Family Health

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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New Guideline Say Pain Meds Not Needed for Back Pain

Submitted by Dr. Ronald Sabbagh, MD

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints for Americans today. About a quarter of all U.S. adults have reported lower back pain lasting at least one day in the past three months, according to statistics published by PubMed. In 2006, costs associated with those seeking treatment for lower...
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What’s the Scoop on Sugar?

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LD

Our early ancestors only knew the sweet taste of fruit and honey and not the intense flavor of refined sugar. Since our early ancestors battled bees to obtain honey and fruit, sweetness was not always plentiful – the taste of sweetness was an occasional treat. According to Kelly Brownell, PhD, a...
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Heart Healthy Grocery Shopping

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

February is American Heart Month. To round out the month and continue thinking about our heart health, here are some simple ways to adjust how you eat to help prevent heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths each year...
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The Flu Requires Prevention and Extra Attention

If you haven’t had your flu shot now is the time to take this step to protect yourself and your family. Most people with the flu experience a mild illness and don’t need medical care. However, for some, it not only can lead to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, but it can be life-...
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Goal Setting: Reflecting on the Authentic YOU

Submitted by Rita Karapurkar Williams, MA, CHES

For many, with the New Year comes time to set resolutions – resolutions to do better, to change something about ourselves or our behaviors. So when thinking about resolutions, it is essential to first take a step back and reflect on where we are in the present before throwing out one of the usual...
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