Women's Health

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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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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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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Does Stress Affect Breastfeeding Moms?

Submitted by Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC

Aug. 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week. As the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Delaware, Beebe Healthcare is dedicated to providing the tools and resources needed to help all mothers and babies get a healthy start with breastfeeding. Studies have shown that if a mom is stressed, she can...
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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, DNP, MSN, RN, 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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