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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 19, 2018

Fall Recipe – Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

We’re starting to feel those fall temperatures here in the mountains! The crisp air is fresh and chilly enough, but not too chilly, to put chili back on the table. Enjoy this fall-inspired sweet potato and black bean chili recipe that has as much nutritional value as it does flavor. ingredients 1 Tbsp olive oil […]

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October 16, 2018

How a Smart Watch Detects Seizures and Helps Manage Epilepsy

More than 3 million people in the US have epilepsy – including half a million children. That’s a lot of worried parents and loved ones considering epileptic seizures can’t be predicted. A medical device that was approved by the FDA earlier this year is helping those diagnosed with epilepsy manage their condition, and ease the […]

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October 16, 2018

How to Make Skilled Nursing Work for You and Your Loved Ones

By Ava Emory, Eckerd Living Center Our loved ones, like our parents or spouses, don’t always grant permission to be placed in a nursing home when the time comes. Except mine – my parents said, “When you can’t take care of me, put me in a nursing home – pick a good one! But put […]

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October 15, 2018

Be a Screen Queen: How to Self-Check Your Breasts with TLC

October is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer and prevention. One in eight American woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Men are also susceptible to this disease, though not as frequently as women. In 2015, there were more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer in the United States. In that same […]

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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

A Teal Pumpkin Means an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

The kids say “trick or treat!” and grab their favorite candy – the Halloween tradition is simple! But as we have become more aware of young people diagnosed with food allergies, trick-or-treating can get… tricky. Food allergies shouldn’t get in the way of the fun and ease of trick-or-treating. Keep up with modern trick-or-trick etiquette […]

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October 12, 2018

Stress Less for Breast Surgeries – Savi Scout®

Radio waves help surgeons pinpoint cancerous tumors Just hearing “you have breast cancer” can send any woman’s mind racing. For many of the 266,000 women diagnosed each year with invasive breast cancer, the stress doesn’t stop there. Surgery day often means two procedures. Traditionally, a wire is placed in a women’s breast at an imaging […]

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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 11, 2018

Need Help Choosing the Right Skilled Nursing Facility? Ask Around

By Ava Emory, Eckerd Living Center While tools like Nursing Home Compare, a website published by Medicare that ranks nursing homes by star level, is a great resource – it isn’t always comparing apples to apples. Standards of care vary across state lines – the 4-star facility in Georgia could be a 2-star facility in […]

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