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    ‘The hardest part about having breast cancer was telling my 3-year-old daughter’

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    Telling family and friends you have breast cancer can be tough, but telling your 3-year-old daughter can be even harder. At least that was the case for Amy Pouillon. Amy and her husband Jonathan met with Dr. Willaim Burns, MD, at the Mon Health Surgical Care Suncrest location when he told the couple of the … Continued

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    Meet Mon Health OBGYN’s Midwife: Gail Rock

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    She’s welcomed 2,338 newborns, guiding mothers through every step and season of their pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum experience. Mon Health Certified Nurse Midwife and Lactation Consultant Gail Rock found a calling for midwifery after 14 years of coaching women through birth as a labor and delivery nurse. “Patients would ask me ‘why didn’t you … Continued

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    Diagnosing and Treating PCOS

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    Around 1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with PCOS—or polycystic ovarian syndrome—in her lifetime. A leading cause of infertility, PCOS is more than a diagnosis tied to reproductive issues. Women with PCOS often struggle with lifelong health issues ranging from thinning hair and acne to chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, according … Continued

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    Patient Finds Healing at Mon Health Wound Care

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    After a 4-year battle with life-threatening illnesses, 65-year-old Bonnie Woods, of Fairmont, is looking forward to finally planning a vacation she’s had to postpone so many times before. Her road to recovery has been anything but smooth. Between type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia and a host of autoimmune diseases, Bonnie is no stranger to battling heath … Continued

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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