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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 and Beyond

Submitted by Dr. Ellen Bahtiarian, MD

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and therefore it is the perfect time to plan for your mammogram and learn about the advanced breast care technologies available at Beebe Healthcare. Mammography is still the gold standard for breast cancer screening and detection. There is some controversy...
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Nurse Practitioners: What You Need to Know

Submitted by Melissa Raffaele, FNP

When you’re sick, you might tell others that you are going to see the doctor. However, once at the healthcare practice, you may end up seeing a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners are a growing group of health professionals that often work in doctor’s offices, specialty care offices, and in the...
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Does Stress Affect Breastfeeding Moms?

Submitted by Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC

As the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Delaware, Beebe Healthcare is dedicated to providing the tools and resources needed to help all mothers and babies get a healthy start with breastfeeding. Studies have shown that if a mom is stressed, she can inadvertently pass that stress on to her baby...
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Prevent Common Summer Injuries

Submitted by Kevin Bristowe, MD

When you think of summer, you may think of fun times on the beach, out on a boat, or barbecuing in the backyard. However, each summer, common injuries send countless numbers of residents and visitors to Beebe’s Emergency Department. Here are some tips to help you avoid the emergency room this...
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Tips to Prevent Shoulder Injuries this Summer

Submitted by Gita Pillai, MD

As the weather gets warmer, thoughts turn to getting outside and playing. Whether that is kayaking, swimming, pickleball, tennis or golf, all of these activities can place significant stress on the shoulder. The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body, allowing you to place your arm...
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Understanding Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion

Submitted by Nicole Ryan, MD

Picture this: It’s summer. Your child is at a friend’s house and you get the call all parents dread. Your child was playing on the trampoline and fell, bumping his head. The severity of a head injury can vary widely depending on the cause and the age of the child. Concussions can occur from direct...
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May: A Time to Celebrate Mothers & Womanhood

Submitted by Bridget Buckaloo, MSN, RNC-OB, Executive Director of Women’s Health at Beebe Healthcare

Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on all your mother did for you. It is also a time to think about your own role as a mother and a daughter. As women, we have an incredible community that we built for ourselves. As the director of Women’s Health services at Beebe Healthcare I would like to invite...
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