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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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The Long-Term Effects of Vaping are Still Unknown

Submitted by Vikas Batra, MD

What is Vaping? Vaping can be defined as the act of inhaling vapor from e-liquid through a personal vaporizer. When users draw on the device, a battery within heats the liquid, which is then atomized into an inhalable vapor. The main components of e-liquid are propylene glycol and/or vegetable...
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Submitted by Cheri Will, RN

Learn the Signs And What You Can Do To Help In 2015, there were more than 15 reports of domestic violence per day in Delaware. According to the state’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Council’s 2015 Fatal Incident Review Team Report, there were 5,607 reports of criminal acts between intimate...
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Protect Your Baby from Deadly Whooping Cough

Submitted by Holly McKiel, DO

Of all the things you will do to protect your baby throughout his/her life, some of the most important will occur while you’re still pregnant! Whooping cough, or pertussis, can be a deadly disease for infants. You can help prevent it with the Tdap vaccine during the third trimester of your...
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