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A Formula for a Healthy Breakfast

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Breakfast has long been called the most important meal of the day. Recent research has reaffirmed breakfast’s nutritional benefits with studies done worldwide showing that regular breakfast consumption is associated with several positive outcomes. Why ‘Breaking the Fast’ is Important Breakfast...
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Making the Connection: Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

Submitted by Jean Davison, AuD

Did you know that adults even a mild hearing loss have a higher risk for dementia? And, those with severe hearing loss have five times the risk of getting dementia. In fact, studies have found that hearing loss not only can accelerate dementia, it can also cause cognitive decline. Hearing loss is...
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Why Knowing About Sepsis Could Save Your Life

Submitted by Kevin Bristowe, MD

As an emergency room physician, I understand the importance of a knowledgeable staff. At Beebe we work with our teams so that everyone receives ongoing education. This education often allows us to intuitively create work groups, new policies and procedures, and improve the care we provide to...
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Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Submitted by Dr. Owen Thomas

More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. During November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we want to talk about who should be screened for lung cancer. Historically, lung cancer was rarely found in early stages, but the use of a relatively new Low Dose...
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Topics to Bring Up During Your Annual Exam

Submitted by Dr. John Hale, MD

Has it been more than a year since you saw a primary care physician? If so, it is time to schedule that appointment. Annual exams with a primary care physician are key to maintaining your good health from year to year. Your physician can discuss a wide variety of topics with you, however here are...
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Scheduled for an MRI? Here’s what you need to know

Submitted by Dan Mapes, MPA, RT(N), CRA

When it comes to your health and wellness, any test can make you nervous. However, when you are scheduled for an MRI, there are specific ways you can prepare yourself and reduce your anxiety. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-invasive, painless, diagnostic procedure that uses a...
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Don't Ignore a Wound that Doesn't Heal

Submitted by Bonnie Cunningham, GCNS-BC, CWOCN

As we age, we may have injuries that do not heal as well. It is important to have chronic or ongoing wounds checked by a doctor because they can lead to more serious problems. If you have a sore or wound that has not healed in several weeks, it can be a red flag that there is something more going...
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Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

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. Your physician may suggest considering medical or surgical weight loss programs. When dieting isn’t enough or you have additional health concerns...
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Treating Cancer with HIPEC

Submitted by James Spellman, MD

Hyperthermic Intraoperative Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a method of treating cancer by delivering heated chemotherapy directly into the abdomen. This type of cancer treatment has been very successful in removing cancers of the stomach, appendix, colon, and ovaries. HIPEC is suitable for...
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Nurse Practitioners: What You Need to Know

Submitted by Melissa Raffaele, FNP

When you’re sick, you might tell others that you are going to see the doctor. However, once at the healthcare practice, you may end up seeing a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners are a growing group of health professionals that often work in doctor’s offices, specialty care offices, and in the...
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