The Vitamin D-lemma

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Health, Reviews | 0 comments

I don’t know whether you’ve had any lab work done recently, but if you have, there’s a good chance your healthcare provider took a look at your vitamin D level. Why all the growing interest in vitamin D? Won’t a couple of glasses of milk per week and some sunlight take care of it? Sufficient vitamin D promotes bone growth and repair and is required for our bodies to absorb calcium. Adequate calcium levels help assure bone strength. Conditions associated with low vitamin D levels include rickets, osteomalacia, and...

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A Look Back: Reflections from a Long-time Nurse

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in News | 0 comments

In 1982, I found myself working at a hospital in the community I called “home.” I wanted the quality of care to be the best it could be, and for the past 34 years, I have committed to doing just that. Medicine runs in my family. My son is an emergency department physician in Pittsburgh, and my husband is a professor and medical researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My mother attended nursing school during World War II. She never finished school and that was her biggest regret. She was my inspiration and the reason I...

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From 9/11 to 9-1-1: a Nurse’s Journey

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Reflections for National Nurses Week 2016 You reach an age in life where you reminisce…where am I? What have I done with my life? Where am I going? Am I on track for what I set out to do? I was 31-years-old when I was reminded in an instant that I had not embarked on my lifelong dreams yet. It was 9-11. The day the towers came down. I watched it happen. From 1993-2000 I worked in and around the World Trade Center. I knew the city that was underneath the towers and the intricacies of the offices above ground. I wanted to do something. I wanted...

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Caffeine: why it’s not all perks when you have too much

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

Do you use caffeine to help wake up in the morning or perk up in the evening? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Millions of people use caffeine on a daily basis. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “caffeine is the most mood-altering drug in the world.” On average, Americans consume about 280 milligrams of caffeine daily—about 30 milligrams alters mood and behavior and 100 milligrams can result in physical dependence. So how many cups of coffee a day is too much? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that four to seven cups of...

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Moving on with Moving

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Parenting, Reviews | 0 comments

As you may already know, the Central Branch of HCLS closed its doors for an exciting three-month renovation (it’s going to be so cool when it reopens!). Central team members have been temporarily relocated to the East Columbia and Miller Branches during this time. Both East Columbia and Miller have been welcoming and accommodating beyond belief. Moving, however, is never without stress, confusion, and a bit of nerves. It occurred to me, as an adult woman, that if a temporary move into a more-than-friendly territory gives me the jitters,...

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Anemia’s Effect on Your Heart Health

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Cardiac, Health | 0 comments

Anemia can cause your heart to work harder to pump blood and result in a rapid or irregular heartbeat. Fortunately, the disorder is reversible. Read on for tips how.

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Low Carb – High Flavor: Cauliflower

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

I love carbs! Technically, our bodies and brain NEED carbs. But the carbohydrates I’m referring to are the “bad” ones. The ones I grew up with: white rice, white potatoes, taro, and all kinds of breads. Frankly, I have a potato problem. I love potatoes in all their glorious forms! However, I am partial to a giant mountain of home made mashed potatoes. So, in order to keep an eye on my blood sugars, I trick myself with one of my favorite low-carb sides: garlic cauliflower mash. It’s a surprisingly delicious way to enjoy...

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9 Ways to Manage Congestive Heart Failure

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Cardiac | 0 comments

Need help managing CHF? Follow Dr. Groman’s advice, as well as read about our new hospital service you may benefit from.

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8 Ways to Avoid Sitting Disease

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

Eight tips to get up from your desk to avoid sitting disease, a lifestyle risk factor (even if you’re a regular exerciser) for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, diabetes and other health concerns.

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The Essence of Lace: Emotions That We Face

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Have you ever experienced an emotion that you could not explain or describe? If you have, you can attest to this unexplained emotion leading to even more indescribable emotions. Before you know it, you are left feeling like you don’t understand yourself. I have had experiences where loved ones have told me to “be happier” or “calm down” after I try to explain what I’m feeling. These dismissive responses have caused me to repress my emotions at times; as if they didn’t exist. You can’t just “be happy” because someone...

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