Health Matters

Preparing to Breastfeed: What a Lactation Counselor Wants You to Know

Posted by Karla Johnson on Jun 18, 2018 7:36:00 AM

Breastfeeding is much like a “dance” between mom and baby

Both have to do their part—and each has to practice to triumph. The first few days of new motherhood are a whirlwind, but keep in mind that patience and repetition can help. If breastfeeding is your goal, the following are very important first steps to take just after delivery.

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Topics: Mom & Baby, Breastfeeding




Are You at Risk for Skin Cancer?

Posted by Dr. Anthony Viol on Jun 13, 2018 7:29:00 AM

Over Two Million Americans Are Diagnosed Each Year

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Topics: Family Health 101, Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness, Breast Cancer




5 Ways Adults Can Prepare for Weekend Athletics

Posted by Erika Smith on Jun 11, 2018 9:28:00 AM

Are You a Weekend Warrior?

Adults who spend their time off playing on soccer leagues, hitting the tennis courts or jogging in fun runs often find that they’re competing with their bodies as well as the opposing team.

Doctors even have a name for these sometime athletes: weekend warriors. It’s a reference to the two-day intense span that most adults devote to their game, hobby or sport, followed by several days of inactivity (and soreness) during the week.

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Topics: Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness, Orthopedics




When Your Bathroom Habits Aren't Routine (And What Can Help)

Posted by Dr. Paul Ricketts on Jun 4, 2018 7:49:00 AM

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irregular bowel habits, alternating diarrhea and/or constipation, and cramping or bloating, in conjunction with abdominal discomfort or pain--they're the hallmark signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). If you are regularly finding yourself, and your bathroom, occupied with these life-altering symptoms, relief may be in sight. 

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Topics: Digestive Health




The ABC's of Skin Cancer Screening

Posted by Dr. Anthony Viol on May 31, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Diligent Skin Examinations are Important

As the summer months heat up, so does your risk for too much sun exposure−a major cause of skin cancer. As with other cancers, the earlier and less invasive the skin cancer is when detected, the easier it is to treat and cure. But no matter what the time of year, diligent skin examinations are important, including an annual one by a physician.

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Topics: Cancer Care, Family Health 101, Health Care 101




Behind the Scenes of a Heart Attack

Posted by Dustin Harley, R.N. on May 28, 2018 7:23:00 AM

Learn What Any Hospital Should Do

Have you ever heard of “door-to-balloon time?” It’s that critical amount of time that it takes for a heart attack patient to get from an initial assessment into the Emergency Room, and it should be under 90 minutes. During this time, an accredited Chest Pain Center should begin an intricate set of steps to guide treatment once they receive their patient.

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Topics: Cardiology, Health Care 101




Don't Let Embarrassment About Fecal Incontinence Stop You

Posted by Mindy Petit R.N. on May 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM

It can stink up your social life. But fecal incontinence is often curable.

Fecal, or bowel, incontinence is the inability to control gas, liquid stool, or even, in severe cases, solid stool. It can be an embarrassing condition. So much so that many people with minor cases often choose not to discuss related concerns with their physician, incorrectly assuming that fecal incontinence is simply a normal part of old age. But it isn’t.

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Topics: Digestive Health




Preventing Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Posted by Dr. Nitish Manning on May 14, 2018 7:49:00 AM

Spring has sprung and so have your sneezes

Allergies can wreak havoc on your system, causing symptoms from watery or itchy eyes to coughing, congestion and possibly even a rash. While they've become synonymous with spring, allergies can actually be seasonal or year-round, depending on your trigger. The first step to controlling your bothersome symptoms is figuring out what you're allergic to.

You can narrow it down by taking note of your symptoms and their patterns. Then you can work to avoid the allergen. Below are tips to reduce both seasonal and year-round environmental allergens, including dust mites, mold, animal dander and pollens.

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Topics: Family Health 101, Health Care 101




Colon Cancer Death Rates Rise in Younger Adults

Posted by Dr. Bruce Waldholtz on May 7, 2018 4:45:00 PM

Colon Cancer and Younger Adults

The recommended screening age for colon cancer is 50, unless you have a family history of the disease; but that doesn’t mean you should wait until you are middle aged to see a gastroenterologist.

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Topics: Digestive Health




The Most Common Questions New Moms Ask About Breastfeeding

Posted by Karla Johnson on Apr 30, 2018 7:36:00 AM

Breastfeeding is nature-made, but it doesn’t always come naturally

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare offers lactation support in the hospital and in our Lactation Store, because it is only natural for new moms to need guidance with something they have never done before.  

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Topics: Women's Health, Mom & Baby, Breastfeeding