News, Weight Management

Sugar, why is loving you so wrong?

In their 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines released late last year, the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture provided recommendations for healthy eating to reduce the risk of preventable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Their new guideline for sugar intake got much more specific than in years past. Old guideline: Limit…

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News, Teens

Birth control isn’t all about the girl

Do you know the facts about unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? Really? Don’t believe everything you read or hear. The Internet is full of truths, half-truths, confusion and straight-up lies. How do you know what to believe? Go to the source. Below are some of the most common myths about birth control and…

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News

Working like a dog. Literally.

One of Norton Audubon Hospital’s newest employees works like a dog. He also barks like a dog, walks like a dog and gladly accepts treats like a dog. That’s because he is a dog. Henry Dog joined Norton Audubon as a full-time therapy dog in early March. He is an extension of the ministry of…

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Neurosciences, News

12 ways to avoid a stroke

Knowing how to prevent a stroke and learning if you are at risk doesn’t have to be a mystery. Most risk factors can be changed, treated or medically managed. Here are 12 health issues you can avoid or control to lower your risk for stroke. High blood pressure (hypertension) – The single most important risk…

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Obstetrics

Flunking and passing

I mentioned in my first blog post that I’m not the perfect pregnant lady. I say that because while I love having a baby at the end of this, I don’t bask in being pregnant. I, like many, feel super crummy the first 13 weeks, yes, but my aches and annoyances continue throughout the whole…

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News, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

My Story of Hope

Keeping hope I was diagnosed with stage I melanoma in August 2011 when my youngest son was two months old. I had surgery to remove it that October and although the recovery was longer than anticipated, it was relatively easy and no additional treatment was necessary. So, to be honest, the fact that I had…

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Flu, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now, Prevention and Wellness, Pulmonary

Can you die from pneumonia?

Nearly 50,000 people in the United States die from pneumonia each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For most patients, pneumonia can be treated with oral antibiotics, rest and fluids. More serious cases may require a hospital stay to deliver antibiotics intravenously and to allow health care providers to monitor breathing….

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News

Finding your fitness Zen

“Baby we were born to run,” echoes through my head and I think to myself, “Today, I am.” I have made time today to go for a run, and I’ve looked forward to this moment all day. However, I confess I have an addiction — a love for numbers and data. I want to know…

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Heart, News

Lending a hand to save a life

Serving as the nurse manager of the emergency department at Norton Audubon Hospital keeps Renée Cecil, R.N., on her toes, but it’s taking on the personal challenge of teaching Hands-Only CPR that keeps her hopping. “As a nurse I see the devastation caused by a heart attack and empathize with family and friends who wish…

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Cancer, News, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Finding life after cancer

For years, Denise Valente suffered from a nonmalignant fibrocystic breast condition. Her breasts would get tender, swollen and lumpy, and she would have the cysts aspirated. It was so predictable, in the words of the 58-year-old Valente, “I got pretty nonchalant about it.” Then in 2010, she discovered a lump in her right breast that…

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News

Want to live longer? Start walking

Did you know for every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours! Wednesday, April 6, is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association is challenging us to “lace up and go” for a walk. By starting this simple healthy habit, we can improve our overall health in big…

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News

3 must-haves for your aging parents

No one likes to think about being in a nursing home, but the fact is more than half of us will be in one when we get older. How prepared are you to care for your parents if they’re not physically or mentally able to care for themselves? Could you help your parents manage their…

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