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    4 Steps to Help Prevent Food Poisoning [Infographic]

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    Every year, there’s a 1 in 6 chance you’ll fall victim to food poisoning. Some foods are contaminated before they even reach your kitchen; others are contaminated by food handlers. After you consume a contaminated food or drink, it may take hours or days before you develop symptoms. People who are at greater risk for … Continued

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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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    Pediatrician Addresses 4 Vaccine Concerns

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    Vaccines provide the best protection against dangerous diseases – not only for yourself but for those around you. It’s estimated that the flu vaccine alone prevented 5 million cases of flu and 71,000 hospitalizations in the 2015 to 2016 season. Dr. Vincent Kolanko, a family medicine physician with Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care, recommends that … Continued

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    Cardiologist Helps Patient Walk Again After 5 Years

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    It’s been 5 years since Linda Lycliter, of Parsons, WV, could walk without staggering or holding onto her husband, Don. “I couldn’t walk because both legs were blocked,” she said. “I fell over so many times. One time, I fell and broke my wrist. Another time I fell off my porch backward. It knocked me … Continued

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    West Virginia Teacher Refuses To Let Cancer Consume Her

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    In early 2015, newlywed Lana Phillips was teaching 5th graders in Morgan County, WV, coaching basketball and training for her first half marathon. For the 31 year old from Cumberland, MD, life was exactly what she’d envisioned. But she was feeling tired. More tired than usual. Lana blamed it on the basketball games, early mornings in … Continued

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    How Old is Too Old For Cancer Screening?

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    Screening tests such as a colonoscopy help detect cancers early and save lives. But at a certain point in life, cancer screenings may no longer be necessary. By the time you hit your 70s, the benefits of certain cancer screenings may lessen, said Dr. Vaibhav Verma, an oncologist at the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center. … Continued

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    Identifying and Treating Postpartum Depression: What Postpartum Women Need to Know

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    Feeling tired, anxious or even a bit sad during the weeks after childbirth is normal. These common feelings, also referred to as the “baby blues,” are caused by hormonal changes and lack of sleep that new moms experience and usually only last for about 2 weeks following childbirth. But for 1 in 9 women, those … Continued

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    Deciding if Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC) is Right for You

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    In most cases, a woman has over 9 months to dream of her ideal birth experience, often planning for a successful vaginal delivery. But as soon-to-be moms quickly find out, birth doesn’t always go according to plan. Cesarean sections are sometimes necessary when pregnancy complications or unforeseen circumstances during labor arise. This was the case … Continued

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    Calcium Is Good For You, But How Much Is Too Much?

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    We all need calcium. It helps maintain healthy bones, and is also good for muscles, nerves and heart health. But be careful that you don’t take in too much calcium, said Dr. C. Brian Arthurs, a family medicine physician at Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care. “Adults who don’t get enough calcium are at risk for … Continued

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    Heavy Periods: When Should You See Your Doctor?

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    Heavy menstrual bleeding can put a serious damper on quality of life. Not only are heavy periods debilitating, but they can also point to a more serious underlying health problem, according to obstetrician gynecologist Kerri Hall, at Mon Health Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Heavier than average periods can be caused by something as simple as a … Continued