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July 25, 2018

Summer Bug Bites, Be Gone – Protect Yourself from Bug-borne Illnesses this Summer

It’s summertime and we’re feeling that summer sun. You may also be feeling an itch or two from those bug bites that seem inevitable every summer. The kids are at summer camp and perhaps you’re enjoying working in the yard, family hikes or cooking out with friends and family. Enjoy summertime’s outdoor activities but be […]

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July 21, 2018

A Small Bump in the Road: Early Detection was Key in Debbie Ellis’ Fight Against Breast Cancer

By Ronnie Musselwhite They’re four words no woman ever wants to hear: You have breast cancer. Unfortunately, doctors utter that phrase more than 330,000 times each year in the United States alone. Debbie Ellis was on the receiving end of that all too-common refrain in June 2012. While reviewing results from her annual mammogram, a […]

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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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