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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Transylvania Regional Hospital Community Tele-forum: July 2, 2020 (Audio) – Health Education Article

Transylvania Regional Hospital CEO and Chief Nursing Officer Michele Pilon and Crystal Letterman, Administrative Manager of Clinical Operations at Transylvania Regional Hospital, give an update on the hospital and COVID-19.   Click below to listen:Transylvania Regional Hospital Community Tele-forum: July 2, 2020(Download transcript PDF) Sign up for the latest in health and wellness, news and updates. Avoiding Injury While Recreating Outdoors—But Safe Care Is Available if You Need It Fighting COVID-19 with Convalescent Plasma: Hillane’s Story 5 Reasons Not to…

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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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