General Health

Feeling off-kilter? It could be hormonal

Submitted by Dr. Mark Facciolo

Out of all the systems of the human body, the hormone-producing glands of the endocrine system may be the least understood. Patients don’t head to their doctor’s office complaining that their adrenal gland isn’t doing its job or because something is wrong with their pineal gland. At the same time,...
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Finding Lung Cancer Early Saves Lives

Submitted by Victor Banzon, MD

Evidence-based screening can find cancer before it spreads Doctors who treat lung cancer want to catch the disease in its earliest stages, before patients even start showing symptoms. That’s because symptoms — such as a cough that does not go away, weight loss, or chest pain that is worse with deep...
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Treatment of Diverticulitis Involves Multiple Specialties

Submitted by Dr. Erik Stancofski

Diet is key in managing digestive condition Your mouth is the first part of the journey from food to usable energy, and the colon is the last stop. On the way out, the colon wrings out the last water from your food. The wall of the colon is filled with muscles to help move food along, but it’s not...
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New Tools Help Us Find Colon Cancer Earlier

Submitted by Dr. Robert Deckmann

Treatment most effective in early stages Colorectal cancer can be a devastating illness, and accounts for about 50,000 deaths each year in the United States, making it the country’s second-leading cause of cancer death. But colon cancer’s slow growth rate — it usually takes years for a precancerous...
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Natural Pain Relief - Part One

Submitted by Uday Jani, MD

Pain relief doesn’t always come in a pill bottle. There are better solutions, many found in your refrigerator, spice rack, and garden. The right mix of foods, herbs, and supplements has proven to be extraordinarily effective in managing chronic inflammation and pain – no prescription required. Here...
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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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