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The Saint Vincent Hospital’s Structural and Valvular Heart Disease Program now offers Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR). This is a non-surgical approach for patients with significant mitral stenosis and/or regurgitation involving a prior surgical implant of a bioprosthetic mitral valve who are high risk for a reoperation. Saint Vincent Hospital is utilizing the Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve for the TMVR procedure. The TMVR provides a new treatment option for patients...

Sep 01 2017
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Comments Off on Immunizations Are Important

Immunizations Are Important Dr. Vincent Meoli, Regional Medical Director for Doctor’s Express – Contributing Writers   September  is the perfect time to make sure vaccines are up-to-date. Vaccines can help prevent the spread of contagious disease to the most vulnerable of community members, including pregnant women, babies and people with compromised immune systems. School-age children are not the only people who need vaccinations. Pregnant Women. Immunizations...

Mar 14 2016
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Comments Off on Women and False Choice: The Truth about Sexism

For millennia, women have been told who they are: loving, empathic, caring mothers and wives, who exist always in relation to others need for care, be it a child, a husband, an elderly parent or community. Men, on the other hand, have been told that they are the ones who make things happen in the outside world, and they are the ones who bring home the bacon, so to speak. These cultural ideas of who women and men are and how they are situated in society still, unconsciously, rule...

Mar 14 2016
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to pregnant women visiting areas where the virus has spread. For now, the CDC recommends that men having sex after traveling to these areas use condoms and pregnant women avoid contact with semen from men exposed to the virus. Massachusetts has one confirmed case of the Zika virus and additional cases are possible. Dr. Andrew Healy, a perinatologist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center answers important...

Dec 08 2015
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Comments Off on Healing With Holistic Medicine

What is it about Holistic Medicine that makes it different than the conventional/allopathic treatment of disease? There is an entire world of well researched, documented and effective natural medicine that most people, even medical doctors, have absolutely no idea that it even exists. I grew up with the idea, as most of us have, that conventional pharmaceuticals were superior and vastly more effective than any “natural” medical treatments. Natural treatments were considered...

Dec 08 2015
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As A Supplement

The more scientists learn about chocolate, the more amazing chocolate seems. Aside from the feeling of satisfaction that only chocolate can bring, what are the benefits? Here’s a short list of the benefits of chocolate. 1. Chocolate, according to recent research, may provide a mental boost by elevating blood flow to the brain. The effect of this is that chocolate may be good for improving one’s memory and attention and may be helpful for speeding up reaction times. 2....

 Social media continues to buzz with current events running the gamut between what Caitlyn Jenner is wearing, to what political pundits are saying.   While these topics receive national attention, a much more pressing issue goes often unnoticed, until April.   In April puzzle pieces and blue lights will again garner media attention.   Walks will be organized, commercials featuring famous celebrities will grace television sets, and for a brief time the nation will focus...

Sep 22 2015
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Comments Off on Feeling Your Best through Breast Cancer

Cancer may be visiting your life, but it is visiting to help you heal something. It is not visiting to help you lose anything. Illness is always here to cleanse out the negativity of what was so you can have a fresh start on what is to come. There is nothing more frightening or scary then when you face the possibility of your own mortality, and nor is there anything more motivating. It is now, more than ever that life’s deliciousness is appreciated, you naturally know what you...

Jul 26 2015
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Comments Off on Choosing the Best Sunscreen

In preparation for a weekend at the beach, you decide to go to the store and pick up a new bottle of sunscreen. Once there, you’re faced with a towering, intimidating wall of options. With Neutrogena, Aveeno, Banana Boat, Coppertone and the rest, how are you supposed to come to a clear, logical decision on one bottle of sunscreen? It’s time to break down sunscreen jargon, with the help of Web MD. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) For the majority of people, SPF 15 sunscreen is appropriate....

Jul 24 2015
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Comments Off on Fun Run — Choose the Right Race

Think about your friends and family — how many people have run a race for charity within the last year? The number may be larger than you’d anticipate, yet that’s no surprise. Running races for charity — from 5Ks to marathons — has become a common thing to do, for both amateur and advanced athletes. In fact, Running USA estimated that road races in the United States pulled in $1.2 billion for nonprofit organizations in 2012, more than double the amount from a...

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