St. Luke’s Hospitals Excel in Annual Medicare Comparison

st lukes hospitalSt. Luke’s University Health Network’s hospitals were awarded four stars this week in the annual Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) national ratings of hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital, St. Luke’s Allentown Hospital, St. Luke’s Anderson Hospital, St. Luke’s Miners Hospital and St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital all received four stars out of five. St. Luke’s Warren Hospital earned a 3-star rating.

The new rating summarizes up to 64 quality measures over seven categories that include mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.

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Tips For a Better Sleep

sleep1 resized 325x215Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine
Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola) for four to six hours before bedtime. Alcohol acts as a stimulant, and will decrease your sleep quality. If you still smoke you should avoid smoking as you near you bedtime.

Make Your Bedroom Comfortable
Keep the bedroom quiet and dark to get a better sleep. Block light, keep the temperature comfortably cool -between 60 and 75°F- and the room well ventilated. Make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillows. Keep computers, TVs, and work materials out of the room.

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Neurological Therapy Eliminates Tremor

Tremor 325x215John Brolsma of Hellertown, 74, Enjoys Raising Teenaged Son
John Brolsma and his wife, Irene, were just a few years from retirement when they were presented with an unusual opportunity for a couple in their early sixties: the adoption of a preschooler. “We were getting ready to travel and do all the things you do when you’re near retirement when it became apparent that this beautiful little boy needed us,” John says. In 2004, John, at age 62, suddenly was the father of four-year-old Nathaniel, (Nate).

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Medications May Cause Heat Related Illness

medicine1 325x215Our body needs to maintain a core body temperature around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to accomplish this, it must generate heat or rid itself of excess heat, depending on our environment and activity level.

In order to cool ourselves, our blood vessels will dilate and we may begin to sweat.  When we need to generate heat, our blood vessels will constrict and we may begin to shiver.

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Benefits Of Eating Local Foods

fresh food01 325x215There are more and more farmers and growers markets in our area. We would do well to take advantage of our locally grown foods. While it is obvious that it helps to eat well and to help our local economy, there are other reasons for eating local foods.
Some of those reasons are listed below:
Locally grown food is more flavorful. When grown locally crops are picked at their peak of ripeness rather than harvested early so that they can be shipped and distributed to retail outlets. Often the produce at local markets has been picked within 24 hours of purchase.

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What You Need to Stay Safely at Home

house01 325x215Chances are that you are not getting any younger. Your energy, desire or ability may be diminishing for certain household tasks that you once enjoyed (or at least tolerated) in your youth. Whether these changes are apparent or subtle, many adults face a time where they need to bring help to them or move in with the help. Specifically, when faced with the decision of moving to assisted living or staying home, most prefer staying home. It’s comfortable, familiar and much more affordable.

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