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Help Prevent the Spread of This Years Dangerous Flu

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu activity is now widespread across the United States. CDC officials say they cannot be certain how severe this season will be, but reports of severe illness and hospitalizations have been received. Emergency Department physicians at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center say there has been an influx of patients seeking relief from influenza symptoms. In this very important podcast, Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker, Assistant Director,...


Understanding the Facts About Organ Donation Could Save Many Lives

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for raising organ and tissue donation awareness in a national campaign sponsored by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Lourdes was awarded the campaign's highest tier—Platinum Level. In recognition of organ donor awareness and to honor all organ donors, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center will light the hospital's iconic 30-foot,...


The Amazing Placental Allograft Injection for Regeneration of Connective Tissue

Regenerative medicine is fast becoming an area of medicine with the potential to help heal damaged tissues and organs. It can also possibly offer solutions and hope today for people who have conditions that many thought before were beyond repair. Amniotic placental tissue injection is a treatment to help resolve acute tendon injuries, and is showing promise for regenerative effects on injured, painful joints, and back pain without the need for drugs or surgery. Here to discuss Placenta...


Bariatric Surgery 101

Deciding to have Bariatric Surgery is a major life decision. You can best prepare by knowing the benefits and risks of surgery. Bariatric surgery has evolved and improved over recent years making important strides toward even better results with each advance. Experience is critical when considering any type of surgery. That is why it is important to know that Lourdes Health System is one of the largest providers of bariatric surgery in southern New Jersey. Our surgeons are experienced...


Early Heart Attack Symptoms/Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden, heart experts say. A recent study has found that cardiac arrest symptoms in men can appear at least a month ahead of time. Signs can include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting or palpitations. Sudden cardiac arrest differs from a heart attack. Cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, causing the heart to stop beating. A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart...


Tips for Balancing Work and Family from a Doctor Mom

The life work balance for is tough enough for any parent however, when you are a physician it may seem even more difficult. You have patients to care for that need your expertise, but your children need your time and guidance. How can a parent that is also a doctor find that delicate balance between their patients needs and their family? Here to speak with us about the incredible challenges a parent / physician faces raising a family and having a demanding career, is Dr. Heather...


LIFE at Lourdes

According to the Institute on Aging, more than 40 million Americans are age 65+. By 2030, as the last Baby Boomers turn 65, older adults are expected to reach 20 percent of the population. Seniors often prefer to live at home and remain independent, but healthcare needs can sometimes make that difficult. LIFE at Lourdes can help. The LIFE model honors what many seniors want; to stay in familiar surroundings, maintain autonomy and maintain their maximum level of physical, social and...


Leadless Pacemaker

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is now one of a few select hospitals in the region to offer a new dime-sized pacemaker that is implanted directly in the heart. Normally, the pacemaker leads are inserted through a vein in the shoulder and placed in the right atrium and right ventricle of the heart. But by placing the leads on an area of the heart called the His-bundle, it can utilize the heart’s natural electrical pathways and create better synchronization between the bottom chambers of...


Alzheimer's: Coping Strategies for Caregivers

When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, often times it is the caregivers that need a little extra help. It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one full time, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you. Listen as G. Peter Gliebus, MD discusses coping strategies for caregivers so that they can get the support that they need.


The Latest Advances in Diabetes Care

Diabetes is a metabolic disease which causes high blood glucose (blood sugar) either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. An estimated 29 million Americans have diabetes and 382 million people have it worldwide. Diabetes has become one the nation's top chronic health conditions. Listen as Dr. Parveen Verma explains the latest advances in Diabetes care.


Latest Advances in Parkinson's Treatment

Each year more than six million Americans are diagnosed with a neurological disorder. In fact more than 144 million Americans will experience a neurological disorder, and this number is expected to rise as our population ages. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex disorder of the brain. PD is primarily diagnosed clinically, which means your doctor figures out if you have Parkinson’s by watching you move and asking you about your experience. Listen as Dr. Jill Giordano Farmer, neurologist...


Robotic Surgery: The Next Major Stage Of Advancement For A Range Of Operations

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery has become the next major stage of advancement for a range of operations. The field of surgery has long worked to improve skills and tools to minimize the invasiveness of operations and to overcome the limitations of human surgical dexterity and access. It has done so while dealing with the challenges of visualizing internal structures and controlling the variability inherent in even the best human hand-eye-brain decisions and coordination. Robotic...


Acupuncture and Cupping in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Patient Care

Lourdes Health System is committed to bringing patients the best in conventional and complementary medicine. This combination of services is called integrative medicine which has been offered at Lourdes since 1979 when the Lourdes Wellness Center opened in Collingswod, New Jersey. This was something that few health facilities offered at the time and therefore, Lourdes was well ahead of its peers in the healthcare field in recognizing the importance of preventive health and the benefits of...


What to Expect During a Hospital Stay

When you or a loved one has to go to the hospital you want to it to be a comfortable experience. If it's your first time staying overnight at a hospital you may not know what to expect. When you choose Lourdes Health System hospitals, be assured that our mission is to ensure you have the safest and most comfortable experience possible. When you arrive, you should receive a copy of our patient handbook that will guide you and your loved ones around our hospitals, and familiarize you with...


Is Antibiotic Overuse a Health Threat?

Every year your family might face its share of colds, sore throats and viruses. When you go to the doctor for these illnesses, do you automatically expect a prescription for antibiotics? But your doctor could be doing you and your family a favor by not reaching for the prescription pad. Antibiotic resistance is a widespread problem. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are calling it a widespread health problem. Listen in as Kenneth Szwak, PA-C explains that doctors...


Latest Advances in Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

At the Lourdes Regional Cancer Center and our Radiation Oncology Department, the cancer care team is very aware of the many emotions and feelings that a person encounters when diagnosed with cancer. The many recent advances in radiation therapy are making it possible to provide more targeted treatment to better the outcome from radiation therapy. Listen in as Alexis Harvey, MD discusses the latest advances in radiation therapy for breast cancer.


Do You Suffer from Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Playing tennis or other racquet sports can cause this condition. However, other sports and activities can also put you at risk. Lourdes Sports Medicine offers complete, timely and caring sports medicine treatment. Our physicians specialize in the care of professional and amateur athletes as well as "weekend warriors." They aim to help patients attain their highest level of performance while...


HPV and Cervical Cancer: Get the Important Facts

Many years ago experts discovered a relationship between infection with HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. Since then, these experts have learned much more about how HPV can lead to cervical cancer. Women and their healthcare providers have increasingly won the battle against cervical cancer in recent decades. Cervical cancer is the most common health problem linked to HPV in women. Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by HPV. Listen in as Howard M. Saul, DO explains that...


The Latest Treatment For Stroke Patients

Stroke strikes about 700, 000 Americans each year, and if help is given in a very timely manner, many people will survive a stroke. The Lourdes Stroke Center is here to deliver innovative, state-of-the-art care to patients with symptoms of stroke. Listen in as Dr. Mandy Binning discusses who is at risk for stroke, how important time is to brain, and that acting FAST can reduce the damage a stroke can do.


The Latest Advances in Mazor Spine Surgery Technology

The Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance® system is one of the only robotic guidance products in the United States used for implanting devices during spine surgery. The Mazor Robotics system allows the surgeon to use the images from a CT scan that is taken before surgery to create a blueprint for each surgical care. The CT scan information is loaded into a computerized 3D planning system which allows to the surgeon to plan the surgical procedure with a high degree of precision before ever entering...


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