5 Things You Can Do at Home to Relieve Joint Pain during COVID-19 – Health Article

By Jennifer Bringle Joint pain can be a really annoying affliction, and it can also be a debilitating condition that interferes with a sufferer’s quality of life. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing the difference between something that can be treated at home and something requiring an office visit is more important than ever. Luckily, for those less-severe cases, there are several things patients can do at home to help alleviate joint pain without seeing a doctor. Myron Smith, MD,…

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What to Consider as Kids Return to School (or Not) – Health Article

By Karen Vernon With students across the nation returning to in-person or virtual classrooms this fall, Mission Children’s Hospital Medical Director Ansley Miller, MD, FAAP, offered some insight to prepare kids and parents for this transition. Returning to the Classroom Successful return to on-campus settings requires a partnership between schools, local and regional health authorities and parents. “We have to place a priority on safe learning environments,” Dr. Miller said, “particularly on social distancing, masking where appropriate, hand hygiene and…

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4 Ways to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your OB/GYN – Health Article

By Trisha McBride Ferguson Good doctor-patient relationships are important at every stage in life and help ensure the best health outcomes. For women, building a solid connection with their obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) is essential. Whether you’re visiting for birth control, family planning or a regular screening, these suggestions from Alisa Katherine Eanes, MD, an OB/GYN at Mission Women’s Care – McDowell, can help you get the most out of your next OB/GYN visit: 1. Find the right fit. If you’re just…

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5 Reasons Not to Put Off a Low-dose Lung Screening – Health Education Article

By Jennifer Bringle With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to change routines and stick closer to home, some may think it’s okay to skip preventative healthcare appointments. But when it comes to regular lung screenings, there’s nothing routine about a scan that can save your life. For those ages 55-80 who have a history of heavy smoking, currently smoke or quit in the last 15 years, annual screenings are advised. The low-dose CT scan is configured so that patients have…

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The Breast Is Best: Breastfeeding Offers Lasting Benefits – Health Article

By Cheri Hinshelwood World Breastfeeding Week in August is a great time to celebrate the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding — the most natural and nutritious way to sustain babies. “Many new moms haven’t had much exposure to breastfeeding and have to learn quickly to gain confidence and an understanding of how to be successful,” said Amy Moore, MSN, RN, IBCLC, lactation consultant at Mission’s Breastfeeding Center and Boutique, who is also certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation…

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Fighting COVID-19 with Convalescent Plasma: Hillane’s Story – Health Education Article

Hillane Lambert and her husband Sam By Robert A. Poarch “If anything good can come out of the craziness that I’ve been through, I’m okay with that. If it can be helpful to anybody else, that’s my attitude,” said Hillane Lambert, a retired nurse and former Program Director for the Unity Healing Center in Cherokee. Lambert is referring to the three weeks that she spent in Mission Hospital battling and, ultimately, surviving COVID-19. Suffering with COVID-19 In mid-May 2020, Lambert…

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Sepsis: Keeping Patients Safe during COVID-19? – Health Article

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC If you or your loved one has an abnormal temperature, an infection, mental confusion or is extremely ill, do you know what to do? “Don’t wait,” said Angela Morrow, BSN, RN, a sepsis coordinator at Mission Hospital. “Be aware of the signs and seek urgent medical care right away.” “It is all about time,” said Jeanie Bollinger, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN-K, an Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mission Health “A patient’s outcome is very…

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Avoiding Injury While Recreating Outdoors—But Safe Care Is Available – Health Article

By Carolyn Comeau North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper put a stay-at-home order into effect in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. It was lifted on May 22, to many outdoor enthusiasts’ and athletes’ reliefs. This meant that citizens could again enjoy the outdoors with more frequency, while observing social distancing etiquette. Even though the anticipated late-June move to Phase 3 was delayed, people can still enjoy parks and the great outdoors, which have become sanity savers for avid…

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Healthy Recipe—Oatmeal Pecan Waffles (or Pancakes) – Health Education Article

Take this breakfast favorite up a notch. Top with fruit to make it an extra healthy start to your day. ingredients For waffles:1 cup whole-wheat flour½ cup quick-cooking oats2 tsp baking powder1 tsp sugar¼ cup unsalted pecans, chopped2 large eggs, separated (for pancakes, see note)1½ cup fat-free (skim) milk1 Tbsp vegetable oil For fruit topping:2 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed, stems removed and cut in half (or substitute frozen strawberries, thawed)1 cup fresh blackberries, rinsed (or substitute frozen blackberries, thawed)1 cup…

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Bad Blood: Anemia Symptoms, Solutions and a New Treatment Center – Health Article

By Carolyn Comeau The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes an anemic performance as “lacking force, vitality or spirit,” but the origins of this usage are definitely rooted in the medical condition of anemia. “The sole purpose of red blood cells,” explained Albert Quiery, MD, hematologist and Medical Director at Mission Medical Oncology, “is to carry oxygen from the lungs to your body’s tissues. If you don’t have enough of them, your ability to deliver oxygen to where it’s needed is impaired, resulting…

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When Lindsey Bauers Wanted to Donate Her Kidney to Her Father, the Hope Fund Made It Possible – Health Article

Lindsey Bauers and Her Father By Jennifer Bringle In 2019, Asheville Specialty Hospital registered nurse Lindsey Bauers faced an almost unimaginable choice. Her father, Lowell Bauers, was in end-stage renal failure, and the only thing that might prolong his life was a kidney transplant. Bauers wanted to give him one of her kidneys, but as a full-time nurse and the mother of a small child, she wasn’t sure how she’d be able to afford the time off work and childcare…

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Holiday Recipe – Cranberry Orange Pear Sauce – Mission Health Blog – Health Article

Add a little extra flavor to your holiday dishes this year! Drizzle this Cranberry Orange Pear Sauce, putting a flavorful twist on traditional cranberry sauce. Happy, healthy eating and be well! ingredients  12 oz fresh cranberries2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and diced1 cup orange juicezest of ½ an orange¼ cup pure maple syrup, honey or agave½ tsp cinnamon½ tsp ground ginger directions total cook + prep time: 20 minutes 1. Add all ingredients, except the pears, to a medium saucepan and…

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Give Your Heart a Boost – Is LVAD Right for You? – Health Article

In the US, thousands of people with advanced heart failure are awaiting heart transplants. Others have hearts so weak, they’re not expected to live a year, but they no longer meet the criteria for a transplant. For them, one option is a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a pump surgically connected to the heart that extends their lives for many years. “This groundbreaking technology has changed the natural history of an illness that would otherwise take the lives of many…

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What Goes Around Comes Around: Are You Prepared for Flu Season? – Health Article

Don’t spread the flu! Stay home if you’re sick. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes. Cover your mouth with a tissue, or sneeze or cough into your sleeve. Help prevent the flu by getting your vaccine! The 2017-2018 flu (influenza) season was one of the deadliest with 48.8 million reported cases and 79,400 deaths, according to  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Annually, mortality is about 6,515. “Because flu evolves from year to…

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Spring Slump? Don’t Ignore Your Mental Well-being – Health Article

Just when most people feel energized because it is spring, others want to pull the covers over their heads. Seasonal change can be harder on those with anxiety and depression. Speaking with your primary care physician can be a first step in feeling better. “Often patients dismiss their earliest suspicions of depression or anxiety,” said Jesse Pace, DO, a family practice physician with Mission Family Medicine Glenwood. “Patients usually come in because they aren’t sleeping or are feeling irritable.” People…

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Common Tennis Injuries and How to Prevent Them – Health Article

By Thomas Starnes, MD Playing tennis is not only fun, but it’s a great way to exercise. Like with all forms of exercise, you have to be careful not to hurt yourself. Here are some tips to help you prevent injuries while you’re on the court. Tennis Elbow Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an overuse injury of the common extensor tendon, the connection between your elbow and the forearm muscles that help you hit a powerful backhand.You can help to…

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