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February 13, 2020

A Team of Your Own: Personalized Help Navigating End-of-life Concerns

By Deanna Thompson When patients are diagnosed with a terminal illness, they often feel lost and unsure of the road ahead. “The most important person of all is the patient,” said Jeffrey Tait, MD, the hospice and palliative care physician at CarePartners Hospice in McDowell County. “They are so individual in their needs, there is […]

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February 11, 2020

Striving for the Best: Stroke Survivor Karen Croom

By Jason Schneider When Karen Croom awoke one Thursday morning in January and called her husband, he realized something was wrong. “He said that my speech was slurred, that I couldn’t talk,” Croom said. Croom had planned to take her grandson to some appointments that day, and her husband asked her to wake him up […]

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February 7, 2020

Healthy Recipe – Winter Salad with Pears, Fennel and Walnuts

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a salad. Not only does this dish look appetizing, it’s full of healthy nutrients. Enjoy it alongside your favorite entrée. ingredients salad 6 cups mixed salad greens 1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced 2 medium pears, cored and thinly sliced ¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped […]

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February 5, 2020

Mission Possible: Andie Lost 140 Pounds without Surgery

By Jennifer Sellers It’s common these days to click online or open up a magazine to see success stories of formerly obese people who have lost large amounts of weight due to weight-loss surgery. You’re less likely to read stories like Andie Slivinski’s. She lost 140 pounds simply using the advice, tools and support she […]

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February 4, 2020

What We Know about the Coronavirus So Far

By Robert A. Poarch On January 30, 2020, a “public health emergency of international concern” was declared by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to coronavirus. The next day, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United […]

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February 3, 2020

10 Reasons to Consider a Skilled Nursing Center for Dementia Care

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC “Our staff receive additional training in person-centered care,” said Ava Ammons, RN-BC, LHNA, administrator at Eckerd Living Center. “So we know how to deal with behaviors and de-escalate situations that could cause agitation or aggression resulting from an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.” A forgotten appointment. Lost car keys. Food burned on the […]

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January 31, 2020

Get Screened for Cancer Regularly

Taking place every February 4, World Cancer Day empowers individuals and communities to show support, raise awareness and encourage screening to identify cancer when it is most treatable. Cancer symptoms can be easy to overlook. In some cases, the disease will occur with no noticeable signs or ones that develop only in advanced stages. This […]

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January 30, 2020

Healthy Recipe – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats

Looking for a quick breakfast that won’t make you feel guilty? Try this sweet treat with fruit and fiber that you prepare the night before. Make a double batch, and you’ve got dessert too. ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 2 tsp maple syrup 1 cup […]

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January 29, 2020

Volunteering in the ER Showed Me that Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

By Steve Smigelski Before volunteering at Mission Hospital, I worked as a vehicular homicide detective in the Accident Investigation Unit of the City of Miami Police Department. I worked in this capacity for a total of 23 years. The job entailed responding to and investigating traffic incidents that involved fatalities or potential fatalities. The average […]

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January 28, 2020

Alzheimer’s Affects More than Memory: Separating Fact from Fiction

By Cheri Hinshelwood “Alzheimer’s interferes with how messages are sent and received, causing total chaos in the brain,” said Patti Wheeler, MD, family doctor at Mission Community Primary Care – Highlands. Common signs include no longer being able to balance your checkbook, having trouble solving problems or making decisions, or frequently getting lost. Let’s learn […]

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