Features

May 23, 2018

Exercise is Essential: Keep It Moving for Weight Loss

By Garth Davis, MD Every day I ask patients whether they are exercising. Invariably the response is yes. But when I probe more, I find out that they are only working out 2-3 days a week. Your body is constantly working, it doesn’t take days off. So every day the rule of thumb for your […]

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May 23, 2018

Ask the Doc – Contraceptive Choices and Preconception Care

Ellen Hearty, MD, of Mission Women’s Care, answers questions about planning for pregnancy and contraceptive choices. Q: What is preconception care? A: Any time a woman is planning a pregnancy, she should make an appointment with her primary care provider or OB/GYN for a preconception visit. The goal of this visit is to make sure […]

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May 22, 2018

Heart Attack and Stroke – What’s the Connection?

Healthcare professionals often discuss heart attack and stroke in relation to one another. This is because the two conditions share a large number of risk factors, including coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries. This leads to reduced blood flow, which is a danger for both the heart and […]

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May 18, 2018

Meal Delivery Services – Could They Be Bad for Your Health?

By Mary Lindsey Jackson Clinical Nutritionist Educator “Mushroom Gravy Chicken over Couscous with Lemony Arugula”; “Roasted Chickpea and Freekeh Salad with Lemon Labneh and Harissa-Glazed Carrots” – dishes from an exotic downtown restaurant, or meals that you could make easily in the comfort of your own home with the help of a meal-subscription service? Meal delivery […]

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May 18, 2018

Angina, Echo, Murmur – Wait, What’s That Mean? Cardiovascular Terms Demystified

While angina, murmurs and heart attacks are widespread, sadly, confusion about their meanings is also common. Let’s take a closer look at six misunderstood terms. “Since the internet can be overwhelming, your doctor is your best resource,” said Sarah Ciccotto, MD, cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health. Angina – This term refers to […]

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May 17, 2018

The Truth about Smoothies – Friend or Foe of Weight Loss?

By Rachel Wyman Clinical Nutritionist Educator Health clubs, gyms and organic grocery stores sell them. Exercise infomercials promote them. Smoothie detoxes and cleanses are all over Pinterest. So what’s the truth about smoothies and their impact on weight loss? If you’re not careful, smoothies can actually promote weight gain rather than weight loss. In order […]

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May 16, 2018

Bike Helmet Safety – How to Protect Your Child from Head Injuries

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Riding bikes is a classic kids’ pastime, and it can be lots of fun for children of all ages. But unfortunately, accidents can happen. Some bicycle injuries are so serious that children can die, usually from head injuries.  That’s one of the reasons the U.S. […]

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May 15, 2018

Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen – Which OTC Pain Reliever Should You Choose?

By Ben Lamm, Pharmacist We’ve all heard warnings about acetaminophen’s impact on your liver, or how ibuprofen can lead to ulcers. So which one is truly your best option if you need relief from a headache, or joint or muscle pain? Both are fine, as long as… Either acetaminophen or ibuprofen are reasonably safe options, […]

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May 10, 2018

“Overwhelming Gratitude” – Brad Campbell’s Message of Thanks to Nurse John Devan

Every day, Brad Campbell looks in the mirror at the “scar of gratitude” on his neck, which tells the story of his life-changing accident and all of the team members and nurses who helped him through it. After a severe biking accident in Transylvania County landed avid cyclist and Asheville resident Brad in Mission Hospital, […]

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May 6, 2018

“Nursing Is Our Mission” – Celebrating Nurses Everywhere

Every year, healthcare organizations across the nation recognize nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. Mission Health is honored to take part in this observance week and bring awareness to the impact our nurses have on the people in our community with celebrations all week long – starting with this special video tribute featuring Mission […]

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