General Health

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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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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