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Stressed Out? Kick that Habit Today!

According to Dr. Dean Ornish, founder of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, “Chronic emotional stress can make things worse in so many ways. It can worsen blood pressure, it can worsen the blockages in your arteries, and it can precipitate irregular heart rhythms—and that’s just the effect on your heart!”...
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Avoid the Blues After Heart Surgery

This article was first published in the Winter 2019 Beacon: The Resolve Issue. Read more from the issue. EVERY 40 SECONDS, someone in the United States has a heart attack. In many cases, when a patient comes into the Emergency Department with a heart attack, they will end up having a cardiac...
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Eating With Intention

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

This content is part of the Winter 2019 Beacon Magazine: The Resolve Issue. Read more from the issue. Achieving success means tracking your progress, being flexible, being willing to revise goals, and rewarding yourself when you are successful. EAT THOUGHTFULLY “The foods you choose to fuel your...
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Smoking & Your Skin

Skin Deep: 5 Ways Smoking Can Sabotage Your Looks You’ve probably heard about how smoking harms your heart and lungs, where the damage is serious but out of sight. When it comes to your skin, though, you don’t have to imagine how it looks — anyone can see it. Daniel Cuozzo, DO, a dermatologist at...
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Smoking & Your Reproductive Health

Why smoking, e-cigs, and pregnancy don’t mix It’s never easy to quit smoking, but in Dr. Adeline Nukuna’s experience women who smoke when they get pregnant have a powerful new reason to quit. “I’ve seen patients taking quitting more seriously when they hear about the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant...
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Plantar Fasciitis: What You Need to Know

Submitted by Claire Capobianco, DPM, FACFAS

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation or degeneration within the thick specialized ligament in the bottom of the foot – known as the plantar fascia. It is this ligament that supports the arch of the foot, so when it is compromised or inflamed it can be extremely painful. As we walk, jog, or...
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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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