Mission Children’s Hospital

March 21, 2019

What Women (Don’t) Want: Abnormal Pap Smears

By Ellen Hearty, MD The most common screening for cervical cancer is the Pap smear. The Pap smear uses a brush to lift cells from the outside of the cervix to identify early, precancerous cells in the cervix. Early intervention is the key to preventing cervical cancer from developing. The incidence and death rates of […]

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March 21, 2019

Children Struggling with Asthma or Allergy Symptoms? Spring for Spirometry

By Amy Trees Spring has sprung, which means warmer weather, cherry blossoms and green grass between your toes… oh, and achoo. Welcome to allergy season. Pollens, such as tree, grass and ragweed, are on the rise in our neighborhood, potentially leading to an increase in asthma and allergy symptoms for you and your family. If […]

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March 1, 2019

How Child Life Makes the Hospital Experience Better for Pediatric Cancer Patients

For some children, their home away from home is Mission Health’s SECU Cancer Center. They receive world-class, evidence-based cancer treatments while there. But to them, they’re still in a hospital — a place where they get poked and prodded, and where they sometimes have to spend extended periods of time away from their friends, social […]

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February 4, 2019

Brushing Up – Special Dental Services for Children in WNC

With Children’s Dental Health Month in February, there’s no better time to take a closer look at your kids’ smiles. Paige Nance, DDS, a dentist with Mission Children’s Hospital, emphasizes the importance of parents checking in their children’s mouths between those 6-month checkups. “If they see any dark spots, holes or swollen gums, that would […]

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January 24, 2019

5 Reasons to Lose Weight before Becoming Pregnant – Your Weight can Affect You and Your Baby

Before getting pregnant is a great time to think about losing weight. A healthy weight during pregnancy can reduce the chance of fertility issues, pregnancy complications and even birth defects. 1. Fertility issues. Overweight women can have a tougher time getting pregnant. Irregular ovulation can result in more difficulty conceiving, and unpredictable periods mean some […]

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January 18, 2019

Carrying on the Spirit of Dr. King: Mission Health Team Members Awarded for Diversity and Inclusion

By Ferriss Roberts It was an inspiring afternoon on Thursday, January 17, when Mission Health held its annual celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and members of our community who keep his light shining bright here in western North Carolina. Lakesha McDay, director of diversity, inclusion and healthy equity at Mission Health, carried […]

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January 15, 2019

Child’s Play: How Physical Therapy Helped Baby with Congenital Muscle Condition

Olivia Stille was born in April 2016 with congenital muscular torticollis (CMT), a congenital condition caused by shortened neck muscles on one side of the body. But at the time, that was the least of her parents’ concerns — in fact, neither they nor Olivia’s doctors were aware of it yet. “When I was pregnant […]

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January 14, 2019

Making Decisions with Your Child Now to Help Protect Against HPV Later

By Stephen Kimmel, MD Elizabeth Stone famously wrote, “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” As parents we are tasked with nurturing our young ones, protecting them and preparing them to live full lives. Some things […]

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January 9, 2019

Think Fast – 5 Things to Know When You’re Sick and Need Care

Being sick isn’t fun for anyone. Other than worrying about getting better as soon as possible, the last things you want to do is spend too much money on getting better or spend too much time away from your bed or couch. When you’ve exhausted your mother’s advice, and saltines and clear liquids aren’t cutting […]

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