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Bone Health for Survivorship

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

June is National Cancer Survivorship month and we feel it’s important to use this opportunity to share valuable information that will help our patients live their lives to the fullest extent.

Osteoporosis affects more than 10 million Americans. It is often called a silent disease because there are usually no symptoms in the early stages. For cancer survivors, osteoporosis can develop as a side effect of cancer treatments including cancer-related surgeries that can put women in early menopause. 

We talked to Khelda Jabbar, MD, primary care physician at South Shore Medical Center, who leads the Bone Health Program. Learn more about osteoporosis and the importance of bone health especially for patients who have undergone cancer treatment.

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Shattering the Stigma of Mental Illness

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 8, 2018 12:43:14 PM

The shocking, sad news of two celebrity deaths by suicide this week have had a profound impact. Both phenomenally successful in their respective crafts, the deaths of iconic fashion designer Kate Spade and legendary chef and storyteller Anthony Bourdain have left for many what seems to be the all too familiar question…why?

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When Less is More in Breast Cancer Treatment

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 7, 2018 10:01:24 AM

The trial results from a decade-long breast cancer treatment study funded by the National Cancer Institute show most patients with an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence can avoid chemotherapy without risking their chances of beating the disease. After giving a test to over 10,000 patients known as Oncotype DX—a biopsy sample to measure the activity of genes involved in cell growth and response to hormone therapy—researchers determined that patients with smaller-sized tumors that had not invaded nearby lymph nodes did just as well without chemotherapy as those who got the treatment.

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Ben Ryan, MD Shares What You Need to Know about Family Medicine

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever been confused about choosing the right primary care doctor for you and your family, you aren’t alone. A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. He or she learns your personality, lifestyle, the nuances of your medical history, and your treatment preferences.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care

Luminaria honors Bob and Donna Pineau and South Shore VNA Parent Child Health Team

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 5, 2018 3:18:38 PM

Two pillars of the South Shore and a team who gives their heart and soul to so many families will be honored at the 7th annual Luminaria on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. 

Luminaria is a special dinner event designed to raise support for South Shore Health System’s Home and Community Care Division.

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Topics: As One

Signs You May Be Suffering From Frozen Shoulder

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 29, 2018 10:44:24 AM

Adhesive Capsulitis, known commonly as frozen shoulder, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the affected shoulder. Occurring more frequently in women than men, frozen shoulder is estimated to affect approximately two percent of the population, with the majority of the affected patients ranging in age from 40-60 years old. Hence the name, as many patients with frozen shoulder have difficulty moving the shoulder at all as the condition progresses.

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Topics: Specialty Care

Congratulations to our 2018 Nursing Award Winners

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 21, 2018 4:51:00 PM

Each May, South Shore Health System celebrates the critical importance of nurses in our Health System during National Nurses' Week.

Dozens of nurses were nominated by their peers to receive awards for their exceptional service to our patients and their families. Below are the recipients of South Shore Health System’s 2018 Nursing Awards.

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Topics: People of South Shore Health

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

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

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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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