement therapies. For an information packet call 653-3440.

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Healthy Living - Jan 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 31, 2014 12:00 am

 

Protect your vision from effects of diabetes

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, January 07, 2014 04:16 pm

If you have diabetes, regular eye exams are important to diagnose potential problems early, according to the medical staff at Coastal Jersey Eye Center. High blood glucose caused by diabetes increases the risk of eye problems. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness and impaired vision in adults ages 20 to 74.

There are a few simple steps that can help prevent vision loss:

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New endoscopy technology at Cape Regional’s Same Day Surgery Center

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:00 am

Gastroenterologists Anthony Masciarelli, left, and Renjy Vattasseril with the new endoscopy technology.
 Gastroenterologists Anthony Masciarelli, left, and Renjy Vattasseril with the new endoscopy technology.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape Regional Medical Center has purchased state-of-the-art endoscopy technology for its Same Day Care Center.

“This cutting-edge medical technology provides our Same Day Surgery Team at Cape Regional Medical Center with advanced visualization, control and workflow,” stated Anthony Masciarelli, D.O., board-certified gastroenterologist at Cape Regional Physicians Associates. “In addition, it facilitates more accurate diagnosis and treatment, simplifies setup, improves workflow, and links patient and department information to the Medical Center’s information network.”

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