John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health and President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, and Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Clara Maass Medical Center, have been named to PolitickerNJ.com’s list of 2015 Irish American leaders from New Jersey.
The list is an acknowledgement of the honorees’ accomplishments, contributions and broad range of community service – as well as their demonstrated commitment to their Irish American heritage.
Dr. Brennan was the Grand Marshal at the 2014 Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade and was named the 2015 Annie Moore Award Recipient for the Irish American Cultural Institute.
Dr. Clyne, who was inducted into the Seton Hall University College of Nursing Hall of Honor, was the 2013 Essex County Irishwoman of the Year.
To see the list in its entirety, go to http://politickernj.com/2015/03/tom-barretts-2015-irish-american-leaders-from-new-jersey/.
The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes provides education, evaluation and assessment of sports injury and sports-related concussion screenings. To learn about upcoming screening events, visit http://www.barnabashealth.org/Events-Calendar/Athlete-Screenings.aspx.
Regular screenings save lives.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to focus attention on screening for colorectal cancer and colon care. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.
The good news: Death from this type of cancer has been dropping for more than 20 years — likely due to early screening and treatment. By taking action through proper colon care and regular screenings, you can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
Lifestyle Plays a Role
Diet, exercise level and weight all are controllable risk factors of colorectal cancer. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains promotes a healthy colon, while consumption of red and processed meats can be harmful and should be limited. Regular exercise, even in small amounts, also can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. And, maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial for your whole body — even the colon.
Screening = Prevention
Routine colorectal cancer screenings are the best way to prevent colon cancer or find it at an early, more treatable stage. Both men and women should adopt a regular examination schedule, beginning at age 50
For individuals with colorectal cancer risk factors, regular screenings should begin at an earlier age and/or be screened more often. Risk factors include a strong family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps, or a personal history of an inflammatory bowel disease. Screening methods for colorectal cancer, for people who do not have any symptoms or strong risk factors, include:
• Fecal occult blood test (FOBT). Samples of stool are checked for blood, which might be a sign of a polyp or cancer.
• Fecal immunochemical test (FIT). This test is similar to a FOBT, but does not require any restrictions on diet or medications prior to the test.
• Flexible sigmoidoscopy. A diagnostic procedure that allows the doctor to examine the inside of a portion of the large intestine by inserting a flexible, lighted tube into the rectum and lower colon to check for polyps and cancer.
• Colonoscopy. A procedure that allows the doctor to view the entire length of the large intestine, and which often can help identify abnormal growths, inflamed tissue, ulcers and bleeding. It involves inserting a colonoscope, a long, flexible, lighted tube, in through the rectum up into the colon.
• CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy). A procedure that uses computerized tomography (CT) scans to examine the colon for polyps or masses.
To learn more about colorectal cancer, visit http://healthlibrary.barnabashealth.org/Conditions/Cancer/Specific/Colorectal/CenterChildTopic.pg
For a referral to a Barnabas Health gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon, call 1-888-724-7123.
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Head trauma can cause swelling inside the brain. This can lead to a potentially deadly increase in pressure inside the skull. Head injury also can seriously damage brain cells.
Each year in the United States, head injuries result in more than 1 million emergency room visits and more than 50,000 deaths, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). In addition, approximately 230,000 people are hospitalized for traumatic brain injury in the U.S. and survive. The most common causes of head injuries are auto and motorcycle accidents, falls, and violent assaults.
Head injuries can cause a wide variety of symptoms, depending on the type, severity, and location of the injury. Sometimes, the signs and symptoms may not show up right away. According to the NINDS, head injuries fall into three categories:
Mild head injury. The person sustains some injury to the outside of the head, but he or she may not lose consciousness or may lose consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. The injured person may feel dazed and complain of a headache.
Moderate head injury. The person is injured on the outside of the head and may lose consciousness for a longer period of time. Other symptoms can include memory loss, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, and confusion. The area around the eyes may be a different color. A clear fluid may ooze from the nose.
Severe head injury. There may be serious damage to the outside of the head but external signs of trauma are not always visible. This person may have similar symptoms as those above only more severe. In most cases, the person is either unconscious or barely responsive.
These recommendations from the NINDS can help prevent head injuries:
If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Never drink and drive.
Wear a seat belt every time you ride in a car.
Buckle your child into the appropriate child safety seat every time the child rides in a car.
Always wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle and a helmet when on a motorcycle.
Wear the correct safety headgear when you’re riding a bike, skiing, snowboarding, playing football, riding horses, or in-line skating. Make sure it fits well.
Never work on a ladder if you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Alcohol can make you dizzy. Some medicines also can make you dizzy or affect your balance.
Have your vision checked at least once a year. Poor vision can increase your risk for falls and other types of accidents.
See your doctor or call 911 if you have a head injury. Your doctor may decide to monitor you in the emergency room. When you’re released, the doctor will want someone to stay with you at home for a day or two to keep track of your condition.
The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes provides education, evaluation and assessment of sports injury and sports-related concussion screenings. To learn about upcoming screening events, visit http://goo.gl/qzh34C.
You may be aware that food affects your mood, but did you know that the food you eat also impacts your health, and in many ways serves as medicine? National Nutrition Month is an ideal time to learn how making healthy food choices can prevent and control diseases and have a life-changing impact on one’s health.
The five food groups — fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy — are the building blocks to a healthy diet. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), each food group offers various health benefits and disease fighting properties.
Fruits and Vegetables
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke and prevent certain types of cancers. Fruits and vegetables are full of essential nutrients that can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of kidney stones, decrease bone loss, and reduce the risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Whole grains can reduce constipation and the risk of heart disease. Loaded with dietary fiber, B vitamins and nutrients, whole grains also can boost the metabolism, enrich the nervous system and strengthen the immune system.
Proteins are the building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Protein-rich foods can help strengthen each of these body parts — all crucial for health and wellness. Other benefits of consuming protein foods include a stronger immune system and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Known for their high levels of calcium, dairy products can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, improve bone health, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure.
Don’t miss out on any of these great health benefits: Always maintain a balanced diet.
To learn about the right balance of foods for you, visit choosemyplate.gov.
For a referral to a Barnabas Health primary care physician to discuss your personal dietary needs, visit http://www.barnabashealth.org/Physician-Directory.aspx.
These monthly seminars are informational sessions which will explain the different methods of weight loss surgery and the risks and benefits of each. Attendees will learn about qualifying for bariatric surgery, pre-operative testing, and the post-operative course involved with each procedure. You will learn more information about our multidisciplinary team and comprehensive approach to weight loss, more detailed information about pre and post operative visits, and about the eating and lifestyle changes that will be necessary to maintain healthy weight loss.
In addition, our NJBMI facilities offer monthly support groups for bariatric surgery patients. These free monthly specialized support groups for patients who have had bariatric surgery. Each support group offers additional educational and networking opportunities for participants. We also welcome those patients who are considering weight loss surgery or having revision surgery.
For more information about New Jersey Bariatric Metabolic Institute and weight loss surgery resources, visit https://www.barnabashealth.org/Landing_pages/Bariatric-Weight-Loss.aspx.
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