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Put Your Best Fork Forward and Enhance the Flavor of Food

Submitted by Kim Westcott, MS, RD, LDN, CSO

As a Registered Dietitian, one of the things I often hear from patients is that they cannot taste anything. To them, food tastes like cardboard, is too salty, too sweet, or tastes metallic. There are many things that can lead to these taste changes, such as dry mouth, chemotherapy, and other...
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Understanding Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion

Submitted by Nicole Ryan, MD

Picture this: It’s summer. Your child is at a friend’s house and you get the call all parents dread. Your child was playing on the trampoline and fell, bumping his head. The severity of a head injury can vary widely depending on the cause and the age of the child. Concussions can occur from direct...
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May: A Time to Celebrate Mothers & Womanhood

Submitted by Bridget Buckaloo, MSN, RNC-OB, Executive Director of Women’s Health at Beebe Healthcare

Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on all your mother did for you. It is also a time to think about your own role as a mother and a daughter. As women, we have an incredible community that we built for ourselves. As the director of Women’s Health services at Beebe Healthcare I would like to invite...
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Why Delaying the First Bath after Birth is a Good Thing

Submitted by Gretchen Hegwood, CN-3, RNC-WHP

Delayed bathing is a crucial step in the transition of the newborn to the outside world. While it may be a new concept to some, at Beebe we are now using this evidence-based practice to improve the overall health of the baby after it enters the world. There are so many benefits to delayed bathing...
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How the Peanut Ball Improves Maternity Care

Submitted by Rebecca Njord, MSc, MSN, WHNP-BC, CNM

Peanut balls. It may be a funny name, but the purpose of this peanut-shaped ball is no laughing matter. In fact, this silly-sounding device is a low-risk, evidence-based method to increase a mother’s ability to cope with labor pain. This method has been shown to decrease labor times and even lower...
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Body Image Healing as a Cancer Survivor

Submitted by Nataliya Melnyk, MD

Body image is a complicated subject. Instilled at a young age, we become aware of our bodies, how we feel in our skin, what makes us who we are, and how we want others to perceive us. Personal body image evolves throughout our lives and can be affected by any number of events or situations—puberty...
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New Guideline Say Pain Meds Not Needed for Back Pain

Submitted by Dr. Ronald Sabbagh, MD

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints for Americans today. About a quarter of all U.S. adults have reported lower back pain lasting at least one day in the past three months, according to statistics published by PubMed. In 2006, costs associated with those seeking treatment for lower...
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What’s the Scoop on Sugar?

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LD

Our early ancestors only knew the sweet taste of fruit and honey and not the intense flavor of refined sugar. Since our early ancestors battled bees to obtain honey and fruit, sweetness was not always plentiful – the taste of sweetness was an occasional treat. According to Kelly Brownell, PhD, a...
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Heart Healthy Grocery Shopping

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

February is American Heart Month. To round out the month and continue thinking about our heart health, here are some simple ways to adjust how you eat to help prevent heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths each year...
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The Basics of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Submitted by Armin Barekatain, MD

During the month of February – American Heart Month – it is a good time to consider your lifestyle and whether you might be at risk for heart disease. Worldwide, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is estimated to be the leading cause of death and disability. Research shows that high blood pressure, high...
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