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Improved Afib Surgery Print E-mail
Written by Katie Kidder Crosbie   
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 03:41 PM

Millions of people across the United States suffer from irregular heartbeat, a condition known as atrial fibrillation, or afib. It occurs when the upper and lower chambers of the heart beat out of sync with each other. In itself, afib is not necessarily life-threatening, but complications caused by the condition can be. Although medical science in this field is relatively new, recent innovations in corrective surgery are less invasive, safer and require shorter recovery times.

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Ruin and Recovery: Flooding, Security Worried Mark Peters Print E-mail
Written by Eva Jacob Barkoff, Times-Picayune   
Sunday, August 29, 2010 10:42 AM

"I was at the hospital the Saturday before Katrina and stayed there for two weeks. At that time, I lived in Kenner and was able to get home to check on things the Thursday after the storm.

"Personally, I was very, very fortunate. When I got home, I was shocked but most relieved and grateful to see that I had only a few shingles off my roof -- nothing else.

"At first, the extent of the flooding in East Jefferson and the breaching of the levees in New Orleans was unclear to me, to all of us who were at the hospital. None of us realized the extent of what was happening until we saw water about 50 yards from the entrance to the hospital.

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John Goodman: How I Lost 100 Lbs. – and Counting Print E-mail
Written by Liza Hamm, People Magazine   
Thursday, August 12, 2010 08:12 AM

John Goodman is no longer a couch potato.

John Goodman"I know it sounds sappy, but it was a waste," the 58-year-old actor tells PEOPLE. "It takes a lot of creative energy to sit on your ass and figure out what you're going to eat next ... I wanted to live life better."

Mission accomplished: The Treme actor has lost more than 100 lbs. thanks to his healthy new lifestyle. He quit drinking three years ago and hired Mackie Shilstone – a health coach who has trained many athletes including tennis player Serena Williams. Now Goodman has cut sugar from his diet and works out six days a week. "I'm breaking a sweat but I'm not going nuts," he says.

He is excited about the results though, says Shilstone. "He remembers what it feels like to be extremely heavy and it's something he doesn't want again."

Now, says Shilstone, "John is very agile. When I see him running I get out of the way! He can be a different type of actor now. He can take on athletic parts."

Before Goodman becomes an action hero, though, he needs to focus on getting a new wardrobe. "I just ordered some nice slacks," he says. "I finally got them and they're too big now."

For more on John Goodman and The Fitness Principle at East Jefferson General Hospital, click here.

 
How Effective is Your Doctor or Hospital? Print E-mail
Written by Keith Darcey   
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 09:06 AM

Here's How to Find Out

One of the positive trends in health care is the increasing awareness and availability of patient safety data. Over the last decade, federal and state governments have placed greater emphasis on collecting data about the outcomes patients have experienced in several key areas — and presenting the information to consumers. The Internet is a main vehicle for disseminating this data.

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