Health News Feed - ValpoLife https://valpo.life Tue, 19 Nov 2019 03:10:48 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 St. Mary Medical Center to ‘Shine a Light’ on COPD and lung disease at annual program https://valpo.life/article/st-mary-medical-center-to-shine-a-light-on-copd-and-lung-disease-at-annual-program/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:56:37 +0000 Community Healthcare System https://valpo.life/article/st-mary-medical-center-to-shine-a-light-on-copd-and-lung-disease-at-annual-program/ St. Mary Medical Center will host its annual program, “Shine a Light on COPD and Lung Disease,” from 1:30-4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. The program will feature physician presentations on lung cancer screenings, minimally invasive robotic thoracic surgery and the diagnosis, treatment and management of COPD-related illnesses. There will also be a health fair featuring free screenings and information.   

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and lung cancer affect millions of Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Lung cancer remains the deadliest cancer for men and women. COPD includes such diseases as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma, conditions that can lead to frequent hospitalizations and significantly impact patients’ quality of life.  

At the Shine a Light event, Cardiothoracic Surgeon Jason Frazier, MD, will discuss surgical approaches to lung cancer treatment, particularly minimally invasive options using the da Vinci robotic surgical platform. Frazier will emphasize the importance of lung cancer screening to the early detection of the disease which can increase the opportunity for successful surgical outcomes and recovery.

St. Mary Medical Center is a Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery, as designated by the Surgical Review Corporation. It is also a Center of Excellence for lung cancer screening, as designated by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

Also at the event, Pulmonologists Sharon Harig, MD, and Bilal Safadi, MD, will address the causes, symptoms, treatment and management of COPD-related illnesses.

The event will also include a health fair featuring information on cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, the proper use of respiratory medication, nutrition and diet for COPD patients, smoking cessation and other relevant topics. There will be a chair yoga session for participants.

Free screenings will include spirometry testing and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency testing. There will also be a limited number of free radon testing kits available to participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. After smoking, radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer causing an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  

Shine a Light on COPD and Lung Disease is presented by Cancer Care Support Services and Respiratory Therapy of St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. It is one of four hospitals of Community Healthcare System that also includes Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and Community Stroke and Rehabilitation Center in Crown Point.

To learn more about the locations, services and physicians of Community Healthcare System, visit COMHS.org.

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St. Mary Medical Center to ‘Shine a Light’ on COPD and lung disease at annual program
Porter Regional Hospital announces diabetes education opportunities for December https://valpo.life/article/porter-regional-hospital-announces-diabetes-education-opportunities-for-december/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:46:46 +0000 Porter Regional Hospital https://valpo.life/article/porter-regional-hospital-announces-diabetes-education-opportunities-for-december/ Diabetes Self-Management Classes

This is a comprehensive program to empower you to control your own health. A physician’s order and pre-registration are required.  Classes begin at the start of each month and continue for four weeks.  Classes are offered on a rotating basis monthly. Call 219-263-7992 for details and to register.

Individual Appointments

A physician’s order and pre-registration are required. Appointments may be made with either a certified diabetes educator or registered dietitian, depending on your treatment method and needs:  insulin administration, injectables, gestational diabetes, continuous glucose monitoring, and nutritional education. Call 219-263-7992 for details.

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Porter Regional Hospital announces diabetes education opportunities for December
Breastfeeding Support Drop-in Clinic https://valpo.life/event/breastfeeding-support-drop-in-clinic/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:45:00 +0000 Porter Regional Hospital https://valpo.life/event/breastfeeding-support-drop-in-clinic/ This free drop-in clinic is held in the Women and Children’s Pavilion Classroom at Porter Regional Hospital from 3 – 5 p.m. Upcoming clinics are December 5 and 17. Bring your baby and come as often as you would like.  Mothers are encouraged to drop by for any breastfeeding or latch issues, infant weight checks, and open discussion on any breastfeeding related concerns.  During the clinic, mothers are encouraged to nurse their babies.  We can get a before and after weight to measure how much baby is eating with each feed.  Lactation consultants are available to address any basic questions and concerns related to breastfeeding.  Feel free to use our complimentary valet parking.  For private, individual consultations or for more information please call 219-983-8543.

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Breastfeeding Support Drop-in Clinic
CPR for Family and Friends https://valpo.life/event/cpr-for-family-and-friends-3/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:42:00 +0000 Porter Regional Hospital https://valpo.life/event/cpr-for-family-and-friends-3/ For those wanting to gain knowledge of CPR but do not need to be certified, the American Heart Association program covers all of the basics of CPR and choking for infants, children, and adults. The next class is from 6 to 8 p.m., December 12, in the Women and Children’s Pavilion classroom at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. US Highway 6, Valparaiso. Pre-registration required. To register visit porterhealth.com and click on Events.

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CPR for Family and Friends
Baby Basics https://valpo.life/event/baby-basics-3/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:40:40 +0000 Porter Regional Hospital https://valpo.life/event/baby-basics-3/ This new class helps parents build confidence around how to nurture a baby’s development and ensure the newborn’s safety. This free class includes topics like getting ready for baby, bathing, diapering, signs of illness, safety, and newborn behaviors. Great for parents, grandparents and childcare providers. Babies and toddlers are welcome. The class meets the second Monday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Women & Children’s Pavilion classroom at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. US Highway 6, Valparaiso. It is free. The next class is December 9.  To register visit porterhealth.com and click on Events.

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Baby Basics
New Beginnings Tours https://valpo.life/event/new-beginnings-tours-3/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:38:36 +0000 Porter Regional Hospital https://valpo.life/event/new-beginnings-tours-3/ Learn more about what your birthing experience will be like during a 30-minute tour of the labor, delivery, postpartum, and nursery areas at Porter Regional Hospital. Tours will be held the first two Saturdays of each month at 2 p.m., and the last two Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m.  Upcoming tours are December 7 and 14. The tours are free and space is limited. To register visit porterhealth.com and click on Events.

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New Beginnings Tours
Fast-Track Childbirth Education https://valpo.life/event/fast-track-childbirth-education-3/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:36:47 +0000 Porter Regional Hospital https://valpo.life/event/fast-track-childbirth-education-3/ Spend one full Saturday in this expedited version of the Childbirth Education class to learn all aspects of pregnancy and birth. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 14, in the Women & Children’s Pavilion classroom at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 East US Highway 6 in Valparaiso. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit porterhealth.com and click on Events.

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Fast-Track Childbirth Education
Childbirth Education https://valpo.life/event/childbirth-education-3/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:35:19 +0000 Porter Regional Hospital https://valpo.life/event/childbirth-education-3/ Expectant parents can feel prepared for the journey ahead by attending this comprehensive class to learn about pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care. Natural coping methods will be discussed, such as relaxation and breathing, as well as the use of pain medication and epidural anesthesia. A partner or support person is encouraged to attend. Register in your fourth or fifth month of pregnancy and take the classes in your seventh or eighth month. Classes will meet for three consecutive weeks from 6 to 8:30 p.m., December 4, 11, 18 in the Women & Children’s Pavilion classroom at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 East US Highway 6 in Valparaiso.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, visit porterhealth.com and click on Events.

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Childbirth Education
Breastfeeding Class https://valpo.life/event/breastfeeding-class-6/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:30:23 +0000 Porter Regional Hospital https://valpo.life/event/breastfeeding-class-6/ This free class, coordinated by an internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, helps expectant and new parents learn skills for successful breastfeeding. The class is held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., December 5 and 17, in the Women & Children’s Pavilion classroom at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 East US Highway 6 in Valparaiso. The class is free and pre-registration is required.  Register by visiting porterhealth.com and clicking on Events.

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Breastfeeding Class
Kids, adults, seniors get fun and funky with braces at Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics https://valpo.life/article/kids-adults-seniors-get-fun-and-funky-with-braces-at-cavanaugh-nondorf-orthodontics/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 07:51:42 +0000 Kole Rushmore https://valpo.life/article/kids-adults-seniors-get-fun-and-funky-with-braces-at-cavanaugh-nondorf-orthodontics/ These days, getting braces doesn’t necessarily mean you’re that awkward teenager with a mouth full of metal. People of all ages are choosing to adjust their smiles, and many adults are taking advantage of new treatment options outside of the typical metal braces. In fact, the team at Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics has seen an increase in adult patients seeking that picture-perfect smile, and they’re having fun doing it.

“Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen a 10 to 15 percent increase in adults getting braces, since there are now more aesthetically pleasing options for braces,” said Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, D.D.S.

“The average age for adults who are getting braces is between 30 and 40 years old, but we’re also seeing people in their 70s and even 80s,” said Dr. Matthew Nondorf, D.D.S. “Some of those people had braces as teenagers and had a relapse from braces they wanted to correct.”

The thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage some from seeking treatment, but today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and oral appliances that are comfortable, aesthetically more pleasing, and customized to meet your needs. Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics offers a variety of styles, materials, and colors of braces. The practice’s most common options include ceramic braces that blend in with your teeth, invisible braces, and traditional metal braces.

“With all the options that are available on the market, braces are more comfortable than ever before,” Nondorf said. “Each type of braces comes with many customizable options for clients to choose from, in a variety of colors.”

“Patients always seem to have fun when it comes time to customize their braces to their liking,” Cavanaugh said. “We have one client who let her grandkids pick the color of her braces.”

For an adult, treatment through braces may take anywhere from six months to a year or more depending on the severity of the patient’s teeth.  

For younger patients getting braces, the jawbones are still developing. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends visiting the orthodontist around age 7. By then, most children have started to lose their baby teeth and inherit their adult teeth, which makes it easier for orthodontists to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems early, without surgery. Early treatment allows the orthodontist to:

  • create additional space for crowded teeth
  • correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
  • regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life. 

Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics makes getting braces as convenient and efficient as possible.

“When a patient comes in for a consultation, we take pictures of their mouth, take X-rays using our new state-of-the-art machine, do a clinical exam, take molds, then we discuss treatment,” Nondorf said. “From there, we’re able to install the braces right away.” 

Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics understands adults and children have different needs and require a different level of care. Their expert team will work with you to ensure you receive the proper treatments to meet your needs and expectations. 

To contact Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics to schedule a consultation, call (219)-476-4110. For more information or to get to know the practice, visit them online at http://www.cnorthodontics.com/.

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Kids, adults, seniors get fun and funky with braces at Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics