Danbury Hospital New Milford Hospital

SPR 2013

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C O N T E N T S S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 F E A T U R E S 6 | U.S. HOSPITAL REPORT: D E P A R T M E N T S UPCOMING EVENTS: WELLNESS IN THE WORKS ......... 3 ADVANCED TREATMENT FOR NECK AND BACK PAIN When noninvasive treatments don't work, you may still have a number of options besides surgery. 8 | THE NEW BREAST HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS Here's what the latest screening guidelines from major medical organizations mean for you. FINANCIAL FITNESS: LOYALTY PAYS OFF ...................... 4 8 10 | MAYA ANGELOU: MEDICAL CENTRAL: LOSE THE WEIGHT, GAIN YOUR HEALTH ... 12 GYNECOLOGIC CARE: RECOVERING FROM OVARIAN CANCER ................... 13 ON HEALTH & FREEDOM Acclaimed poet and writer Maya Angelou talks about taking ownership of your own healthcare. ORTHOPEDICS: SUCCESSFUL SPINE SURGERY .... 14 13 W I T H CARDIOVASCULAR SERVICES: HEART TEAM SAVES THE DAY ...... 5 PRIMARY CARE: ASK THE DOCTOR ..................... 15 COVER PHOTO BY BRIAN LANKER S P I R I T WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES! We have all had them—those days when life feels bleak and hope about as abundant as rain in the desert. We can call them our "glass-half-empty" moods. We have also all had that a-ha moment that feels like everything gets "better" instantly. And what a difference a single day can make in the way we view our health, finances, friends, family, career and overall quality of life. Medical research over the past decade also increasingly points to the very real influence of positive thinking on everything from our risk factors for heart disease (the leading killer of Americans), to recovery from illness, to even increasing our lifespan! The health benefits of optimism are real and measurable. More power to Pollyanna! We dedicate our spring issue of Spirit of Women to fresh perspectives in all areas of our lives: You CAN lose a pound a week without dieting! Read and learn how emotions are powerful medicine (or poison) for our bodies. Share the information in this edition on cardiovascular health, resources to address breast disease, options for better joint and gynecological care. As Spirit of Women-affiliated hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital are working to keep your spirits high and to offer you easy, fun ways to keep yourself and your family healthier! If a day can make a huge difference in the way we see our lives, just imagine what an entire season of positive thinking can do. Enjoy your springtime. Shohreh Shahabi, MD, FACOG Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Chair, Reproductive Tumor Biology Research Laboratory The only magazine in America presented for the whole health of women and their families by American hospitals and their physicians. Spirit of Women, 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. For general information or advertising inquiries, call 561.544.0755, fax 561.544.8149 or write spiritmagazine@spiritofwomen.com. Visit us on the Web at www.spiritofwomen.com. Information contained herein is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have medical concerns, seek the guidance of a healthcare professional. Copyright © 2013, Spirit of Women. Spirit of Women magazine is a publication of the Spirit of Women Health Network under the editorial and creative direction of Sharon Bittner and Tanya Abreu. Corporate and media management by Joshua Davis. Editorial marketing coordinated by Pam Lawrence. Published by SBN Interactive, edited by Elizabeth Brewster and designed by Lori Smith. 2 SPI RIT O F WOM EN S P R I N G 2 013 w w w.W C H N . o r g

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