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July 20, 2018

Ask the Doctor – Bariatric Surgery: A Q&A about Weight-Loss Surgery

Wondering if bariatric surgery is right for you? Are you right for bariatric surgery? Wondering what bariatric surgery is? We asked our expert at Mission Weight Management, Garth Davis, some questions about weight-loss surgery. Q: What makes someone a good candidate for bariatric surgery? A: There are criteria for weight-loss surgery that are based on […]

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July 19, 2018

The More You Know – Sexual Health: Preventing and Treating STDs

By Gabriel Cade, MD Sex is a personal matter. Where it overlaps with medicine is sexual health and the many “side effects” of sex, like pregnancy, and its many joys and tribulations, like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which is the not-so-joyful part. Basically, if you choose to have sex and you don’t want bugs or […]

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July 19, 2018

To Vent or Not to Vent – What Happens When You “Bottle Up” Your Emotions

By Audrey Ulke, Licensed Psychologist “Bottling up” your emotions means blocking or suppressing your feelings instead of expressing yourself. You may do this for a variety of reasons, such as having a fear of showing signs of weakness, avoiding talking about a situation because you don’t want to feel negative emotions or misguidedly believing that […]

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July 16, 2018

What Is Your Prediabetes IQ? Take our Quiz, Learn the Facts

By Cheri Hinshelwood Prediabetes is a sneaky health condition. It only shows itself with slightly higher than normal blood glucose levels. “Think of prediabetes as a warning sign that you are at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes,” said Kim Miller, MSN, RN, certified diabetes educator at Mission Hospital. Take our quiz to see how much […]

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July 12, 2018

Nailing Down the Facts – Is it Safe to Get a Manicure or Pedicure during Pregnancy?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina For many women, getting their nails done is an easy way to feel pampered, pretty or professional. But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you might wonder if it’s safe for you to go to a nail salon and sit among the fumes or have chemicals applied to your nails. […]

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July 10, 2018

Precious Little Time – Cuddle Cots Give Families the Chance to Bond

By Cheri Hinshelwood  Most parents fall in love long before their baby draws its first breath. Lives are inexplicably intertwined whether they have a lifetime or mere minutes together. “It’s one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve done,” said 36-year veteran nurse Martha Hill, RNC-OB, nursing unit supervisor for the Maternal Fetal Medicine […]

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July 9, 2018

Putting the Patient First – Q&A: The Next Generation of Medical Office Buildings is Here

By Cheri Henshilwood President and CNO at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Rebecca Carter, answers questions about the offerings inside the Mauzy-Phillips Center at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Q. What makes care at the Mauzy-Phillips Center so different? A. All providers work within steps of one another at this center. Patient care collaboration occurs seamlessly in […]

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July 3, 2018

Fourth of July Holiday Medical Care Options – What to Know

Summer holidays provide the chance to catch up with friends and loved ones while enjoying all of the wonders of warm weather. Independence Day is a special holiday for many reasons. Yes, the Fourth of July truly is a sure sign that summer is setting in, as well as a terrific opportunity to honor our great […]

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July 3, 2018

Kids Getting Enough Sleep? Expert Recommendations

By Bruce Bacot, MD “If there’s any uncertainty or concern, especially in school-aged children, it is never a bad idea to consider a detailed sleep evaluation,” said Bruce Bacot, MD, pediatric pulmonologist at Mission Children’s Hospital. In youngsters, lack of sleep can be mistaken for conditions like attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ultimately lack of sleep […]

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July 3, 2018

Bluegrass Legend Raymond Fairchild is Back to Pickin’ His Banjo after CarePartners Rehab

It was news that devastated the local community, as well as bluegrass lovers around the world. In August 2017, renowned banjo player and Canton resident Raymond Fairchild was seriously injured when his riding lawnmower overturned on him. The mower caused him to sustain lacerations, broken bones and a mild brain injury. Fairchild was treated in […]

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