Primary Care

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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January 6, 2021

Should I Call in Sick Today?

Do you have symptoms of a cold or the flu? Wondering if it’s okay to go to work? It’s important to understand some key facts about each illness to take care of yourself and to help prevent your co-workers from coming down with your bug. Here’s how. When Should I Stay Home? The U.S. Centers […]

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December 28, 2020

Winter Weather Safety: Plan and Pack before You Go

According to the CDC, winter cold kills twice as many people as summer heat in the US. Many of these deaths are preventable, which is why we are offering this winter weather safety advice. Before traveling in winter weather, plan for the weather by checking your route and your car. Remember, even if you just […]

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December 2, 2020

7 Misconceptions about the Flu Shot

The 1918 influenza (flu) pandemic is still remembered as one of the worst plagues in history. It’s estimated that 500 million people were infected by the 1918 flu virus and at least 50 million people or more died worldwide from the strain, including an estimated 675,000 Americans. We have learned the lessons of yesterday: take […]

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November 5, 2020

Urinary Tract Infections: Fact vs. Fiction

By Robert A. Poarch For both men and women, if you have pain or burning when you urinate, it may be a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI occurs when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up into your bladder. Most UTIs can be easily taken care of. Because this tends to be an […]

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September 25, 2020

Ask the Doctor: D. Todd Detar, DO, Answers Questions about Osteopathic Medicine and His Role in the Community

Q. What attracted you to medicine? A. While studying health education at the University of Delaware, a college sports injury ended my life’s dream of becoming an NFL player. One of my coaches saw an opportunity for me to work as a trainer for the Philadelphia Phillies, and over time, I decided to become a […]

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September 19, 2020

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Provides Needed Diagnosis, Treatment and Support to Vertigo Sufferers

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN This month, I would like to highlight Blue Ridge Regional Hospital’s (BRRH) innovative Vertigo Rehabilitation Program at our BRRH Fitness and Rehab Center. Millions of Americans suffer with vertigo at some point, and it can be challenging to pinpoint the cause in order to determine the most […]

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September 8, 2020

Primary Care in the Time of COVID-19: Here’s How We’re Keeping You Safe

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Who would have thought that a trip to the doctor’s office would require safety precautions? Mission Health primary care providers across western North Carolina now offer several options to meet your healthcare needs and support your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. See You on the Computer Virtual, or telehealth, visits […]

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August 3, 2020

What to Consider as Kids Return to School (or Not)

By Karen Vernon With students across the nation returning to in-person or virtual classrooms this fall, Mission Children’s Hospital Medical Director Ansley Miller, MD, FAAP, offered some insight to prepare kids and parents for this transition. Returning to the Classroom Successful return to on-campus settings requires a partnership between schools, local and regional health authorities […]

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