Primary Care

August 16, 2019

9 Vaccines for Your Kids – A Guide to Essential Immunizations

School supplies aren’t the only back-to-school essentials. Childhood vaccinations also top the list of must-haves. Whether it’s your little one’s first day of preschool or your high school graduate is heading off to college, getting your children immunized on time will help them stay healthy long after the school year ends. Vaccines protect individuals from […]

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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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August 5, 2019

Thyroid 101: The Lowdown on Its Purpose, Problems and Prevention

Brian Ware, DO, an osteopathic family physician with Mission Family Medicine – Old Fort, refers to the thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck, as the body’s thermostat. “It determines metabolism — how much energy you burn, how energetic you feel and your weight,” he said. Hormones Levels Are Everything The brain […]

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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 4, 2019

Sun Smart: How to Identify and Treat Sun Poisoning

You’ve heard the term, but do you know what sun poisoning is? “Basically, sun poisoning is a bad sunburn,” said David Mulholland, MD, a Family Medicine Physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Haywood. “It’s an inflammatory reaction to sun damage of the skin that can make you feel like you have the flu.” What […]

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May 14, 2019

Could Measles Come to Western North Carolina? What to Know about the Contagious and Deadly Virus

By Charles Letizia, Public Health Epidemiologist Measles is increasing at an alarming rate across the country. Although western North Carolina hasn’t had any confirmed cases, we remain vulnerable due to below-average immunization rates in the area. Current hot spots are New York, Washington and Michigan. There have been five confirmed cases in eastern Tennessee, which […]

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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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November 13, 2018

From a Nurse in the ED to a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care

By Beverly Ramey, Nurse Practitioner I was a registered nurse in the emergency department for several years, and am now trying to transition from taking direction to giving direction as a newly hired nurse practitioner (NP) in the primary care setting. What exactly is a nurse practitioner and what do we do? An NP is […]

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November 5, 2018

What Stigma? Always Tell Your Doctor about Anxiety or Depression

By Jesse Pace, DO Around 40 million adults in the US live with an anxiety disorder, impacting 18 percent of the population and making it the most common mental illness in the US. About 16 million people live with depression every year. While both anxiety and depression can be managed, not even 40 percent of […]

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October 25, 2018

Schedule Your Next Doctor’s Appointment Online – Primary Care

In the digital age that we live in, it can be pleasantly surprising the tasks you can accomplish online – shopping, banking, reading the news and keeping up with friends and family. Scheduling your doctor’s appointment is no exception! Available now, we are pleased to bring you online scheduling for all of Mission Health’s primary […]

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