Primary Care

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 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 9, 2018

Putting the Patient First – Q&A: The Next Generation of Medical Office Buildings is Here

By Cheri Henshilwood President and CNO at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Rebecca Carter, answers questions about the offerings inside the Mauzy-Phillips Center at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Q. What makes care at the Mauzy-Phillips Center so different? A. All providers work within steps of one another at this center. Patient care collaboration occurs seamlessly in […]

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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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June 15, 2018

Whooping Cough – Who All Should Get Vaccinated to Keep Infants Safe?

By Ashley McClary, MD The Buncombe County Health and Human Services Department recently announced a public health alert regarding whooping cough. There were several cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, from at least four different schools in Buncombe County. When talking to families I find that there is an immediate, gut reaction of fear for […]

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April 17, 2018

Alcohol Answers – Sobering Information about Drinking and a Healthy Lifestyle

Fatal if untreated, alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease to which many Americans are genetically predisposed. Each April for the past 30 years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has campaigned to illuminate alcoholism, its causes, effects and treatments during National Alcohol Awareness Month. Here’s what you need to know: How much […]

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April 4, 2018

Just How Bad Was Flu Season This Year? A Look at the Numbers

Both here in western North Carolina and around the nation, the 2017-18 flu season rose to the level of an official epidemic. As the number of flu cases continued to rise throughout the winter, many schools saw unprecedented flu-related absences and, most unfortunately, our state experienced a record number of flu-related deaths. This year’s record-setting […]

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March 29, 2018

A Tribute to Physicians on National Doctor’s Day

By Krista Gregg At two years old, my daughter has a toy medical kit that includes a stethoscope, blood pressure band and syringe that she proudly brings to me when I’m sick. She crawls on my bed and says, “Mommy, I’m going to check on you.” As we go through her routine, I am in […]

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