January 15, 2018

Carol Wolfenbarger: McDowell Hospital Unveils New Name and More

By Carol Wolfenbarger President, McDowell Hospital Happy New Year! As I discussed in last month’s column, there is a lot in a name. Branding not only defines an institution, but also reflects its core values through logos, social media messaging, and other means. I’m excited to announce that as we begin the New Year, our hospital […]

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January 11, 2018

Ask the Doc – Digestive Health Issues in Children

Rami Arrouk, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital, addresses some common digestive health-related issues for children. Q: What are some things children can do to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract? A: Maintain a healthy diet. Eat on a schedule. Stay hydrated. Stay active, preferably as a family. Manage stress (even babies can have […]

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January 11, 2018

Putting the “We” in “Weight Loss” – How Bobby of Asheville Discovered Weight Loss Is a Team Effort

“My story is about the opportunities I’ve been given by the professional people on the third floor at 1 Hospital Drive,” said Bobby Somerville of Asheville. If you want to get to the core of Somerville’s weight loss-success, it’s that in a nutshell. In Mission Weight Management Center he’s found a family. One that has […]

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January 10, 2018

Demystifying Metabolism – The Science behind the Weight Loss

By Rachel Wyman Clinical Nutrition Educator We’ve all heard the complaint “I have a slow metabolism” when someone feels frustrated with weight management. To break this feeling of powerlessness, it’s helpful to understand metabolism to influence it in a healthy way. Weight management shines the spotlight on energy metabolism, which continuously shifts up and down […]

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January 8, 2018

PCOS in Adolescents – What You Need to Know about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Evelyn M. Artz, MD, of Mission Children’s Specialists in Asheville, offers answers about this fairly common condition in young women. Q: What is polycystic ovarian syndrome? Dr. Artz: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects adolescent and adult women. It is a fairly common condition, thought to affect somewhere between 5-10 percent of […]

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January 8, 2018

Is Screening for Prostate Cancer Always the Right Decision?

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA One of my recent blogs talked about the controversy behind prostate cancer screening, and recently I came across a great article that unpacks this discussion and takes it a step further. More healthcare is not necessarily better healthcare, and when it comes to screening for cancer in older patients […]

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