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Proper Care before Birth Vital for Babies

Updated: 03/12/2009 - Two-and-a-half year old Luke Savage is living proof that proper care before birth can make a huge difference in a child's life.

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Spring Could Lift Winter Blues

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Shorter days of winter can have a negative impact on your mood, but the longer days of spring should help you lighten up.

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HealthWise 55 Launches Free Blood Pressure Checks

Updated: 02/26/2009 - HealthWise 55 will be offering free blood pressure checks from 8:15 to 9:30 am the first Thursday of the month at West Ridge Mall and from 10 to 11:30 am the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at the S. Topeka YMCA.

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New Emergency Facility Nearing Completion

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Stormont-Vail expects to complete its new emergency department in June. It will nearly triple the current ER space and increase emergency staff by 20-percent.

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Nerve Stimulation Helping People with Epilepsy

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Vagus Nerve Stimulation is helping people with epilepsy reduce the number of seizures they suffer. A generator in the chest sends an impulse up a lead implanted in the neck to disrupt the signals that trigger seizures.

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Proper Prosthesis Gives Lift to Breast Cancer Patients

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Breast cancer treatment often means a dramatic change in a woman's appearance, which can shake her body image. A partnership between Jayhawk Pharmacy and Cotton-O'Neil Cancer is helping women look - and feel - like themselves again.

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Healthy Eating Important for Seniors

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Senior citizens often let their eating habits decline, which is especially risky since age increases the risk of certain diseases.

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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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