May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Care Options – 3 Things to Know if You Need Medical Care

Holiday weekends bring the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family – and Memorial Day in particular presents the important chance to do so while honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Whether you’re spending this special weekend by the pool, out in nature or in […]

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May 25, 2018

This Machine Is Saving Lives – Barbara Stott’s ECMO Story

Those are the words of Barbara Stott of Columbus. It’s a statement she can make with full certainty. In August 2016, she aspirated following heart surgery, causing her lungs to fail. Fortunately for her, Mission Hospital had recently acquired an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine that assists heart and lung functioning. Stott was placed in […]

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May 24, 2018

Healthy Recipe – Turkey Club Burger

Getting tired of the same old story for your summertime meal planning? Try this healthy twist on a classic cook-out staple. Whether firing up the grill or turning on the oven, this tasty burger is sure to please. Turkey Club Burger Ingredients For turkey burger: 12 oz 99 percent fat-free ground turkey ½ cup scallions […]

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May 23, 2018

Exercise is Essential: Keep It Moving for Weight Loss

By Garth Davis, MD Every day I ask patients whether they are exercising. Invariably the response is yes. But when I probe more, I find out that they are only working out 2-3 days a week. Your body is constantly working, it doesn’t take days off. So every day the rule of thumb for your […]

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May 23, 2018

Ask the Doc – Contraceptive Choices and Preconception Care

Ellen Hearty, MD, of Mission Women’s Care, answers questions about planning for pregnancy and contraceptive choices. Q: What is preconception care? A: Any time a woman is planning a pregnancy, she should make an appointment with her primary care provider or OB/GYN for a preconception visit. The goal of this visit is to make sure […]

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May 22, 2018

Heart Attack and Stroke – What’s the Connection?

Healthcare professionals often discuss heart attack and stroke in relation to one another. This is because the two conditions share a large number of risk factors, including coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries. This leads to reduced blood flow, which is a danger for both the heart and […]

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May 21, 2018

Jackie Medland: Expanding Hours and Enhancing Services in Upcoming Months

By Jackie Medland President/CNO, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Like the explosion of green we’re seeing on the Plateau with the advent of spring (finally!), Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) is similarly poised to “blossom” again soon, in exciting ways.  No one would deny that we’re living in a time of constant change for the healthcare industry – and I’m […]

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May 18, 2018

Meal Delivery Services – Could They Be Bad for Your Health?

By Mary Lindsey Jackson Clinical Nutritionist Educator “Mushroom Gravy Chicken over Couscous with Lemony Arugula”; “Roasted Chickpea and Freekeh Salad with Lemon Labneh and Harissa-Glazed Carrots” – dishes from an exotic downtown restaurant, or meals that you could make easily in the comfort of your own home with the help of a meal-subscription service? Meal delivery […]

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May 18, 2018

Angina, Echo, Murmur – Wait, What’s That Mean? Cardiovascular Terms Demystified

While angina, murmurs and heart attacks are widespread, sadly, confusion about their meanings is also common. Let’s take a closer look at six misunderstood terms. “Since the internet can be overwhelming, your doctor is your best resource,” said Sarah Ciccotto, MD, cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health. Angina – This term refers to […]

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May 17, 2018

The Truth about Smoothies – Friend or Foe of Weight Loss?

By Rachel Wyman Clinical Nutritionist Educator Health clubs, gyms and organic grocery stores sell them. Exercise infomercials promote them. Smoothie detoxes and cleanses are all over Pinterest. So what’s the truth about smoothies and their impact on weight loss? If you’re not careful, smoothies can actually promote weight gain rather than weight loss. In order […]

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