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How The da Vinci Robotic System Aids Cardiothoracic Surgery

Submitted by Kurt Wehberg, MD, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery

Community members often ask me why I feel robotically assisted cardiothoracic surgery is better for my patients. The answer is multi-fold: Patients experience fewer complications when they have robotically assisted surgery because the incisions are smaller and less prone to infection; surgical...
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If You’re Over 50, Take a Look at New Shingles Vaccine

Submitted by Dr. Scott Olewiler

It’s safer and more effective When I was 32, I came down with the viral infection known as shingles. The rash around my chest that lasted for about 10 days was bad enough, but the worst part was the months of pain that followed. My damaged nerves burned at the slightest contact; even a shirt...
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Dry Needling as a Non-Opioid Alternative to Reduce Pain

Millions of Americans suffer from acute and chronic pain. Beebe’s Physical Rehabilitation department is taking steps to find treatments that can offer patients relief without opioid medication. When pain attacks, often symptoms can be localized to a specific location or can radiate outward and...
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Feeling Depressed? It Could Be Your Thyroid

Submitted by Dr. Samaneh Dowlatshahi

A hormonal dip could be behind your blues When we’re feeling down, most of us naturally connect our mood to our brain. Depression is, after all, a mental health disorder caused by changes in our brain chemicals. Except when it isn’t. If you or a family member is feeling depressed or foggy the...
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Feeling off-kilter? It could be hormonal

Submitted by Dr. Mark Facciolo

Out of all the systems of the human body, the hormone-producing glands of the endocrine system may be the least understood. Patients don’t head to their doctor’s office complaining that their adrenal gland isn’t doing its job or because something is wrong with their pineal gland. At the same time,...
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How Simple Tools Can Help You Stay Independent

Submitted by Jennifer Guerin, MS, OTR/L

A scooter, wheelchair, or cane can help you get around if you have trouble on your feet, and a hearing aid can turn up the volume on the world around you. But, what about the smaller stuff, like opening a jar, putting on your shoes or reaching across your shoulder to fasten your seatbelt? After all...
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Making the Connection: Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

Submitted by Jean Davison, AuD

Did you know that adults even a mild hearing loss have a higher risk for dementia? And, those with severe hearing loss have five times the risk of getting dementia. In fact, studies have found that hearing loss not only can accelerate dementia, it can also cause cognitive decline. Hearing loss is...
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Have Yourself a Mindful Little Holiday

Submitted by Kate Adamek, LCSW, Group Facilitator for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Trying to not just survive, but thrive during the holidays, can be trying. While there are no magic wands to fix this, some of the following suggestions may ease the way to more fun, less Grinch holiday. Set reasonable expectations: Hallmark Holidays rarely exist outside the imagination of greeting...
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This Year: Strong is the New Skinny

Submitted by Bryan Drain, Medical Nutrition Therapist

Body weight is merely your relationship to gravity. It does not define you; nor does it encompass you as a person. This year, focus on being strong over skinny. While maintaining a healthy weight is important, and many of us have a few extra pounds to spare, during the holiday season it is more...
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Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Submitted by Dr. Ellen Bahtiarian, MD

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect time to review breast cancer screenings and learn about the advanced breast care technologies avaiable at Beebe Healthcare. Mammography is still the gold standard for breast cancer screening and detection. Between 1989 and 2012, there was a...
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