Women's Health

Feeling Depressed? It Could Be Your Thyroid

Submitted by Dr. Samaneh Dowlatshahi

A hormonal dip could be behind your blues When we’re feeling down, most of us naturally connect our mood to our brain. Depression is, after all, a mental health disorder caused by changes in our brain chemicals. Except when it isn’t. If you or a family member is feeling depressed or foggy the...
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New Tools Help Us Find Colon Cancer Earlier

Submitted by Dr. Robert Deckmann

Treatment most effective in early stages Colorectal cancer can be a devastating illness, and accounts for about 50,000 deaths each year in the United States, making it the country’s second-leading cause of cancer death. But colon cancer’s slow growth rate — it usually takes years for a precancerous...
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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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Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Submitted by Dr. Owen Thomas

More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. During November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we want to talk about who should be screened for lung cancer. Historically, lung cancer was rarely found in early stages, but the use of a relatively new Low Dose...
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Breast Cancer Screening and Beyond

Submitted by Dr. Ellen Bahtiarian, MD

Is it time for your regular visit with your gynecologist or primary care provider? Then it is also the perfect time to plan for your mammogram and learn about the advanced breast care technologies available at Beebe Healthcare. Mammography is still the gold standard for breast cancer screening and...
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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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Decrease Risk Factors to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Submitted by M. Lisa Attebery, DO, FACOS

Women’s health is a hot topic in the media, whether it be in the magazine, newspaper, radio or television. As a general surgeon specializing in breast surgical oncology, I frequently get asked what women can do to decrease their risk of developing breast cancer. Breast cancer is the number one...
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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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