Holidays

October 30, 2019

Tips and Reminders to Avoid the ER on Halloween

Carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating may seem like harmless fun, but Halloween injuries send many children to emergency rooms in the United States every year. Out of eight holidays, Halloween had the fifth-highest number of ER visits involving children aged 18 years and younger, according to 2007-2013 data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, with […]

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October 18, 2019

Tempted by Halloween Candy? Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Halloween

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? There isn’t just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment based on your child’s personality and eating habits. Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted […]

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October 11, 2019

Halloween and Asthma: Don’t Let Allergies or Asthma Get in the Way of Halloween Fun

By Steven Julius, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist Wearing masks made of latex and taking hayrides are among the Halloween festivities that could be risky for children with asthma, according to the American Lung Association. And we can’t forget about the happiness and entertainment that pumpkins on display bring on the wonders of Halloween. But what happens […]

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July 1, 2019

5 Tips for a Safe and Happy Fourth of July – Fireworks Safety

By Beverly Hopps, Safe Kids Fireworks are often used in celebration of special events and holidays. We know fireworks are fun and little ones look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can lead to accidents for children, including devastating burns and other injuries that lead to many families seeking emergent care on the holiday. This […]

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December 28, 2018

When MAMA Saved Christmas – A Holiday Tale

There are many stories that circulate about Santa Claus, but a Mission Health favorite is the time that MAMA saved Christmas. You know how the story starts: “Twas the night before Christmas …” MAMA flight nurse Barbara Sawyer and her flight medic teams were readying their MAMA supplies, when much to their surprise, they received […]

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December 21, 2018

Is Your Home Fall Proof? How to Safeguard Your Home for the Holidays

Are you preparing your home to be cozy and festive for family and friends this holiday? As you’re tidying and decorating, keep in mind how you can help prevent falls and accidents in the house by modifying your home. Twelve million older adults fall every year and the number is rising – that’s more than […]

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December 19, 2018

How, When and Where to Get Care during the Holidays

Spread cheer this holiday season – not germs! We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday – but if you find yourself in need of medical care this Christmas, New Year or any day in between, don’t think twice! With Mission Health, you can get care online or in-person – even during the holidays. […]

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December 19, 2018

What Goes In Must Come Out – How a Toxic Bladder Can Lead to Cancer over Time

By John Burns, MD As you head to the bathroom during your commercial break of “Christmas Vacation” this holiday, a little indulgence is okay, but try to avoid the smoke from Uncle Eddie’s cigar or the toxic lime Jell-O mold that Aunt Bethany brought. The point is that many of the things that we put […]

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December 18, 2018

17 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself during the Holidays

Dr. Robyn Restrepo, Family Medicine Physician at Mission Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, loves to see and treat her patients, but what thrills her most is their attentive self-care for optimum health. “The season is upon us,” she says, “And while there’s no evidence the holidays cause more illness, people are more susceptible to health problems, particularly after […]

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December 13, 2018

I Did it My Way – Bariatric Surgery Helped Kendra Hamm Achieve Health and Weight-loss Success

It was never about the weight. That’s what Kendra Hamm, a paralegal who lives in Sylva, had to say about her decision to undergo bariatric surgery. “My motivation throughout this whole process has always been about my health,” said Hamm. “I was never motivated by losing weight, per se, or being thin or wearing a […]

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