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    Prostate Cancer Screening: What Your Urologist Wants You to Know

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    While prostate cancer is treatable and often curable if caught early, screening recommendations vary. Mon Health Urologist Dr. Shakuri-Rad encourages patients and physicians to approach the decision to screen for prostate cancer on a case-by-case basis. “As with all screening recommendations, the recommendations are simply a guideline,” said Dr. Shakuri-Rad. Prostate cancer screening is completed … Continued

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    Country Roads Lead Urologist, Robotic Surgeon to Mon Health

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    Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Mon Health urologist and medical director of Robotic Surgery Jaschar Shakuri-Rad followed his older sister to the United States as a teenager. But it wasn’t until his senior year of high school – when he moved to Parkersburg, WV – that he found his home. Maybe it was meeting … Continued

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    Keep Poison Ivy from Derailing Your Summer Plans

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    As the saying goes, “Leaves of 3, let them be.” A whopping 85 percent of people develop an allergic reaction to poison ivy. “I have patients who thought they weren’t allergic to poison ivy,” said  Dr. Brooks Mersing, of Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care. “Just because you don’t have an allergic reaction once, that doesn’t … Continued

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    Here’s How to Protect You and Your Family from Ticks

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    As you and your family venture outdoors this summer, even if it’s just to your backyard, be aware of some tiny, unwelcome companions: ticks. Ticks are most likely to live in tall grass, brush, the perimeter of the woods or on animals. They can often be found at the edge of a yard, particularly if … Continued

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    IT Professional Captures Region’s Natural Beauty with Cell Phone

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    A year ago, Scott Brode, an IT security officer at Mon Health Medical Center, said he’d never own a cell phone. A high school reunion in August 2017 changed his mind, and although he’s yet to make a call or send a text, his Samsung Galaxy’s camera has been busy capturing the region’s natural beauty, … Continued

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    Meet Dr. Candina McCullough: OBGYN, Marshall/WVU Fan

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    As a child growing up in Ritchie County, WV, Mon Health Obstetrician and Gynecologist Candina McCullough dreamed of being a neurosurgeon. After witnessing her first birth, however, she changed her mind. “When I saw my first delivery, that was such an amazing experience,” she said. “I thought, ‘I definitely want to do this.’” Following medical … Continued

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    8 Tips to Help Avoid a Skin Cancer Diagnosis

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    Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., but with regular screenings, self-checks and sunscreen, the diagnosis can often be avoided. Dr. Mary Hall, of Mon Health Dermatology, recommends scheduling annual skin cancer screenings. For patients with a personal or family history of skin cancer, she suggests screenings every 6 months. … Continued

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    Therapy Restores Lymphedema Patient’s Arm To Original Size

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    Following a battle with melanoma and the removal of 19 lymph nodes, Kurt Ruefenacht’s arm swelled to 1.5 times its normal size. That’s when doctors referred Kurt, who lived in Morgantown at the time, to the Mon Health Wound Center where occupational and certified lymphedema therapist Abby Peddicord began Kurt’s lymphedema treatment plan. Lymphedema is a type … Continued

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    OBGYN Shares Personal Birth Story

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    Mon Health Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Amanda Sherman is in the business of delivering miracles. But in January, it was Dr. Candina McCullough who delivered Dr. Sherman’s miracle: A little boy named Bridger. “It was the most miraculous thing ever, when Dr. McCullough placed my baby on my chest,” Dr. Sherman said, her eyes welling … Continued

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    Visitor Experience Inspires RN to Join Mon Health

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    It was New Year’s Day 2004 when Philanie Jane (PJ) Jiles’ sister-in-law delivered Mon Health Medical Center’s first baby of the year. “We visited the hospital on New Year’s Day, and I thought it was so clean,” said PJ, who is now an ER registered nurse. “When I walked through the door, I felt a … Continued