Primary Care

December 5, 2019

Tips for Exercising and Staying Healthy during Cold and Flu Season

By Benjamin Heyen, MD, Primary Care Worried about cold or flu impacting your exercise regimen? It can be frustrating when you’re feeling under the weather and don’t have the energy to work out. And sometimes, that cold weather may increase your motivation for a cozy night in instead of making it to the gym or […]

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December 4, 2019

Not in the Mood for Winter? What to Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Robert A Poarch Some people see the changing of the colors of leaves in the fall as a reason to spend more time outdoors and to start getting excited about the festivities ahead. There are some who react to this time of year with drained energy and feelings of depression. The clinical name for […]

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November 13, 2019

What Goes Around Comes Around: Are You Prepared for Flu Season?

Don’t spread the flu! Stay home if you’re sick. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes. Cover your mouth with a tissue, or sneeze or cough into your sleeve. Help prevent the flu by getting your vaccine! The 2017-2018 flu (influenza) season was one of the deadliest with 48.8 million […]

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October 17, 2019

You Can Protect Yourself and Others with the Flu Vaccine, Take Flu Seriously

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the 1918 influenza (flu) pandemic that 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. […]

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October 10, 2019

Not Sure about the Flu Shot? Get the Facts on Common Flu Vaccine Myths

Just when flu season is starting again, it feels like it just ended. And every year, we know plenty of people tip toe around getting the annual flu vaccine. Does it actually work? Is it even effective? Before you decide to skip out on this year’s flu vaccine, get the facts on these common myths […]

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September 26, 2019

Teens and Suicide: Talking (and Listening) to Your Child Can Lead to Prevention

Hearing the words “I don’t care” or “nothing matters” from your teen should be a red flag for parents. “While these comments could be chalked up to teen drama, they could also be a cry for help,” said Ashley Carver, DO, a pediatrician with Mission Pediatrics – McDowell. Teenage years can be tumultuous and fraught […]

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August 29, 2019

Straight Talk about Incontinence: How It Affects the Quality of Life for Men and Women

Incontinence — the inability to make it to a bathroom before urine begins to leak — affects men and women differently,” said Brian Cohen, MD, MPH, FACS, a urologist with Mission Urology. “Both men and women are equally affected by overactive bladder symptoms. These symptoms include frequent urination, urgency of urination and urge incontinence.” For […]

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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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