Tools & Encouragement for Overcoming Diabetes

guest July 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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DiabetesJuan had diabetes. He had trouble managing his disease and he didn’t feel his medical professionals understood him, which lead to an antagonistic relationship and failing health. Juan was dealing with various complications, and had even undergone a kidney transplant. Luckily for Juan, VNSNY became a part of his care team, and through kindness and understanding, they established a great relationship. As Juan learned to trust his medical team, his health improved.

“Juan had been through a lot prior to coming to me,” remembers his nurse, Huda. “He’d had a kidney…

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Dealing with Chronic Pain Without Drugs

guest June 2nd, 2014, 6:10 AM
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Arthritic HandsThis guest blog was written by Jennifer Morales, an acute care nurse in Queens. She has been with VNSNY for 8 years and specializes in wound and geriatric care. She’s currently pursuing her masters degree in administration at Adelphi University.

Dealing with chronic pain is not an easy task. Chronic pain is defined as pain that last longer than six months. It affects over 100 million Americans and can take both a physical and emotional toll on patients, so many patients also suffer from depression. Common causes of chronic pain are joint…

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Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

stav May 15th, 2014, 6:02 AM
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Stroke Signs and Symptoms (1)

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The Alzheimer’s Caregiver

stav May 13th, 2014, 9:20 AM
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Last week, I attended the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, lecture “Who Am I Now? The Existential Dilemma of Caregiving.” Jed Levine, the Executive Vice President and Director of Programs and Services, led a panel discussion with author Alix Kates Shulman, who has been a caregiver to her husband with dementia since 2004; Daniel Kuhn, who is also an author and a social worker; and Sharon Shaw, a social worker and psychotherapist who leads caregiver support groups.

Every panelist had their own insight on caregiving – specifically giving for those with…

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Seasonal Complaints

smcternan May 12th, 2014, 11:42 AM
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As the pollen flies…so does the nose. As anyone who suffers from allergies knows, the irritation from seasonal pollens and allergens can cause havoc. What is a allergy suffer to do?

Check the weather forecasts, and pay careful attention to the pollen counts. When they are high, take steps to protect your airway. Masks may be too much for you, but you can always wrap a loose scarf over your mouth and nose.

Take any medications that are prescribed for you, but know when you are dosing and don’t over do it.…

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Asthmatic-Don’t Suffer Through Allergies!

smcternan May 7th, 2014, 2:01 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Here comes the pollen, mold, airborne irritants that all asthmatics really dread. Well there are methods to deal with this season with a positive outcome rather than a trip to the ER. How? Well, to begin with there are certain strategies that can curtail your symptoms. There are some easy ways for exampleTaking your medications as prescribed and monitoring your symptoms. It is best to treat symptoms early not late. While heading outside consider protecting your eyes from airborne irritanats by wearing large sunglasses, wear a hat and wash your…

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Autism and Recent Findings

smcternan March 31st, 2014, 11:18 AM
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Two new reports have been released about the rise in autism incidence in this country. What does it all mean really? We do know that autism is no longer rare, and that it no longer affects only, or even primarily, boys. The incidence is rising in both boys and girls, albeit more boys than girls are still diagnosed.

We can identify autism at much younger ages using tools that ascertain symptoms that would otherwise be missed at a child’s 6-, 12-, 18-month and two-year check-ups. We are getting better at getting services to…

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A Cough That Just Won’t Stop

smcternan March 23rd, 2014, 4:53 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Maybe spring is in the air, but along with warmer temperatures come a host of viruses and bacteria as you venture outdoors.

Have you ever had a cold that lasts for two weeks or longer and then becomes an irritating, compulsive cough? This may actually be whooping cough. Whooping cough can be deadly in small children and infants as it becomes very difficult to eat, and vomiting and difficulty breathing are often symptoms of whooping cough. It is very hard to watch a child cough repeatedly and struggle to breathe. Malaise…

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Move It, Move It

smcternan March 16th, 2014, 1:00 PM
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Upon my return from a national conference on all things Pediatrics and Healthcare, an interesting discussion was ignited by Bone Health and the loss of bone density in children. Why are children today experiencing more bone breakage and weaker bones? Does the use of sunscreen have anything to do with it? Maybe,but then again maybe not as skin cancer is also on the rise in younger and younger children. What is a parent to do about their child’s bone health. Well it is known that kids that are active have…

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