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Don’t add a trip to the Emergency Department to your summer vacation

Submitted by Paul Cowan, DO, Beebe Emergency Department

Summer means tens of thousands of people are visiting Delaware beaches. They are strolling on the boardwalk and spreading out in the sand with towels, chairs, and umbrellas. The Delaware beaches offer a summer playground with the ocean waters bringing relief from the sun’s sweltering rays. Yet, the...
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Speech Therapy Helps People With Parkinson’s Disease

Submitted by Nicholas P. Bollinger, M.S. CCC-SLP

Each May, Speech Language Pathologists across the nation celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month by bringing awareness to impairments that impact speech, language, and hearing. These deficits impact people’s ability to live independent and productive lives. Many diseases and disorders such as...
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A Healthy Grilling Guide

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Although many individuals grill foods all year long, May is typically the month we start grilling. This favorite cooking method causes us to handle raw meat, poultry, fish, and plant foods. Cross contamination of raw and cooked foods may lead to food borne illnesses. In addition, according to the...
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Our message to women: Take charge of your health

Submitted by Bridget Buckaloo, MSN, RNC-OB

Women love to take care of others, but often this can be to their own detriment. During National Women’s Health Week, I encourage all women to take a few moments to consider themselves and to take action to improve their health. National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S...
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Don’t ignore gardening pain. It could signal something serious

Most people do not head for the garden planning to finish the day with aches and pains or a serious injury. Tending flowers, trimming bushes, planting a new tree, and even mowing the lawn, can be considered a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. For the gardener, nothing is more satisfying than...
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Welcome Spring Into Our Lives

Submitted by Elizabeth White, LCSW

For most of us, it has been a long winter and allowing the cold days of winter to leave is a welcome relief. There seems to be nothing as dreary as cold, cloud filled days and wind that seems to blow coldness throughout our bodies. Winter has a way of keeping us in a state of hibernation and we are...
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Submitted by Cheri Will, RN, Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Coordinator, Beebe Healthcare

Sexual violence is a major health concern in the United States and worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that 44.6 percent of woman and 22.2 percent of men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. Sexual violence can negatively impact...
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Part Two: Eating to Reduce Inflammation

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

This is part two in a two-part series examining the link between food and inflammation. Inflammation can cause a number of health issues – from arthritis to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A healthcare provider may recommend a diet that aims to reduce inflammation. This diet should...
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Part One: The Connection Between Nutrition, Inflammation, & Pain

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

This is part one in a two-part series examining the link between food and inflammation. The word inflammation is derived from the Latin root “inflammare,” which means “to flame within.” Inflammation is part of the human body’s immune system defense against injury, infection, or allergens. When...
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Improves Wound Healing

Submitted by Bonnie Cunningham, GCNS-BC, CWOCN

Chronic, non-healing wounds are an issue in almost all areas of medicine. Wounds associated with diabetes are a major factor in amputations and early death. Problem wounds caused by vascular disease, trauma, necrotizing infections, or radiation injury are regularly seen in physicians’ offices. It...
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