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JFK Johnson Magazine

JFK Magazine Winter 2019



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Congratulations to JFK Family Medicine Center: Center for Pregnancy for being selected as a 2015 Community Leader of Distinction!

Take Hold of Your COPD

COPD story imageChronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and in some cases, asthma.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, tobacco smoke is a key factor in the development and progression of COPD, although exposure to air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors and respiratory infections also play a role. Early screening can identify COPD before major loss of lung function occurs.

Fifteen million Americans report that they have been diagnosed with COPD, and more than 50 percent of adults with low pulmonary function were not aware that they had COPD; therefore, the actual number may be higher. The following groups were more likely to report COPD:

  • People aged 65-74 years
  • Non-Hispanic whites
  • Women
  • Individuals who were unemployed, retired or unable to work
  • Individuals with less than a high school education
  • People with lower incomes
  • Individuals who were divorced, widowed or separated
  • Current or former smokers
  • Those with a history of asthma

The COPD Foundation lists some of the following symptoms that may occur for people with COPD:

  • Increased breathlessness
  • Frequent coughing (with and without sputum)
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest

You should talk with your doctor and schedule a thorough evaluation if you have any breathing difficulty. COPD may be treatable if caught early.

JFK Medical Center recognizes National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week to help bring attention to the people who contribute to enhancing the lives of our patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and help them breathe a little easier. Not only does the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI) have professionals trained to treat patients rehabilitating from COPD, but JFK also has a Respiratory Therapy Department that treats babies to adults who suffer from breathing abnormalities or rely on ventilation equipment. Its licensed respiratory therapists assist in the diagnosis, treatment, management and preventive care of patients diagnosed with chronic lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema, as well as heart disease; and they provide a referral service for respiratory home care equipment. JFK’s Center for Behavioral Health can also assist with your smoking cessation needs.

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Easy Shrimp Pad Thai


This healthy Pad Thai recipe has less than half the calories and sodium of the traditional Thai restaurant favorite.


8 ounces rice noodles (¼-inch wide)
1 whole egg
1 egg white
6 teaspoons extra-light olive oil
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1½ teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 tablespoons minced garlic
4 large shrimp — shelled, deveined and coarsely chopped
4 ounces firm tofu, cut into ¼-inch cubes
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup bean sprouts
¼ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts


  1. Place rice noodles in bowl and add enough cold water to cover. Soak for 45 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add soaked noodles and cook until noodles are just tender to the bite, about 1 minute. Drain.
  3. In a small bowl, beat whole egg and egg white until frothy. In large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add beaten eggs to skillet and spread out to form large pancake. Cook until just set, about 45 seconds. Turn pancake over and cook until just set on second side, about 10 seconds. Transfer to cutting board and allow to cool. Cut into ¼-inch-wide strips.
  4. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and anchovy paste, and stir until anchovy paste is dissolved.
  5. Add 2 teaspoons of oil and garlic to skillet and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp, tofu, and scallions, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until shrimp is just cooked through.
  6. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil, drained noodles, egg, and bean sprouts, and swirl in soy sauce mixture. Gently toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with cilantro and peanuts.

Serves: 4
Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories 430
Total Fat 15.3 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Fiber 2.4 g
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrate 59 g
Cholesterol 64 mg
Sodium 568 mg


JFK Recognizes Brain Injury Awareness Month

Photos2March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) annually, and it is a contributing factor for nearly a third of injury-related deaths.

"Very few places in the country have all the resources needed for complex cases all under one roof, the way we do at JFK," explains Dr. Brian D. Greenwald, Medical Director of the JFK Center for Head Injuries and Associate Medical Director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. "At JFK, we have acute rehabilitation care attached to an acute care hospital with expert specialty physicians to consult if complications arise. JFK continues to care for people, if needed, in subacute rehabilitation, home care and outpatient services. We have it all, so we can address everything from the early acute care needs of patients to their long-term rehabilitation needs."

The Brain Injury Association of America cites the most common causes of brain injury as vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries and violence. To prevent injury, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute encourages community members to think ahead and make the following smart choices for brain injury prevention:

  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  • Buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt in the car.
  • Never drive or engage in physical activity while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets during appropriate activities.
  • Use safeguards to avoid falls.
  • Check first the depth of the water when swimming or diving.
  • Make sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood, mulch or sand.
  • Keep firearms stored unloaded in a locked cabinet or safe. Store bullets in a separate secured location.

"With appropriate rehabilitation from professionals like our team at JFK, patients can improve dramatically, even after a severe brain injury," adds Dr. Greenwald. "For example, a study published January 2013, titled Longitudinal Outcome of Patients with Disordered Consciousness in the NIDRRTBI Model Systems Programs, indicates that more than 20 percent of people with the most severe brain trauma are eventually able to live independently and return to employment."

For more information on brain injury rehabilitation or prevention, visit the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey online at


Celebrating National Doctors’ Day

Photos8At JFK Health, it is our mission to improve the health of people and communities. Physicians play a vital role as we work toward fulfilling this mission.

When you are well, your doctor keeps you well. When you are sick, there is no person more important to you than your doctor! On Doctors' Day, we invite you to join us in expressing appreciation to the physicians that serve on our JFK Medical and Dental staff.

"The physicians on staff at JFK chose their professions because they want to serve, to care for patients, improve health and ultimately impact lives in a positive and personal way. Physicians seek to help others. They work long hours, late nights and have hectic schedules," says Bhudev Sharma, M.D., a cardiologist on staff at JFK and President of the JFK Medical and Dental staff. "In addition to their total dedication to the profession, they are asked to comply with regulatory guidelines, documentation and a never-ending volume of paperwork, which is ever increasing as the health care industry changes."

Dr. Sharma went on to explain, "Physicians also need to stay current not only on their clinical knowledge, but abreast of the fast-moving computer technology industry. This extra work is not what most physicians signed up for, and it directly affects patient care. In the end, physicians continue to focus their efforts directly on the most important thing: you, their patients."

The History of Doctors' Day

The first Doctors' Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Ga. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors' Day.

On March 30, 1958, a resolution commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors' Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30 as "National Doctors' Day."

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It’s National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Photos1Learn how early screenings and proper nutrition can actually prevent this disease if discovered early enough.

Both men and women need to screen against colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, it's the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. But amazingly enough it is the one cancer you can prevent, and early screening could save your life. Colorectal cancer can be cured in up to 90 percent of people when it is discovered in the early stages.

What Is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or rectum, both are part of the digestive system. Abnormal cells grow and make changes in the lining of the colon or rectum, and these growths are called polyps.

What Are the Symptoms?
Symptoms are not always noticeable, but when they do occur you might expect the following:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation
  • Change in the appearance of the stool, more narrow than usual
  • Stomach discomfort, such as pain, bloating, fullness or cramps
  • Gas pains
  • Unexplained weight loss

Are You at Risk for Colorectal Cancer?
The exact cause of colorectal cancer is not known, but various factors have been associated with an increased risk.

  • Older age — About 90 percent of colorectal cancers are diagnosed in people ages 50 years and older
  • A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps — If you have a history of polyps or have had colorectal cancer, you are at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer
  • Inflammatory intestinal conditions — Inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease
  • Inherited syndromes — Genetic syndromes such as Lynch syndrome and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Racial and ethnic background — African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancers in advanced stages
  • Lifestyle-related factors — Lifestyle factors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption and obesity

6 Steps to Lowering Your Risk of Colon Cancer
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons recommends these six steps to lower your risk:

  1. Get regular colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50. If you have any of the other risk factors, talk to your doctor about earlier screening.
  2. Eat plenty of fiber — between 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day from fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, cereals, nuts and beans.
  3. Eat a low-fat diet.
  4. Eat foods with folate, such as leafy green vegetables.
  5. Don't smoke or drink excessively.
  6. Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week.

Make an appointment with your physician and evaluate symptoms or talk about screenings. If you need a doctor, JFK offers a physician referral service as well as diagnostic testing through our Outpatient Department that can put your mind at ease.

Where Can I Find More Information?

National Cancer Institute

The American Cancer Society

National Institutes of Health
(301) 496-4000

Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)