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Health Matters: Communicating with Kids

It’s the part of parenting doctors say many parents struggle with. “If we ignore the behavior, generally that behavior is going to get worse,” said Golisano children’s Hospital pediatric psychologist Dr. Jason Sabo. He says behaviors like slamming doors and talking back need to be addressed and corrected. “So when it comes to acting out, there’s always a reason for it and it’s important for us as parents to really identify why is that there and what’s it doing?” For older children, he recommends parents lead a conversation with their child—making sure you keep the tone calm and direct....

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Health Matters: Helping Patients Address Anxiety and Depression

“How are things going with your husband? How are you getting along with your children? Have you been having any problems at work?” These are just a few of the basic questions health experts like Lee Health nurse practitioner Laura Partlow may ask at your next doctor’s visit. “A lot of people have symptoms of depression but they don’t want to talk about it because it’s stigmatized.” Symptoms of anxiety and depression can manifest differently for each patient. “It can be anywhere of physical symptoms of chronic pain, unexplained with no illness, it can be abdominal pain, or muscle aches...

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Health Matters: Shipley Weekly Valve Conference

It’s an undertreated disease—and doctors say more patients die from not getting their valvular heart disease taken care of. “It’s important for patients to know that if they have a valvular heart problem, there are fixes for it. It may not be surgery, it may not be trans-catheter, but there are fixes for valvular heart disease,” said Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Lee Health. Which is the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center created a valve clinic—bringing to the table surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and medical teams to evaluate each patient’s condition. “We have...

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Health Matters: Lee Health Complex Care Center

It’s a space that cares for patients beyond their medical needs. “The complex care center is a transitional clinic where we provide services to patients that recently were discharged from the hospital and don’t have access to their primary care provider,” said Lisa Libonati, a registered nurse with Lee Health. Serving uninsured and underinsured, the Lee Health complex care center provides patients with a continuum of care. “The complex care center does anything that a primary care provider would do. We can also order infusion services, we have an infusion clinic. We have a clinic, where...

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Health Matters: The Role of a Nurse Practitioner

When scheduling a doctor’s appointment, there may be times when you’re asked if you would like to see the nurse practitioner. “A doctor may have five nurse practitioners working with them to serve a really large population at one time,” said Erin Lake, a nurse practitioner with Lee Health. A nurse practitioner is part of the healthcare team, working with physicians and nurses. “A lot of times we do alternate visits, preventative care with the physician and then alternate back and forth. Providing goals and really checking and predicting what the next six months will look like,” she said....

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Health Matters: Heart Disease in Women

The numbers are alarming. Studies show heart disease is responsible for killing more than 100,000 women each year. “It’s the number one cause of death in women, even more so than breast cancer,” said Dr. Anthony McFarlane, a Lee Health cardiologist. Heart disease is a general term that includes arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, blockages, and coronary artery disease. “A woman can live with heart disease and men too, for many years and not know it because it can be a very slow and progressive disease,” said Dr. McFarlane. Understanding and recognizing the early signs of heart disease...

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