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Pets: Our Unexpected Therapists

Submitted by Lee Halloran and Jeanne Briley Wallo

This article first appeared in the Fall 2018 Beacon magazine. READ THE ISSUE. A pet can be much more than the furry friend who leaves slobber on your slippers and “gifts” on your doorstep. Many studies have shown that contact with a gentle, loving animal decreases loneliness and anxiety, increases...
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How Does Your Thyroid Affect Your Hormones?

This article first appeared in the Fall 2018 Beacon magazine. READ THE ISSUE. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in your neck. It is responsible for secreting hormones that regulate growth and can control your metabolism, or how fast you burn calories. More and more research is being...
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Are You the 1 in 3?

Submitted by Karen E. Smith Coleman, MD, FACE

This article first appeared in the Fall 2018 Beacon magazine. READ THE ISSUE. Dancing with the Odds With a family history of diabetes, Deb Brown has always been conscious of staying active and eating a healthy diet. Hear what happened when she found out she was one of 84 million Americans with...
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STIs in Your Golden Years

Submitted by Adeline Nukuna, MD

This Q&A with Adeline Nukuna, MD, of Beebe Women's Healthcare - Plantations first appeared in the Fall 2018 Women's Health Beacon . According to a 2016 report from the CDC, the increase in the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among older Americans is larger than that of the rest...
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Talking to Your Doctor About Transgender Health

Submitted by Samaneh Dowlatshahi, MD

Note: This article was published in Letters magazine, a publication by CAMP Rehoboth. Coming out to your family and friends, and explaining that you are transitioning is one thing. However, coming out to your doctor is just as important. Your doctor is your partner in your health journey. As such,...
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Is PrEP right for you?

Submitted by William Chasanov, DO, MBA, Beebe Infectious Diseases

Learn about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV I am pleased to have an opportunity to reach out to you about a topic that I have a great interest in, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. I am hoping to share some information with you on PrEP and answer some questions that I am asked frequently...
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If You’re Over 50, Take a Look at New Shingles Vaccine

Submitted by Dr. Scott Olewiler

It’s safer and more effective When I was 32, I came down with the viral infection known as shingles. The rash around my chest that lasted for about 10 days was bad enough, but the worst part was the months of pain that followed. My damaged nerves burned at the slightest contact; even a shirt...
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It’s Time to Quit Smoking. We Can Help.

Submitted by Kelly Thompson, Respiratory Therapist

Each year about 1.3 million smokers quit. Are you ready? According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths per year which turns out to be 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smoking is the cause of...
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Dry Needling as a Non-Opioid Alternative to Reduce Pain

Millions of Americans suffer from acute and chronic pain. Beebe’s Physical Rehabilitation department is taking steps to find treatments that can offer patients relief without opioid medication. When pain attacks, often symptoms can be localized to a specific location or can radiate outward and...
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The Subtle Signs of Heart Problems

Submitted by Dr. M. L. Ray Kuretu

As medical director of Beebe Healthcare’s Cardiac Surgery Program, I’ve been operating on hearts for more than 40 years. I’ve seen too many patients who learn they have heart disease when they collapse from a heart attack. But an ailing heart gives off warning signs if you stop to listen. And the...
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