Children’s Health

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 25, 2019

Learning to Love Your Body: How Body Dysmorphia Can Lead to Eating Disorders

By Kelly Montague, Athletic Trainer Athletics and physical activity is a great outlet for individuals to challenge their bodies and improve their health. Being fit comes with the common misconception that as a result of this lifestyle you will be slim with toned muscle definition. A healthy body comes in all shapes and sizes, and […]

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February 22, 2019

Children and Eating Disorders – 4 Signs You Can Look For

While kids can make endless excuses for not eating right, restricting or fixating on food can point to dangerous eating disorders in teens and children. Since February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, Jenny Combs, MSW, LCSW, a behavioral health expert at Mission Pediatrics – McDowell, takes a closer look. “You don’t have to be […]

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February 14, 2019

A New Generation of Smokers: The Dangerous Relationship between Teens and E-cigarettes

By Helena Theoharis The cloud of smoke you see wafting out of vehicles and projecting into communal areas is no longer just from cigarettes. It also comes from a shiny and often colorful, yet discreet, e-cigarette. ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems), e-cigarettes and vape pens were first introduced in 2003. Since then, sellers have advertised […]

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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 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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