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How Older Adults Can Manage Their Risk of Falls

Posted by Nicole Courtney, Rehabilitation Aide on May 17, 2018 1:09:40 PM

Falls are one of the leading causes of injury in older adults. While there is no sure way to prevent falls, there are several strategies to help manage the risk for you or someone you love.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Exercise & Fitness

What Moms Need to Know Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 16, 2018 11:53:07 AM

Many mothers assume if they’ve had a Cesarean (C-section) delivery for their first or second baby, then a Cesarean is written in stone for their next child. But this isn’t always the case, says South Shore Hospital Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Judy Berk.

In fact, Judy says helping women who have had a C-Section labor and deliver their babies is one of the many highlights of her practice. 

“I have delivered more than 2,000 babies,” she says. “My greatest joy is to enable a woman to have a baby come out of her body from her own power.” 

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Topics: Women's Health, Pregnancy

Cardiac Patient's Road from Heart Attack to Set the Pace 5k

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 16, 2018 8:14:00 AM

Matt Dobrowski walks on the treadmill and slowly creeps from walking to a jogging pace. That act doesn’t seem like much for a 44-year-old who looks to be in great health and enjoys an active lifestyle.

Matt knows he has some work to do as he prepares for the Set the Pace Road Race 5K, which benefits cardiovascular programs at South Shore Hospital, in June.

However, Matt does not take his fitness for granted anymore. Six months ago, Matt suffered a heart attack due to a 99 percent blockage of his left anterior descending (LAD) artery, more commonly known as a “widowmaker” heart attack.

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Topics: Heart Health, Cardiology

Transforming Community Care, One Step at a Time

Somehow, we’ve created an environment here in the U.S. that’s more confusing than helpful when it comes to healthcare. It’s now almost close to impossible for the average person to understand what services they need and when, let alone where they should go, who they should see or how they’re going to pay for those services.

It shouldn’t be this difficult.

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Topics: As One, People of South Shore Health, Gene E. Green

Medical Director of Spine Center Answers Common Questions on Back Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of Americans experience low back pain in their lifetime. For some, the pain only lasts for a short period of time then goes away. But for others, back pain can last for years, seriously affecting their quality of life.

As the Medical Director of South Shore Health System's Spine Center, I hear a lot of questions from patients about back pain. Here are some answers to some of their most common questions.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Orthopedics, Specialty Care

Advice for New Moms from Experienced Parents

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 10, 2018 9:31:00 AM

At South Shore Health System, we welcome thousands of babies each year at South Shore Hospital. Pediatricians at South Shore Medical Center help moms and dads to keep their newborns healthy. In addition to our clinical expertise when it comes to babies, many of our caregivers are also parents themselves.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our colleagues to share the best advice they have for new mothers. Here are some of our favorite responses.

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Topics: Children's Health, Women's Health, Pregnancy

7 Reasons to Join South Shore Health System’s Pan-Mass Challenge Team

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Are you riding this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC)? If you’re not already registered for a team, consider joining Team SSHS.

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Topics: Foundation

Common Issues Women Experience… Down There

Posted by Nina V. Nardello, DO, OB/GYN on May 3, 2018 3:25:50 PM

For many women, the only thing more uncomfortable than issues below the belt can be talking about them with their doctor. At the Women’s Center of South Shore Medical Center, we see women of all ages and understand that while they may experience the same symptoms, the cause can be different depending on a woman’s age or unique medical history.

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Topics: Women's Health

What You Need to Know about Tick and Mosquito-Borne Illness

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that cases of tick, mosquito and fleas had increased dramatically in the past 14 years, it spread faster than the flu on social media.

 

“Farewell, carefree days of summer,” the New York Times wrote. 

 

Well, not quite.

 

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care, Women's Health, Men's Health

Reducing the Homework Battles

Starting in second grade and continuing through high school, many families find that homework time is a stressful time. Even the most peaceful household becomes a battleground of frustration, nagging, and chaos as parents encourage a child to get his or her homework done and prepare for the next school day while the child has interest in doing… almost anything but that. 

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Topics: Children's Health

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 

 

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