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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. And, breast health is front and center, especially during October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a general surgeon specializing in breast surgical oncology, I frequently get asked what...
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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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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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Studies show pets aid in stress relief, healing

Submitted by Lee Halloran, Manager, Volunteer Services

Studies have shown that interaction with dogs and other domestic animals has significant benefits. Three years ago, Beebe Healthcare started its Pet Therapy program to connect patients, visitors, and employees with trained dogs and handlers. This program reduces stress both physically and mentally...
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Your Hospitalist Will See You Now

Submitted by Julie Holmon, MD

As the state of healthcare continues to evolve, a trend toward hospitalist medicine is becoming the standard of care. Beebe is one of many hospitals using hospitalists to care for patients in the hospital. Hospitalists at Beebe Healthcare are physicians who are board certified in internal medicine...
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Does Stress Affect Breastfeeding Moms?

Submitted by Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC

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 inadvertently pass that stress on to her baby...
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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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