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MEADOWLANDS HOSPITAL HEALTHFEED

As a patient, you can make your care safer by being an active, involved and informed member of Meadowlands Hospital health care team.
  • EBOLA Virus

    Ebola virus has induced panic all over the world. With a fatality rate of up to 90%, it sure is a matter of grave concern. The list of affected countries was limited to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria but it was a matter of time and the first travel-associated case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States. World Health Organization has advised all world countries to further strengthen its infection control mechanism and surveillance to prevent an outbreak of Ebola virus disease like the current one in western Africa. read more


  • Yoga: A Simple Way To Stay Fit And Ease Stress At The Same Time

    Have you ever tried something that was out of your comfort zone? Something that you felt was impossible to do and you wouldn’t even think about trying? We all know exercise and proper dieting is a major key to a long and healthy life, but have you tried something different like yoga?Many of us are discouraged from joining yoga because we feel that it might be difficult because of the positions and different movements our bodies are required to do during yoga. read more


  • Packing for a Hospital Stay

    The hospital can be a frightening place. Right before a hospital stay many of us will think about all of the different things that can happen and the different people who we will meet.During this hectic time, we might forget what we need to take with us to the hospital.This only makes it more important to figure out what we need to bring when we will be in a hospital for a couple of days. read more


  • Reasons to Quit Smoking

    There are many different reasons why you should stop smoking. The smell left on clothes and yourself, to save money, for your family and the most important reason of all – to live a healthier lifestyle. We all know the dangers and risks of smoking yet some people continue to ignore the warnings and begin smoking and just do not have the willpower to quit. In order to give yourself every opportunity to live a healthy life without an increased risk of developing debilitating and in some cases fatal diseases, you need the tools to not begin smoking and if you do, the tools you need to stop smoking. read more


  • Cooking Healthier

    It is amazing how much time we spend on line in a fast food restaurant or a drive through because we are too tired and have no time to cook a nutritious meal. Lately have you noticed a change in your or your family’s weight? The sudden increase in weight can be something that you could or could not have controlled but the positive thing is that the majority of the time, it can be reversed. Learning to prepare healthy and nutritional meals could be the answer for many of your weight issues. read more


  • Healthy Snacking

    All of us at one time or anotherhas struggled to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. It can be a difficult task when our busy lives interfere with planning healthy meals and snacks. Most nutritionists and dieticians will agree that we should consume three satisfying, balanced meals daily with healthy snacks in between. Most people love to snack, nosh and nibble…but did you realize that doing this could have negative consequences on your dietary meal plan? read more


  • Have You Spoken With Your Doctor Lately?

    The relationship between a doctor and their patient is very personal. Everyone desires to have an open and trustworthy relationship with a doctor. We feel comfortable about the care we are receiving and the care our doctor is providing.Trust is one of the most important attributes that you must have with your doctor so they can diagnosis your health problems and all of the symptoms that might be concerning you. Here at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center our doctors are committed to patient satisfaction and open doctor communication. In fact, Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. rated MHMC as one of the top hospitals (under 350 beds) in New Jersey for Patient Satisfaction, Doctor Communication and Patient Room/Bathroom cleanliness. read more


  • Maintaining Your Mental Health

    Our physical health and well-beingshould always be an important part of our daily lives. What many people don’t realize that is health is not only physical but also includes our mental state and brain function. May is National Mental Health Month and to help promote this, below you will find some useful information to use to maintain a healthy mental and emotional state. This year's theme is “Mind Your Health.” According to Mental Health America, this year's goals will be to identify the importance of mental health to health and wellness and to inform everyone about the different ways to keep the body and mind interacting with each other. read more


  • The Hidden Dangers of Skin Cancer

    Skin cancer is a potentially deadly disease that can affect everyoneat any age. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with a skin cancer related disease at least once in their lifetime. With proper information, skin cancer can be preventable and everyone regardless of the skin color should make skin cancer prevention a top priority. read more


  • Effects of Strokes on the Body

    The brain is a very complex and intricate organ. It is the most important part of our body besides the heart because it controls most if not all bodily function. However, strokes are a very common occurrence in the United States and can happen to anyone at any time. A stroke affects all different parts of the brain and can have a multitude of side effects.That is why identifying the early warnings signs of a stroke is key to increase the chances of recovery and even survival for a stroke victim. read more


  • Walk This Way

    Losing weight and decreasing our calories can be a struggle. Between work and family obligations, who has the time to go to the gym or take a long run around the neighborhood? Running may be a great way to lose weight and boost energy but it can be time consuming and difficult-especially for people in poor health or elderly. However, what many people do not know is that walking can be beneficial for weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. read more


  • Aging Well In New Jersey

    You have always taken care of yourself when you are sick and in pain. As you age your body begins to slow down and you may development some health issues. That is why taking care of yourself at any age especially after 50 should be most important to you. Being well over this agedoes not only mean staying physically in shape but also keeping emotionally healthy. Over the age of 50 you should focus time and effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Wisdom and experience are not the only things that come with age, but if youadopt a healthy lifestyle including healthy eating habits, your life could be happier and longer lasting. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center would like to suggest a few ways that you can enjoy life to the fullest. read more


  • April is Autism Awareness Month

    April is National Autism Spectrum Disorder Month. In the United States, Autism is a disorder that is growing at a very rapid pace. Recent statistics have shown that one in every 68 children in the United States is diagnosed each year. Out of this staggering statistic, the state of New Jersey has the highest rate of diagnosis. According to a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, one in every forty five children in New Jersey is diagnosed with Autism and with these numbers, one in every twenty eight are males. This study shows data that is almost thirty percent higher than the national average. With these high rates occurring right in our state,it is important to understand what Autism Spectrum Disorder is and what the warning signs and symptoms are and the effects it can have on your child or loved one. The Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center team has developed some tips to help you better understand Autismand how you can identify it. read more


  • Eating Healthy During the Holidays

    The spring holidays of Passover and Easter are here. These holidays are always about fun, family and of course food – people cannot wait for holiday time to eat and celebrate. It could be very easy to skip a day or two of your diet because you just cannot pass up on so much delicious food. Meadowlands Hospital reminds you to make healthy choices celebrations. read more


  • Eat Healthy to Stay Healthy

    Choosing healthy food options is a challenge especially to the population of New Jersey. Saying that, it is never too late to start an eating regiment to make sure you are on the right path to maintaining fitness, physical condition and well being. read more


  • Breakfast the Most Important Meal of Your Day

    All of us have heard the old saying that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." We often ignore this fact because we are so busy doing other things to start our day and we often skip breakfast all together. What many of us do not know is those eggs or bowl of cereal in the morning can have significance health benefits to you and your family. That is why it should be the most important meal of the day in your household. read more


  • Coffee: The Best Part of Waking Up

    There is no doubt that people all over the world love their coffee. The smell, the wide array of flavors and that great feeling we get right after that first sip. It is definitely the truth that we just can't get enough of the stuff. Coffee is the first thing we wake up to and one of the last things we drink at night, even though it might keep us awake longer than we want. read more


  • At the End of the School Year: Make Sure You Obtain Your Child's Medical Records

    As the temperature begins to warm up we can tell summer is quickly approaching. The end of the school year is the perfect opportunity to obtain your families personal health records and medical paperwork. read more


  • The Easiest Way of Relieving Stress

    We all know that any day can be stressful on yourself and on your body. Between working a long day, picking up the kids from school, cooking and cleaning you are exhausted and cannot wait to relax. A busy week can take a significant toll on your body and mental health. It is important for you to take some time and relive stress the easiest way possible. read more


  • Keeping Yourself Safe Before and During Your Hospital Stay

    Recently, Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center has been awarded an "A" grade regarding patient safety in The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score rating system. This hospital safety scoring system rates how well hospitals safeguards its patients from accidents, medical injuries, errors and infections. Patient safety has become the heart of Meadowlands Hospital and it is our mission to provide the highest quality of healthcare to our patients. read more


  • April Showers Bring Allergies

    As the temperature starts to warm up and the flowers begin to bloom we know it could only mean one thing, allergy season. It is only the beginning of April and many of us are feeling those itchy eyes, sneezing, wheezing and the congestion from weeds, grass and other airborne pollens. Fortunately there is something that you can do to prevent the allergies that seem to plague our lives. read more


  • Spring Into Healthy Living with Vitamins

    Unfortunately, this winter season has been long and exhausting. We have spent numerous hours shoveling out our driveways and cars and putting an overwhelming amount of stress and fatigue on our bodies. With a long season of poor dietary habits and the start of allergy season, our bodies may never shake the effects of winter. read more


  • Springing Ahead Doesn't Mean Falling Back Asleep

    Even though we gain an extra hour of daylight, it may disrupt our bodies’ internal clock and become detrimental to our health. The loss of that extra hour sleep can cause fatigue and stress that may lower alertness in people. The time change can also affect the time you need to recharge and recover during sleep. read more


  • Tips to Stay Healthy During the Winter Months

    We are now in the heart of the winter season. The holidays came and went, children have gone back to school, and you have gone back to work. However, it is still cold and flu season and here at MHMC we want you to avoid being sick and coming in to see one of our physicians. That is why it is important to care about prevention and staying warm. read more


  • Enjoying that Extra Hour of Sleep? – How Daylight Affects Our Sleep and Productivity

    Across the United States, daylight savings time has already ended; however, some might still be feeling the effects. At the end of daylight savings time, we "fall back" or set our clocks one hour back. The term "fall back" is associated with the fall season, when the leaves on the trees fall down. This means that our days are starting to get shorter and there will be fewer hours of sunlight. read more


  • Healthy and Fun Activities for the Fall

    Even though, temperatures are starting to drop, there are still many activities for your family to have fun. During the fall months, you and your family can engage in numerous activities before the weather starts to get cold. These activities will also help them to be active and get outdoors. These 6 activities may be some fun things to try during the fall. read more


  • MHMC Advice for a Healthy Flu Season

    Soon enough the fall season will be upon us then the snow will be falling down. It is that time where children are getting back into their school routine and then apple and pumpkin picking will become a weekend activity. Shortly after, Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here. However, with all those cool brisk nights comes flu season. That is why it is important to know the difference between a cold and flu, and to prepare for you and your family to stay healthy. read more


  • Back To School Tips

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are roughly 79 million students heading back to school this year. That includes all students around the country, nursery school through college. It’s that time of year again, when alarms will need to be set, homework will need to be done, and dinners will need to be squeezed in each night. The good news, is that there are plenty of things you can do in order to help your back to school experience go smoothly! read more


  • Enjoy Long Days During Summer – How Daylight Affects Our Sleep and Productivity

    You have long known that in most states around the nation, you will spring forward and fall back. Daylight savings time is something that the U.S. has been engaging in since World War I, and is practiced in 70 countries around the world. However, you may not be so clear on why it is that you change the clocks, and what impact it might have on your sleep and productivity. read more


  • Why It's Important to Eat Fresh Fruits and Veggies

    While the temperatures are still warm outside, it’s a good idea to re-evaluate what you’re doing to help protect you and your family from dangerous sun rays. The summer heat can take a toll on both children and adults, making it important for some safety measures be taken. read more


  • MHMC Advice During Hot Weather Season

    While the temperatures are still warm outside, it’s a good idea to re-evaluate what you’re doing to help protect you and your family from dangerous sun rays. The summer heat can take a toll on both children and adults, making it important for some safety measures be taken. read more


  • Spring into Vitamins!

    After the long winter months, it’s normal for us to feel an overwhelming and unnatural amount of exhaustion. Following a full season of poor dietary habits and the start to allergy season, the sense of being overly-tired is inevitable. read more


  • MHMC Advice During Allergy Season

    Coughing? Sneezing? Eyes watering? It’s that time of year again, and 2013 doesn’t have particularly good news for allergy sufferers. According to various studies, allergy season is said to start sooner this year and last longer in most parts of the country due to heavy precipitation levels throughout the winter as well as the short-coming of summer’s heat. read more


  • The Importance of Keeping Hospital Clean

    If there’s anything that MHMC knows best, it’s how to keep a hospital clean; and what better place for this knowledge to reside than in the walls of one of the leading hospitals in the area? read more


  • Tips to Stay Energetic through the Day

    Fatigue and lethargy have become increasingly common complaints in adults. At the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, we get numerous people who complain of these problems. Interestingly, a majority of these people are generally healthy. read more


  • Seasonal Health Related Tips

    Different seasons bring different climatic variations. Every living being in the world needs to adapt to these changes in order to be healthy. You need to protect yourself against the germs that thrive during certain seasons. The immune system of the body is particularly vulnerable during seasonal changes. read more


  • Importance of Sleep

    A recent study conducted by Harvard University proved that sleep is more important than food. The reason is that sleep is your body’s natural repair mechanism. When you sleep, your body is in a highly relaxed mode. The repair mechanism of the body kicks in and mends the stress, strain, and wear and tear that your body suffers throughout the day. read more


  • Tips for Traveling Healthy

    Traveling often brings fatigue and stress to the body, making you vulnerable to infections and illnesses. Therefore, it’s best to safeguard yourself against these possibilities when traveling. read more


  • Food and Nutrition Tips

    Anyone in the healthcare industry would agree that the food choices we make dictate our health and wellbeing. At the Meadowlands Hospital, we too emphasize the need to follow a well-balanced and nutritious diet to help your body adjust to modern day rigors. read more


  • Tips to Stay Healthy and Fit

    Nothing is more important than health. So, stop being overly engrossed in your career and spare some thought to your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. When you experience wholesome health, your work will improve. A fit physique can also avoid in the dependence of drugs at a later stage in life. read more


  • Kids Health – Top Five Tips

    The first five years in the life of a child are extremely crucial in terms of their physical, mental and emotional growth. Something as slight as an ear infection or tooth problem can hamper physical growth and cause untold trauma that affects the overall growth of children. read more


  • Healthy Eating Tips From Dietary Department Director

    Worried your blood sugar is spiking too high? Try pairing your carbohydrate-rich snacks with protein, such as an apple with peanut butter. Making your body digest and absorb your food is important, try cooking your pasta al-dente and opt for a baked potato instead of mashed potato. Fiber-filled foods, such as vegetables, are a great addition to your meals that won’t send your blood sugar sky high! read more


  • Flu Vaccination and Flu Prevention

    Lynn McVey, CEO and President of Meadowlands Hospital on Flu Vaccination and Flu Prevention Tips. read more


  • How to Talk to Your Kids About a Hurricane

    Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, but in its wake we have been left with loss and uncertainty. During this time of uneasy recovery, with loved ones in the hospital and others lost to us, we often overlook the youngest among us who may be dealing with pain we just can’t see. read more


  • Stay Sniffle-Free the Flu Season!

    Flu season and cold weather is here, Meadowlands wants to help you stay sniffle-free this fall with some tips and pointers on how to avoid getting sick. There are a number of quick and easy ways to avoid spreading an infection around. This flu season you can help yourself and avoid getting sick. read more


  • Sunscreen Facts

    The Emergency Room at Meadowlands Hospital sees an increase of patients with sun poisoning and severe sunburn in the early months, we would like to share some tips with you to prevent this. Spending time in the sun increases the risk of sun cancer and early skin aging. To reduce this risk, consumers should regularly use sun block and sunscreen. Sun block or sunscreen is a lotion, spray or gel that contains one or more UV filters that reflect the sun's ultraviolet radiation from the skin. If a product states “Suntan Lotion” it does not have any protective sunscreen! read more


  • Detection of Colorectal Cancer

    Not including skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and women and the second highest cause of cancer deaths in the US. Yet when detected early, it is highly curable. This type of cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow in the lining of the large intestine (colon) or rectum. read more


  • Women's Health News

    Mutations or variations in genes passed from parent to child can drastically raise the risk of certain cancers. In fact, certain inherited syndromes carry a nearly 50-100% chance of getting certain types of cancers. Inherited cancer risk means that a higher frequency cancer occurs in families, as determined by DNA. read more


  • The importance of colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy screening saves lives in two important ways:
    1. By finding and removing precancerous polyps before they become cancerous
    2. By detecting the cancer early when it is most treatable read more


  • Understanding your doctors and other caregivers

    It can be difficult to understand what your doctors and other caregivers are telling you about your care and treatment. Here are some questions and answers to help you understand caregivers. read more


  • Help avoid mistakes with your medicines

    Who is responsible for your medicines? A lot of people — including you! Medicine mistakes happen every day — at the doctor’s office or hospital, even at home. You can get the wrong amount of medicine. Here are some questions and answers to help you prevent mistakes with your medicine. read more


  • Help prevent medical test mistakes

    Medical tests and laboratory tests are important aids for doctors. We want you to be prepared for Your test. read more


  • Help avoid mistakes in your surgery

    Mistakes can also happen before, during or after surgery. We want you to avoid them. read more


  • Five things you can do to prevent infection

    Avoiding contagious disease like the common cold, strep throat, and the flu is important to everyone. Here are five easy things you can do to fight the spread of infection. read more