October 11, 2022

How to familiarize yourself with your breasts through a self-exam

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, there are better treatment options and a greater chance of survival if breast cancer is detected at an early stage. Women […]

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October 6, 2022

5 foods that help fight depression

You may already know about the many benefits of a well-balanced diet for your heart, bones and muscles — but did you know you can also eat for your mind? Given the known links between mental and physical health, food can have a sizable impact on both physical and emotional feelings and functions. While nutrition […]

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September 1, 2022

When to visit the emergency room for an allergic reaction

What are the different types of allergic reactions? “An allergic reaction is a hypersensitive reaction that your immune system has to a certain substance,” says Dr. Josephin Mathai, medical director of the emergency department at HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital. “Every person can have a different trigger, and the level of reaction you have is […]

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September 1, 2022

Types of suicide prevention: What they are and how to get help

What are the warning signs of suicidal behavior? There are several warning signs that someone may be considering suicide. “The first two are helplessness and hopelessness, as if their life doesn’t have meaning, or what they do doesn’t make a difference,” says Dr. Frank Drummond, national medical director for Behavioral Health at HCA Healthcare. “You […]

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September 1, 2022

How to prevent sepsis: 5 actions you can take to reduce your risk

What is sepsis? Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening and life-altering system response to infection, Dr. Guy explains. “It causes an exaggerated immune response that can end up damaging key organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys, and potentially lead to death.” He compares sepsis to an ember that sparks from a small campfire, suddenly threatening […]

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August 24, 2022

The Great 100 Nurses 2022

A special congratulations to the following Mission Health nurses, for being recognized as part of the 2022 Great 100 nurses for North Carolina. The award exists to recognize and honor Registered Nurses in North Carolina for their commitment to excellence and to promote a positive image of the nursing profession. Teressa Neill, MSN, RN Mission […]

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August 17, 2022

The Ongoing Opioid Crisis: Resources, Events, and the Role of BRRH

The devastation of the opioid crisis has not spared our community, sadly. The statewide statistics are sobering. Opioid overdose deaths outstrip those from auto accidents, and in the 18-year span between 1999 and 2017, 13,169 state residents have died from unintentional overdoses, with a 32% increase in deaths just between 2016 and 2017. This is […]

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August 17, 2022

Transylvania Regional Hospital Welcomes New Physicians; Refreshes and Renames Two Facilities

In an effort to provide even better care to our community members, two facilities affiliated with Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) have recently undergone improvements and renovation in preparation for serving new purposes. We look at our role as one that must continually change, as our patients’ need for services does. Medical Associates of Transylvania has […]

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August 17, 2022

Angel Medical Center Focuses on Overdose Awareness, Exceptional Team Members, and New Facility for August

Hello summer! It’s hard not to love this season of flowers growing, warm days, afternoon showers, and beautiful, cooler nights that only those of us lucky enough to live in the mountains get to enjoy. Summer also finds me restless for the weekend at times and anticipating fun activities — and I know I’m not […]

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August 17, 2022

Not Just for Babies: The Critical Role Vaccines Play in Community Health

Life was turned upside down when COVID-19 arrived more than two years ago. There were a multitude of changes we had to make in terms of how we lived and moved around in our worlds, from work meetings transitioning from in-person to video calls, to masking up whenever we left the house. The single most […]

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