Family Health

Colon Cancer: What You Need to Know

Submitted by Harry Anagnostakos, DO

Colon cancer or colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer. There are more than 95,000 new cases each year in the United States. As with most cancers, the key to beating colorectal cancer is catching it early. Now is a great time to talk to your doctor if you have concerns about your colon...
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Expert Care During Childbirth Saves Mothers’ Lives

Submitted by Bridget Buckaloo, MSN

Having a baby should be a joyous experience. However, complications can arise. Between 2 and 5 of every 100 women who give birth in the United States will experience a postpartum hemorrhage. Postpartum hemorrhage is defined as the loss of more than 500 milliliters (mL) of blood (about half a quart...
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Honest Conversations About Treatment Goals Can Ease Your Final Days

Submitted by Dr. Michael Salvatore

Don’t wait until it’s too late to make a plan It’s not easy to talk to anyone about the end of life, and it’s even harder to hear it. Over my career treating patients with life-threatening conditions at Beebe Healthcare, I have often had to repeatedly deliver bad news to patients and their families...
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The Benefits of Robotic Bariatric Surgery

Submitted by Michael Sofronski, MD

Losing weight and keeping it off can be a life-long struggle for some. In certain cases, people are unable to lose the weight necessary to be healthy. If you are struggling, talk to your primary care provider about whether you might be a candidate for surgical weight loss programs. Then, call my...
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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

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 body with supply nutrients that support the growth, maintenance, and repair of your body,” said Debra...
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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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