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April 17, 2014
Class Gives Girls With Special Needs Info On Growing Up
For parents talking to pre-teens about changes they are experiencing in their bodies can be difficult. Stormont-Vail HealthCare has offered the ÒFrom Girl to WomanÓ class for a number of years and now has developed a session specifically targeted to girls with special needs and their mothers. The class will be April 26. Learn more about the class in this WIBW-TV report.
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April 10, 2014
Giving Time Gives Rewards To Local Volunteer
Richard Allen, Stormont-Vail HealthCare volunteer, was featured on a recent To Your Health television segment for the assistance he has been providing patients for the past three years as a volunteer. Richard is among the 500 volunteers who give nearly 50,000 hours of service each year to Stormont. Volunteers are utilized in more than 65 areas of the organization, adding a personal touch, and helping staff provide safe, high quality care.
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April 3, 2014
New Crohn's Treatment Approved
A Kansas woman has not only utilized a new therapy for Crohn's Disease to manage the chronic gastrointestinal disorder, she has helped gain its approval by the FDA for others to benefit. She participated in a clinical research trial through the Cotton-O'Neil Digestive Health Center after her doctors made her aware of the trial. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.
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March 13, 2014
Learning About Kidney Disease
One in nine Americans has kidney disease and even more people are at risk for developing it. Dr. Scott Solcher, a nephrologist at Cotton-O'Neil Clinic, was recently interviewed by WIBW-TV, Channel 13, about kidney disease and being knowledgeable about risks. Dr. Solcher says the kidneys are a vital part of functioning. 
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March 6, 2014
Promoting Patient Safety
Dr. Sridevi Donepudi of the Cotton-O'Neil Clinic says health care has evolved into a partnership between doctors and patients, with patients being active participants in managing their health care and communicating with their doctor. That's the foundation for improved patient safety, a focus this week - National Patient Safety Awareness Week. To enhance communication between providers and patients, Stormont-Vail provides patients secure access to an online patient portal, where patients can access medical records, see summaries of their doctors' visits, request prescription refills, even send notes to ask questions. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.
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Feb. 20, 2014
Get Moving to Boost Brain Power
A pair of recent studies found evidence that having young people move their bodies could be the best medicine to boost their brain power. Stormont-Vail physical therapist Michael Bagwell says What's good for the heart is also good for the brain. Learn more about the physiological impact of exercise in this WIBW-TV report.
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Feb. 13, 2014
Screening Can Have Important Impact
A pulse oxygen screening to detect a congenital heart defect in newborns is standard practice for babies born at Stormont-Vail HealthCare since the screening was added to the U.S. Health and Human Services list of recommended screenings 18 months ago. Find out from neonatologist Dr. Heather Morgan in this WIBW-TV report why this is an important screening.
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Jan. 30, 2014
Planning Ahead
The time to make decisions about the type of care you want at the end of life is when you are healthy. The use of advance directives can be the tool to utilize to make your voice heard when you're unable to speak, according to Anne Kindling, risk management manager for Stormont-Vail. Stormont-Vail has suggested forms available for patients to fill in on its web site. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.
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Jan. 23, 2014
Program Aims to Help with Sleep
Sleepless nights don't just make sufferers tired, they could be harming health. Dr. Shawn Magee, Stormont-Vail Sleep Center, was interviewed recently for a To Your Health segment on WIBW-TV about sleep apnea. Dr. Magee explained why sleep is important. The television segment also highlighted a program that Stormont-Vail and the Kansas Equipment Exchange have created to help uninsured clients of the Marian Clinic get access to no longer used, but restored CPAP machines to assist with sleep.
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Jan. 16, 2014
Stormont-Vail's Lifeline Offers Peace of Mind
A little button can provide piece of mind. The Lifeline program at Stormont-Vail provides a person with a button that can be worn around their neck or wrist that links to a base unit and is attached to a landline telephone. With the press of the button, a call is activated to get assistance for the person. Learn more about the Lifeline program in this WIBW-TV report.
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Jan. 9, 2014
Lisa's Legacy
To honor the memory of a family member who died from breast cancer, a local family made a donation recently to help the pediatric patients at the Stormont-Vail Cancer Center. Learn more about Lisa's Legacy in this WIBW-TV report.
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Jan. 2, 2014
Influenza Arrives With Chill
Influenza-like illness has arrived in Kansas and the Stormont-Vail Emergency Department is seeing an increase in patients. Emergency physician Matthew Lockwood says the best treatment usually is to rest, drink plenty of fluids and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches. Find out from Dr. Lockwood in this WIBW-TV report when you should see a doctor or go to the emergency room.
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Dec. 19, 2013
Spotting a Stroke
Some astute observations and actions by a friend and a Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center nurse, helped a Topeka man suffering a stroke get the medical help he needed. Learn how they helped in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.
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Dec. 12, 2103
'Tis the Season for Sniffles
Its not too late to get an influenza vaccine. According to Dr. Jo-Ann Harris, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Stormont-Vail HealthCare, cold weather can fuel the flu season. Flu spreads through respiratory secretions so the more closely people are packed together indoors during cold weather, the more likely they are to transmit viruses.

There are two remaining flu shot clinics this season for Cotton-O'Neil patients who are six months of age and older. They are 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 and 19 at the HealthWise 55 office, 2252 S.W. 10th Ave, just east of S.W. 10th and MacVicar.
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Dec. 5, 2013
A Heart Healthy Mission
A retired Kansas National Guard brigadier general has a new mission - spreading the word of heart health. Despite having a healthy lifestyle, Deborah Rose suffered a heart attack and underwent double bypass surgery. Now she says no matter how healthy you think you might be, you need to have your health care monitored and listen to your body. 
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Nov. 28, 2013
Family Has Reason to Give Thanks
During the holiday season, one Topeka family has reason to give thanks. Their six-year-old child battled brain cancer over the past year and was able to recently complete her final treatments in Topeka. Dr. Youmna Othman, a pediatric oncologist at Stormont-Vail Cancer Center, provided the care close to home. Learn more in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.
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Nov. 21, 2013
Lessons About Diabetes
Silver Lake second grader Lily Schuckman is helping educate her peers about what it like to live with Type 1 diabetes, which is when the pancreas doesn't make insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal. Patients take insulin to compensate, but how much is needed is affected by what they eat and their activity level. Lily and her doctor, Dr. Katarina Gambosova, pediatric endocrinologist with the Cotton-O'Neil Diabetes Center, shared the lessons of living with diabetes in a recent interview with WIBW-TV Channel 13. 
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Nov. 14, 2013
Women Need to Take This to Heart
Health experts say it's a message all women need to hear: Heart disease remains the leading killer of women. Carol Bragdon, APRN, Ph.D., ACNS-BC, Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center, was recently interviewed by WIBW-TV, Channel 13, and says women may ignore symptoms because they are caring for others and neglecting themselves. Learn more in this news report.
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Oct. 24, 2013
Local Teen Gets Care Close to Home
Meet Zach. He has a heroic tale to tell. He was recently diagnosed with leukemia and has been able to get care close to home in Stormont-Vail’s Pediatric Intensive Care unit and at the Stormont-Vail Cancer Center. Learn more about Zach’s inspirational story on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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Oct. 17, 2013
A New Top Dog is Making Rounds in Stormont-Vail’s Pediatrics Unit

The Stormont-Vail Pediatrics department has recently introduced anew furry friend to help ease the stress of hospital stays for our younger patients. Learn more about the Pediatrics Pet Therapy program on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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Oct. 10, 2013
Santa Fe Trail Coach Teaches Lessons About Physical Emotional Fight Against Breast Cancer
Being well informed before a mastectomy can streamline the process for reconstructive surgery. Listen to this heartwarming story from one of our Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center patients on this WIBW-Channel 13 report. 
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Oct. 3, 2013
Nursing Scholarships Provide Opportunity at a Time with Needed Most
Nursing can be a rewarding career. Scholarships are available through Baker School of Nursing to help fulfill those dreams of becoming a nurse. Find out how on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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Sept. 26, 2013
Don't Ruse Your Baby's Birthday
Studies prove that a baby’s brain and lungs are still developing between 35-39 weeks gestation. The Birthplace at Stormont-Vail wants your baby to get the best start possible. Learn about the new Hard Stop policy on this WIBW-Channel 13 report. 
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Sept. 19, 2013
The Benefits of Family Dinners
Family dinners have more significance than most people know. Studies show that there is decreased risk of alcohol, drug and tobacco use among teens who eat dinner with their family. The more frequent the family meals, the greater the benefit, says Cotton-ONeil Clinics Dr. Ashley Hisel. Plan to have dinner with your family this coming Monday for Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children. It is coordinated statewide by Kansas Family Partnership.
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Sept. 5, 2013
Changes Aim to Improve Flu Vaccine
The flu virus changes every year, which is why the vaccine does too. Our Cotton-O’Neil Infectious Disease physician discusses these changes in this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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Aug. 29, 2013
Stormont-Vail Recognized as One of the Safest Places to Have Surgery in Kansas
Stormont-Vail was recently recognized by Consumer Reports as one of the safest places to have surgery in Kansas. Get a behind the scenes look at safe surgery practices at Stormont-Vail in a recent report on WIBW-channel 13. 
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Aug. 15, 2013 
Trial Tests Plant-Based Remedy For Ulcerative Colitis
A new plant-based remedy is being studied for treatment of ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammation of the colon. Our Cotton-O’Neil Digestive Health physician discusses the treatment study on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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Aug. 8, 2013
Back To School Safety Lessons Important For Kids And Adults
It’s back-to-school time! That means more children will be walking and biking to school during your morning commute. Stormont-Vail Emergency and Trauma experts would like to refresh your school safety knowledge on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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August 1, 2013 
Two Cases of Cyclospora Reported in Kansas
The CDC has reported two cases of the parasite called Cyclospora in Kansas this month. This parasite is linked to contaminated imported produce and may cause chronic diarrhea among other symptoms. Learn the precautions and treatment for Cyclospora on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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July 25, 2013
Stormont-Vail Earns Recognition for Cardiac Care
Stormont-Vail HealthCare recently received the Blue Distinction Center designation in cardiac care from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. 
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July 18, 2013
Campaign Urges Community to Cut Body Fat to Cut Cancer Risk
Dr. Scott Teeter, an internal medicine physician with Topeka's Cotton-O'Neil Clinic and a member of Stormont-Vail’s Cancer Committee, says the link between obesity and cancer isn't completely understood, but it is thought to be related to inflammatory factors more prevalent in people who are carrying extra pounds. The Cancer Committee has a community-wide prevention campaign, "Cut Fat - Cut Cancer," to give people the skinny on fat.
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June 27, 2013
Stormont-Vail Neonatal IntensiveCare has recently been recognized as a national leader. 
Stormont-Vail’s Neonatal IntensiveCare department was recently awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for exceptional care of premature infants. See what this certification means to patients on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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June 20, 2013
Cancer Center Makes Cancer Treatment Less Scary for Kids
Cancer is a scary word, especially when it affects children. The Stormont-Vail Cancer Center has made some new updates to help ease the anxieties of its pediatric patients. Learn about these changes on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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June 13, 2013
Taking Care of Yourself When the Heat Goes Up
The hot summer months are upon us. Taking care of yourself, especially young children and the elderly are important in preventing heat stroke. Learn from Stormont-Vail Emergency Department physician Dr. Sartain how to beat the heat on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.
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