Wellness

October 25, 2018

Why FAST When You Can BEFAST? Spot a Stroke and Save a Life

By Robin Jones – Manager, Mission Stroke Program Strokes cause about 1 in 19 deaths in the US each year, making it the third leading cause of death for women and the fourth leading cause of death for men. Strokes are also a leading cause of serious long-term health conditions and disability in America. Catching […]

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October 23, 2018

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get a Colonoscopy

By Martin Palmeri, MD “I wish I had my colonoscopy.” It’s not something you hear every day. Considering only 30 percent of Americans who should have a colonoscopy get one, many people probably regret pushing their colon screening to the side when they find themselves with an ostomy bag or colon cancer later. A colonoscopy […]

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October 23, 2018

Old prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? Drop them off on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Rebecca Alexander What do you do with leftover or expired prescriptions? It’s easy to forget about old prescriptions in the back of your medicine cabinet and just toss them in the trash. But there is a better way to dispose of your old or expired prescription medications – like “dropping them off” at designated locations. […]

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October 22, 2018

Talk to Your Teens: Top Tips to Keep Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

National Teen Driver Safety Week puts the spotlight on safe teen driving behavior By Beverly Hopps, WNC Safe Kids Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for American teens and are most often the result of inexperienced teen drivers taking risks like not buckling up, texting, driving with teen passengers, speeding, driving under […]

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October 19, 2018

Stay in the Game: Smart Habits for Injury Prevention and Lifelong Health

By Thomas Starnes, MD A broken bone or an injured joint while doing something you love can be painful and set you back for a while. Though not always preventable, there are things you can do that will not only reduce your risk for such injuries, but actually enhance your overall health and well-being. With […]

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October 14, 2018

Clean Hands Save Lives – 5 Steps to Cleaner Hands (Infographic)

By Cameron Raley, Infection Prevention Specialist Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of germs that you come in contact with on a daily basis just from touching common household or everyday objects? Think about how many times a day you touch your phone. Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that […]

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October 12, 2018

Understanding the Health Needs of Our Hispanic and Latino Population

Hispanics or Latinos are the largest racial/ethnic minority population in the United States. Today, nearly 58 million people (or 18 percent) of Americans are of Hispanic or Latino origin, another 3.3 million are residents of Puerto Rico, U.S. territory. In western North Carolina, Marion and Morganton are on the list of North Carolina’s Top 10 […]

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October 9, 2018

Enough Is Enough – Preventing Domestic Violence in Buncombe County with Helpmate (Video)

By Samantha Kappalman Our home is meant to be our sanctuary – the one place where we can always find peace, comfort and security. But for many, this is unfortunately not the case. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every […]

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October 9, 2018

Caffeine and Weight Loss – Is That Coffee or Tea Holding Back Your Weight-Loss Plan?

By Elizabeth Holmes, Clinical Nutritionist Educator Your morning alarm clock goes off – it’s Monday again! All the thoughts of your busy week rush to your brain and then you smell it. The wonderful reason to get out of bed: coffee! After that first cup of liquid gold, you are ready to take on the […]

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October 5, 2018

Flu Season is Here, Get Your Flu Shot Now

Last year’s flu season hit hard close to home and across the nation proving to be a deadly epidemic killing 80,000 Americans in late 2017 and early 2018. Flu season peaked in early 2018 here in western North Carolina with five times as many flu cases in January and twice as many in February than […]

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