• October 29, 2018

    Give the Gift of Life

    From October to April, Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center is participating in a nationwide campaign to promote awareness around the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation. Together with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Mountainside Medical Center hopes to encourage community members to register to become organ and tissue donors.

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  • October 24, 2018

    Breathe In, Breathe Out: How to Keep Your Lungs Healthy

    Healthy Lung Month is recognized in October as a time to encourage all to avoid smoking cigarettes and stay physically active to keep your lungs healthy. To learn more about the importance of these topics as well as lung cancer screenings, we spoke with Mountainside Medical Center’s Dr. Juhayna Davis.

    How badly can smoking affect the lungs?

    Tobacco kills. People who use tobacco products have a higher chance to suffer from respiratory symptoms, develop diseases and die at a younger age.

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  • August 30, 2018

    Neurosurgery Awareness Month: Dr. Heary

    While many neurosurgeons are known for their cerebral work, Dr. Heary focuses heavily on spinal surgery. “I think many times, people presume neurosurgery is just cerebral aneurysms and brain tumors, whereas in fact, the field is much broader”, Dr. Heary, Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Mountainside Medical Center says when asked about the importance of Neurosurgery Awareness Month. “I am very involved in spinal surgery myself, as are many neurosurgeons.

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  • August 07, 2018

    From the Ground Up: Building Mountainside Medical Center’s Lactation Program

    Laurie Barbalinardo and Tish Buggeln are two very recognizable faces around the town of Montclair, New Jersey, whether they’re at the grocery store or walking to work. Laurie and Tish started Mountainside Medical Center’s breastfeeding lactation program over twenty years ago, in October of 1998.

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  • July 26, 2018

    Creative Grilling For Your Health

    You’ve made burgers, lick-your-fingers ribs, and crushed your Fourth of July BBQ, but don’t hang up those grill tongs just yet. There are still several more weeks of warm weather and many more recipes to try out. 

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  • May 22, 2018

    Oncology Nurses Month: I Have a Dream

    I have a dream…

    Each oncology patient is one unique individual. To best serve the needs of this one patient we should be one team

    One team that works to discover the cause of their disease

    One team that creates a plan for an optimal outcome as defined by this one patient and family

    One team that supports them mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially

    One team that provides comprehensive treatment education that allows them to understand what they will experience and how best to deal with it and that we are always only a call away

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  • April 27, 2018

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 28, 2018

    “America is going through a huge drug epidemic,” says Karen Palatella, VP CQCO at Mountainside Medical Center.  “Many drug addictions and overdoses begin with prescription pills,” she continues. 
    Leaving leftover pills in your medicine cabinet is not safe. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study reported that the majority of abused prescription drugs were retrieved from friends or family, and often right from the medicine cabinets in their homes.  
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  • March 08, 2018

    Tips on How to Prevent Memory Loss

    The human brain has the capacity to learn new information and improve memory at any age. This is known as Neuroplasticity. Based on clinical studies a diet that includes antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables can protect the brain from cell damage. Diet’s high in saturated fats like fatty and or processed foods can increase the risk of memory loss and dementia. Physical exercise can increase blood flow to the brain which will allow the increase of nutrients such as oxygen and glucose to the brain cell.
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  • February 26, 2018

    Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle to Prevent Heart Disease

    For American Heart Month, we spoke to Dr. Ankitkumar Patel, interventional cardiologist and the director of the Cardiac catheterization laboratory at Mountainside Medical Center to discuss his thoughts on the importance of this month. “Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States,” shares Dr. Patel. “Many of the problems (heart attacks, strokes and heart failure) can be prevented with lifestyle changes and increasing awareness.

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  • January 30, 2018

    The Importance of Cervical Cancer Awareness and Prevention

    For Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Mountainside Medical Group OB/GYN, Dr. Vanessa Parisi, why she thinks spreading awareness and prevention of cervical cancer is so important. “There has been a drastic decrease in the number of cervical cancer cases and cervical related deaths because of pap smears and HPV vaccines,” Dr. Parisi shares. “But there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in our country where we have so many resources available to us.” Dr.

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