WakeMed Blogs

WakeMed Voices

May 24, 2018

My colleague, Dr. Marshall, only hears “Yanny,” and I can’t hear anything but “Laurel.” The two of us have engaging clinical debates on a regular basis, but who is right in this situation? The answer is BOTH of us. Your Hearing Abilities Like the rest of the world is learning, which word you hear essentially depends …

Share
[read more]
May 23, 2018

Download a printable version of this blog post. For the past five years, WakeMed’s NICU has participated in the Kangaroo Challenge from Sunnybrook Hospital in Canada. This is an international challenge to see which hospital can log the most hours participating in kangaroo care. Each year for 15 days, we ‘challenge’ our parents with a …

Share
[read more]
May 17, 2018

‘I am excited to inform you of an innovative procedure to treat heartburn and acid reflux. It is performed through the mouth much like an upper endoscopy (EGD) and has already been performed worldwide on more that 20,000 patients. We are thrilled with how well our patients have done after having the TIF procedure.” – …

Share
[read more]
May 17, 2018

View a printable version of this blog post here. You take a pregnancy test at home….and it’s positive.  Now what? The questions start running through your head: What should you be eating or not eating? Can you continue your regular workouts? Are your prescription medications okay for the baby? Now you don’t have to wait …

Share
[read more]
May 16, 2018

Download a printable version of this blog post. The window of time the WakeMed Stroke Team can perform stroke treatment has just increased from 6 to 24 hours after symptom onset for certain stroke patients.  In addition, more patients with mild ischemic stroke symptoms may now qualify for medical treatment with clot-dissolving medication. Recent Trials …

Share
[read more]
May 10, 2018

Download a printable version of this blog post. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), also known as e-cigs, e-cigarettes, or vape pens, produce an aerosolized mixture  (“vapor”) of nicotine and flavored liquid that is inhaled by its user. They are wildly popular. Their use has increased significantly over the last five years and they are now …

Share
[read more]
May 08, 2018

Download a printable version of this blog post. I immediately volunteered to assist Christopher Fortin, (director of Emergency Services at WakeMed North Hospital) with the implementation of the Nurse First admission process when he joined the WakeMed team in September of 2017. What is the ‘Nurse First’ Approach? In Nurse First approach (sometimes referred to …

Share
[read more]
May 04, 2018

Download a printable version of this blog post. At WakeMed Pediatric Endocrinology, we have been hard at work implementing research to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. What is Endocrinology? Endocrinology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on treating problems related to hormones and their actions in the body. Since children …

Share
[read more]
May 03, 2018

Download a printable version of this blog post. Three weeks after Jacob turned 3 years old, we started to notice that he wasn’t behaving like himself. He was whinier than normal and cried at a moment’s notice, where normally he was content and easy going. Jacob also started to drink water incessantly. He’d go through two …

Share
[read more]
May 02, 2018

Download a printable version of this blog post. A stroke is a medical emergency. It occurs when an artery, leading to the brain (or within the brain) is blocked or damaged. A clot can block an artery, or an artery can burst. This reduces or completely blocks blood flow to an area of the brain. …

Share
[read more]
April 30, 2018

WakeMed Pulmonary Rehab & Cardiopulmonary Therapy is designed to help people with breathing problems for ANY reason get back to the independence and daily activities they enjoy. Pulmonary rehab is available for patients with a qualifying COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) diagnosis; cardiopulmonary therapy is available to patients who are having breathing problems for ANY …

Share
[read more]
April 27, 2018

Download a printable version of this blog post. In September of 2017, a group of WakeMed NICU providers, led by Dr. Claudia Tolentino Cadet, visited the Central American country of Belize for seven days to share education about neonatal developmental care, nutrition, and respiratory care. The trip was sponsored by the World Pediatric Project, a …

Share
[read more]
April 25, 2018

Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to achieve a pregnancy after a considerable amount of time. The amount of time is usually one year for females under the age of 35 or six months for a female over the age of 35 with regular unprotected sexual relations. Infertility also includes a woman …

Share
[read more]
April 19, 2018

FACTS: More than 20% of children will experience at least 1 fainting episode before the end of adolescence. Over 75% of “passing out” is non-cardiac (vasovagal or neurocardiogenic syncope) and the result of our nervous system causing a sudden drop in blood pressure which results is a temporary lack of oxygen to the brain. (Figure …

Share
[read more]
April 18, 2018

Skip the restaurant, and make your own delicious tostadas right at home. These black bean and salmon tostadas are super simple to make, taste delicious and are actually healthy for you! Give it a try! View a printable version of this recipe. Black Bean & Salmon Tostadas Prep Time: 25 m | Total Time: 25 …

Share
[read more]
April 18, 2018

Click here for a printable version of this blog post. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system (which normally fights infection) attacks the cells in the pancreas that make the hormone insulin. We don’t completely understand what causes Type 1 diabetes, but we know that certain genes make someone more likely …

Share
[read more]
April 16, 2018

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by Influenza A and B viruses. The flu season in the U.S. runs from October thru May every year. The rate of flu infection in the general population during the flu season typically ranges from 10-20%.  Unfortunately, the flu causes 35,000-40,000 deaths and over 200,000 hospitalizations …

Share
[read more]
April 13, 2018

Pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies. Many people know pollen allergy as “hay fever.” Experts usually refer to pollen allergy as “seasonal allergic rhinitis.” Each spring, summer and fall, plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species. Most of the pollen that causes allergic reactions …

Share
[read more]
April 12, 2018

Wellness visits provide healthcare providers the opportunity to counsel women on the recommended screenings, physical examinations and vaccinations based on age and risk factors. Topics of conversation at these visits vary, but vital signs (including height, weight, blood pressure and heart rate) and an appropriate physical examination are usually performed. Ages 13-18 Most pediatricians see …

Share
[read more]
April 11, 2018

In the mood for something fun but also healthy? This vegetarian nacho recipe is a great combination of the two, plus it’s a great option for those who are meatless or those who simply don’t feel like using their oven. Enjoy this recipe as a fantastic appetizer or as a light lunch/dinner. View a printable …

Share
[read more]
April 06, 2018

Getting Started with a Walking Program Choose a time during the day that you can fit in a short walk, whether it is in the morning, during lunch, in the evening, or a combination of all three. After a few walks, increase the amount of time you spend on the walk, your pace, and the …

Share
[read more]
April 05, 2018

We live in what is known as the ‘stone belt’. That’s because there are increased risk factors for kidney stone formation. A lot of these kidney stone risk factors are lifestyle based. Making the necessary changes can help with preventing and reducing the frequency of kidney stones. More than 80% of kidney stones are made …

Share
[read more]
April 04, 2018

Kawasaki disease was first described by Dr. Kawasaki in Japan in 1967.  It is an inflammatory disease of the small and medium size blood vessels “vasculitis” throughout the body. Kawasaki disease: most commonly affects children from 1 to 4 years of age can affect younger and older children is most common in children of Asian …

Share
[read more]
March 28, 2018

Recently, WakeMed Maternal Fetal Medicine doctors, James Edwards and Laura Edwards, achieved national recognition when their research article was published in the American Journal of Perinatology. The article is titled, “Effect of Cord Blood Magnesium Level at Birth on Non-neurologic Neonatal Outcomes,” and below, Dr. James Edwards explains its premise. Understanding the Effects of Magnesium Sulfate on …

Share
[read more]
March 28, 2018

This is a great time to think about not only what food we’re putting in our bodies, but also how much food we’re putting in the trash! In the United States, we waste an astounding 30 to 40 percent of our food supply each year. While much of the food waste in America occurs in …

Share
[read more]
March 27, 2018

Harmony and Ian VanGundy were anxiously awaiting the birth of their third child in September 2017. Like their other two children, Allistair, age 3, and Gannon, 15, they were going to deliver at WakeMed, but this time they were going closer to home to the new WakeMed North Hospital in North Raleigh. Harmony was nine …

Share
[read more]
March 26, 2018

Physician Partners, In honor of National Doctors’ Day, we’ve taken time this month to reflect on what makes our physician partners so outstanding. While the reasons are many, the one attribute we all came back to was simple, yet consistent: your unwavering commitment to our patients. Day in and day out, you take the time to listen, diagnose, …

Share
[read more]
March 23, 2018

Maybe you have a patient with a recurrent pilonidal  disease problem – they’ve had one or more abscess drainage procedure(s) and still can’t get relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients continue to suffer from recurring disease – living with pain and discomfort after multiple procedures because many physicians aren’t aware that there is a procedure …

Share
[read more]
March 20, 2018

Kidney stone disease is also referred to as nephrolithiasis or renal calculi. These are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. Kidney stones have many causes and can affect any part of your urinary tract, from the kidneys to the bladder. Types of Kidney Stones More than 80% of Kidney stones …

Share
[read more]
March 20, 2018

Being overweight is challenging for anyone, but especially for children and adolescents. Currently 1 in every 3 child in the United States is overweight or obese, a rate that has tripled in the past 30 years! As parents, we worry about the impact of excess weight on our children’s health. Obesity increases the risk for …

Share
[read more]
March 13, 2018

Many people have high cholesterol or at least know of family or friends who have high cholesterol or heart disease.  What they may not realize, however, is that their own children may have high cholesterol and not even know it. There are no symptoms for high cholesterol, and unless you have your child checked, you would …

Share
[read more]
March 09, 2018

Join WakeMed Children’s at Marbles Kids Museum for Children’s Diabetes Education Day, taking place March 17 at Marbles Kids Museum from 9 am to 1 pm! Being diagnosed with diabetes can be scary. Whether it’s Type 1 or Type 2, it can mean big changes. We’re here to help you through and demonstrate how you can not …

Share
[read more]
March 08, 2018

For many women, menopause can be a time of welcome sexual freedom as she can stop worrying about an unintended pregnancy (though, of course, there is still the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection if she is not in a mutually monogamous relationship). But for many women, the normal physical changes that take place …

Share
[read more]
March 05, 2018

Prevent Brain Injury. Here’s how! Tip 1:  At Play Wear American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) approved head protection for your sport. Don’t slide headfirst into base. Don’t dive into shallow water. Your clothes should not interfere with your vision. Tip 2:  At Home Use hand railings. Secure rugs. Put away toys. Install grab bars …

Share
[read more]
March 01, 2018

A concussion can be a serious injury, but it is not a life sentence by any means.  You CAN get better when you pursue the right approach to treatment with a provider who understands the injury. What is a concussion? A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or sudden jolt …

Share
[read more]
February 22, 2018

How WakeMed Home Health helped Cleola Davis manage her mother’s health The right home health team and technology have an unexpected benefit:  They boost the well-being of family members as well as patients. Cleola Davis, the daughter of 94-year-old Sarah, was overjoyed to learn this. After a fall, Sarah, who also suffered from heart failure, …

Share
[read more]
February 15, 2018

When it comes to your heart, cholesterol matters. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the buildup of plaque within the heart arteries. One of the major risk factors for coronary artery disease is abnormal cholesterol levels. What type of cholesterol is good/bad? Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad form of cholesterol. If your LDL level …

Share
[read more]
February 12, 2018

Who says that kids get to have all of the fun? One of the best (and most fun) ways to stay young at heart is to channel your inner child. Run. Jump. Play laser tag. Get fit, burn calories and give your heart a workout while enjoying yourself. Need some ideas to get you started? …

Share
[read more]
February 12, 2018

*This article was written in collaboration with LaToshia Rouse with contributions from Jim Helm. The WakeMed NICU Advisory & Parent Support group (NAPS) has joined forces with the Development Team (Jim Helm, Laurie Slaughter, and Jennifer Powell) in the WakeMed NICU for “Extra Hand Hugs Week”. About Extra Hand Hugs “Hand Hugging” or “hand hugs” are …

Share
[read more]
February 08, 2018

Defining ‘Heart Failure’ Heart failure is a medical condition where the heart is unable to circulate blood normally, leading to symptoms of poor circulation or fluid retention, shortness of breath or leg swelling. Often, heart failure is due to either a weakened heart muscle or stiff heart muscle. Signs & Symptoms of Early Heart Failure Heart failure …

Share
[read more]
February 07, 2018

Facts About Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Congenital heart disease is the MOST common birth defect affecting 1 in 100 babies born in the United States. Of those affected, approximately 1 in 4 infants have critical congenital heart disease (heart defects requiring cardiac surgery within the first year of life). About 25% of infants with CHD …

Share
[read more]
February 04, 2018

When you choose WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians, you can rest assured your heart is in good hands. With many locations to serve you, we offer expertise and convenience, all in one heart healthy package. Heart Care Plus+ WakeMed and Duke Health are pleased to collaborate on cardiovascular services. Heart Care Plus+ combines the passion and expertise of …

Share
[read more]
February 02, 2018

Flu season is upon us, and this year it seems to be in the news more than ever.  If you are pregnant, this is particularly concerning as flu symptoms can be more severe, and the flu can be more dangerous during pregnancy. Below we address some important questions and concerns related to the flu and …

Share
[read more]
February 01, 2018

Celebrate heart month with these heart-healthy recipe ideas from Chef Rob! View a printable version of these recipes. Stir Fry Chicken & Veggies Prep Time: 10 m | Total Time: 25 m INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil (or oil of choice) 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½-inch-thick slices 2 cups broccoli florets …

Share
[read more]
January 26, 2018

With the institution of screening pap smears, the incidence of and mortality from cervical cancer has decreased worldwide. Routine screening guidelines for both abnormalities of the cervical cells and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) have undergone some change in the last several years. Most women do not need a pap smear every year. Depending on your …

Share
[read more]
January 24, 2018

We know that antioxidants in plants can help improve our immune system. When making soups, include a variety of colored veggies, dark greens, such as kale or spinach, and a mix of herbs. For parents of picky kids, puree vegetables for a smoother texture that won’t look like any one specific vegetable. You can use …

Share
[read more]
January 22, 2018

Can humidifiers really provide relief from the dry, winter weather? Dr. Eugene Leung recently sat down to answer a few Q&As about the benefits of having a humidifier. Do humidifiers help prevent the spread of germs/airborne viruses, like the flu? YES. When set at the right levels, humidifiers have been shown to decrease how transmissible …

Share
[read more]
January 19, 2018

Old Man Winter’s visit to the Triangle made for a busy few days at WakeMed’s seven emergency departments. A winter wonderland is beautiful, but it’s often icy and dicey when we start to venture out. WakeMed Emergency Departments treated approximately 70 patients with winter weather-related injuries. Here is a breakdown of winter weather injuries from January 17-18: …

Share
[read more]
January 17, 2018

#1 – Set up an indoor hopscotch grid using masking tape. Make this game with masking/painters tape, paper cutouts, or try it with cardboard cutouts. #2 – Make greeting cards for loved ones like grandparents. Here are some crafty card ideas to help you get started. #3 – Create a touch-and-feel box. Do this by …

Share
[read more]
January 15, 2018

Sometimes, not saying anything and just being there is the right thing to do that can make someone feel cared for, loved and not alone. Recently, I had a patient who was very sick and had been hospitalized for almost a month, yet the treatment team still could not find the right explanation for her …

Share
[read more]
Showing 1 - 50 of 625