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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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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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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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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