Healthy Living

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 16, 2019

Live Fully: How Occupational Therapy Helps Children and Adults

Occupational therapy is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science that supports the well-being of the whole person and their lifestyle. Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to the fullest by helping promote health and prevent (or live better with) injury, illness or disability. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping […]

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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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May 6, 2019

Spring Slump? Don’t Ignore Your Mental Well-being

Just when most people feel energized because it is spring, others want to pull the covers over their heads. Seasonal change can be harder on those with anxiety and depression. Speaking with your primary care physician can be a first step in feeling better. “Often patients dismiss their earliest suspicions of depression or anxiety,” said […]

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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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April 23, 2019

Old Prescriptions In Your Medicine Cabinet? Drop Them Off On Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Rebecca Alexander What do you do with leftover or expired prescriptions? It’s easy to forget about old prescriptions in the back of your medicine cabinet and just toss them in the trash. But there is a better way to dispose of your old or expired prescription medications – like “dropping them off” at designated locations. […]

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April 17, 2019

Kidney Stone Treatment, Causes and Prevention

By Linda Gale, PA Studies show that approximately 1 in 11 people in the US will have a kidney stone at some point in their life, and residents in western North Carolina have a higher rate of needing kidney stone treatment than the rest of the country. These rates continue to increase and may be […]

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April 12, 2019

4 Diseases Sealed with a Kiss

By Sam LaRose Kissed anyone lately? Mononucleosis (better known as mono) may be the king of “kissing diseases,” but other orally transmitted diseases are no joke. Bacterial meningitis, herpes simplex-1 and cytomegalovirus can all spread through saliva. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself (and any teenagers under your roof). Mononucleosis Mono is […]

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April 12, 2019

Alcohol and Its Impact on Your Health

By Gabriel Cade, MD The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is, of course, one of the most visible and accessible drugs in our society. Despite a growing understanding of the health risks and dangers of alcohol abuse, more Americans than ever before consume alcohol on […]

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April 4, 2019

A Pump and Electrical Wiring – Preserving Heart Health

By Todd H. Hansen, MD Think of the heart as a pump. Specifically, an electro-mechanical pump that propels blood through the lungs and throughout the whole body. It has electrical wiring that generates electricity. That electric current causes the heart muscles of the pumping chambers to contract to push blood through the arteries of the […]

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