Wellness

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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October 9, 2019

Dense Breast Ultrasound – Helen Sandven, MD, on ABUS Breast Tissue Screening

Dense breast tissue puts women at greater risk for having undiagnosed breast cancer. 3D whole breast ultrasound, also known as ABUS, is recommended annually for women with dense breasts. Because younger women more often have dense breasts, younger women benefit from this screening tool. Here’s what else to know about ABUS and how it works […]

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October 7, 2019

In the Red Zone: Swelling and Heat Are the First Signs of Overuse Injuries

“No pain, no gain” is a common mantra among dedicated athletes. Sometimes it’s best to give it a rest. Building muscles or bones starts by stressing these tissues first. “With time to heal, muscles and bones rebuild themselves stronger and better than before. That’s how the body works,” said Elise Hiza, MD, orthopedic surgeon at […]

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October 4, 2019

Celebrating 134 Years of Caring with Something Special for the Next Generation (Video)

By Robert A Poarch The story goes that Mission Hospital’s first patient, a woman in labor, was carried on a stretcher from her house by two men, and walking beside her was a woman reading bible verses, a woman holding a parasol and another woman fanning flies away. This was just ten days after Mission […]

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September 30, 2019

Ensuring Our Youngest Cancer Patients Receive State-of-the-art Care Close to Home

By Douglas Scothorn, MD, and Ginna Priola, MD In most people’s lives, September represents the changing of the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and yellow school buses picking up excited kids returning to school. However, for our families at Mission Children’s Hospital, it’s a month to recognize the courageous battles being fought by their children. September […]

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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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September 17, 2019

Earth, Wind, Fire and Mountain Views – A Healing Environment Means a Faster Recovery

By Robert A. Poarch Great doctors and nurses. Check. State-of-the-art medical equipment. Check. A variety of food options. Check. When you’re in the hospital, all these things matter. But so does the space you, and your family and friends, will be spending time in. That’s why subtle aspects in Mission Hospital North Tower are all […]

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September 11, 2019

Healthy Recipe – Mushroom Barley Soup

Fall is near! In that spirit, try this hearty – and healthy – easy to make soup to get you in the mood for the crisp air and cooler temperatures. ingredients 1 Tbsp canola oil, divided 1 medium onion, chopped 2 celery ribs, chopped ½ cup pearl barley, rinsed and drained 6 cups reduced-sodium vegetable […]

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September 11, 2019

Healthy and Fun: Tips for a Healthier Experience at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair

By Rachel Vincent, Registered Dietitian An annual western North Carolina tradition is here: the North Carolina Mountain State Fair. With food trucks and vendors serving fair favorites, like candy apples, homemade ice cream, corn dogs, fried Twinkies and funnel cakes, it can be all too easy to cave in to the temptation. But with a […]

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September 4, 2019

Ask the Doctor: What Is Lifestyle Medicine? Brian Asbill, MD, Answers

Brian Asbill, MD, cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates and Mission Heart, became the first person in the world to become certified in Lifestyle Medicine. Who better than to answer some questions about it? What is lifestyle medicine? Lifestyle medicine is the evidence-based practice of helping individuals adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that affect health and […]

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