Wellness

June 10, 2019

Quitting for Good: How Raymond Morgan Quit Smoking in 3 Weeks

Raymond Morgan, a 30-year veteran respiratory therapist at Mission Hospital McDowell, understands his patients’ struggle to give up smoking. “At work I see about a dozen critically ill patients per day with conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and lung or airway cancers. I know what smoking and other environmental factors do […]

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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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June 3, 2019

Tele-vein: Where Technology and Vein Care Meet (Q + A)

They can be painful and downright ugly. Whether it’s a serious health concern or vanity-driven desire, everyone has a right to treat their varicose veins. Andy P. Brown, MD, Medical Director of Interventional Radiology at Mission Health, talks about technology and vein care, and when it’s time to see a specialist. Q: What are tele-vein […]

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May 28, 2019

Stroke 101 – Can You Prevent a Stroke from Happening?

Seeking immediate care within the first “golden hour” is critical for treating, surviving and recovering from a stroke. Do you know what signs and symptoms to look for and what things to do (and not to do) in order to save a life? Last week, we had the chance to interview Alex Schneider, MD, chief of […]

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May 23, 2019

Don’t Rush Recovery – Why It’s Important to Take Concussions and Head Injuries Seriously

By Sam LaRose People usually associate concussions or head injuries with sports, like soccer, football or basketball, but concussions can happen during recreational activities for fun too. It’s that time of year here in the mountains for western North Carolinians’ favorite outdoor activities – hiking, canoeing or rafting down the river, biking and more. Whether […]

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May 17, 2019

Stick to the Plan: How Bev Barney Reached Her Goal and Lost More than 130 Pounds

A simple conversation with her mom tipped the scales for Bev Barney, a house cleaner from Flat Rock, who decided to have bariatric surgery after decades of battling her weight. “Weight is going to be a constant struggle in your life, isn’t it?” Barney remembers her mom asking a simple question that seemed to linger. […]

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May 16, 2019

Live Fully: How Occupational Therapy Helps Children and Adults

Occupational therapy is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science that supports the well-being of the whole person and their lifestyle. Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to the fullest by helping promote health and prevent (or live better with) injury, illness or disability. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping […]

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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 13, 2019

Put Your Sleep Skills to the Test: How to Do a Sleep Study at Home

Do you snore? Do you feel tired during the day? Do you feel restless at night? Has anyone ever told you that you stop breathing in your sleep? Do you wake up gasping or choking at night? If you answered yes to any of these, you would probably benefit from a sleep study. There are […]

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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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