If you are a fan of the popular PBS series Call the Midwife, you probably already know what "perinatal" means. In that period drama about a poor community in London in the years after World War II, viewers are treated to the drama and joy of a cast of midwives and nuns as they help women deliver babies in all kinds of circumstances. Times have changed in London and here in Greene County since the 1950's and 60's, and "perinatal" care - all the services, tests, and check ups that surround … [Read more...] about On the Road with GCGH: USI PEP Rally for Perinatal Care
Archives for October 2017
The Holidays can be like a mine-field for people with food-allergies or special needs. Parents of these wonderful people will tell you that avoiding the sugary treats and food dyes can be a full time job. Even a once-in-a-while treat can be bad for these folks. Gluten, peanuts, chocolate, dyes and preservatives - these things can not only make food-sensitive systems go haywire, they can cause all kinds of problems for kids on the Autism and ADD/ADHD spectrum. American culture is not likely … [Read more...] about The Teal Pumpkin Project
This article ran in the Greene County Daily World on October 10, 2017. It was a beautiful September day. Sunny and clear, the sky was a brilliant blue and the last surge of summer blossoms and produce made Linton seem like heaven on earth. There was nothing standing between her and a day of antiquing except a short doctor’s appointment to get the results of her annual physical and snag a flu shot. But her appointment wasn’t as simple as she had hoped. One word would change her plans … [Read more...] about GCDW Guest Column: Beating Breast Cancer with Early Detection
Cancer is the out of control growth of abnormal cells. We know it can start anywhere in the body, but when it starts in breast tissue, the earlier we find it the better the results. Annual mammograms for women age 40 and older continue to be the gold standard of care, and there are many women who have learned they have a cancerous growth after a mammogram even when they were not experiencing symptoms of disease. Traditional mammograms involve an x-ray of breast tissue, and that is … [Read more...] about Breast Cancer Awareness: Why 3D Mammograms?
We are all fighting cancer every day. Everything we do impacts whether or not our bodies can kill rogue cells that want to grow out of control. That includes what we eat - lots of fresh, local, colorful fruits and veggies are a great place to start - and how much we move - even just a little goes a long way - and even how we rest. Are you taking time for yourself? Sleeping and investing in the relationships you need to feel supported? No one has it all together, and none of us are going … [Read more...] about Breast Cancer Awareness: Self Care and a Mammogram
Cancer can begin in any part of the body. The different kinds of cancer are determined by where they start. Leukemias, for example, grow in bone marrow and are present in the blood stream. Lymphomas begin in the lymph nodes of the immune system. Sarcomas start in supporting tissues like bone, fat, and muscle. Carcinomas, the most common types of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute, start in the cells that cover external and internal body surfaces – think lung, colon, and … [Read more...] about Breast Cancer Awareness: Detection