June 29, 2020

Fireworks Safety Tips

Little ones look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can lead to accidents for children, including burns and other injuries. This Fourth of July, take a little extra precaution to have a safe and happy event: Find a substitute for sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 […]

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June 26, 2020

Do You Know the Signs Someone May Need Help with Mental Health?

By Cheri Hinshelwood 5 Ways to Show Support in Stressful Times 1. Communicate. Stop by, call or stay in touch. 2. Connect. Share time or an activity. 3. Don’t try to fix it. The best thing you can do is listen. 4. Encourage physical activity. 5. Ask how you can help. And then follow up. […]

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June 25, 2020

Moving Healthcare Forward with Confidence

We have been diligent in keeping our patients safe throughout the fight against COVID-19, and our thoughtful and deliberate protection measures have been key to quickly resuming many healthcare services. It is encouraging to see many of our patients proceeding with confidence in rescheduling important appointments and procedures that were temporarily postponed. But there is […]

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June 24, 2020

Don’t Leave Your Kids in Hot Cars

By Tracey Gates, RN June is National Car Safety Month, which is a good time to remind parents about the dangers of leaving children in cars when it’s hot outside. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 there were 52 hot car deaths and in 2018 a record 53 deaths. The first […]

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June 23, 2020

Ask the Doctor: Pelvic Floor Health

Sarah Bradley, MD, of Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center, answers some questions about pelvic floor health. Q: What is the pelvic floor and what does it do? A: The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in the pelvis that support the organs in the pelvis, including the rectum, vagina, uterus and bladder. Contraction and […]

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June 22, 2020

Healthy Recipe—Berry Yogurt Popsicles

Blueberries are full of nutrients that keep your body healthy, and they’re the main ingredient in this no-bake, kid-friendly treat perfect for these hot summer days. ingredients 1½ cups pitted fresh or frozen cherries ½ cup fresh or frozen blackberries 1 Tbsp honey 24 oz vanilla Greek yogurt 12 3-oz paper cups 12 popsicle sticks […]

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June 18, 2020

Healthy Father’s Day

By Robert A. Poarch For most men, visiting a doctor is one of the last things they’ll be thinking about this Father’s Day. It seems that men don’t like to visit their doctors, which is reflected in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that shows that women in all range groups are […]

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June 15, 2020

Empowering Healing for Behavioral Health Patients: The Group Approach

By Robert A. Poarch Treating people with behavioral health issues is one of the most sensitive areas of healthcare. It doesn’t help that there are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions. That’s probably why the thought of a behavioral health group therapy program might seem awkward. The actual results from group therapy, however, are quite […]

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June 12, 2020

Appendicitis: Providing Safe Care for Kids during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau A common pediatric condition that Michelle Kiser, MD, a pediatric surgeon at Mission Children’s Specialists, saw plummet recently is pediatric appendicitis. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. According to Dr. Kiser, appendicitis is the most common disease that requires surgical treatment in children and adolescents, affecting up to 8 percent of […]

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