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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Healthy Recipe – Green Bean Casserole with Cauliflower Sauce – Health Article

Gathering around the table with friends and loved ones this Thanksgiving? Bring this holiday favorite that puts a healthy twist on green bean casserole. Happy eating and be well! ingredients Roasted green beans and mushrooms 1 medium yellow onion, about 1 cup chopped1 lb green beans, ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces8 oz cremini mushrooms, quartered8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and halved1 Tbsp avocado oil or extra light olive oil¼ tsp salt¼ tsp black pepper Cauliflower sauce 3 cups chopped…

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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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Are You Tired of Being Tired? Sleep Apnea May Be the Problem — Here’s the Cure – Health Education Article

If you’re not getting quality sleep, you’re not living your best life. Sleep is an active state essential for renewing the body both mentally and physically. Poor sleep negatively affects every area of life — from mood, energy level and focus to increasing the risk of serious diseases — and sleep apnea is frequently the culprit. “Sleep apnea is a very common condition that can have serious health ramifications and economic impact,” said Adam Graham, MD, Medical Director of Mission…

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility – Health Article

As the only licensed inpatient rehabilitation facility in western North Carolina, CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital offers an intensive program of therapy and medical management at a hospital level of care. Here’s why CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital is the best option for your rehabilitation needs: 1. Hospital level of care. “We are licensed as a hospital, so we have an exemption to provide acute rehabilitation as a hospital,” said Mitzi Holmes, executive director of CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital. Other facilities that provide rehabilitation are…

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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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Healthy Recipe – Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Marinara Sauce – Health Education Article

By Mary Lindsay Jackson, RN, LDN Keep things on your plate light this with this tasty dish. Whether as a side dish or the main course, spaghetti squash is a nutritious stand-in for traditional noodles. Happy and healthy eating! ingredients 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeds scooped outnonstick spray1 28-oz can San Marzano peeled tomatoes1 clove garlic, choppedpinch red pepper flakes1 Tbsp olive oilpinch salt2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped preparation Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mist or…

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Kangaroo Care Gave Neonatal ICU Baby Josephine a Steady Start – Health Article

Most expectant parents don’t prepare for their newborn to go into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [NICU] after labor,” said Caroline Twiggs from Weaverville. “Now I tell friends they should tour the NICU.” High blood pressure and a prolonged delivery were hard on Twiggs and her husband, Michael Whetsell. But when baby Josephine showed distress, an unplanned C-section became the new plan. The New Plan Once Josephine was born August 10 at 1:11 am, the Mission medical team worked on…

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Does Flat Head Syndrome Affect a Baby’s Brain Development? – Mission Health Blog – Health Education Article

By Meg Coleman, Nurse Practitioner If you’re a new parent, you may feel concerned about your infant developing flat head syndrome, or positional plagiocephaly. So what can you do about it? Plagiocephaly occurs when a baby’s head develops a flat spot – it can be on either a side or on the back of the head. How can something like this happen? The skull flattens when a baby’s head stays in one position for long periods of time. A baby…

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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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