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Welcome to ExploreHealth with Sentara

We’ve launched a new digital channel and it’s called ExploreHealth with Sentara.

We’ve taken Sentara Today, a blog that has shared employee and patient stories, along with health and wellness tips, and transformed it into a new experience for Sentara customers. Our goal is to educate and inform you on the latest medical breakthroughs, health news and tips and ways to keep you and your family safe.

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New moms: Protect your posture

By Dr. Heather Dacey
Sentara Therapy Services

At first, when the babies are small, they are easy to carry or put down in order to complete household activities. Safely carrying these little ones means cradled in your arms close to the body or perhaps in a double shoulder carrying pack. While some argue the swaddle sling is best for the baby bonding, if not positioned correctly, this sling can cause significant pain and stress to the low back of the mother as well as increased stress to the baby’s back.

Once the babies get a little more mobile and older, the “new mom posture” really kicks in. The forward shoulders, hunched back, and forward head – all attempts at making dinner while answering the phone and carrying the baby on your hip. Anatomically, this means possible rotator cuff strains, upper and mid back pain, headaches and possible sciatica pain.

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Preventing osteoporosis

By Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE
Martha Jefferson Hospital

We have 206 bones in our body and so it is really important to have those lifestyle habits that help protect your bones.

Osteoporosis or porous bones puts you at risk for a fracture-the most common places for fractures are the hip, spine and wrist. Unfortunately, about 44 million adults have osteoporosis. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

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Mammograms 101: Your questions, answered

By Dr. Rebecca A. Zuurbier
Sentara Radiology Specialists

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the message is clear: Women should get mammograms to detect breast cancer. While many may know that mammograms are important, there are often many questions about the technology that isn’t always clear. Here are some commonly asked questions – and answers – about mammography to help set the record straight.

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Reduce breast cancer risk via diet

By Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE

This month, we’ve seen pink ribbons out and about to remind us of breast cancer and that it’s a treatable, beatable cancer if detected in its earliest stages.

The stats: There will be 233,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer this year, and 62,500 new cases of carcinoma situ, which is the non-invasive and earliest form of breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

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Let’s talk shoulder injury and repair

The shoulder is one of the body’s largest, most complex and most flexible joints. The shoulder is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) meets the scapula (shoulder blade). The humerus fits loosely into the joint, allowing a wide range of motion, but also making the shoulder vulnerable to injury.

Because it’s one of the most used joints in the body, the shoulder can catch the brunt of many different kinds of injuries. To learn more about shoulder injuries and repair, watch this video as orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Bonner shares helpful tips.

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Eat right and move along to keep your bones strong

By Dr. Wylie Lowery
Family Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Northern Virginia

As children, many of us were encouraged to eat certain foods because they would help make our bones strong. We were also probably cautioned from doing things that would cause them to break!

However, children are not the only ones who need to be reminded about the importance of keeping our bones strong. Our bones provide support and protect our organs. They also store important minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, which can be released when needed by the body.

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Men can get breast cancer, too

By Dr. Negar Golesorkhi
Sentara Surgery Specialists

Breast cancer is mainly a disease for women, however less than 1 percent of breast cases occur in men.

There has been a slight increase in incidence of male breast cancer in the past decades without any improvement on the overall survival, unlike their female counterparts. The same advances in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer that have been made in women are applied to men with breast cancer.

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