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October Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 10/05/2012 - One in eight. That's how many women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime. The statistic is alarming but doctors say early detection can make all the difference. Saturday, October 6th, Serese Cole takes us to the Fremont Area Medical Center where Dr. Mark Johannsen shares three ways every woman can monitor their breast health. He'll also explain why digital mammography is now the new standard for mammograms nationwide. Plus, Emily Ridder explains how a mammogram saved her mother's life and why she's now committed to getting the test every year. It's all Saturday on the Channel Six News at 5:00 p.m.

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September Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 09/06/2012 - It's estimated that 10-percent of student athletes playing contact sports in the United States will get a concussion. Unfortunately, high school athletes are more likely to get them and recover more slowly from them. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole tells us about an innovative program the Fremont Area Medical Center has adopted to reduce the potential of further injury for area high school student athletes. Manager of Sports Medicine at FAMC, Mark Voss, tells us how the program works and explains how it can help manage traumatic brain injuries and allow coaches and trainers to make better decisions about when an injured athlete is ready to return to play. It's this Thursday at 5 on the Channel Six News.

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August Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 08/06/2012 - Imagine experiencing pain day after day and not knowing why. It happened to one Fremont woman. Stacey Lichtenberg was 36-years-old when she had stubborn abdominal pain. Her doctor gave her test after test, but still couldn't find the problem. Stacey even began to doubt if her discomfort was real. Thanks to a unique test, using Nuclear Medicine, patients like Stacey don't have to wonder what's wrong anymore. In this month's Health Check, Serese Cole takes us to the Fremont Area Medical Center where radiologist Carter Cook explains what a Nuclear Medicine Scan is, how it works and how radioactive material is used in the process. See how the Nuclear Medicine Scan helped Stacey and what it means for the thousands of other patients like her . It's Monday night at 5 on the Channel Six News.

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July Health Check Newsletter

Updated: 07/06/2012 - If your heart were to suddenly stop beating, chest compressions would be required. But manual CPR , even when done well, doesn't supply enough blood to vital organs. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole takes us inside the emergency department of the Fremont Area Medical Center to demonstrate how two new tools are giving doctors and first responders more help and time during a crisis - while increasing a patient’s chance for survival. Dr. Brian Cunningham and Fremont Fire and Rescue Captain Pat Tawney will introduce us to the technology and reveal how it's changed what they do in the emergency room and on the scene of rescue call. It's Friday at five on the Channel Six News.

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June Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 06/06/2012 - While it is often the last resort, the Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgical procedure for women in the United States. It's estimated one in three women will have one by the time they're 60. Fortunately, there is now a minimally invasive option for women. In this month's Health Check report, see how doctors are using state-of-the-art technology, a da Vinci Hysterectomy, to give doctors better precision and patients better results. It is also allowing patients to get back to their normal routines - sooner. Shannon Walker is a 37-year-old mother, nurse and student. She's also a da Vinci Hysterectomy patient. She had the procedure less than two weeks ago. See why she was reluctant at first - and what she's saying about the procedure now. It's Wednesday on the Channel Six News at 5:00 p.m.

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May Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 05/06/2012 - Many of us don't think twice about a trip to the grocery store, afternoon lunch with friends or even getting a good night's rest. But for the 30 million people who suffer from urinary incontinence - all those can be stressful and embarrassing situations. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole introduces us to three women whose overactive bladders controlled their lives. See how it all changed with the help of one simple procedure. Fremont Area Medical Center's Dr. Ansar Khan introduces us to InterStim Therapy For Bladder Control, tells us how the treatment works and why he and his patients call it a miracle. Learn about the life-altering procedure Sunday on the Channel Six News.

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April Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 04/06/2012 - For many cancer patients, radiation is a part of their treatment. Technology is now taking that treatment one step further and patients are reaping the benefits. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole shows us how Intensity Modulated Radation Therapy or IMRT is allowing doctors to better target a patient's tumor while sparing their surrounding healthy tissue. Radiation Oncologist Dr. Hadi Zahra takes us inside Fremont Area Medical Center's radiation treatment area to explain how it works - tonight at 5.

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March Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 03/06/2012 - Seven million people nationwide suffer from wounds that won't heal. It's a serious problem that can lead to amputations or affect quality of life. Tonight at five, Serese Cole takes us inside the Fremont Area Medical Center's - Center For Wound Healing where doctors specialize in treating stubborn wounds. She also introduces us to 75-year-old Lois Verbeck. Lois was injured after a fall. Her doctor sent her to the Center for Wound Healing after a scrape on her leg became infected and wouldn't heal. Find out what the center did for Lois and has done for hundreds of others in tonight's Health Check report.

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February Health Check Newsletter

Updated: 02/06/2012 - Heart disease is the number-one killer of men and women in the United States. In fact, more women will die from heart disease than from all forms of cancer combined. In this month's Health Check report, we'll hear from a 31-year-old woman who had quite a scare. Cathy Schwaar tells us she was exercising when she had chest pains. It turns out her artery was 99 percent blocked. Cardiologist John Henry treated Cathy. He tell us why he's seeing more patients her age and what we can all do to avoid becoming a victim and improve our heart health. It's tonight at five on the Channel Six News.

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January Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 01/06/2012 - Approximately 16 percent of men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in their life. In this month's Health Check report, we take an in-depth look at the number-one treatment in the world for localized prostate cancer: the da Vinci Prostatectomy. We'll also introduce you to Vern Gibson who was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago. He was given a number of options, but chose the da Vinci Prostatectomy. He tells us why it was the best decision he ever made. Dr. Paulos Yohannes performed Vern's surgery and 900 others like it. He explains the benefits of the procedure and how it's changed the way he operates. Our special report tonight at 5 p.m. on the Channel 6 News.

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