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Join the Fight Against Heart Disease in Women at 'Valpo Goes Red' Event on Wednesday, February 3, at Valparaiso University


Valparaiso will join the fight against heart disease in women at the Valpo Goes Red event on Wednesday, February 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Valparaiso University’s Harre Union Ballroom. The event, part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, will feature a heart-healthy breakfast, a keynote address from a heart disease survivor and an appearance from Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas, who will declare Friday, February 5th “Go Red for Women Day” in Valparaiso—joining the nation as it turns red on national Go Red for Women day, just two days after the breakfast. Tickets for the event are $25 each and can be purchased by calling 219-996-4958...

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Salon Goes Red


Join the fight against heart disease in women at the Terry Abner Salon on Thursday, February 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event, part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, will include wine, heart-healthy hors d’oeuvres, nutrition and exercise tips, and fashion and make-up consultations. Music for the evening will be provided by Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas. Tickets for the event are $25 each and can be purchased by calling 219-996-4958. The Terry Abner Salon is located at 401 East Lincoln Way in Valparaiso.

Salon owner Terry Abner is a...

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Root Canal Therapy Saves Teeth


Question: “Dr. Arnold, I’m supposed to get a root canal next week. If that is supposed to take care of my toothache, why do I also need a crown?”

Answer: The most common purpose of root canal therapy is to eliminate pain, and in most cases people experience immediate relief from their pain once local anesthetic is administered. Additionally, performing root canal therapy makes the restoration of a compromised tooth possible. The only other option for pain relief is removal of the tooth.

Porter Health System's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit To Celebrate First Anniversary


Porter’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit -- the only program of its kind in Northwest Indiana -- will host its first Anniversary Celebration featuring a community educational open house from 4 to 6:30 pm, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 in the unit at Porter Portage Hospital Campus, 3630 Willowcreek Road in Portage.

Much different than a traditional hospital or a nursing home, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is ideal for patients recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury or neurological dysfunction who need a combination of therapies. It specializes in an intensive,...

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Replacement Options for Missing Teeth


Question: “Dr. Arnold, I recently had a tooth removed, and my dentist says that I need to replace it. How important is this, and should I get an implant or a bridge?”

Answer: After losing a tooth, it is generally very important to replace that missing tooth to prevent the other teeth from shifting. Teeth that have shifted often create areas that are difficult to keep clean, which can lead to periodontal (gum) problems and decay (cavities). Additionally, teeth which have shifted may no longer fit together properly, thus causing excessive wear,...

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Help for Haiti Yoga-thon


The Valparaiso International Center and Sumati Yoga will be hosting a “yoga-thon” fundraiser to aid victims of last week’s earthquake in Haiti, on Saturday, January 23rd, from noon to 8pm at the Valparaiso International Center.  Yoga and meditation classes taught by local instructors will take place from noon to 6pm, and live music and refreshments will follow from 6-8pm.

Schedule for the day:

12-1pm Hatha Yoga
1:30-2:30pm Purna Yoga
3-4pm Meditation
4:30-5:30pm Vinyasa Yoga
6-7pm Live Music featuring Danielle Cales and...

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Toothbrushes and Toothpastes


One of the most common questions that I receive pertains to different toothbrushes and toothpastes. Everyone wants to know what products are most effective.

My recommendations for dental products vary from person to person, depending upon their individual needs. Some people are able to effectively clean their teeth with a manual brush. Others find that it is difficult to do a thorough job unless they use an electric toothbrush.

There are several types of manual toothbrushes, ranging from soft...

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Michael Bendicsen Joins Porter-Starke Services' Board of Directors


Porter-Starke Services is proud to announce that Michael Bendicsen has recently joined its Board of Directors. Bendicsen is the Assistant Principal at Knox Community High School.

“I believe strongly in the mission of Porter-Starke Services and the process of mental health treatment,” Bendicsen said. “We need to have options for people to help themselves,” he said.

Bendicsen is married to Elizabeth, a licensed guidance counselor, and with their two young children live in Valparaiso....

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Top 10 Health Articles of 2009


Another year has passed and it has been a busy one for ValpoLife. As we looked back on this momentous first year, we revisited some of the top articles in each section. Here are some of the most viewed articles in Health:

Not all yogurts were created equal
I love yogurt. With it's live bacterial cultures, high calcium content, and protein to boot, it is often praised as a healthy, wholesome snack--especially for women, who have a higher RDA for calcium than men but too often fail to eat enough dairy or meat to reach nutritional requirements. But have you ever...

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Porcelain Veneers Not Always the Answer


Question:“Dr. Arnold, I am interested in porcelain veneers. Will my dentist have to grind my teeth down, and will the veneers look natural?”

Answer: Porcelain veneers can improve many types of aesthetically compromised smiles. They can often help to correct stained, chipped, crooked, gapped, and cracked teeth. In the majority of cases, some tooth structure must be removed in order to create space for the porcelain. Every case is different, and in order to achieve the desired functional and aesthetic results, some tooth reshaping is usually...

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Porter Health System Names Managers of the Year


Porter Health System recently named Nancy Babich, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, as Porter’s Clinical Manager-of-the-Year, and Jeff Edgerly, Director of Environmental Services, as Porter’s Non-Clinical Manager-of-the-Year.

“Nancy and Jeff are first-class leaders and exemplify our organization’s core values and caring culture,” stated Jonathan Nalli, CEO, Porter Health System. “Both lead by example, appreciate and motivate their co-workers and have a clear vision to consistently attain their departmental goals and objectives.”

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