General Health

Five Tips for COPD Patients

Submitted by Pam Lowe, Beebe Pulmonary Rehabilitation

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. "Progressive" means the disease gets worse over time. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other...
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Autumn Safety Tips for Parents

Submitted by Stacey Fox, MD, FAAP

The weather is getting cooler, being back in school has lost its novelty, and Halloween decorations are everywhere—it must be fall! In addition to planning for safe costumes, trick-or-treating safety and candy safety this Halloween, there are other important ways to keep your family safe this Fall...
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Trick or Treat: Surviving the Sweetest Season

With dozens of varieties of Halloween candy lining the shelves this October, avoiding your sweet tooth may prove to be very difficult. While it is still okay to indulge in Halloween treats, you might wish to educate yourself on some of the candies. Be in the know - follow our Halloween Candy Guide...
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Cold Weather is Coming - Tips for Keeping Up Your Exercise Regimen

Submitted by Graham Robbins, PT, Director of Beebe Physical Rehabilitation Services

This is a two-part series about safely exercising in cold weather. You don’t have to wait until spring to get started exercising and you don’t have to spend the fall and winter months in a gym or in your mom’s basement on the treadmill. Almost anyone can exercise safely in the cold. Certainly,...
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Paging Dr. Internet

Submitted by Eugene Isaac, PA-C, MSPAS

We all use the Internet for healthcare. We hear about the Ebola epidemic, H1N1, measles outbreak, and the flu and out come our phones and computers. I see it at work. As I talk to patients, their family is simultaneously looking up heart disease, surgery, and Beebe Healthcare. Even though we know...
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Children have fun at the Sussex County Asthma Camp while learning how to manage their chronic disease

Submitted by Sara Brown, BS, RRT

Asthma is a chronic – or long term - lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Common characteristics of asthma include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing at night or early in the morning. Asthma typically starts during childhood and when poorly...
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Smoking is the No. 1 Most Preventable Cause of Death in the United States

Submitted by Eugene Isaac, PA-C, MS

These are facts: The number of U.S. citizens who have died prematurely due to smoking is more than 10 times the number of U.S. citizens who have died in all of U.S. wars combined. Nine out of ten lung cancer deaths in men and women are due to smoking. Eight out of ten deaths from Chronic...
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Losing Weight is Hard… but Staying Overweight is Also Hard

Submitted by Patricia A. Houston, RN, BSN, MPH, M.Ed., CBN

Losing weight is hard. But you know what? Staying overweight is also hard. It’s hard on your joints, your heart, and your blood vessels. Excess weight is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes. It is also linked to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, joint disease, cancer, and...
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Protecting our eyes

Submitted by Karen Rudo, MD

Many of us have been wearing sunglasses this summer. I have to admit that I have had to laugh a couple of times when I have even seen dogs wearing sunglasses. But how many of us think about the fact that this fashionable and often fun eyewear represents one of the many ways that we protect our eyes...
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Drowning happens quickly and it happens quietly

Submitted by Stacey G. Fox, MD FAAP

Learn how to keep your children safe When you’re at the beach, waterpark, or backyard pool with your kids, drowning may not be the first thing on your mind. But, in addition to the sunscreen, towels, pool toys, and snacks, it is important to bring your water safety skills and drowning awareness...
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