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                                                         Inside this Issue

          Women’s Health Matters                 Featured Articles
                 HOME                            Back Protection Tips for Moms

            Norwalk Hospital                     Keeping GIRLS in the GAME
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                                                 Yoga for Children
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                                                 Norwalk Hospital Replaces Beds to Increase Patient Comfort and
                                                 Safety

        A Few Nuts a Day May Keep                Joint Relief: How to Apply Hot and Cold
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       Swaddled Babies Sleep Better              Could Group Therapy Help You?

                                                 Endometriosis: Symptoms and Treatment

                                                 Under Construction Norwalk Hospital to Introduce a New, State-of-the-
                                                 Art Department of Radiology
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                                                 Male Infertility: What Couples Trying to Conceive Should Know
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                                                 Tools You Can Use to Quit Smoking
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                                                 New Treatments for Varicose Veins
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                                                 Columns
                                                 Wellness for the Community

                                                 Save the Date

                                                 Going Back to Work? Breastfeeding? We Can Help!



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                                                 Genetic Counseling Can Help Determine Your Disease Risk

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                                        Back Protection Tips for Moms
                                        by Saveena Winchell, PT, The Advanced Center for Rehabilitation
                                        Medicine

                                        With a new baby, probably the last thing on
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                                        your mind is your own health and well-being.
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                                        However, many new moms experience
                                        lower back pain. You need to know what is
                                        causing the pain and what you can do to
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                                        What Causes Back Pain?
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                                        Improper lifting techniques can be a major
                                        contributor to lower back pain. As a new
                                        mom, you will find that your daily activities
                                        will involve more lifting than you could ever
                                        imagine. Bending at the waist and rounding                  New moms often suffer from
                                        out the lower back while lifting can cause                  back pain. Taking a few safety
                                        strain to your muscles, ligaments, nerves,                  measures can help ease the
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  Swaddled Babies Sleep Better          Take These Precautions when Lifting
                                        When you lift, following a few basic principles will help to protect your lower
                                        back from injury:

                                              q   Bend your hips and your knees, not your lower back.
                                              q   Hold your head and chest higher than your hips.
                                              q   Keep your feet apart.
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                                              q   Carry the load close to you.
                    online                    q   Pivot your body rather than attempting to twist while carrying a
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                    Women’s Health      Here’s how to incorporate these principles into your new role as mom:
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                                                  with one foot placed ahead of the other in a wide stance. Bend at
                                                  your hips and knees so that you can lower yourself to your baby.
                                                  Pick up your baby, pulling her as close to you as possible. When
                                                  you have a secure hold, straighten your hips and knees by using
                                                  the powerful muscles in your buttocks and thighs.
                                              q   Don’t lift your baby by bending at your waist with your knees
                                                  straight and rounding out your lower back. This puts an incredible
                                                  amount of stress on your lower back, making it vulnerable to injury.



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                                        If you have back pain, consider seeing your doctor and/or physical
                                        therapist. Exercise, postural reeducation, and instruction in proper body
                                        mechanics can help end back pain.

                                        Are you a working mom? Come join us for our breastfeeding class. Learn
                                        more on Going Back to Work? Breastfeeding? We Can Help!

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                                         Keeping Girls in the Game
                                         Physical activity is key to girl power.
                                         Compared with those who seldom
                                         exercise, active girls are happier,
                                         smarter, and more popular. They also
                                         may be less likely to:
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                                               q   be overweight
                                               q   start smoking
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            HOME                                   such as heart disease and
      COMMUNITY EVENTS                             diabetes.                                  Encourage your daughter to get
       WOMEN'S HEALTH                                                                         moving. Physical activity can make
                                                                                              her smarter and help keep her
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                                         But keeping older girls interested in                healthy.
                                         physical activity takes a special effort.
                                         Research shows that many girls grow less active each year they age. By
                                         age 18, some don’t exercise at all.

   A Few Nuts a Day May Keep             Parents can help foster a love for exercise by helping their daughter find an
          Diabetes Away                  activity she’ll enjoy. It’s best to let her choose and try a number of athletic
                                         options. Check her school or local programs for these popular fitness
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                                         ideas:

                                               q   Individual sports: swimming, cycling, or running
                                               q   Competitive sports: tennis or track
                                               q   Team sports: softball, basketball, or soccer


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                                         Provide your daughter plenty of opportunities to participate in the activities
                    content of this      she chooses. Girls are more apt to stick with fitness programs if they are
                    online               regularly involved in them. Here are some ways to encourage your
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                    Women’s Health             q   Buy her good equipment for her activities.
                    Matters                    q   Consider volunteering in her programs or training with her.
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                                               q   Help her get to practices, meets, and games on time.
                                               q   Make sure she has time away from obligations, such as babysitting,
                                                   to participate in her activities.
                                               q   Attend any competitions, and cheer her on!

                                         It may take several tries before your daughter finds an activity she likes.
                                         What if she’s not interested in any activity? Try to help her work out any
                                         special concerns or problems, such as a poor body image.



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                                        Yoga for Children
                                        by Tina M. Botticelli, MS, PT, CIMI, CYKF

                                        Yoga for children is different than adult yoga.
                                        Traditional yoga asanas or poses are used,
                                        however, with children they’re considered a
     Women’s Health Matters             pathway for exploration and fun. Classes are
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                                        designed to incorporate these poses with many avenues of learning,
                                        including:
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            HOME                              q   music
      COMMUNITY EVENTS                        q   work with numbers
       WOMEN'S HEALTH                         q   art
         CONTACT US                           q   games
                                              q   storytelling
                                              q   sharing
                                              q   writing
                                              q   ecology
                                              q   animal behavior.
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                                        Empowering children to uncover their creative potential and connection to
  Swaddled Babies Sleep Better          the world around them, classes engage the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga
                                        nurtures self-esteem, a sense of peace, focus, strength, flexibility,
                                        imagination, and well-being in a supportive and fun environment. If you are
                                        interested in YogaKids, please contact Tina at 203-761-8651.

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                                         Norwalk Hospital Replaces Beds to Increase
                                         Patient Comfort and Safety
                                         Norwalk Hospital has long been an innovator in programs that benefit
                                         patient care. Continuing that tradition, Norwalk Hospital is the first hospital
                                         in New England to launch such a comprehensive bed replacement project.
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            HOME                         With the approval of the State Office of Health Care Access, the beds,
                                         stretchers, and transfer devices throughout the hospital will be replaced
                                         with a new state-of-the-art system. The new system is not merely a
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                                         replacement of hospital equipment—it represents a change in the culture
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                                         Kathleen Dunn, Executive Director of Nursing Operations, led the initiative.
                                         She says this exciting initiative will:

                                               q   increase patient comfort
                                               q   decrease medical complications
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  Swaddled Babies Sleep Better           Adjustable Beds Ensure Patient Comfort
                                         The new beds, with therapeutic air mattresses, can be adjusted to assist a
                                         patient to move gradually from a supine position to sitting and standing
                                         positions. The bed becomes a virtual chair, and with removal of the
                                         footboard, can position the patient to stand and walk out of the bed. The
                                         new transfer devices will assist staff in moving patients—up to 500
                    The editorial        pounds—from their beds to stretchers or examination tables.
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                    publication is       Another advantage of the new beds is that they are adjustable to
                    taken from the       accommodate wide variation in patient height and minimize sliding and
                    print version of     “shearing,” a contributing factor to bed sore formation.
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                    published by         Equipped with scales, patients do not have to get out of bed to be weighed.
Norwalk Hospital.                        Exact weights are essential for accurate medication dosing.

                                         The ultimate goals of this project are to:

                                               q   increase patient satisfaction by providing greater comfort for
                                                   patients during their hospital stays
                                               q   achieve improved clinical outcomes
                                               q   decrease the complications associated with immobility.

                                         “By decreasing the manual effort of staff in transferring and moving

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                                         patients, we also will be improving staff satisfaction and retention, plus
                                         decreasing lifting-type injuries,” Dunn says.

                                         This project was presented to and unanimously approved by the Norwalk
                                         Hospital Board of Trustees last year. Dunn has presented the evolution of
                                         the project to the Connecticut Hospital Association and has been asked to
                                         present on this topic to hospital executives throughout the state. “We are
                                         pleased to be able to offer such a beneficial patient care system to our
                                         community,” she says.

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                                         Joint Relief : How to Apply Hot and Cold

                                         When it comes to easing arthritis, some like it hot and some like it cold.
                                         Both can ease pain. But heat also promotes blood flow and improves
                                         flexibility. Cold, on the other hand, helps reduce swelling and inflammation.
                                         Here’s how to use the two:

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                                         Heat: Soothe arthritis pain with heat for about 20 minutes three times a
                                         day. You can use moist heat by soaking in warm baths, showers, or
                                         whirlpools.
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                                         Dry heat from a heating pad or heat pack also reduces discomfort. When
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                                         using these items, however, put several layers of towels between them and
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                                         your skin.
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                                         Cold: Soak a sore joint in cold water for up to 20 minutes several times a
                                         day. You also can apply a cold pack to an achy joint. Cold packs are bags
                                         of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. Women with circulation
                                         problems should avoid using cold packs.
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                                         Could Group Therapy Help You?
                                         Group therapy as a treatment
                                         intervention may be equally or more
                                         effective than individual therapy. It
                                         can be used to treat:

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                                               q   anxiety
                                               q   depression
                                               q   other stress-producing
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                                         With the decrease of extended
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                                         families and an increase in single-
         CONTACT US                                                                         Group therapy offers a variety of
                                         parent homes, a network for social
                                                                                            benefits, including improved
                                         connections is needed to avoid a                   relationships and increased self-
                                         sense of isolation.                                awareness.

                                         Support Groups Rising in Popularity
   A Few Nuts a Day May Keep             This can be especially true for those individuals who struggle with
          Diabetes Away                  emotional and mental health problems. In the past few decades, self-help
                                         groups and support groups have been on the rise. Popular groups include
  Swaddled Babies Sleep Better           those for:

                                               q   people with alcohol, drug, or other addictions
                                               q   battered women
                                               q   single parents for receiving support, acceptance, and
                                                   understanding.

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                    online               Group psychotherapy has a different focus. This group is led by a trained
                    publication is       therapist, for the purpose of building new defenses through increasing
                    taken from the       people’s knowledge and awareness of themselves and their coping styles.
                    print version of
                    Women’s Health
                    Matters              Studies have shown that group therapy can have a positive impact on an
                    published by         individual’s life. It offers many potential benefits, including:
Norwalk Hospital.

                                               q   Learning interpersonal skills: Through caring and honest
                                                   feedback from others, you can learn how to interact with others and
                                                   experiment with new behaviors and communication techniques for
                                                   the purpose of improving your relationships.
                                               q   Acceptance: Belonging to and being accepted by a group of
                                                   people can be life affirming and help promote the awareness that
                                                   you have a right to your own feelings and the right to express them.
                                               q   Hope: Seeing others get well can be very powerful, fostering the

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                                                   belief that change is possible and that you do not have to be a
                                                   victim of the past.
                                               q   Group cohesion: As members develop a sense of trust, the group
                                                   can become a safe forum where you are able to express both
                                                   positive and negative feelings.
                                               q   Life lessons: Identifying with the struggles of others helps you to
                                                   feel less alone; teaches you that life can be unfair and unjust at
                                                   times; and that, ultimately, you are responsible for how you live
                                                   your own life.
                                               q   Self-disclosure: The process of self-disclosure enables you to
                                                   open yourself up to others and may lead to healing and new
                                                   insights fostering positive changes.
                                               q   Family re-enactment: By being part of a group you have a chance
                                                   to relive and understand your family of origin.

                                         A careful assessment, conducted by a trained therapist, will determine if
                                         you are a good candidate for group therapy.

                                         Norwalk Hospital Department of Psychiatry offers many different topic and
                                         gender-based psychotherapy groups both at the hospital and The Westport
                                         Clinic. For more information on these groups, call 203-852-2298 or 203-
                                         227-3529.

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                                        Endometriosis: Symptoms and Treatment

                                        by Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director
                                        The Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine

                                        Endometriosis is most common in women in their 30’s and 40’s, but can
     Women’s Health Matters             occur at any age. It is more common in women who have never had
            HOME                        children and in women with a history of chronic pelvic pain.

                                        What Is Endometriosis?
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                                        The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. The endometrium is
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                                        critical to pregnancy and grows each month with your menstrual cycle.
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                                        Sometimes this tissue, which is only meant to grow within the uterus,
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                                        grows elsewhere in the body. When this happens, it is called
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                                        endometriosis.

                                        Endometriosis can cause pain and bloating before and during the
                                        menstrual period. The pain can be mild, but for some women it can be
                                        quite intense. Endometriosis is strongly associated with infertility. It leads to
   A Few Nuts a Day May Keep            inflammation of the female reproductive tract. In more severe cases, it can
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                                        disease can decrease a woman’s chance of pregnancy.
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                                        Pelvic Pain is main Symptom
                                        The main symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain that occurs during sex,
                                        bowel movements, urination, or just before or during your menstrual cycle.
                                        The amount of pain does not always tell you how serious your condition is.
                                        A woman with mild pain may have a severe case, while others who have a
                                        lot of pain may have a mild case. Many women with endometriosis have no
                    The editorial       symptoms. In fact, they may first find out that they have endometriosis
                    content of this     when they are unable to get pregnant.
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                    print version of    To diagnose endometriosis, your physician will perform a physical exam
                    Women’s Health      and an ultrasound. Your doctor may perform a laparoscopy—minimally
                    Matters             invasive surgery—to confirm the extent of the disease. Endometriosis also
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                                        can be treated during a laparoscopy by removing and destroying this
                                        inflammatory tissue. Other treatments focus on suppressing your normal
                                        menstrual cycle or using fertility therapies to achieve a pregnancy. It often
                                        is treated with success. If you have any symptoms of endometriosis or
                                        have been trying to get pregnant for more than one year, you should see
                                        your doctor.

                                        for more information
                                        Dr. Leondires is the Medical Director of The Center for Advanced
                                        Reproductive Medicine in Norwalk. He is board certified in Obstetrics and

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                                        Gynecology, as well as in his subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology
                                        and Infertility. To visit the website, log onto www.thecenter-norwalk.com;
                                        or call 203-750-7400 or 1-800-865-5431.

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                                         Under Construction Norwalk Hospital to
                                         Introduce a New, State-of-the-Art Department
                                         of Radiology
                                         Norwalk Hospital’s Department of
                                         Radiology is currently in Phase 3 of a
     Women’s Health Matters              long-planned $15 million upgrade and
            HOME                         department renovation. It will result in
                                         a truly patient-friendly environment,
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                                               q   increased efficiencies
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                                               q   new technologies
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                                               q   expanded services.

                                         Patients’ Comfort and Convenience Top Priority
                                         The Radiology Department is being completely renovated to improve
                                         patient access, comfort, privacy, and efficiency. Among the improvements
   A Few Nuts a Day May Keep             are separate rooms for breast cancer diagnostics and interventional
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                                         stereotactic biopsies and needle localizations.
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                                         The project launches a new era in diagnostic imaging at Norwalk Hospital
                                         and for our patients throughout the region. It promises to expand our
                                         established reputation for providing the best of radiological services and
                                         programs in the state. Of the project’s total cost, $7 million is being spent
                                         on new equipment alone.
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                    publication is       Among the innovative systems being introduced is the Picture Archiving
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                    print version of     digital radiographic images. This eliminates the use of film and making
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                                         been introduced. A second Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanner has
                                         been added, which is a new-generation, multi-detector unit. It provides
                                         images of unsurpassed diagnostic quality, allowing for three-dimensional
                                         reconstruction. Full-body scans will now be performed in just seconds, with
                                         head-to-toe trauma patient evaluation available in real time.

                                         Faster Screenings Mean Shorter Stays
                                         The new Department of Radiology will offer quicker screening for early lung
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                                         equipment is fast—so fast, in fact, that in many cases the need for invasive
                                         angiography can be avoided. For patients, this will mean shorter stays,
                                         faster results, and even more accurate diagnoses.

                                         Also being added is a high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which
                                         offers images of internal organs that are so clear that the process can often
                                         prevent the need for exploratory surgical procedures.

                                         In With the New, Out With the Old
                                         In recent years, the increased need for nuclear medicine imaging has all
                                         but overwhelmed the department’s old equipment. The new Single-Photon
                                         Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) camera is making patient
                                         bottlenecks a thing of the past.

                                         The new Radiology Department will feature faster scanning
                                         equipment. This helps make more accurate diagnoses.

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                                         Male Infertility: What Couples Trying to
                                         Conceive Should Know

                                         by Andrew J. Levi, MD, Connecticut Fertility Associates

                                         Infertility is a common problem experienced by many couples. About 15 to
     Women’s Health Matters              20% of couples will not conceive after one year of trying. After one year,
            HOME                         couples should strongly consider obtaining a fertility evaluation.

        Norwalk Hospital                 Infertility can be extremely frustrating and stressful to couples trying to
            HOME                         conceive. It is important for couples to know that virtually all cases of male
      COMMUNITY EVENTS                   infertility can be overcome, using the basic to the more advanced treatment
       WOMEN'S HEALTH                    options available.
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                                         Men Infertility Often Overlooked
                                         While much focus has been placed on causes of female infertility, we now
                                         know that anywhere from 25 to 35% of couples that experience problems
                                         conceiving do so because of a male factor. Thus, it is vital that the male
                                         partner be screened early on in the fertility evaluation process.
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                                         Screening for male infertility is very straightforward. The initial evaluation
  Swaddled Babies Sleep Better           consists of a semen analysis. The sample is collected either in your
                                         doctor’s office or in the privacy of your home. The specimen is evaluated
                                         under a microscope by specially trained clinicians. The sperm are
                                         evaluated in terms of total number; movement, or motility; and how normal
                                         the sperm look—morphology. Based on this analysis, your doctor may
                                         suggest further testing or physician referral.

                                         Many Treatment Options Available
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                                         Abnormal semen analyses can result from a variety of causes, including
                    online               problems related to anatomical, hormonal, genetic, or infectious causes. In
                    publication is       many cases, male infertility can be overcome with simple medical
                    taken from the       treatment. In other cases, a surgical approach to the problem can lead to
                    print version of     the formation of normal sperm. Using advanced treatment options, even
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                                         the most significant cases of male infertility can still be overcome.
                    published by
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                                         injected into the female’s egg by a process called intracytoplasmic sperm
                                         injection (ICSI). This revolutionary technique is now used quite frequently
                                         to help couples conceive who otherwise would not have been able to have
                                         their own genetic children.



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                                         Associates. He also is the Director of the Egg Donation Program at CFA.
                                         For more information, please visit CFA’s website at www.ctfertility.com or
                                         call 203-855-1200.

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                                        Tools You Can Use to Quit Smoking
                                        Many women who’ve quit smoking didn’t do it
                                        alone. Instead, they used stop-smoking
                                        products. These can ease nicotine withdrawal
                                        symptoms, such as cravings and irritability.
                                        Ask your doctor which one may work for you:
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                                               q   Nicotine gum. This gum is chewed
                                                   periodically throughout the day. It’s
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      COMMUNITY EVENTS                             nicotine for 16 to 24 hours. Women can buy it without a
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         CONTACT US                            q   Nicotine inhaler. This prescription-only device is shaped like a
                                                   cigarette holder. Puffing on it sends nicotine vapor directly to the
                                                   mouth, not the lungs.
                                               q   Nicotine nasal spray. This spray quickly delivers nicotine into the
                                                   blood through the nose. It requires a prescription.
   A Few Nuts a Day May Keep                   q   Bupropion. Women start taking this prescription pill about one
                                                   week before quitting. It seems to have the same antidepressant
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                                         New Treatments for Varicose Veins

                                         by David S. Klein, MD, Norwalk Radiology & Mammography
                                         Center

                                         If you have varicose veins, you are not alone.
     Women’s Health Matters              More than 25% of all women suffer from this
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                                         they have become much easier to treat.

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                                         severe, can result in swelling, fatigue, and
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                                         pain.

                                         Heredity and pregnancy can contribute to the
                                         development of varicose veins, and obesity                   Varicose veins are now easier
                                         and prolonged standing can worsen the                        to treat, thanks to advanced
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                                         Traditional treatment for this condition often included surgical intervention,
                                         including vein stripping. Now, an advanced procedure called Endovenous
                                         Laser Therapy (EVLT) offers a far simpler, minimally invasive outpatient
                                         treatment of varicose veins.

                                         With this new method, ultrasound is used to precisely “map” the abnormal
                                         vein. Then, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a tiny entry
                    The editorial        site. Small, localized pulses are emitted from the tip of the laser to seal the
                    content of this      unhealthy portion of the vein, allowing the body to automatically route the
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                                         blood to healthy veins. Done in the doctor’s office, without general
                    taken from the       anesthesia, patients simply walk out of the office and resume normal
                    print version of     activities after the procedure.
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                    published by         Help for Larger Veins
Norwalk Hospital.                        For the larger, protruding veins, a procedure called Ambulatory
                                         Phlebectomy may be performed. This procedure actually removes the
                                         undesired veins. Using micro-incisions so small that stitches are often not
                                         required, the ropey veins are removed. This results in virtually no scarring.
                                         Finally, superficial spider veins are treated using sclerotherapy, an injection
                                         to “shrink” the discolored vein.

                                         These advanced treatments of varicose veins are perfect for today’s busy
                                         lifestyles. Your legs can look and feel better with little inconvenience, and


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                                         no disruption to your normal schedule.

                                         David Klein, MD, is a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist at Norwalk
                                         Hospital and The Vein Therapy Center of Fairfield County at Norwalk
                                         Radiology and Mammography Center. For more information on Varicose
                                         and Spider Vein Treatment, call The Vein Therapy Center at 203-855-0167
                                         or log onto www.norwalkradiology.com.

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                                           Women’s Health Matters | fall 2003

                                        Wellness for the Community
                                        Medicine 2004: Wellness for the Community—the 25th Annual Health
                                        Education Series
                                        Sponsored by the Norwalk Hospital Medical Staff.

                                        September 23
     Women’s Health Matters             Free Concert
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                                        To kick off the 25th year of the series, The Cumulus Wind Ensemble and
                                        Guests—Norwalk Hospital affiliated clinicians/musicians—will perform.
        Norwalk Hospital                Don’t miss this musical event!
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       WOMEN'S HEALTH                   Understanding the Kabbalah: Healing Through Spirit
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                                        by David A. Brizer, MD, Chairman of Psychiatry, Norwalk Hospital
                                        Programs begin at 7 p.m. in Norwalk Hospital’s Richard S. Perkin
                                        Auditorium.

                                        Prospective attendees with disabilities should call 203-852-2250 so their
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                                        Save the Date
                                        Fall 2003 Wellness for Women Program

                                        October 2
                                        Great Expectations: Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy
                                        Join a panel of experts including Dr. David Hunter, Chairman of OB/GYN at
     Women’s Health Matters             Norwalk Hospital; Dr. Andrew Levi, Dr. Michael Doyle, and Dr. Mark
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                                        psychologist. Information on Norwalk Hospital Obstetric services and
        Norwalk Hospital                physicians also will be available.
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      COMMUNITY EVENTS                  This program will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Richard S. Perkin Auditorium
       WOMEN'S HEALTH                   at Norwalk Hospital. For more information or to register, call 203-852-2678.
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                                        Going Back to Work? Breastfeeding? We Can
                                        Help!
                                        Many new moms worry about whether and how
                                        they can breastfeed or pump breast milk at
                                        work. While women now have legal protection to
                                        breastfeed or pump at work, they may still have
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                                        concerns about the practical aspects.
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                                        Do you have questions about pumping?
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                                        “Stay Connected ,” a back-to-work
                                        breastfeeding support class, is taught by Norwalk Hospital’s Board
                                        Certified Lactation Consultants. The session meets at 7 p.m. on the third
                                        Tuesday of each month. We’ll arm you with the information and support
   A Few Nuts a Day May Keep            you need to make going back to work as stress-free as possible!
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                                        Lactation Support Center, 4th floor. Call 203-852-2678 to register.

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                                        Genetic Counseling Can Help Determine Your
                                        Disease Risk
                                        by Cindy Malin, MS, Genetic Counselor

                                        Are you concerned about an inherited risk for breast/ovarian cancer in your
     Women’s Health Matters             family, an age-related risk for a chromosome abnormality in your unborn
            HOME                        child, or possible infertility after several miscarriages? Is there a risk for
                                        inherited disease in your family—such as muscular dystrophy or cystic
                                        fibrosis? These are concerns for which genetic counseling can be helpful.
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         CONTACT US                     Norwalk Hospital are board-certified. They can help you to assess any
                                        specific genetic risks you may have. If after drawing a careful family
                                        history, or “pedigree,” it becomes clear that you are a candidate for genetic
                                        testing, tests can be ordered for you and/or other family members. If there
                                        is a medical reason for the referral, medical insurance usually covers
                                        genetic counseling.
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                                        Do You Need a Shot to Shoo the Flu?
                                        It’s best to get a flu shot in October or November—before sniffling season
                                        starts. But do you really need one? Health experts say yes if you:

                                               q   are age 50 or older
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            HOME                               q   will be four to nine months pregnant during flu season
                                               q   have chronic heart, kidney, or lung disease
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                                        A Few Nuts a Day May Keep Diabetes Away
                                        A healthy diet can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
                                        And for women, a healthy diet may be one that
                                        includes at least five servings a week of nuts or
                                        peanut butter.

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                                        women for about 16 years. Those who ate 5 or
                                        more ounces of nuts or peanut butter each week
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                                        Nuts, however, are high in fat. So, don’t go
                                        “nuts” and eat too many. Instead, use nuts or
                                        peanut butter to replace servings of red or processed meats in your diet.

                                                         Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 288, No. 20

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                                        Swaddled Babies Sleep Better
                                         The ancient practice of swaddling is finding
                                        modern support.

                                        Swaddling is the custom of snugly wrapping a
                                        baby in cloth or a blanket before laying her
     Women’s Health Matters             down to sleep. One study showed that
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                                        less often, and fell back asleep more easily
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       WOMEN'S HEALTH                   Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by
         CONTACT US                     keeping babies from rolling over onto their
                                        stomachs.

                                        To swaddle properly, follow these tips:

   A Few Nuts a Day May Keep                  q   Wrap a cloth or blanket securely around your baby’s body.
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                                              q   Leave enough room around the hips so her legs can fall open
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                                              q   Check to make sure the wrap isn’t too tight around her chest—this
                                                  can interfere with breathing.

                                                                                                      Pediatrics, Vol. 110, No. 6

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