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The CTCA blog

Setting realistic New Year's resolutions

Laura Sunn, MD

By now, many of us have resolved to make 2014 better than 2013 by making lifestyle changes. We promise to lose 20 pounds, cook more meals at home and organize every room in the house… And those are just a few! While it’s great to make changes in your behavior to improve your sense of well-being, sometimes resolutions can be too much to tackle.

The importance of folic acid in your diet

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This week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. So what is it about this B vitamin that makes it worthy of national recognition?

Most of us know that folic acid, called folate in its natural form, is important for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy. The National Council on Folic Acid reports that folic acid can prevent 50-70 percent of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine (neural tube defects), such as spina bifida.

New Year's advice for anyone newly diagnosed with cancer

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The New Year is a time when many of us refocus. We look back on the passing year and resolve to change some aspect of our lives for the better. But how does having cancer—or having a loved one who has cancer—impact how we approach the New Year? Lori Kovell, LSW, Mind-Body Therapist at our hospital in Philadelphia shares her thoughts on how those newly diagnosed can approach the New Year in a positive way.

Stay healthy and remember food safety this holiday season

Laurence Altshuler, MD

With the holidays right around the corner there are a few things we should remember to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy.

It is important to practice safe cooking, have a strong immune system and reduce the risk of becoming ill. There are many steps to make sure that your kitchen is safe and contains foods that can support a healthy immune system. Let’s get started because the holidays are quickly approaching.

CTCA hospital receives high honor for excellence in nursing

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It is often said that nurses are the heart of health care. This sentiment holds true this week, as our Chicago-area hospital achieved Magnet Recognition®, the ultimate credential for excellence in nursing.

Granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet status is considered the highest honor a hospital can achieve for its nursing care. Of the nearly 6,000 hospitals in the country, less than seven percent have received Magnet recognition.

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