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September 15, 2017

Tips for Healthy Eating at the Mountain State Fair – Cotton Candy Approved!

With more than 40 vendors serving up such perennial fall favorites as corn dogs, candy apples and fried Twinkies, the NC Mountain State Fair is a smorgasbord of temptation. You don’t have to walk past the deliciousness; just think before you nosh. Mission Health’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator Laura Tolle says you […]

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September 14, 2017

Nutrition for Exercise – How to Fuel Your Body to Maximize Results

By Rachel Wyman Clinical Nutrition Educator This week’s high-profile release of The TB12 Method, authored by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has shined a light on how elite athletes fine-tune their diet to help their bodies perform at the highest level. While most of us will never take the field in the NFL, there are many […]

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September 13, 2017

A True Superhero – An Update on Young Noah’s Story

In September 2016, we shared the heartwarming story of young Noah Woods of Marion, and his inspiring journey as he courageously battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A year later, we check in with Noah and his family. Noah’s mother, Michele Woods, catches us up on his progress. Read her update below. Noah continues with his chemotherapy treatments: taking […]

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September 8, 2017

With Loving Care – CarePartners Home Health Team Helps ALS Patient Sustain Quality of Life

Many ALS patients only get a few years to live after their diagnosis, but Dr. Doug Tilley is an exception. Diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in 2010, he is beating the odds every day and doing it with an amazing attitude. Doug and his wife, Cathy, credit the CarePartners Home Health team for their […]

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September 6, 2017

Getting Past the Pain – Sickle Cell Disease Isn’t Holding Back Jaire Rodriquez

Pain affects all of us at some point. If we’re lucky, we may escape it for many years. But that’s not the case for everyone – it certainly hasn’t been for 17-year-old Jaire Rodriquez. He has sickle cell disease, and excruciating pain has been present in his life since infancy. Sickle cell disease is an […]

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September 6, 2017

Ask the Doctor – Does My Teenager Sleep Too Much?

Anna Lopez-Stratton, MD, of Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital, answers a common question about the impact of excessive sleep on teenagers. Q: My teenager sleeps a lot. Should I be worried? A: Teenagers should get 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night but, unfortunately, most do not. Demands […]

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August 29, 2017

Harmless Vapor? The Truth about E-Cigarettes

By Greg Campbell, MD Many of my patients are turning to e-cigarettes in an attempt to stop smoking. Many cite that they are “better” than traditional cigarettes and are more socially acceptable given the restrictions on smoking in public places. While I always encourage and applaud any attempts to stop smoking and become tobacco free, […]

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August 29, 2017

Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids – 4 Steps to School Success

Dr. Lucia Criveanu, a pediatrician at Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, offers expert advice on making this school year a success for your children, as seen in WNC Parent. School, whether in a public, private or home setting, is a formal education that prepares a child for life. These four steps will help improve […]

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August 28, 2017

Mental Health Matters – Separating Fact from Fiction

Dramatic scenes from popular movies may have slanted our views on mental health. Britt Peterson, MD, MPH, DFAPA, a psychiatrist with Mission Psychiatric Services and the Fresh Start Behavioral Health Program of Transylvania Regional Hospital, takes a closer look at the facts. Myth – Mental illness is not a real medical problem; it’s a personal weakness. […]

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August 25, 2017

The Heart Truth about Diabetes – Greater Risk for Heart Problems

“People with diabetes are at higher risk of heart disease as a result of insulin resistance and high blood sugar, both of which are damaging to blood vessels,” said Autumn Carroll, clinical pharmacist and diabetes educator at Mission Health. “This damage to blood vessels can happen in any area of the body, but when it […]

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