Health Tips

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 11, 2017

Solar Eclipse Safety – Viewing, Sun and Hydration Hazards

By Adam Harris The upcoming total solar eclipse has western North Carolina abuzz. Our area is directly in the path of the 68-mile-wide band that will experience totality, so locals and tourists alike are making plans to spend the day witnessing this historic event on August 21. In addition to the awe and wonder this […]

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August 9, 2017

Four Ways to Find the Best Care – Ted’s Tips after “Seeking Excellence” for His Heart Surgery

Healthcare is personal — especially when it comes to your heart. That’s why you want care that suits — not only you — but your family and support system, too. So how did one Mission Health patient who came to Asheville from Charleston, South Carolina, choose Mission Heart for his heart care? He did his […]

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August 4, 2017

Vaccines Aren’t Just for Kids – Immunization Is Recommended for All Ages

By Megan Brooks If you have school-age kids, you’re most likely familiar with vaccinations. But, what about you? As uncommon as it might sound, vaccines are not just for kids. Vaccines are just as important for adults as they are for children. While most vaccines received during childhood are essential to protect against common childhood […]

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July 21, 2017

The Real Deal on Generic Drugs – Are Brand-Name Substitutes Safe and Effective?

By Tim Gentilcore, PharmD Director for Mission Health’s Retail Pharmacy Generic drugs are all about saving money. Tim Gentilcore, PharmD, head of Mission Health Pharmacy, answers common questions so you can decide if it’s worth it. Q: What is a generic drug? A: A generic drug is a “bioequivalent” of a brand-name drug. Bioequivalent is […]

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July 20, 2017

Summer Events Summary – Health & Wellness Classes, Support Groups and More

By Gabe Bryson Did you know Mission Health is offering more than 30 support groups, classes, programs and other events for you and your loved ones this summer? Best of all, many of them are free. Support groups Being in a community with others through a support group with a leader-by-experience can be a very […]

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July 19, 2017

Mosquitoes Are Back, Is Zika a Concern This Summer? An Expert Q&A

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Q: Has there been a resurgence of Zika in the US this summer? A: The US is only seeing travel-related cases at this time. Keep in mind, Zika is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person […]

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July 18, 2017

Making Healthy Web Choices – 5 Tips for Using the Internet for Your Child’s Medical Advice

“Even doctors use Google,” said Maureen Ben-Davies, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician with McDowell Pediatrics. However, while surfing the internet for health information can feel like hitting the jackpot, not all that glitters is gold. Filter for Credible Sources. Look for information by credible medical associations, government agencies and respected healthcare providers. Their health recommendations […]

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July 7, 2017

The Truth about Antibacterial Soap – What Should You Be Using to Wash Your Hands?

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Recent research on antibacterial soap shows that triclosan, usually the main ingredient in antibacterial soap, is a carcinogenic – a cancer-causing agent. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there isn’t enough research showing a benefit to antibacterial soap and long-term use shows a negative effect […]

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