Healthy Living

School of nursing graduates Class of 2014

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare recently celebrated the Class of 2014 graduation, with 24 graduates, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

Struggling with headaches?

If you’re struggling with headaches, you’re not alone. The real question is who hasn’t had a headache? The painful answer is they are all too common. The National Headache Foundation says that more than 45 million Americans suffer from more than just an occasional headache. They’re dealing with recurring, chronic headaches every year.

Help for your aching back

“Oh, my aching back.” How many times have you or someone you know uttered that old expression? Back pain is terrible. It limits your mobility, impacting typical daily activities, and it can really decrease your quality of life. From something as simple as putting on a pair of shoes to picking up a bag of groceries, back pain can make any task frustrating and painful.

Heroin: Part three of a three-part series

'This is a public health problem – addiction is a chronic illness.'

With the increase in heroin abuse throughout Delaware, many state, local and private agencies and organizations are working hard — and sometimes together — to find a
solution to the growing issue.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Heroin: Part one of a three-part series

From October 2013 to February 2014 – 5 months – 70 Delawareans’ deaths were attributed to suspected heroin overdose. Their average age was the early 40s.

Health seminar to focus on chronic disease education

For those who are struggling with chronic illness, or know someone who is, naturopath Brian D. Jones and his wife, Ellen F. Cook, hope to help.

“We’ve had a good turnout each time,” said Jones of previous seminars. “Our focus is on immune stimulation and nontoxic approaches to human health and nutrition.”

Tools can help Delawareans fight fat

We all know that being overweight or obese is a very serious health problem. For Delawareans, the statistics are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34.7 percent of Delawareans are obese. The statistics for our kids are just as troubling, as 35.2 percent of 10- to 17-year-old Delawareans are overweight, too.

Girls’ softball is changing, and so are the injuries

I’m as sick of winter as anyone, but we’ve almost turned the corner. Spring is just about here, and that means it’s time for softball.

It’s working for Olympians and star athletes — could PRP help you?

The Sochi Winter Olympics are upon us, and I am psyched. Like so many of you, I really enjoy watching the competition and rooting for Team USA.

Dietician shares the straight skinny on sugar, calories

At the top of most everyone’s resolution list is eating healthier in the new year. Part of being healthy is understanding sugar.

The average American eats about 150 pounds of sugar each year, which equals 30 5-pound bags of sugar.

There are 15 calories in one teaspoon of sugar (or one packet).

On average, we consume 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, which equals 330 calories.

Sore muscles? It could be DOMS

You may have experienced it, but you may not know what the problem is and what you can do to free yourself of the pain. DOMS — delayed-onset muscle soreness — is also called “muscle fever.”

Zumba injuries on the rise

Zumba remains one of the hottest fitness programs today. Its worldwide appeal has a lot to do with how much people enjoy the way it draws from Latin dance moves to create an upbeat, entertaining exercise program. Some 12 million people are reportedly taking weekly Zumba classes to boogie their way into shape, but doctors say getting your groove on comes with some serious risks.

Warm-water fitness classes offered at Aquacare facility in Millville

Aquacare Physical Therapy, with locations in Millville, Millsboro and Lewes, is offering specialty aquatic fitness programs in their warm-water therapy pool.

Counselor provides tips for coping with grief during holidays

Dr. Judy Pierson, clinical psychologist, spoke about “The Ups and Downs of the Holidays for Those Who are Grieving,” on Saturday, Nov. 16, at a Delaware Hospice workshop in Milford.

Skateboarding injuries on the rise, can be prevented

Area skateboarders are stoked, thanks to plans to bring another skate park to the area, in Rehoboth. For parents and the increasing number of skateboarders of all ages, that’s good news.

Surfin’ Snowman run coming to Bethany Beach

The Seashore Striders and the producers of the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike event (Rick Hundley, Ernie Felici and Tim Bamforth) are now planning the Surfin’ Snowman 5-mile run and Santa’s Helper 2-mile family fun walk/run. The event, presented by Miken Builders, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 28, at noon at the Bethany Beach bandstand.

Drug take-back offered at local police departments

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a number of area police departments are participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. According to the DEA’s Web site, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”

Thrift shop offers support to pregnancy center

The Shirley Grace Thrift Shop hopes to provide exactly what people seek, whether it’s some hope and warmth or just a really good bargain. Operated by the Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center, the non-profit thrift shop just opened in Route 113’s Banks Plaza in Frankford.

Dig deep and rise above: Important safety tips for girls’ volleyball athletes

Girls’ volleyball is enjoying a spike in popularity. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor probably have a lot to do with the increased popularity that has made this year-round sport appealing to many girls.

Aquacare Physical Therapy gives the spin on balance

October is National Physical Therapist Month, a time to inform the community of the benefits of physical therapy. Physical therapists can provide help for people with many different problems. One area of expertise that a physical therapist can specialize in is the treatment of dizziness, vertigo or imbalance.

Girls’ gymnastics high injury rates are a wake-up call

I’m a fan of girls’ gymnastics. It’s a terrific way for young girls to explore their athletic abilities, stay fit and get involved in a sport that is a great outlet for creativity and personal performance. But, it’s not without risk. Gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates of all girls’ sports.

Bristowe receives Standards of Excellence Award from Beebe

Beebe Medical Center recently recognized Dr. Kevin D. Bristowe for his commitment to clinical excellence and for his contributions to healthcare by honoring him with the organization’s Standards of Excellence Award.

Lack of sleep blamed for increased risk of teens’ sports injuries

Today’s lifestyles are hectic for all of us. For teens, that’s particularly true. If there’s a teen in your house, I’m sure you’re shaking your head. There’s so much pressure, with the daily demands of school, homework, social got-to-do’s, constant social media, video games, clubs and sports. Any surprise that so many are short on sleep?

Nursing assistant program to begin Sept. 30

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center will offer a nursing assistant class beginning Monday, Sept. 30, and ending Dec 12.

Beef-n-Beer to benefit mesothelioma research

On Saturday, Sept. 14, a Beef-n-Beer fundraiser will be held at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company to raise money for mesothelioma research.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mesothelioma “is a rare cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs … and is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer.”

Go Red for Women Luncheon and Fashion Show set for Sept. 18

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women. In the United States, one out of every four women dies of heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Beebe expands Georgetown healthcare services

Beebe Medical Center announced this week that it is expanding into Georgetown in October, to provide healthcare services to the people living and working in the surrounding area.

Beebe Medical Center to host free flu vaccination clinics

Beebe Medical Center will offer free flu vaccination clinics for the community starting this month.

“Influenza viruses are always changing so annual vaccination is recommended,” representatives noted. “Each year, scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause flu that year.”

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