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Technology Gives Leg Up on Knee Replacement

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Improved computer technology improves placement of new knees, helping them last longer. Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka is a test site for an upgrade on what's currently available.

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Report Gives Kansas "D" for Premature Births

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas was among 23 states getting a "D" in the first-ever March of Dimes report card on premature births. Doctors say proper prenatal care, quitting smoking and paying attention to your body are among actions that can improve the grade.

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Rise in P.A.D. Spurs Creation of Topeka Clinic

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Peripheral arterial disease is a narrowing of the artery that supplies blood to the leg. A classic symptom is leg pain. With more people diagnosed with PAD, Stormont-Vail established a specific clinic for it within the Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center.

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Vaccination Can Prevent Pain of Shingles

Updated: 10/30/2008 - Medical Arts Pharmacy and Healthwise 55 are sponsoring a shingles vaccination clinic. Targeted toward people over age 60, Zostavax is the first vaccine that can prevent shingles and reduce the frequency and severity of painful outbreaks in those who have it.

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"Miracle Mason" Helps March of Dimes

Updated: 10/23/2008 - The Deitcher family's younger son, Mason, was born 11 weeks early. The family is sharing his story as ambassadors for the March of Dimes' upcoming Signature Chefs Gala.

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Music Aids Cancer Recovery

Posted: 10/16/2008 - The Cotton-O'Neil Cancer Center features weekly piano-playing volunteers to give cancer patients and their families a lift.

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Doctors Say, Double the Vitamin D

Posted: 10/13/2008 - Child doctors urge that a "twice a day" routine may reduce a child's risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease later in life.

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Flu Vaccination Best Shot at Staying Healthy

Posted: 10/09/2008 - Area health care providers are gearing up for flu vaccination season. Doctors say it can offer 70- to 90-percent protection from the flu. This year, the recommendation for children extends from six months all the way up to 18 years of age.

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Spotting Signs First Step in Overcoming Depression

Updated: 10/02/2008 - Depression is a very real psychological disorder for which help is available. Stormont-Vail West and Valeo Behavioral Health are offering free depression screenings Oct. 10.

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New Program Gives Heart2Heart

Updated: 09/26/2008 - The American Heart Association's new Heart2Heart program connects people going through a cardiovascular situation with someone who's also gone through it.

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New Neighborhood Provides Health Information

Posted: 09/18/2008 - The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will open a new Health Information Neighborhood, consolidation info on health topics, special computers and other features in one area. It's made possible thru a grant awarded to Stormont-Vail's Library Services.

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Planning Can Make Eating on the Go Healthier

Posted: 09/11/2008 - When eating on the run, look for smaller portion sizes, grilled instead of fried, and salads instead of fries. Cotton-O'Neil dietitian Sabrina Bublitz also suggests planning ahead and packing a cooler with healthy sandwiches and fruit when you know you'll be away from home.

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Helping Kids Overcome Back-to-School Butterflies

Posted: 08/21/2008 - Mental health professionals say most kids will need some time to transition back into the school routine. Parents can do things to help out - and should look out for signs their child is having a little more trouble with the change.

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Program Gives Nurses Critical Career Preview

Updated: 08/28/2008 - Stormont-Vail launched the Student Nurse Tech program in its Critical Care unit this summer. It gives student nurses full-time, one-on-one contact with a registered nurse in the ICU, so they can see if the environment is one in which they can foresee a career.

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Moms Need Support to Stick with Breastfeeding

Posted: 08/07/2008 - Health officials say most women are getting the message that breastfeeding is best for babies, but many don't stick with it the recommended six months to a year. They say American society needs to support women in their efforts.

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Stork's Cradle Gives Babies Healthy Start

Posted: 07/31/2008 - A program offered by the March of Dimes and Stormont-Vail Foundation gives moms-to-be incentives to follow healthy habits during pregnancy and after giving birth. It's called Stork's Cradle.

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Stormont-Vail Among First in Country to Use Newly-Approved Stent

Posted: 07/17/2008 - The new Xience drug-eluting stent earned FDA approval in early July. Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare was among the first in the country to use it. It's coated with a new drug that reduces the risk the stent will abruptly close and renarrow the artery.

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Physicals Part of Back-to-School Routine

Posted: 07/10/2008 - Back to school time is a good time to take your child for an annual physical. It not only makes sure their health is ok and their development is normal, it can also spot problems that might interfere with learning.

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Rehab Patients Turn to Wii

Posted: 07/03/2008 - Physical and occupational therapists are turning to the Wii to help their patients. They use the games to work on balance, coordination and visual issues. They say it also helps keep patients and their families interested in therapy.

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Raising the Cholesterol You Want to Have

Updated: 06/26/2008 - When it comes to cholesterol, some you want, some you don't. A high HDL cholesterol level can lower your risk for heart disease, while a high LDL leve will increase your heart disease risk. Certain foods and regular exercise will boost your HDL.

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Twist on Texting Gives Voice to the Deaf

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A device called the UbiDuo uses two keyboards with a wireless connection to allow a hearing and non-hearing or non-speaking person to communicate by typing back and forth. Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare recently purchased one for use in the hospital.

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