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It's important to stay informed and educated about your health in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The resources below will help you to learn more about your health, identify Crozer-Keystone services to help you maintain your health and find the right providers to guide your healthcare experience.

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The Art and Science of Recognizing Cancer in Dense Breast Tissue

Nearly half of all women age 40-and-older have what are considered dense breasts, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), which published a free Dense Breasts Guide to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Find out more about the art and science of recognizing cancer in dense breast tissue..

Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet?

Flu season is upon us—which means you’ll need a flu shot this fall if you haven’t already gotten one.

But getting a flu shot isn’t a guarantee that you won’t get the flu. So, how much does it help, then?

Healthier Ways to Halloween

The few houses that dared to give out apples or small boxes of raisins on Halloween were usually bypassed the next year. But that’s changing as society becomes more informed about the detriments of poor eating habits.

How to Curb Your Child’s Sugar Intake on Halloween

The average trick-or-treater in America will consume around three cups of sugar (or about 7,000 calories of candy) on Halloween, according to one industry report.

Buried beneath that mountain of sweets is an already pressing concern about the amount of sugar Americans (kids and adults alike) eat on a daily basis, the growing research that suggests that excess added sugar in the diet has strong links to cancer, and the already strong ties to obesity, diabetes, and heart and other cardiovascular diseases.

70 Pounds Lost Since Surgery… and Counting

At 57, Susan Birkinbine had spent much of her life concerned about her weight and tried lots of different things to control it, none to any effect. Following the recommendation of a few of her coworkers, last February, Birkinbine met with Aley E. Tohamy, M.D., FACS, a bariatric surgeon with the Crozer-Keystone Health System.

Crozer-Keystone in the News: Urogynecologist Offers Sage Advice

Main Line Today consulted six local experts in an effort to pinpoint the necessary tools to improve one’s self-image, relationships, and career. The resulting article, which features Cynelle Kunkle, M.D., a urogynecologist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, appears in the October 2019 issue.

U.S. News & World Report Names Crozer-Keystone Hospitals Among the Best in Pa.

Crozer-Keystone Health System’s hospitals have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for high performance this year. The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in its 30th year, are designed to help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for both challenging health conditions and common elective procedures.

As Health Care Becomes More Fragmented, Family Doctors Take the Reins

“For someone who has complex health needs, it’s very easy to get lost in today’s health care system,” said William J. Warning II, M.D., director of the Crozer-Keystone Family Practice Residency Program. “With each referral, you become another degree removed from your primary care physician. Without a clear diagnosis, how are you supposed to know where to turn next?”

How to Spot a Concussion in Kids and Teens

With scholastic sports and community leagues kicking off their fall seasons this month, the topic of concussions is common again.

“The majority of the concussions we see are in adolescents,” said David Baxter, D.O., a sports medicine doctor in the Crozer-Keystone Health System.

Crozer-Keystone Providers in the News

A new article on the healthy-living site Livestrong.com and another in the September-October issue of Chester County Life feature Crozer-Keystone health care providers who are sharing sage advice.

Danielle Lockard, R.D., an outpatient dietician at Springfield Hospital, weighs in on how to snack wisely during a demanding hike in the Livestrong.com article, “Best Hiking Snacks That Keep You Energized on the Trail.”

The Good News About Pelvic Organ Prolapse – It’s Treatable

Pelvic organ prolapse is a problem that many women have, but few want to discuss. That’s largely because of the varying, though embarrassing, symptoms that can accompany it: a bulge in the vaginal area, problems with intercourse or using tampons, difficulty exercising or walking, and the inability to empty the bladder completely.

Coaches and Doctors Working Together to Keep You Healthy

When it comes to treating chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, diet and exercise are a standard topic of discussion for patients and their doctors. Unfortunately, the idea of working out – sometimes for the first time in their lives – can intimidate patients. And some just don’t know where to begin with diet.

A Proactive Approach to Hernia Repair

Hernias were once considered just a hole in the abdominal wall that required a simple repair. But research during the past several years is now showing that it’s not always so straightforward.

Private Inpatient Rooms a Benefit to Experience and Outcomes

Private hospital rooms have long been considered a luxury by patients and health care employees alike. But research now shows that having a private room during a hospitalization is more than a nice perk…it can actually promote healing.

When to See a Doctor About Your Sunburn

Irritating as it can be, much of the pain and tenderness of a sunburn can usually be relieved with over-the-counter treatments and simple first aid. In extreme cases, however, a visit to a specialist may be warranted.

Crozer-Keystone and Philadelphia Union Welcome Fans for Life

All babies born at Crozer-Chester Medical Center or Delaware County Memorial Hospital on Union game days will receive a “Philly Born” onesie, a certificate, and three non-expiring tickets to a future Union game.

Gel Spacer Improving Prostate Radiation Therapy Side Effects

Radiation treatment for prostate cancer is potentially damaging to surrounding organs and tissue. A gel-like material called SpaceOAR is being used at Crozer-Keystone Health System to temporarily distance the prostate from the rectum. This dramatically improves some significant side effects for men who undergo prostate radiation therapy.

Crozer-Keystone's Inpatient Rehab at Taylor Hospital

The inpatient acute rehabilitation unit at Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa., is now more capable than ever thanks to its new partner, Kindred Healthcare. Kindred is renowned nationally for expertise in long-term post-acute care.

Preventive Medicine and Annual Checkups

Making time for your routine checkup is extremely important for your overall health. The regular health exams and tests performed during routine checkups can help identify risk factors and problems before they start. 

How to Manage Your Blood Pressure

Learn what causes high blood pressure, who is most at risk and how you can maintain or lower your blood pressure.

Why Does My Knee Hurt?

The knee is vital for movement and is in constant motion from the moment we arise to the time we go to bed. Because of this, the knee is vulnerable to injury. Sudden twists and turns can strain or tear many of the structures within the knee. 

How to Quit Smoking

Quitting takes hard work and a lot of effort, but you can be tobacco free!

How to Prepare for a Race

Training for a run is fun, exhilarating—and if you’re a newcomer, potentially daunting. It may be a race, but Crozer-Keystone Health System’s sports medicine specialists recommend, above all, taking it slow.

Preparing for School Sports

High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. But there are measures student-athletes can take to prevent injuries, including physical exams, strength conditioning, warming up adequately and proper nutrition.

Urgent Care or Emergency Department?

Between retail clinics, urgent care centers and emergency departments, you have a lot consider for where and how to get immediate treatment.

How to Treat a Burn

If you or a family member suffers a burn, there are some immediate steps you can take to ensure proper care is received.

How to Choose a Primary Care Provider

If managing your health were a business, your primary care provider (PCP) might be considered the president and CEO. This is the person who oversees the big picture and keeps a steady eye on the bottom line — keeping you healthy.  

What Causes Dizzy Spells?

Dizzy spells are common and can be caused by dehydration or low blood sugar. However, there are instances in which dizziness occurs as a result of certain diseases.