Features

April 5, 2019

Donation Saves Lives – Choosing to Become an Organ Donor

What if a single, simple decision you made could dramatically alter the path of someone else’s life for the better? Choosing to become an organ donor has exactly that impact. One organ donor can save as many as eight lives, and one tissue donor can improve up to 50 lives. More than 110 people are […]

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March 12, 2019

True Team Players – Common Misconceptions about Athletic Trainers

By William Mathiowdis, ATC Editor’s Note: I grew up playing five sports and played soccer in college. While I remember most of my friends, teammates and coaches from various teams, I remember almost all of my athletic trainers, too. They ran out to the soccer field and carried me off, rode in an ambulance with […]

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March 8, 2019

Finding Strength in Living with Multiple Sclerosis – A Physical and Emotional Journey

By Sam LaRose In an Instagram post in October 2018, actress Selma Blair courageously went public with her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). In the post, which has received more than 115,000 likes, she wrote “I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my […]

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March 6, 2019

How Better Tasting Prep Makes for Easier Colonoscopies

In order for a colonoscopy to be complete and accurate, the patient’s colon must be completely cleaned. While this part of the test has been met with apprehension by patients over the years, it is now easier than ever. At Mission Hospital McDowell, the preferred test prep drink is a combination of Gatorade and Miralax. […]

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March 4, 2019

Healthy Recipe – 20-minute Chicken Creole

This nutritious dish is quick, simple and packed full of flavor and nutrients. Warm up with our 20-minute chicken creole recipe – created and nutritionist-approved by Mary Lindsey Jackson, a clinical nutritionist educator with Mission Weight Management. ingredients 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips 1 cup canned whole peeled tomatoes, chopped 1 […]

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March 1, 2019

How Child Life Makes the Hospital Experience Better for Pediatric Cancer Patients

For some children, their home away from home is Mission Health’s SECU Cancer Center. They receive world-class, evidence-based cancer treatments while there. But to them, they’re still in a hospital — a place where they get poked and prodded, and where they sometimes have to spend extended periods of time away from their friends, social […]

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February 28, 2019

Why Maintaining a Healthy Heart is Key to a Long and Active Life

By Todd H. Hansen, MD Think of the heart as a pump. Specifically, an electro-mechanical pump that pumps blood through the lungs and throughout the whole body. It actually has electrical wiring that generates electricity. That electric current causes the heart muscles of the pumping chambers to contract to push blood through the arteries of the body. The heart […]

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February 26, 2019

What Happens When There’s an Electrical Storm in Your Heart? – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 18

By Ferriss Roberts Our heart beat can give a lot of insight to our heart health. This is especially true when it comes to atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, impacts approximately five million Americans with 200,000 new cases each year. Our featured guest in this episode of […]

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February 25, 2019

Learning to Love Your Body: How Body Dysmorphia Can Lead to Eating Disorders

By Kelly Montague, Athletic Trainer Athletics and physical activity is a great outlet for individuals to challenge their bodies and improve their health. Being fit comes with the common misconception that as a result of this lifestyle you will be slim with toned muscle definition. A healthy body comes in all shapes and sizes, and […]

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February 22, 2019

Children and Eating Disorders – 4 Signs You Can Look For

While kids can make endless excuses for not eating right, restricting or fixating on food can point to dangerous eating disorders in teens and children. Since February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, Jenny Combs, MSW, LCSW, a behavioral health expert at Mission Pediatrics – McDowell, takes a closer look. “You don’t have to be […]

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