Current Issue: The Potential Threat of Thirdhand Smoke

Scientists have been looking at the dangers of secondhand smoke for years. It’s been linked to cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other health problems. But they’ve only started to study the potential threat of thirdhand smoke.

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Finding Reliable Health Information Online

The Internet can be a treasure trove of health information. But how much of it can you trust? A recent study suggests it may depend on what you are searching for. Being a savvy online user can help you find credible content.

Sleep and the Aging Brain

Sleep is an essential part of life. Without it, your body—and mind—don’t work up to par. That may be especially true as you age. A recent study suggests that older adults who sleep better think better overall.

Keep Home Canning Safe

Summer can be fleeting—its warm embrace lingering for too short a time. Canning is one way you can capture some of the season. The flavors of your garden can last well into winter and beyond. But make sure you do it right to prevent food poisoning.

Be Smart About Water Safety

Warmer weather sends many people into the water. That makes summer a high time for drowning. Fortunately, the latest research shows the number of drowning deaths is falling. But not for all age groups. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones this season.

Obesity and Falls: A Risk Factor for Older Adults

Obesity is linked to many health woes. The list includes heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Here’s one you may have never thought of, though: falling. At least for older adults, being obese may actually make falls more likely.

Another Stop-Smoking Benefit: Better Mental Health

Lung cancer. Heart disease. Asthma. Smoking can lead to these and many other health problems. But in case you need another reason to not light up, consider this: Quitting may improve your mental health.

Is Antibacterial Soap Worth the Lather?

The simple act of washing your hands with plain soap can have an important effect on your health. It can help ward off germs—no special soap required. In fact, lathering up with antibacterial soap may not impart better germ protection. Its active ingredient may also do more harm than good.

Are You Up-to-Date on Colorectal Cancer Screening?

Colorectal cancer is a stealthy disease. It can stay unnoticed in your colon or rectum. By the time you develop symptoms, it has grown and possibly spread, making it harder to treat. Screening can help spot this cancer early. But too many U.S. adults ages 50 and older are still skirting this lifesaving tool.

Fewer Americans Dying From Stroke

Over the last several decades, stroke has claimed fewer American lives. It has slid from third to fourth among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Experts credit several factors—many within your control—for its continued decline. Are you doing all you can to prevent a stroke?

The HPV Vaccine: Fact vs. Fiction

The latest statistics show that those who would benefit most from the HPV vaccine—adolescent girls and boys—aren’t necessarily taking advantage of its cancer-preventing potential.

Have You Been Screened for HIV?

HIV may seem like a distant health threat—something that affects other people, but not you. Yet, you should be tested at least once for this deadly virus, according to health experts.

Joint Commission Gold Seal

Lourdes has been awarded the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

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Lourdes has received
Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence

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Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer

New York State Desginated Stroke Center

Lourdes is a New York State Designated Stroke Center

One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement