July 27, 2022

Are dogs good for mental health?

Promoting endorphin-rich exercise Dogs need exercise, and people do too. When you commit to the responsibility of dog ownership, you’re in for a lot more walks around the block than you might take otherwise — about 22 minutes more per day, according to a study in BMC Public Health. All of that physical activity stands […]

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June 30, 2022

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. It is most often diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence. “I have learned that early detection is the key to a good outcome,” says Amanda Wallace Street, Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist for CarePartners Orthotics & Prosthetics. “The key is to diagnose the scoliosis early, while the […]

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June 23, 2022

What is sarcoma?

What are the different types of sarcoma? Cancer is named for the place where it starts, even if it metastasizes (spreads) to other parts of the body. For example, lung cancer is still lung cancer even if spreads to nearby lymph nodes or the adrenal glands. Sarcoma is a general term for a group of […]

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June 22, 2022

Physical Exercise: Potent Preventive Medicine and Foundation of Good Health

When we think about the pillars of good health, diet and exercise are some of the most significant self-care measures we can take that lower our risk for multiple serious conditions, support our vitality, and improve our mental health. I introduced Transylvania Regional Hospital’s (TRH) clinical dietician, Lori McCall, MS, RD, DN in our March […]

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June 22, 2022

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Will Provide Health Screenings, Education Materials, and Opportunities to Meet Our Providers at Mountain Top Rotary Art and Craft Show

I have always been a proponent of hospitals partnering with community organizations to make life better for our community members. We’re all connected, and this is one way to reflect that reality. For example, our partnership with EMS Services is vital to the wellbeing of our patients, and recently our participation with the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau […]

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June 22, 2022

It’s Important to Be Prepared and Make Smart Choices When You Engage in Summer Fun

School is out and summer is here! Summer brings busier schedules and we become more adventurous, getting outside and engaging in activities like hiking, biking, and swimming. If you’re like me, these fun pastimes also bring on muscle aches and bruises in places I didn’t even know existed. In addition to the fun, being outdoors […]

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June 22, 2022

Reversing the roles and becoming the patient at Mission Hospital McDowell

By Phillip Fritts Valorie Frye, Administrative Supervisor for Mission Hospital McDowell, woke up early one morning with pain between her shoulder blades. Thinking that she had just slept wrong, she rolled over and went back to sleep. She later woke up, realizing that the pain was still present and had now extended down into her […]

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June 22, 2022

Men’s Health Month: What Men of All Ages Should Do to Best Support Their Health

The model of how we access healthcare has changed a great deal in the last several decades, and one of the most significant shifts has been from a model of physicians directing their patients’ care. They still do that of course, but now the care relationships between patients and their physicians is more of a […]

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June 15, 2022

6 skin conditions caused by sun damage

How does the sun damage skin? Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays that can pass through the outer layers of the skin and cause damage. Two types of UV rays affect skin health: UVA and UVB. Of the two, UVA is the more dangerous one. UV light is not all bad. The body uses it to […]

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June 13, 2022

Healthy grilling recipes to try this summer

Why is it important to eat food that’s in season? The seasonality of food refers to the time of year when certain foods are at their peak in terms of harvest and flavor. Seasonal foods tend to be fresher and more nutritious. Foods that are out of season are usually less flavorful because they start […]

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