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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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How Stress Affects Your Health

Submitted by Eugene Isaac, PA-C

Stress is inescapable. It can be societal, like war or terrorism. It can be community related like drugs or disease. It can be personal like marriage or finance. It’s no secret that stress makes us feel bad, but just how “bad” is stress for us? Our bodies have evolved to deal with stress. Fight or...
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Screenings are an important part of healthcare

Submitted by Debbie Campbell, RN, MSN, Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator

Preventive health screenings are an important part of healthcare. Federal regulations now require most people to have health insurance if they don’t qualify for Medicaid, which means people who previously may not have been covered now can have proper care. Part of that care should be health...
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New treatment for atrial fibrillation (AFib) proving safe and effective

Submitted by Firas El-Sabbagh, MD

Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, is the most common abnormal heart rhythm and increases in prevalence with age. It affects up to 5% of the population older than 69 years, and 8% of the population older than 80 years. In the heart of a healthy person, electrical impulses are sent from a...
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