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World Alzheimer's Day Is September 21st: A Tribute Event


September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day, and the Alzheimer’s Association is asking people in the United States and in Indiana to join those around the world in turning their attention to this disease and joining the fight against it. The Alzheimer’s Association’s commitment to raising awareness on World Alzheimer’s Day is part of an accelerating worldwide effort to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, or prevent it from developing.

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Porter-Starke Services, Inc. and Chester, Inc. announce plans to build a $1.5 million facility in Portage


Porter-Starke Services, Inc. and Chester, Inc. Architectural/Construction Services are proud to announce the construction of a new $1.5 million behavioral health facility in Portage, Ind. The 8,000 square foot facility will be built near the intersection of Lancer and Robbins Roads. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

“This is a very exciting time for Porter-Starke Services,” said Rocco Schiralli, President/CEO. “We feel strongly about the relationships we have with the communities we serve, and feel it is vital that we have the best facilities and best staff, and...

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Study Shows Red Wine Helps Prevent Alzheimer's Disease


The polyphenols found in red wine are thought to help prevent Alzheimer's disease, and new research from Purdue University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine has shown that some of those compounds in fact reach the brain.

Mario Ferruzzi, a Purdue associate professor of food science; Connie Weaver, Purdue's head of foods and nutrition; and Elsa Janle, a Purdue associate professor of foods and nutrition, found that the amount of polyphenols from grapeseed extract that can reach a rat's brain is as much as 200 percent higher on the 10th consecutive day of feeding as...

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Porter Introduces 3D TEE


Porter health system is proud to introduce Live 3-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography (3D TEE).  Porter health system is the only facility offering this latest technology in Northwest Indiana. According to Philips Healthcare, the only vendor supplying this high level technology, this procedure is only available at Porter’s facilities.

3D TEE, the most-advanced imaging technology, allows Porter cardiologists to see what they have never seen before. The first 3-D TEE was performed on August 7, 2009. According to Dr....

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Massage in the Mainstream


You've been at your desk for ten hours, and lunch was a quick sandwich and chips. Your boss remains a bear, despite your galley slave efforts, and your neck is a rope of knots. Sometimes the bump and grind of work takes its toll on the body. Surveys show more people are seeking relief through therapeutic massage. "Massage therapy is a complementary therapy, not alternative anymore," says Dr. Brad Stuart, Hospice Medical Director for the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Northern California. "It's of tremendous benefit."

Fifty-four percent of primary care physicians and family...

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Porter Celebrates Multiple 2009 HealthGrades® Ratings


February 11, 2009

In a celebration that kicked off late Thursday afternoon and included local officials, Porter Health System congratulated its physicians and associates for achieving multiple five-star ratings in several categories for 2009. The ratings came from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization that provides ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians.

HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 26 procedures and treatments for every nonfederal hospital in the country. Porter was rated among the Top 5 in the State of Indiana in several categories of treatment,...

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