Summer

July 2, 2018

Waterfall Safety – Beware of the Dangers while Enjoying their Beauty

By Jonas Karlsson, MD Few things in the natural world awe and inspire as much as waterfalls. Western North Carolina is fortunate to have more than 250 waterfalls in the region, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting their splendor and magnificence every year. Unfortunately, waterfalls bring danger along with their beauty, and each year […]

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June 22, 2018

Tick or Mosquito Bite? When to Seek Medical Care

By Steve North, MD, MPH There are so many things we love about summertime, but nowhere on that list is the return of all the bugs. Warmer weather means that mosquitoes and ticks are back in full force. Bug bites have always been a summer nuisance, but recently there is even greater concern about diseases […]

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June 22, 2018

Dry Drowning Is a Misleading Term – What Are the Real Dangers?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital You may have seen postings on social media about “dry drowning,” stories about kids who seemed perfectly fine after getting out of a pool, ocean or lake and then, suddenly, as much as a day later, end up with breathing difficulties and die. It’s terrifying […]

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June 8, 2018

How Kelly’s Legs Went from Varicose Veins to Very Pretty

Kelly Kranker, 39, felt like her legs belonged to a much older person. Her varicose veins initially appeared with her first pregnancy. After she delivered, the swelling improved. However, Kranker, still had some swelling, pain and prominent varicose veins. She was exploring treatment options at The Vein Specialists of Carolina Vascular, an affiliate of Mission […]

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August 11, 2017

Solar Eclipse Safety – Viewing, Sun and Hydration Hazards

By Adam Harris The upcoming total solar eclipse has western North Carolina abuzz. Our area is directly in the path of the 68-mile-wide band that will experience totality, so locals and tourists alike are making plans to spend the day witnessing this historic event on August 21. In addition to the awe and wonder this […]

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August 10, 2017

Summertime Car Safety – Every 10 Days a Child Dies in a Vehicle from Heatstroke

By Shian Ponder It’s a scenario no family should ever have to face. Unfortunately, 700 families have lost a child to heatstroke from being left in a hot car, since 1998. These tragedies could have been prevented. “Today’s world is busy and fast, parents are constantly multitasking with many responsibilities. Believe it or not, it […]

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July 20, 2017

Summer Events Summary – Health & Wellness Classes, Support Groups and More

By Gabe Bryson Did you know Mission Health is offering more than 30 support groups, classes, programs and other events for you and your loved ones this summer? Best of all, many of them are free. Support groups Being in a community with others through a support group with a leader-by-experience can be a very […]

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July 19, 2017

Mosquitoes Are Back, Is Zika a Concern This Summer? An Expert Q&A

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Q: Has there been a resurgence of Zika in the US this summer? A: The US is only seeing travel-related cases at this time. Keep in mind, Zika is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person […]

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July 14, 2017

Healthy Hydration – Summer Workouts Need Special Attention to Fluids

By Aaron Vaughan & Eliza Parker With the hot weather upon us, every level of athlete should consider their hydration status and how it can affect their performance and recovery. As one sweats during exercise, both water and salts are lost, which can lead to a reduction in blood volume, an increase in the amount […]

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June 30, 2017

Parenting Tips – Helping Children Avoid Summer Weight Gain

Andrea Branton, a pediatric dietitian at Mission Children’s Hospital, offers expert advice on helping your children avoid weight gain this summer, as seen in WNC Parent. Naturally you would think that it would be easy for your child to stay healthy and not gain weight over summer break. Over the summer there are more opportunities to […]

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