Health Tips

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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March 7, 2018

Spring Forward, Rest Easy – 5 Sleep Tips for Daylight Saving Time

By Calvin Gardner, RPSGT, RST Mission Sleep Center  When the clocks “spring forward” for daylight saving time, many of us are understandably concerned about the impact it’ll have on our sleep. You might be worried about “losing” that hour if you can’t sleep in, or wondering how the time shift will impact your restfulness during […]

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March 7, 2018

Kidney Stones – How to Prevent a Very Painful Health Problem

By Gregory Carter, MD Kidney stones can be one of the most painful and debilitating conditions people ever have to deal with. Unfortunately, they are fairly common. It is estimated that 10-12 percent of men and 7 percent of women are affected by kidney stone disease. Kidney stones are becoming more and more common in […]

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February 21, 2018

Seeing a Specialist? How to Make the Most of Your Visit

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA Medical appointments can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you’re visiting a specialist. These doctor’s visits can present a whirlwind of new information, sometimes complicated by the anxiety and other understandable emotions that go along with concern for your health and well-being. And sometimes, no matter how much time you […]

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