Primary Care

March 31, 2021

Spring Clean Your Life

“’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,’” proclaims the old Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts.” And who wouldn’t like a little more simplicity? You can have it now by clearing out things that complicate your life. Start with these: Tune Out Media saturates our lives and can over-stimulate or even depress […]

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March 26, 2021

Don’t Postpone Seeking Care at Angel Medical Center during the Pandemic, It Could Mean the Difference between a Manageable and a Serious Condition, and Even Life or Death

By Timothy Layman, DNP As the Administrator of Clinical Operations at Angel Medical Center (AMC), I wanted to create a special message for March. This month we can see the promise of spring just a bit more clearly on the horizon, after enduring the cold and spending months inside. This year, however, our impatience for […]

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March 26, 2021

6 Healthy Habits for Spring

If you’re feeling more energetic, happier and a little distracted these days, you’ve probably got spring fever. Romantics may be disappointed to find out that this pulse-quickening condition seems to be less about love and more about biology. Here’s why: Increased daylight tells our bodies to produce less melatonin (a hormone that makes us sleepy). […]

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March 12, 2021

Do I Need This Tool to Track My Asthma?

Asthma is a lung condition that can cause inflammation in your airways, making it difficult to breathe. If you’re having trouble getting — and keeping — your asthma under control, your doctor may recommend measuring your peak flow to help you better manage your condition. What Is a Peak Flow Measurement? “Peak flow is basically […]

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February 17, 2021

Dangerous Flu Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Most cases of the flu are a nuisance — you’ll be on your back for a few days or weeks, and then you can return to your normal routine. But certain flu symptoms, like sudden dizziness, may signal a more serious medical problem, like sepsis or pneumonia. Make sure you know how to differentiate normal […]

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January 27, 2021

Foods to Eat to Stay Healthy this Winter

Despite what you’ve heard, chicken soup won’t cure the common cold and a plate of oranges won’t prevent you from getting sick. But an overall healthy diet, along with other good-for-you habits, can help your whole body run the way it should. “There are no studies that show foods with vitamin C will prevent a […]

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January 27, 2021

We Shouldn’t Let Up on Doing All We Can to Stop the Spread of COVID-19, Especially Now

By Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE North Carolina is now seeing most counties across the state, including western North Carolina’s, in the “red zone,” meaning we’re experiencing extensive viral spread of COVID-19. We also know that “pandemic fatigue” is very real, and that we as human beings have a tendency to shut […]

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January 27, 2021

Brush Up on Your Knowledge of Radon’s Risks and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Capability to Provide Advanced Lung Cancer Screening

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Most people think of tobacco use when they think of lung cancer, but did you know that there’s another, lesser known culprit that’s responsible for 22,000 lung cancer deaths across the country each year? It’s the naturally occurring gas radon, which is created when uranium in rocks and soil […]

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January 22, 2021

What You Need to Know about Your Family Health History

Think back to the countless times when you’ve sat in a doctor’s waiting room, filling out a family health history questionnaire before an appointment. Many times, this is done in a rush with little thought to the importance or accuracy of the knowledge we have. Do we really have the answer to every question about […]

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January 14, 2021

How to Avoid the Highly Contagious Stomach Flu

It’s important to note that stomach flu, which seemingly spreads like wildfire, has nothing to do with the flu — the respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Kids or adults with stomach flu most likely have gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the lining of the intestine. It can be caused by a variety of microscopic bugs, […]

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