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NOVEMBER 2013
Think Stress Is Harming Your Heart? You Might Be Right
You know your body better than anyone else: how much sleep you need to feel rested, which food gives you heartburn and how to ward off a headache. Now research shows that if you think stress is hurting your health, you’re probably right about that, too.
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Take a Mini-Stroke Seriously
Every year, 240,000 Americans suffer a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini-stroke. While symptoms only last a short period of time and there is usually no lasting damage, a TIA is not something to ignore.
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Highest-Risk People Benefit Most from Lung Cancer Screening
One in four cancer deaths begins with a tumor in the lungs. Screening saves lives—but it works better for some people than others. A new study sheds more light on who should get CT scans to detect lung cancer.
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Skipped Prescriptions Pose a Major Health Threat
There is a health danger sweeping the nation that kills as many as 125,000 people per year, accounts for 10 percent of all hospitalizations and costs close to $300 billion. Don't blame a raging superbug or a new cancer cluster. The problem: missed or misused medication. As many as three out of four Americans don't take their treatments as directed. One in three never even fills their prescriptions. Learn how to manage your medications.
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Wound Won’t Heal? Frequent Cleaning May Help
If you’ve ever cut, scraped or punctured your skin, you know your body is an amazing self-repairing machine. But having diabetes or another chronic condition can impair healing. When wounds won’t heal and become chronic, frequent cleaning may help them mend more quickly, a new study finds.
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Recipe of the Month: Harvest Vegetable Stew
The leaves are falling and the air is turning crisp. What better way to enjoy fall's bounty than with a delicious harvest stew?
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Joint Commission Recognizes Lourdes
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center was recently named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations. Lourdes was recognized for its treatment of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
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A Helping Hand for the Marketplace
Need a hand navigating the new Health Insurance Marketplace (part of the Affordable Care Act)? Lourdes Health System can help. Visit our website to learn more about the Marketplace and how to choose a plan that fits your budget and family needs.
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