General Health

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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How The da Vinci Robotic System Aids Cardiothoracic Surgery

Submitted by Kurt Wehberg, MD, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery

Community members often ask me why I feel robotically assisted cardiothoracic surgery is better for my patients. The answer is multi-fold: Patients experience fewer complications when they have robotically assisted surgery because the incisions are smaller and less prone to infection; surgical...
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Pets: Our Unexpected Therapists

Submitted by Lee Halloran and Jeanne Briley Wallo

This article first appeared in the Fall 2018 Beacon magazine. READ THE ISSUE. A pet can be much more than the furry friend who leaves slobber on your slippers and “gifts” on your doorstep. Many studies have shown that contact with a gentle, loving animal decreases loneliness and anxiety, increases...
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How Does Your Thyroid Affect Your Hormones?

This article first appeared in the Fall 2018 Beacon magazine. READ THE ISSUE. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in your neck. It is responsible for secreting hormones that regulate growth and can control your metabolism, or how fast you burn calories. More and more research is being...
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Are You the 1 in 3?

Submitted by Karen E. Smith Coleman, MD, FACE

Dancing with the Odds With a family history of diabetes, Deb Brown has always been conscious of staying active and eating a healthy diet. She recently found out she was among the 84 million Americans with prediabetes. When she and husband, Milton, moved to Delaware in 2015, Deb slowed down a bit...
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Talking to Your Doctor About Transgender Health

Submitted by Samaneh Dowlatshahi, MD

Note: This article was published in Letters magazine, a publication by CAMP Rehoboth. Coming out to your family and friends, and explaining that you are transitioning is one thing. However, coming out to your doctor is just as important. Your doctor is your partner in your health journey. As such,...
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Is PrEP right for you?

Submitted by William Chasanov, DO, MBA, Beebe Infectious Diseases

Learn about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV I am pleased to have an opportunity to reach out to you about a topic that I have a great interest in, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. I am hoping to share some information with you on PrEP and answer some questions that I am asked frequently...
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It’s Time to Quit Smoking. We Can Help.

Submitted by Kelly Thompson, Respiratory Therapist

Each year about 1.3 million smokers quit. Are you ready? According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths per year which turns out to be 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smoking is the cause of...
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Dry Needling as a Non-Opioid Alternative to Reduce Pain

Millions of Americans suffer from acute and chronic pain. Beebe’s Physical Rehabilitation department is taking steps to find treatments that can offer patients relief without opioid medication. When pain attacks, often symptoms can be localized to a specific location or can radiate outward and...
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