Summer

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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July 25, 2018

Summer Bug Bites, Be Gone – Protect Yourself from Bug-borne Illnesses this Summer

It’s summertime and we’re feeling that summer sun. You may also be feeling an itch or two from those bug bites that seem inevitable every summer. The kids are at summer camp and perhaps you’re enjoying working in the yard, family hikes or cooking out with friends and family. Enjoy summertime’s outdoor activities but be […]

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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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July 2, 2018

Waterfall Safety – Beware of the Dangers while Enjoying their Beauty

By Jonas Karlsson, MD Few things in the natural world awe and inspire as much as waterfalls. Western North Carolina is fortunate to have more than 250 waterfalls in the region, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting their splendor and magnificence every year. Unfortunately, waterfalls bring danger along with their beauty, and each year […]

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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 22, 2018

Dry Drowning Is a Misleading Term – What Are the Real Dangers?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital You may have seen postings on social media about “dry drowning,” stories about kids who seemed perfectly fine after getting out of a pool, ocean or lake and then, suddenly, as much as a day later, end up with breathing difficulties and die. It’s terrifying […]

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June 8, 2018

How Kelly’s Legs Went from Varicose Veins to Very Pretty

Kelly Kranker, 39, felt like her legs belonged to a much older person. Her varicose veins initially appeared with her first pregnancy. After she delivered, the swelling improved. However, Kranker, still had some swelling, pain and prominent varicose veins. She was exploring treatment options at The Vein Specialists of Carolina Vascular, an affiliate of Mission […]

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August 11, 2017

Solar Eclipse Safety – Viewing, Sun and Hydration Hazards

By Adam Harris The upcoming total solar eclipse has western North Carolina abuzz. Our area is directly in the path of the 68-mile-wide band that will experience totality, so locals and tourists alike are making plans to spend the day witnessing this historic event on August 21. In addition to the awe and wonder this […]

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August 10, 2017

Summertime Car Safety – Every 10 Days a Child Dies in a Vehicle from Heatstroke

By Shian Ponder It’s a scenario no family should ever have to face. Unfortunately, 700 families have lost a child to heatstroke from being left in a hot car, since 1998. These tragedies could have been prevented. “Today’s world is busy and fast, parents are constantly multitasking with many responsibilities. Believe it or not, it […]

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July 20, 2017

Summer Events Summary – Health & Wellness Classes, Support Groups and More

By Gabe Bryson Did you know Mission Health is offering more than 30 support groups, classes, programs and other events for you and your loved ones this summer? Best of all, many of them are free. Support groups Being in a community with others through a support group with a leader-by-experience can be a very […]

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