General Health

How to Eat "Write"

Submitted by Michael Sofronski, MD

One of the best ways you can prevent weight regain is surprisingly simple – just keep track of what you eat. Michael Sofronski, MD, board certified general surgeon specializing in robotically assisted bariatric surgery, has been performing weight-loss surgery at Beebe Healthcare since 2007. One of...
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During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Don’t Wait to Get Screened

Submitted by Kathy Cook, MSN, RN

What Do I Do If I Feel a Lump? The month of October is known for many things – Halloween, pumpkins, fall, cooler weather, bonfires, and s’mores, but for some people it’s also known for pink ribbons and breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer can be a scary thing to think about. So for breast cancer...
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Beebe Working to Provide the Highest Quality Care As You Get Older

Submitted by Marcy Jack, JD, BSN, CPHRM, CPHQ

Beebe recently received the highest available rating from the American College of Surgeons through the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) for surgical outcomes for patients over the age of 65. This rating is awarded to hospitals who provide exemplary care before, during, and...
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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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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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Smoking & Your Heart

The damage tobacco inflicts on a smoker’s heart and blood vessels tends to be invisible. But Beebe Healthcare heart surgeon M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, has seen its effects in the plaque-clogged arteries of patients in the operating room. To a smoker, the toll cigarettes take on your heart can be hard to...
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Smoking & Your Lungs

How Smoking Puts Your Lungs on an ‘Invisible Cliff’ If you smoke and can breathe without trouble, it’s easy to assume your lungs are as healthy as they ever were. But, all too often, that’s an illusion. Nature blesses most of us with a pair of lungs more robust than we really need for everyday life...
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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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