Wellness

Have Yourself a Mindful Little Holiday

Submitted by Kate Adamek, LCSW, Group Facilitator for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Trying to not just survive, but thrive during the holidays, can be trying. While there are no magic wands to fix this, some of the following suggestions may ease the way to more fun, less Grinch holiday. Set reasonable expectations: Hallmark Holidays rarely exist outside the imagination of greeting...
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This Year: Strong is the New Skinny

Submitted by Bryan Drain, Medical Nutrition Therapist

Body weight is merely your relationship to gravity. It does not define you; nor does it encompass you as a person. This year, focus on being strong over skinny. While maintaining a healthy weight is important, and many of us have a few extra pounds to spare, during the holiday season it is more...
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Why Knowing About Sepsis Could Save Your Life

Submitted by Kevin Bristowe, MD

As an emergency room physician, I understand the importance of a knowledgeable staff. At Beebe we work with our teams so that everyone receives ongoing education. This education often allows us to intuitively create work groups, new policies and procedures, and improve the care we provide to...
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Topics to Bring Up During Your Annual Exam

Submitted by Dr. John Hale, MD

Has it been more than a year since you saw a primary care physician? If so, it is time to schedule that appointment. Annual exams with a primary care physician are key to maintaining your good health from year to year. Your physician can discuss a wide variety of topics with you, however here are...
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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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Decrease Risk Factors to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Women’s health is a hot topic in the media, whether it be in the magazine, newspaper, radio or television. Breast cancer is the number one cancer in women, with lung cancer being second. The risk factors for developing breast cancer are diverse, with only a few being related to genetics. About 60...
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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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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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Prior to surgery, have a home safety assessment

Submitted by Maggie Kniele, PT, MBA, DPT

If you are planning to have surgery, you may also want to consider having a pre-surgery home safety assessment. These assessments are provided by Beebe Home Care Services in an effort to prepare you and your home following surgery. The assessments look for areas that could trigger a fall after...
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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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