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Smoking & Your Reproductive Health

Why smoking, e-cigs, and pregnancy don’t mix It’s never easy to quit smoking, but in Dr. Adeline Nukuna’s experience women who smoke when they get pregnant have a powerful new reason to quit. “I’ve seen patients taking quitting more seriously when they hear about the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant...
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Smoking & Your Heart

The damage tobacco inflicts on a smoker’s heart and blood vessels tends to be invisible. But Beebe Healthcare heart surgeon M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, has seen its effects in the plaque-clogged arteries of patients in the operating room. To a smoker, the toll cigarettes take on your heart can be hard to...
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Smoking & Your Lungs

How Smoking Puts Your Lungs on an ‘Invisible Cliff’ If you smoke and can breathe without trouble, it’s easy to assume your lungs are as healthy as they ever were. But, all too often, that’s an illusion. Nature blesses most of us with a pair of lungs more robust than we really need for everyday life...
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Plantar Fasciitis: What You Need to Know

Submitted by Claire Capobianco, DPM, FACFAS

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation or degeneration within the thick specialized ligament in the bottom of the foot – known as the plantar fascia. It is this ligament that supports the arch of the foot, so when it is compromised or inflamed it can be extremely painful. As we walk, jog, or...
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How The da Vinci Robotic System Aids Cardiothoracic Surgery

Submitted by Kurt Wehberg, MD, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery

Community members often ask me why I feel robotically assisted cardiothoracic surgery is better for my patients. The answer is multi-fold: Patients experience fewer complications when they have robotically assisted surgery because the incisions are smaller and less prone to infection; surgical...
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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

Dancing with the Odds With a family history of diabetes, Deb Brown has always been conscious of staying active and eating a healthy diet. She recently found out she was among the 84 million Americans with prediabetes. When she and husband, Milton, moved to Delaware in 2015, Deb slowed down a bit...
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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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