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Meet Mission Health’s 2019 Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina – Mission Health Blog – Health Article

In October, Mission Health nurses and colleagues attended a celebration honoring six of our own as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses at the annual Great 100, Inc. Gala. Since 1989, the Great 100, Inc. has recognized admired and influential nurses across North Carolina, recognizing 100 nurses from the state who are nominated by their peers for this once-in-a-lifetime honor. What does it take to be a Great 100 Nurse of North Carolina? These are nurses who lead and influence nursing…

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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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Bladder Matters: What to Know about Keeping It under Control – Health Education Article

From dribbles to gushes, leaking urine when you cough, jump, sneeze or lift can be embarrassing. Urology experts explain how to reclaim your freedom from stress incontinence. What causes it? Stress urinary incontinence is defined as the leakage of urine during physical movement or activity, such as coughing, jumping or sneezing. It’s not related to psychological stress. “This leakage can occur,” said Nancy Howden, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained urogynecologist with Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center, “when the muscles and tissues…

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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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What You Can Expect from a Nation’s Top Heart Hospital (Infographic) – Health Article

When IBM Watson Health announced its list of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals last fall, Mission Hospital found itself among the nation’s best centers for heart care for the thirteenth time. Who said 13 isn’t a lucky number? Mission Health is proud to celebrate Heart Month this February knowing that our patients and families here in western North Carolina have access to some of the highest quality heart care in the nation. That is why we #KeepTheBeat! What makes a…

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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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