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3D mammography offers better detection of breast cancer

Submitted by Ellen Bahtiarian, MD, board certified radiologist

Breast Tomosynthesis or 3D mammography is the latest advance in digital mammography. The advantages over traditional mammography (also known as 2D mammography) include better cancer detection at an earlier stage and fewer return visits for additional images and therefore less anxiety and greater...
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New procedure decreases severity of chronic asthma attacks, research shows

Submitted by Vikas Batra, MD

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can cause the airways to narrow so that less oxygen flows into the lungs. Uncontrolled asthma is serious, as it can cause permanent damage to the airways. Symptoms are wheezing, tightness in the chest, coughing, and shortness of breath. Asthma is one of the...
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October is Domestic (Interpersonal) Violence Awareness Month

Submitted by Cheri Will, RN, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Coordinator

In 2014 Governor Markell signed a Proclamation, declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the State of Delaware. Interpersonal violence can happen anywhere and at any time to anyone. The victim can be a woman or a man. The victim can be a child or an older adult. The victim can be a...
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When is it more than the “baby blues?”

Submitted by Carrie Sz. Keane, CNM, MSN,

Arriving home with your new infant should be a happy start to a new life for your family. But, it isn’t always a happy time for every mom. After childbirth, some moms can feel sad. The so-called “baby blues” often only last for a week or so and then the mom can bounce back to a more normal feeling...
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Studies show pets aid in stress relief, healing

Submitted by Lee Halloran

Studies have shown that interaction with dogs and other domestic animals has significant benefits. Beebe Healthcare recently initiated a Pet Therapy pilot program to connect patients, visitors, and employees with trained dogs and handlers. This program aims to reduce stress both physically and...
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Making Healthcare Accessible for All Patients

Submitted by By Alina Ferrer

Beebe Healthcare wants to provide quality care and service for all Sussex County residents. Many residents are in their golden years and may suffer from hearing loss. However, deafness is not only an older person’s concern – many people become deaf as children. Beebe team members are educated about...
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The Flu Requires Prevention and Extra Attention

Submitted by Megan M. Williams, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

The flu is upon us in Sussex County, Delaware. As of mid-December 2014, the state reported that 60% of the total cases of flu statewide had been diagnosed in Sussex County. This is important to consider, particularly because the population in Sussex County is smaller than in the other two counties...
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Flu is the most common cause of viral pneumonia in adults

Submitted by Julie Holmon, MD

Now that we know we are in the midst of a flu epidemic, it is important to be aware of the risk of pneumonia. The flu virus is the most common cause of viral pneumonia in adults and many people can develop pneumonia as their weakened immune systems are fighting flu. This particular pneumonia can be...
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Mindfulness Meditation: A Man’s (or Woman’s) Best Friend

Submitted by Raylen Williams

“It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our mind?” - Sakyong Mipham Training the mind is a lot like training a puppy. Imagine your mind as the cutest puppy you have ever seen. Not wanting to leave the...
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Over-the-counter: The Good, the Bad, And the Ugly

Submitted by Lisa L. Deal Pharm.D., BCPS

With the busy lifestyles that we all have, over the counter (OTC) dietary supplementation with vitamins and minerals is the way to go, right? Seemingly harmless due to ease in availability, you or many people you know may take supplements on a daily basis. While beneficial to some, supplements can...
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