Health Tips

August 8, 2019

Feet First: 4 Things to Consider before Choosing Running Shoes

Whether you’re training for your first 5K or already have several under your belt, the proper shoes and training techniques can mean the difference between pain and gain. Thomas Starnes, MD, a runner himself and a primary care sports medicine physician at Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, explains how to kick-start your running habit with the right […]

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July 8, 2019

What a Difference a Day Makes: The Pros of Delaying Your Newborn’s First Bath

The first 24 hours of parenthood are precious. While it’s a whirlwind of wonder, one thing many of us remember is baby’s first bath. However, research shows that waiting just one day before your newborn’s first bath can make a huge difference in their overall health. Joni Lisenbee, RN, the nurse manager of Mission Hospital’s […]

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June 25, 2019

Don’t Touch That! And Other Tips for Safe and Rewarding Experiences in Nature this Summer

By Gabriel Cade, MD Summer. Crocuses popping up optimistically in the yard. Kids yelling at each other outside instead of inside. Looking through half-full bottles of sunscreen and bug repellent, and wondering how on earth we already have poison ivy. Start getting ready for those glorious outdoor days ahead. Sun Protection It’s great to be […]

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June 17, 2019

5 Fresh Ideas for Weight Loss: Top Tips to Attain and Maintain Your Weight Goals

If you’re like many people, weight loss is always top of mind. Yet, attaining and maintaining a healthy weight is a goal that seems just out of reach for many. Whether you have a few pounds to lose or a more significant goal, try incorporating these expert tips from Garth Davis, MD, Medical Director of […]

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June 11, 2019

Does SPF 100 Actually Work? Sunscreen Is Cool! And Other Sun Safety Tips

By Ferriss Roberts and Sam LaRose Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up the Sun” reminds us that summer or vacation is near. A summer classic since 2002, Crow sings about some of life’s “downs” – a crummy job and tight budget – but she always manages to “look up” by having a good attitude and soaking up […]

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June 10, 2019

Quitting for Good: How Raymond Morgan Quit Smoking in 3 Weeks

Raymond Morgan, a 30-year veteran respiratory therapist at Mission Hospital McDowell, understands his patients’ struggle to give up smoking. “At work I see about a dozen critically ill patients per day with conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and lung or airway cancers. I know what smoking and other environmental factors do […]

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June 3, 2019

Tele-vein: Where Technology and Vein Care Meet (Q + A)

They can be painful and downright ugly. Whether it’s a serious health concern or vanity-driven desire, everyone has a right to treat their varicose veins. Andy P. Brown, MD, Medical Director of Interventional Radiology at Mission Health, talks about technology and vein care, and when it’s time to see a specialist. Q: What are tele-vein […]

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May 23, 2019

Don’t Rush Recovery – Why It’s Important to Take Concussions and Head Injuries Seriously

By Sam LaRose People usually associate concussions or head injuries with sports, like soccer, football or basketball, but concussions can happen during recreational activities for fun too. It’s that time of year here in the mountains for western North Carolinians’ favorite outdoor activities – hiking, canoeing or rafting down the river, biking and more. Whether […]

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May 13, 2019

Put Your Sleep Skills to the Test: How to Do a Sleep Study at Home

Do you snore? Do you feel tired during the day? Do you feel restless at night? Has anyone ever told you that you stop breathing in your sleep? Do you wake up gasping or choking at night? If you answered yes to any of these, you would probably benefit from a sleep study. There are […]

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April 26, 2019

Eggcellent Advice: The Relationship Between High Cholesterol and Eggs

By Sam LaRose It’s been reported that consuming eggs in some form as a part of our daily breakfast has been part of our morning rituals in America since the end of the Civil War. Ever since, eggs have remained a mainstay in the American diet. “Eggs are the No. 1 source of dietary cholesterol […]

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