Health Tips

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 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 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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June 22, 2018

Tick or Mosquito Bite? When to Seek Medical Care

By Steve North, MD, MPH There are so many things we love about summertime, but nowhere on that list is the return of all the bugs. Warmer weather means that mosquitoes and ticks are back in full force. Bug bites have always been a summer nuisance, but recently there is even greater concern about diseases […]

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May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Care Options – 3 Things to Know if You Need Medical Care

Holiday weekends bring the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family – and Memorial Day in particular presents the important chance to do so while honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Whether you’re spending this special weekend by the pool, out in nature or in […]

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May 15, 2018

Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen – Which OTC Pain Reliever Should You Choose?

By Ben Lamm, Pharmacist We’ve all heard warnings about acetaminophen’s impact on your liver, or how ibuprofen can lead to ulcers. So which one is truly your best option if you need relief from a headache, or joint or muscle pain? Both are fine, as long as… Either acetaminophen or ibuprofen are reasonably safe options, […]

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March 14, 2018

“Things Didn’t Seem Right” – A Colonoscopy Saved Lu Anne’s Life

Colin Bird, MD, a surgeon at Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health, and the only board-certified colorectal surgeon in western North Carolina, has seen this time and again, not just in published statistics, but among his own patients. “Colorectal cancer can be preventable,” he said. “The key to it being preventable is early […]

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March 12, 2018

Eating Healthy on a Budget – It Is Possible with These Simple Tips

By Nicole Cook Registered Dietitian I often hear about the struggles of eating healthy on a budget. However, it is possible to achieve the daily requirements for fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein without breaking the bank. Plan your weekly menu with recipes that fit around your busy schedule. Use your day off as prep […]

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March 8, 2018

Need an Orthopedic Specialist? 3 Qualities to Seek in a Provider

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or simply enjoy a recreational activity or two, you may be in need of orthopedic care at some point due to an injury. Here’s what you should look for when choosing an orthopedic specialist: 1 – Training “I believe the surgeon’s training is an important factor, and if they are […]

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