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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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Studies show pets aid in stress relief, healing

Submitted by Lee Halloran, Manager, Volunteer Services

Studies have shown that interaction with dogs and other domestic animals has significant benefits. Three years ago, Beebe Healthcare started its Pet Therapy program to connect patients, visitors, and employees with trained dogs and handlers. This program reduces stress both physically and mentally...
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Your Hospitalist Will See You Now

Submitted by Julie Holmon, MD

As the state of healthcare continues to evolve, a trend toward hospitalist medicine is becoming the standard of care. Beebe is one of many hospitals using hospitalists to care for patients in the hospital. Hospitalists at Beebe Healthcare are physicians who are board certified in internal medicine...
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Stay Hydrated: Avoid the Emergency Room

Submitted by Kevin Bristowe, MD

Summer heat, too much alcohol, too much time in the sun, and not drinking enough water can be a dangerous combination. Even if you aren’t consuming alcohol, many people end up in the emergency room each year due to dehydration. Older adults and children are most susceptible to dehydration as...
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Recovering hearts, saving lives with the Impella device

Submitted by Mouhanad Freih, MD

A young, previously healthy, 42-year-old patient was brought into Beebe’s Emergency Department recently with large anterior wall myocardial infarction, where the main artery to the front of his heart (LAD) was completely blocked. This caused significant damage to his heart muscle and temporary...
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What Role Does Nutrition Play in Brain Health?

Submitted by Lynn Toth, RN, MSN, NP-C

With the fascination about human brain study coupled with the aging baby boomer’s passion about health, a new area of study and practice has arrived. Brain health remains one of the most popular and researched topic in healthcare today (Naussbaum, 2015). Despite studies, we still have a primitive...
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Whole Body Health for All Ages

Submitted by Rita Karapurkar Williams, MA, CHES

Year after year our bodies change—and consequently, the food we choose, how much we move and exercise our bodies, and the medical counsel we seek can all have a significant impact on these transitions. That’s why it’s so important to tune into your body, notice any shifts and consider what it...
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Put Your Best Fork Forward and Enhance the Flavor of Food

Submitted by Kim Westcott, MS, RD, LDN, CSO

As a Registered Dietitian, one of the things I often hear from patients is that they cannot taste anything. To them, food tastes like cardboard, is too salty, too sweet, or tastes metallic. There are many things that can lead to these taste changes, such as dry mouth, chemotherapy, and other...
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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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