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Submitted by Eugene Isaac, PA-C, MSPAS

We all use the Internet for healthcare. We hear about the Ebola epidemic, H1N1, measles outbreak, and the flu and out come our phones and computers. I see it at work. As I talk to patients, their family is simultaneously looking up heart disease, surgery, and Beebe Healthcare. Even though we know...
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Children have fun at the Sussex County Asthma Camp while learning how to manage their chronic disease

Submitted by Sara Brown, BS, RRT

Asthma is a chronic – or long term - lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Common characteristics of asthma include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing at night or early in the morning. Asthma typically starts during childhood and when poorly...
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#1 Preventable Cause of Death in the United States – Smoking

Submitted by Eugene Isaac, PA-C, MS

These are facts: The number of U.S. citizens who have died prematurely due to smoking is more than 10 times the number of U.S. citizens who have died in all of U.S. wars combined. Nine out of ten lung cancer deaths in men and women are due to smoking. Eight out of ten deaths from Chronic...
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Losing Weight is Hard… but Staying Overweight is Also Hard

Submitted by Patricia A. Houston, RN, BSN, MPH, M.Ed., CBN

Losing weight is hard. But you know what? Staying overweight is also hard. It’s hard on your joints, your heart, and your blood vessels. Excess weight is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes. It is also linked to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, joint disease, cancer, and...
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Safe Sleep and Your Baby

Submitted by Nancy Forsyth, MSN, RN, NNP-BC

Having a new baby can be overwhelming. Family and friends may be full of advice and suggestions. Knowing the best thing to do can be hard. Fortunately, reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is easy. Experts define SIDS as the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age...
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Protecting our eyes

Submitted by Karen Rudo, MD

Many of us have been wearing sunglasses this summer. I have to admit that I have had to laugh a couple of times when I have even seen dogs wearing sunglasses. But how many of us think about the fact that this fashionable and often fun eyewear represents one of the many ways that we protect our eyes...
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Drowning happens quickly and it happens quietly

Submitted by Stacey G. Fox, MD FAAP

Learn how to keep your children safe When you’re at the beach, waterpark, or backyard pool with your kids, drowning may not be the first thing on your mind. But, in addition to the sunscreen, towels, pool toys, and snacks, it is important to bring your water safety skills and drowning awareness...
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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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