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February 2, 2018

Urinary Tract Infections in Women – Why They Occur, How to Prevent Them

By Linda Gale, PA McDowell Urology Among the most common conditions we see at our urology practice is urinary tract infection, commonly known as UTI. These infections are (unfortunately) very common in women, and can cause severe discomfort. While UTIs are common, they can also be quite serious if not treated properly. Symptoms UTI symptoms […]

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February 2, 2018

Wear Red, Raise Awareness for Heart Disease in Women

If you’re seeing lots of friends and family donning red, it’s important to know why. While most people know that February is Heart Month, many may not realize that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women. Wearing red helps raise awareness for heart disease in women, and we join together with […]

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January 30, 2018

Liquid Laundry Pods – How to Keep Your Kids Safe and Prevent Poisoning

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital There has been a recent spike in poisoning incidents related to children ingesting liquid laundry packets – sometimes referred to as pods. A dangerous and unfortunate social media trend called the “Tide Pod Challenge” has led to several poisonings and even fatalities. Ingesting these […]

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January 29, 2018

As the Flu Epidemic Worsens, Your Keys to Prevention

By Courtney Mull, MD This flu season is making local and national headlines as the number of cases continues to rise. In fact, we are in the midst of the flu epidemic, with a high likelihood that it has not yet peaked. At Mission Health’s hospitals alone, nearly 250 patients were seen with confirmed cases of […]

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January 26, 2018

Keeping UNC Asheville Athletes Healthy On and Off the Court

Being at your best is important when you’re an athlete. And now, with the partnership between the University of North Carolina – Asheville (UNCA) and Mission Sports Medicine, student athletes will be even better. “I am extremely excited about this new partnership,” said Marc Haro, MD, MSPT, an orthopedic surgeon with Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an […]

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January 26, 2018

3 Reasons to Think about Hospice Early (Rather than Later)

The decision to choose hospice care is never an easy one. But for those facing a terminal illness – and for their families and loved ones – thinking about hospice earlier on can be beneficial. 1 – Making Life Meaningful “We have a certain taboo in our culture about talking about death,” said Michael D. […]

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January 26, 2018

Under Your Skin – The Truth about Varicose Veins

Varicose veins occur when damaged veins have trouble getting blood from the legs back to the heart. They can be painful and be a sign of a serious health issue. Toby Cole, MD, interventional radiologist and medical director with The Vein Specialists of Carolina Vascular, helps separate truths and myths about varicose veins. Myth: Varicose […]

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January 24, 2018

Have the Flu, or Think You Do? Expert Advice on What to Do

This flu season has been particularly severe, with high number of influenza cases both here in western North Carolina and around the country. There are many steps you can take to prevent catching the flu, but because of the nature of this year’s strain, it may very well affect you or your family at some […]

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January 23, 2018

Preventing Infections while Pregnant Helps to Prevent Birth Defects

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, providing an opportunity to spread awareness about certain infectious diseases that can lead to birth defects during pregnancy. Learn more about these five preventable infectious diseases: Zika Virus – The CDC recommends that after traveling to a country with Zika, women wait at least two months and men […]

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January 19, 2018

A Gift from the Heart – Creating Music with a Patient’s Own Heartbeat

For Alex Farrell, a 14-year-old leukemia patient, a special musical project brings a one-of-a-kind heartwarming treasure for herself and those who love her dearly. With the help of Asheville-based nonprofit Arts for Life, Mission Children’s Hospital patients are taking part in the creative process to produce a song using their heartbeat as a rhythmic element. […]

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