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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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What Role Does Nutrition Play in Brain Health?

Submitted by Lynn Toth, RN, MSN, NP-C

With the fascination about human brain study coupled with the aging baby boomer’s passion about health, a new area of study and practice has arrived. Brain health remains one of the most popular and researched topic in healthcare today (Naussbaum, 2015). Despite studies, we still have a primitive...
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Prevent Common Summer Injuries

Submitted by Kevin Bristowe, MD

When you think of summer, you may think of fun times on the beach, out on a boat, or barbecuing in the backyard. However, each summer, common injuries send countless numbers of residents and visitors to Beebe’s Emergency Department. Here are some tips to help you avoid the emergency room this...
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Tips to Prevent Shoulder Injuries this Summer

Submitted by Gita Pillai, MD

As the weather gets warmer, thoughts turn to getting outside and playing. Whether that is kayaking, swimming, pickleball, tennis or golf, all of these activities can place significant stress on the shoulder. The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body, allowing you to place your arm...
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Whole Body Health for All Ages

Submitted by Rita Karapurkar Williams, MA, CHES

Year after year our bodies change—and consequently, the food we choose, how much we move and exercise our bodies, and the medical counsel we seek can all have a significant impact on these transitions. That’s why it’s so important to tune into your body, notice any shifts and consider what it...
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Put Your Best Fork Forward and Enhance the Flavor of Food

Submitted by Kim Westcott, MS, RD, LDN, CSO

As a Registered Dietitian, one of the things I often hear from patients is that they cannot taste anything. To them, food tastes like cardboard, is too salty, too sweet, or tastes metallic. There are many things that can lead to these taste changes, such as dry mouth, chemotherapy, and other...
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May: A Time to Celebrate Mothers & Womanhood

Submitted by Bridget Buckaloo, MSN, RNC-OB, Executive Director of Women’s Health at Beebe Healthcare

Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on all your mother did for you. It is also a time to think about your own role as a mother and a daughter. As women, we have an incredible community that we built for ourselves. As the director of Women’s Health services at Beebe Healthcare I would like to invite...
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Why Delaying the First Bath after Birth is a Good Thing

Submitted by Gretchen Hegwood, CN-3, RNC-WHP

Delayed bathing is a crucial step in the transition of the newborn to the outside world. While it may be a new concept to some, at Beebe we are now using this evidence-based practice to improve the overall health of the baby after it enters the world. There are so many benefits to delayed bathing...
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How the Peanut Ball Improves Maternity Care

Submitted by Rebecca Njord, MSc, MSN, WHNP-BC, CNM

Peanut balls. It may be a funny name, but the purpose of this peanut-shaped ball is no laughing matter. In fact, this silly-sounding device is a low-risk, evidence-based method to increase a mother’s ability to cope with labor pain. This method has been shown to decrease labor times and even lower...
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Body Image Healing as a Cancer Survivor

Submitted by Nataliya Melnyk, MD

Body image is a complicated subject. Instilled at a young age, we become aware of our bodies, how we feel in our skin, what makes us who we are, and how we want others to perceive us. Personal body image evolves throughout our lives and can be affected by any number of events or situations—puberty...
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