Mission Health

August 13, 2018

Zika: Pregnant and Planning a Trip? What to Know Before You Go

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina This time last year, talk of Zika was all over the news and social media. Based on the lack of coverage in the media today, you would think Zika is no longer a concern. But the risk of Zika infection for travelers, and its potentially devastating consequences for expectant […]

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August 10, 2018

Norovirus: What It Is and How to Prevent Giving and Getting It

By David Buhner, MD, Public Epidemiologist You may have heard recently about an outbreak of norovirus in Brevard, North Carolina impacting more than 200 people. It appears that the outbreak is now over with no new cases diagnosed within 48 hours since it ended; however, hand hygiene and protecting ourselves is still more important than ever. We […]

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August 9, 2018

Jackie Medland: Vaccinating Your Kids – and Yourself – Plays A Vital Role in Preserving Your Family’s and Our Community’s Health

By Jackie Medland President/CNO, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Crayola markers, glue sticks, and perhaps a new backpack or lunchbox are all essential elements for our kids as they prepare to go back to school. One thing you won’t find on any teacher’s supply list even though it’s absolutely essential for your child’s health and well-being is being […]

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August 9, 2018

Farm to Table at Home – 6 Tips to Shop at Your Local Farmers Market

By Mary Lindsey Jackson, Clinical Nutritionist Educator Summer is a favorite season for farmers markets, and there are plenty around town here in western North Carolina. These markets provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with and support the local economy, as well as fill up on fresh, seasonal food items. Offerings at farmers markets can […]

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August 7, 2018

Staying Hydrated – Should You Add Sports Drinks to Your Workout Recovery?

By Aaron Vaughan and Eliza Parker If you listen to the advertising, you might think sports drinks do it all. More energy. Improved performance. Better concentration. But do they? People use sports drinks, such as Gatorade or PowerAde, to replace water (rehydrate) and electrolytes lost from sweating after exercise. A major component of staying hydrated […]

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August 6, 2018

Should You Be Looking Forward to That Upcoming Cheat Meal?

By Garth Davis, MD, FASMBS To cheat, or not to cheat? Let me start off this blog about cheat days by saying that there is no one answer to successful weight loss. I have been helping people lose weight for 17 years and I have an idea of what helps, but I have seen many […]

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August 2, 2018

Are Pain Medications Safe for Babies While Breastfeeding?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, MotherToBaby North Carolina Safe and effective pain management requires careful consideration for anyone, but breastfeeding moms have an additional factor to consider: the possible effects of pain medications on their breastfeeding babies. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding the use of codeine and tramadol while breastfeeding. Codeine and […]

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August 1, 2018

Feeling Out of Control of Your Bladder? Don’t Let Urinary Incontinence Slow You Down

By Lee Ann Boyd, Urology Nurse Practitioner Have you ever avoided a social situation, exercise or even just everyday activities because of urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence, or the involuntary loss of urine, can have an impact on a person’s overall well-being. If it keeps you from everyday life or a special occasion – no matter […]

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July 31, 2018

Topping Out Ceremony Honors Tradition for the Next Generation of Healthcare in WNC

By Samantha Kappalman A Milestone On June 28, Mission Health celebrated a significant milestone on the progress of the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine. The Topping Out Ceremony commemorated the structural completion of the facility. The final two steel beams, signed with love by our team members and community, rose high in the sky […]

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July 27, 2018

Mission Leaders Visit an HCA Hospital and Community – Highlights from Facebook Live

Our recent Facebook Live series has been a great opportunity for Mission Health leaders and board members to connect with our community and share what the future of healthcare in western North Carolina might look like with HCA Healthcare. During our latest Facebook Live, we were joined by: Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, Chief Operating […]

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