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October 11, 2018

Need Help Choosing the Right Skilled Nursing Facility? Ask Around

By Ava Emory, Eckerd Living Center While tools like Nursing Home Compare, a website published by Medicare that ranks nursing homes by star level, is a great resource – it isn’t always comparing apples to apples. Standards of care vary across state lines – the 4-star facility in Georgia could be a 2-star facility in […]

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October 9, 2018

Risks of Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

One in 20 pregnancies will result in preeclampsia. What exactly is preeclampsia and how does it impact blood pressure? We spoke with Mary Cascio, MSN, RNC, about preeclampsia, and what it means before, during and after pregnancy, and what symptoms you should look for. What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia (sometimes referred to as toxemia) is a […]

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October 9, 2018

Enough Is Enough – Preventing Domestic Violence in Buncombe County with Helpmate (Video)

By Samantha Kappalman Our home is meant to be our sanctuary – the one place where we can always find peace, comfort and security. But for many, this is unfortunately not the case. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every […]

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October 9, 2018

Caffeine and Weight Loss – Is That Coffee or Tea Holding Back Your Weight-Loss Plan?

By Elizabeth Holmes, Clinical Nutritionist Educator Your morning alarm clock goes off – it’s Monday again! All the thoughts of your busy week rush to your brain and then you smell it. The wonderful reason to get out of bed: coffee! After that first cup of liquid gold, you are ready to take on the […]

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October 5, 2018

Living with Dignity to the End

CarePartners Hospice social workers support patients and their families when they need it most Compassion. There’s no better way to describe how social workers with CarePartners Hospice operate. Whether they’re helping a patient transition from home care to assisted living or aiding a family in making final arrangements, they do it with kindness and empathy. […]

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October 5, 2018

Flu Season is Here, Get Your Flu Shot Now

Last year’s flu season hit hard close to home and across the nation proving to be a deadly epidemic killing 80,000 Americans in late 2017 and early 2018. Flu season peaked in early 2018 here in western North Carolina with five times as many flu cases in January and twice as many in February than […]

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October 2, 2018

Signs that It’s Time for a Skilled Nursing or Assisted Living Facility

By Ava Emory, Eckerd Living Center On admission, we often hear the story of the event that made it clear that it was time to transition someone’s mother, father or spouse to a nursing home. Some signs include missing medication or taking them too often, leaving the water or stove on, frequent falls, getting lost […]

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October 2, 2018

Painful, Urgent or Frequent Urination? It Could Be Interstitial Cystitis

By Lee Ann Boyd, Certified Urology Nurse Practitioner Do you experience frequent, urgent or painful urination? It can be hard to tell if your bladder is simply active, overactive or if it might be inflamed. It could be interstitial cystitis. What is interstitial cystitis? Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder […]

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October 2, 2018

What’s the Secret to Motivation and Healthy Weight Loss?

By Rachel Vincent, Clinical Nutrition Educator MOTIVATION! When we have it, we can accomplish amazing things. It can be disheartening when we lose it. Before we dive into some ways to avoid getting discouraged with weight loss, let’s debunk two myths about motivation. Myth No. 1: Motivation is energy and passion. Often times, when we […]

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October 1, 2018

Are You at Risk for Whooping Cough? Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis

by Cameron Raley, Infection Prevention Specialist With whooping cough recently in the news, you might wonder what it is and if you’re at risk for getting it. Here are some tips to keep you and your family healthy. First off, what is whooping cough? Known clinically as pertussis, whooping cough is a disease that causes […]

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