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If You’re Over 50, Take a Look at New Shingles Vaccine

Submitted by Dr. Scott Olewiler

It’s safer and more effective When I was 32, I came down with the viral infection known as shingles. The rash around my chest that lasted for about 10 days was bad enough, but the worst part was the months of pain that followed. My damaged nerves burned at the slightest contact; even a shirt...
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The Subtle Signs of Heart Problems

Submitted by Dr. M. L. Ray Kuretu

As medical director of Beebe Healthcare’s Cardiac Surgery Program, I’ve been operating on hearts for more than 40 years. I’ve seen too many patients who learn they have heart disease when they collapse from a heart attack. But an ailing heart gives off warning signs if you stop to listen. And the...
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Google can provide health data, if not health wisdom

Submitted by Jeffrey Hawtof, MD, FAAFP

Doctor can put internet research in context for you Every day, my patients research their health problems online and bring me their ideas about what might be wrong. Perhaps they’ve lost a little weight, feel tired, and then come to me, convinced that they have a dire ailment. The data they’ve...
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Feeling off-kilter? It could be hormonal

Submitted by Dr. Mark Facciolo

Out of all the systems of the human body, the hormone-producing glands of the endocrine system may be the least understood. Patients don’t head to their doctor’s office complaining that their adrenal gland isn’t doing its job or because something is wrong with their pineal gland. At the same time,...
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How Simple Tools Can Help You Stay Independent

Submitted by Jennifer Guerin, MS, OTR/L

A scooter, wheelchair, or cane can help you get around if you have trouble on your feet, and a hearing aid can turn up the volume on the world around you. But, what about the smaller stuff, like opening a jar, putting on your shoes or reaching across your shoulder to fasten your seatbelt? After all...
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Don’t Take my Tongue

Submitted by Nicholas P. Bollinger, MS, CCC-SLP

How impairment of our strongest muscle limits speech and swallowing A lot can go through someone’s head when they are first diagnosed with a stroke, injury or disorder of the brain, digestive disease or lung disease. The last thing on your mind might be if you will be able to communicate or swallow...
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Leg Pain Could Signal Artery Blockage

Submitted by Carlos Neves, MD

September is PAD Awareness Month It’s easy to dismiss an aching hip or cramped legs as part of the aging process, especially if it flares up during walking or exercise. As with most pain, your body is trying to tell you something, and it’s best to listen. Pain in the legs or hip, especially while...
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Natural Pain Relief - Part One

Submitted by Uday Jani, MD

Pain relief doesn’t always come in a pill bottle. There are better solutions, many found in your refrigerator, spice rack, and garden. The right mix of foods, herbs, and supplements has proven to be extraordinarily effective in managing chronic inflammation and pain – no prescription required. Here...
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Beebe Performs First Biventricular Pacemaker Procedure in Delaware

Submitted by Malick Islam, MD

Does the rhythm of your heart feel off sometimes? During American Heart Month this February, we encourage you to talk to your primary care physician or cardiologist about any heart concerns you might have. When a patient’s heart rhythm gets knocked off course, either from a cardiac event or from...
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Making the Connection: Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

Submitted by Jean Davison, AuD

Did you know that adults even a mild hearing loss have a higher risk for dementia? And, those with severe hearing loss have five times the risk of getting dementia. In fact, studies have found that hearing loss not only can accelerate dementia, it can also cause cognitive decline. Hearing loss is...
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