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Nov. 11, 2016
Find Out the Dangers of Sleep Apnea
On this week’s To Your Health segment, Angie Brockmann, APRN, and specialists at the Stormont Vail Sleep Center, explain what is involved in a sleep study and how it can help doctors determine if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when a person’s breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. A few pauses during the night are normal, but more than five times an hour can be a concern. Brockmann explains that even if you feel like you are getting a full night’s sleep, but you wake up tired, or are irritable and unable to focus, or if your partner has noticed you snore, you may have an undiagnosed sleep condition. 
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May 5, 2016
Topeka Triplets Example of Progress in Neonatal Intensive Care In this week's To Your Health, Candi and Chris Temple talk about the special care their triplet daughters, born premature at 29 weeks 13 years ago, received at Stormont Vail Health, helping the three become the happy, healthy teens they are today.
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March 31, 2016
Take Steps to Keep Skin Cancer in the Dark
Ginger Reeves, APRN, Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, talks about how sun exposure increases your risk for skin cancer. Stormont Vail Health is offering a free skin cancer screening from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 9, at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center. To schedule your appointment, call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225.
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March 9, 2016
Stormont Vail Health Earns the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care
In this week's To Your Health, Kristin Perez, certified nurse midwife, talks about some of the things that helped Stormont Vail Health earn the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care.
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Feb. 18, 2016
Heart Survivor Spreads Vital Message
In this week’s To Your Health, we learn about Stormont Vail employee Sabrina Robinson and her son Zach as they share their heart attack survival story.
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Feb. 11, 2016
Eight-Year-Old Diagnosed with Rare Brain Tumor
In this week’s To Your Health, we learn about 8-year-old Parker Monhollon, a Silver Lake resident, who has a rare brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.
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Feb. 4, 2016
Ahead of the Game
Athletic trainer Michael Longhofer, who is assigned to Seaman through a partnership with Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics, spoke with WIBW about the new processes schools have to protect their students from the dangers of repeated traumatic head injuries. 
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Jan. 28, 2016
Eye Professional Puts Focus on Glaucoma
Babak Marefat, M.D., ophthalmologist, at Cotton O’Neil, was interviewed by WIBW-TV Channel 13 about glaucoma, an eye disease that can lead to blindness if not treated in a timely fashion.
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Dec. 3, 2015
Antibiotics May Not Always Be the Answer.
Antibiotics may not always be the best answer during cold and flu season. Stormont Vail Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist Jo Ann Harris, MD, explains why. 
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Nov. 19, 2015
Stormont Vail Turns Stethoscope on Itself – Offers Prevention Program to Improve Employee Health.
A new prevention program offered to employees at Stormont Vail is producing big results. 709 employees have lost more than 5,000 pounds. Two of the participants recently shared their success stories.
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Oct. 15, 2015
Stormont Vail Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Jo-Ann Harris Says Flu Vaccine is Best Way to Guard Agaist Influenza

Jo-Ann Harris, M.D., pediatric infectious disease specialist at Stormont Vail Health,  was interviewed by WIBW-TV13 about the importance of getting an annual flu shot. "The flu can be fairly serious, causing a secondary pneumonia, that can be devastating," said Dr. Harris. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months. To learn about the many Cotton O'Neil Flu Shot Clinics, call our automated Flu Line at (785) 354-6789.
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Oct. 9, 2015
Celebrating 20 Years of Partnership

The merger of Stormont Vail and Cotton O’Neil 20 years ago put the Topeka-based health care organization on track to become the regional health care provider it is today. According to a recent WIBW-TV interview with two leaders of the organization, it spurred the creation of an integrated electronic medical record, recruitment of more primary care and specialty physicians and efforts to provide coordinated care. Learn more in this WIBW To Your Health report.
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Diaper Need an Issue for Children's Health
Sarah Sachs-Jepson, APRN-BC, of Pediatrics, was interviewed for this weeks To Your Health segment. The segment shines the light on the need some families have for diapers and how stretching diaper use can cause a threat to your child's health.
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Polly Shines Light on Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections
When you check into the hospital, you expect to go home healthy – not bring someone else’s germs with you. Learn from Kim Lynch, Environmental Services Manager, in this WIBW-TV report how “Polly,” a germ-zapping robot from the Xenex company is using UV cleaning at Stormont Vail to reduce readmissions for health care acquired infections.
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A 3-D View Helping With Screens
Three-dimensional technology is giving doctors a better view to spot breast cancer earlier. Stormont Vail Health started offering 3-D mammography the past spring and doctors say they are already seeing the difference. Dr. Olufolajimi Obembe, a radiologist, explains in this WIBW-TV report how 3-D mammography takes multiple images of the breast in thin layers, or slices, enabling doctors to see the breast on different planes. You can request a 3-D mammography appointment at the Stormont Vail Women’s Center by calling (785) 354-5960. Be aware that not all insurance plans cover the 3-D option, so be sure to check in advance.
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Siblings Thank Team That Took Care of Them
Stormont Vail's collaborative approach to health care helped put Jeff and Jayme King on the road to recovery after their serious car accident.
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Family Shares NICU Story
Cayden was born 15 weeks early and weighed only 16 ounces. Her chance of survival was only 25 percent. Today she is happy and healthy. Watch this video to see how her stay at Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care helped her reach this point.
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New Labels Could Make it Easier to Spot Sugar in Food and Drinks
Mary Alice Scheer, RD, LD, certified diabetes instructor at the Diabetes Learning Center, tells us about hidden amounts of sugar found in everyday foods and drinks. Soon that information will be easier for everyone to understand. The FDA has proposed new food labels that will have a separate line indicating any added sugars.
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New Program Educates Mom Before Baby Arrives
Professor Libby Rosen, PhD, RN, IBCLC, announces a new OB Nurse Navigator position at Stormont Vail Health. Kris Myers, RN, will meet with expectant moms at Lincoln Center and the Shawnee County M&I clinic before they deliver to promote successful breastfeeding after the baby arrives. 
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Stormont Vail Health Recently Named One of the Nation's Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals
Joe Hopeck, administrative director, Stormont Vail Cardiovascular Services, talks about Stormont Vail's recent designation as one of the nations Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Analytics.
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Add Health Checkup to Kids' Back-to-School List
Maryam Tabrizi, M.D., pediatrician at Pediatrics in Mission Woods, was interviewed by WIBW-TV 13 about sports physicals, their importance and the benefit of having them done by your family physician.
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Living in the Shadows
Howard Parr, M.D., pediatrician at Pedatrics in Mission Woods, was interviewed by WIBW-TV Channel 13 about a rare genetic disorder called Erythropoiectic Protoporphyria ,or EEP, which causes serious burns to the skin when exposed to the sun.
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Care Close to Home
Getting care close to home is important for this Topeka teen battling cancer. Dr. Youmna Othman, pediatric oncologist, tells why it is important to have the support of family and friends when dealing with a serious illness.
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Seniors Get a Leg Up on Fall Prevention
Falls and restricted mobility don’t have to be a fact of growing older. Find out more about the Stormont Vail Stepping On Class. The next class begins Sept. 1, 2015. Call Health Connections for more information or to register at (785) 354-5225.
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Radial Cath Approach Produces Good Outcomes for Patient and Cardiologist
Seshu Rao, M.D., at the Cotton O'Neil Heart Center, talks about the radial catheterization procedure, which is easier on patients and provides better outcomes overall. 
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Summer Camp Helps Kids Live with Type 1 Diabetes
James Casey, M.D., and Naziya Tahseen, M.D., talk about a camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes and how it teaches children a lifestyle so they are able to accommodate living with Type 1 diabetes and not see it as a stigma.
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Is Your Child's Summer Camp Safe?
Maryam Tabrizi, M.D., pediatrician, at Pediatrics at Mission Woods, explains the importance of being aware of children's summer camp safety. 
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Genetic Counseling Could Give Babies a Better Start
The certified genetic counselors at Stormont Vail’s Maternal Fetal Medicine help expectant moms learn what risk factors could affect their pregnancy and help families process the information if their baby is at a higher risk for certain conditions.
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Survival Story Spurs Bicyclist's Safety Message
The medical director of Stormont Vail Emergency & Trauma Center and a Topeka bicyclist who was injured when a car hit him on his bicycle both shared important bicycle safety tips for the road in a recent WIBW-TV report.
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Constant Contact May Be a Pain
Having issues with text neck or pain from prolonged use of smart phones, tablets and e-readers because you are looking down for long periods of time? Learn from neurosurgeon Stephen Eichert in this WIBW-TV report what you can do now to minimize the damage.
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Snuffing the Sniffles
Watery eyes and sniffles means spring is in the air for some people. Dr. Balil Kahn, an allergist at Cotton O'Neil, explains there is relief for seasonal allergy sufferers - you just have to plan ahead. Learn more in this WIBW-TV To Your Health segment.
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The Power of Collaboration
Dr. Lambert Wu explained the community benefits of Stormont Vail Health's membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network in a recent WIBW-TV report. Of the 163 patients who received consultations with a Mayo expert through their Stormont Vail provider during the first year, 90 percent stayed in their home community for treatment.
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A List for Health Checkups
Women have a unique health checkup list they need to follow to prevent or have early detection of potential health concerns. A big reason, according to radiologist Dr. Jimi Obembe, is the hormone estrogen. Learn more about what should be on the list in this WIBW-TV report.
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Physical Therapy Part of Overall Health Care
Physical therapy might just be what the doctor orders when you have a sore knee. Until recently you had to wait for a physician's order. Kansas law changed in July 2013 to allow patients to directly schedule appointments with physical therapists. Patients still need a primary care physician with whom the physical therapy team can communicate with about the patient. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.
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Double Blessing
Wanting to share her experiences of being a mom of twins who were patients in Stormont Vail's Neonatal Intensive Care, a Kansas woman's writing has now been published into a book. One of the twins, a daughter, died at 25 days old. The other twin, a son, is now 12 years old. Erin Burks and her family recently toured the NICU and talked about their experiences in a WIBW-TV To Your Health segment.
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Surviving a Stroke
Kerry Livgren inspires many people with his music and now is delivering a message he hopes will save lives. Livgren suffered a stroke in 2009. Now recovered, he is spreading the word about warning signs of a stroke. Dr. Sarah Sartain, of the Stormont Vail Emergency Department, says recognizing those signs and seeking immediate treatment are important. Learn more in this WIBW-TV To Your Health report.
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Heart Month: Super Molly's Story
Meet Molly. At 18 months old, she is thriving. She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Because her mom was classified high-risk early in her pregnancy and early intervention was done, doctors were prepared to provide special care when she was born. Molly's family will share their story at the American Heart Association's annual Heart Ball on Feb. 21. Learn more in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.
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Tools for Better Health
Having a real-time report on your physical activity for the day might just be the motivation you need to get moving. Michael Bagwell, DPT, a physical therapist with Kansas Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, explained how wearable fitness trackers and smartphone apps can be good tools to consider when working to improve your health. Learn more in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.
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Kansas Urged to Take Precautions Against Measles
With a measles outbreak making headlines in the U.S., now is the time to make sure you and family members are fully immunized. Dr. Jo-Ann Harris, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Stormont Vail Health, urges people to make sure they are protected since measles spreads easily and has the potential to cause severe symptoms. Learn more about protecting your family from measles in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.
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Monitor Smartphone Use at Bedtime
When youngsters use their smartphones at bedtime it could result in them not getting adequate sleep according to a recent study. The study showed that youngsters with a smartphone near them got 21 minutes less sleep and experienced fatigue in the morning. Dr. Maryam Tabrizi, a pediatrician with Pediatrics, says those lost minutes of sleep can add up and can affect the child's health and concentration in school. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.
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Influenza Cases on Rise
Physicians at Stormont Vail Health are seeing an increase in patients with influenza. Dr. Scott Teeter, Cotton O’Neil, explains in this WIBW-TV report what symptoms people with the flu may experience, and provides information about what levels of care may be appropriate depending on a persons health situation.
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Bronchiolitis, which can cause mucus and breathing difficulties in young children, is the leading cause of hospitalization for children under the age of two. To prevent that, Stormont launched an outpatient bronchiolitis clinic in December, says Dr. Steven Crouch, pediatric hospitalist. Parents are directed to the clinic only after their child is diagnosed with an infection like RSV at their regular doctor, an urgent care clinic or the ER. 
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Role of the Nurse Midwife
While there are many myths about what midwives do, these women's health care practitioners have gone mainstream and are helping women in the Topeka area with prenatal, delivery and post-delivery care, plus provide wellness checks. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report about the role of the midwife from certified nurse midwife Kristin Perez, with Stormont Vail Maternal and Fetal Medicine.
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Holiday Cheer Comes with Imaging
The holidays have arrived at the Radiology Department at Cotton O’Neil. The staff has decked the halls for the holidays and that not only brings enjoyment to the patients, but relaxation, too. Research shows that decor can actually help patients relax for an image, resulting in fewer scans. Learn more about the holiday decor in this WIBW-TV report.
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Doctors Explain Lymphoma Diagnosis
Chiefs star player Eric Berry, who was has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, has called the disease his toughest opponent yet. In a recent WIBW-TV interview with Dr. Mehmood Hashmi, an oncologist and hematologist at Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, Dr. Hashmi explains that Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system that tackles a person's immune system. Learn more about Hodgkin's Lymphoma in this WIBW To Your Health report.

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Cutting Stress Could Protect Heart 
While the holiday season is supposed to be fun, stress often comes with all the festivities. The American Heart Association says there is no clear relationship between stress and heart health, but Carol Bragdon, ARNP, at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, says stress definitely impacts the body in ways that could indirectly harm the heart in the long run. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report about how controlling stress can help control risk factors.
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STAR Program Helps Cancer Survivors
A new program at Stormont Vail Health helps patients who have had a diagnosis or treatment for cancer to not only survive, but thrive. Called the STAR program - Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation - the program screens patients who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer to determine if they can benefit from physical, occupational or speech therapy. Learn more about this exciting service in a recent WIBW-TV segment.
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Nov. 21, 2014
Secondhand Smoke Harmful to Children
The dangers of secondhand smoke to children was highlighted in a To Your Health segment on WIBW-TV recently. Lisa Johnson, Stormont Vail pediatric nurse, explained the risks the secondhand smoke, and said quitting is the best way to keep the risks from harming children.
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Nov. 7, 2014
Time to give health coverage a checkup
Tis is the season for people over the age of 65 to give their health coverage a checkup. With Medicare open enrollment through Dec. 7, individuals can review their plans to make sure their coverage is still what they need, according to Bob Evenson with Century Health Solutions, a division of Stormont Vail. Evenson says such factors as a change in location, medications or health situations may be taken into consideration when the review is done. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.
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August 28, 2014
Screening the Heart Attack Risk
A cardiac calcium score screening done via a CT scan provides a new tool to assess patients with risk factors for heart disease. Dr. Timothy Allen, a radiologist at Stormont Vail Health, explains in a recent WIBW segment that the screening looks for narrowing in the coronary arteries that can lead to heart attacks.

People interested in having a cardiac calcium score screening should talk to their doctor for a referral. It costs $100 and is not covered by insurance.
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August 7, 2014
Tiny Device Can Make Big Difference
A tiny device can make a big difference for a heart that may be in a weakened state, but needs a surgical procedure. Dr. Seshu Rao, interventional cardiologist with the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, was recently interviewed by WIBW-TV about the Impella catheter-based device that is billed as the worlds smallest heart pump. Dr. Rao said the device can be used to support a weakened heart through surgery and can also be left in for a few days following a heart attack to support damaged muscle during the healing process.
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July 31, 2014
Journey Through Anorexia
Dr. Ann Sachs, Cotton O’Neil, was recently interviewed by WIBW-TV about eating disorders and how they can affect the long-term health of a person. She said treatment of eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, takes a team approach.
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July 17, 2014
New Rule Shifts Gears on Health Exams
A new requirement concerning health examinations for commercial drivers has shifted gears - and now the health professionals giving those exams must meet certain criteria. Dr. Dale Garrett, medical director of Stormont Vail Work Care who is certified to provide the exams in Topeka, explains in this WIBW-TV report just what that means in keeping everyone safe on the road.
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July 10, 2014
Immunizations Important
Immunization for measles is important, especially this year with an outbreak of measles occurring across the country. Dr. Randy Schumacher, a pediatrician at Pediatrics, explains in this recent WIBW-TV report the complications that can occur in children with measles, and the protection an immunization can provide.
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July 3, 2014
Treatment Stops Rapid Heartbeat Episodes
A relatively new treatment to control rapid heartbeat episodes has been successful for patients of Dr. Alap Shah, a cardiac electrophysiologist with the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, who says the condition can really impact people's lives because they don't always know when it will happen. Learn in this WIBW-TV report how Dr. Shah helped one patient.
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June 26, 2014
Importance of Pertussis Vaccine Hits Home for Hospital CEO
Stormont Vail CEO Randy Peterson has heard from the doctors at work why its important for adults around infants to be immunized because of a recent pertussis outbreak. But it was when he heard it from his daughter, who is expecting her first child this fall, that he got the message loud and clear. She told him if he wanted to see his new granddaughter, he needed to get the vaccination. Find out in this WIBW-TV report why it's so important for grandparents and others who will be in contact with a newborn to have this immunization.
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June 19, 2014
New 3T MRI Gives Doctors Better Look
The new 3T MRI at Stormont Vail Health has a stronger magnet, hence physicians can get a better, clearer image when making a diagnosis, especially for neurological cases or orthopedic issues in smaller structures like the hand. While the powerful MRI isn't needed for all patients, it helps doctors give a firmer diagnosis and it is a quicker process for patients. 
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June 12, 2014
Book Club Setting for Organ Donation Story
At a book club meeting where a Stormont Vail nurse gave a talk to raise awareness about organ donation, two members of the group shared their personal stories. One was a recipient and the other had a brother who had died and his organs were donated to others in need. Because of privacy involved, they had no idea at the time they their stories were actually intertwined. WIBW-TV Channel 13 detailed the women's story in this report.
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May 22, 2014
The Risk of Strokes
Dr. Frisco Morse, D.O., medical director of Stormont Vail's Stroke Program, says 85 percent of strokes are related to a blood clot, where it breaks off, travels to the brain and lodges in an artery to the brain. Any brain tissue beyond the clot, he says, is then deprived of oxygen that's in the blood and is at risk of dying if blood flow is not restored. Dr. Morse discussed the differences between men and women when it comes to their risk for stroke in a recent interview with WIBW-TV.
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May 8, 2014
A Pitch for Safety
Here's a pitch that's hard to ignore. The story of Peyton Workman, a softball player who is encouraging others to wear a properly fitted helmet and face mask to avoid serious injuries - something she experienced last summer in a softball tournament. Athletic trainer Mike Flynn, with Cotton O’Neil, agrees that many sports injuries could be prevented with such protective equipment.
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May 1, 2014
Caring for Young Patients and Families
A Topeka family said the support their family received while they had an infant in the Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care department was vital. Both the NICU staff and March of Dimes contributed to that support. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.
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April 24, 2014
Keeping Kids From Being Forgotten In Cars
A new program from Safe Kids Shawnee County aims to prevent a tragedy that is more common than people might think. Last year in the United States, 44 children died from being left in hot cars. Richelle Rumford, trauma manager at Stormont Vail Health, said the most common reason it happens is because a parent simply forgets the child is in the car. She says, with all the distractions of busy lives, sadly, it can easily happen.
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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 Health 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 Health 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 Vail. 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, 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  Cotton O’Neil 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 Health 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 Cotton O’Neil 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, 2013
'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 Health, 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 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 6-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 Cotton O’Neil 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 & Endocrinology 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 Cotton O’Neil 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 a new 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 Rush Your Baby's Birthday
Studies prove that a baby’s brain and lungs are still developing between 35-39 weeks gestation. Stormont Vail Birthplace 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 O’Neil's  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 Health 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 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 communitywide prevention campaign, "Cut Fat - Cut Cancer," to give people the skinny on fat.
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June 27, 2013
Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care has recently been recognized as a national leader. 
Stormont Vail’s Neonatal Intensive Care 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 Cotton O’Neil 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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