HealthFocused

Educational health information to improve your well-being.

Teens and Drug Misuse

January 22, 2018

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ® (NDAFW), January 22-28, 2018, is a national health observance linking teens to science based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs! Over 18.5 million persons 12 and older have misused prescription drugs in the past year. When asked how they obtained prescription opioids, a majority of the 12th graders surveyed said they were given the drugs or they bought them from a friend or relative. These statistics are particularly worrisome as youth who misuse prescription medications are more likely to report use of other drugs. Monitoring the Future is an... Continue Reading

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Cope with Stress and Depression During the Holidays

December 1, 2017

The holiday season, stretching from Thanksgiving through New Years, can be a time of joy, celebration, gatherings with family and friends and reflection of blessings. This is not the case for all, as many people reflect on their current situation, be it financial, relational, spiritual or other. They look at the past with disappointment and to the future with uncertainty. Holiday Depression and SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder are two distinct mental health conditions that are real during this time of year. According to Mental Health America, many factors can cause the "holiday blues":... Continue Reading

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What are Advance Directives and Why Are They Important?

November 29, 2017

By planning in advance, you can get the medical care you desire while relieving loved ones of making major medical decisions during moments of grief or crisis. Advance directives help reduce the confusion and disagreements about medical care. Many people think advance directives are only for the elderly. However, unexpected end-of-life situations can happen to anyone at any age. It’s important for everyone to prepare an advance directive.Continue Reading

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Diabetes: One of the Fastest Growing Diseases in America

November 29, 2017

Over 100 million adults in the United States have diabetes or pre-diabetes according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control . Alarmingly, the rate of type 2 diabetes has doubled over the last five years. This chronic condition can cause other serious health complications and even death if left untreated. It's imperative to know the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of diabetes. What is Diabetes? Diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn't produce insulin correctly. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use and store sugar from food for energy. Problems occur when the pancreas... Continue Reading

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National Take a Hike Day

November 17, 2017

The Shenandoah Valley offers the fortune of having the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to look at every single day. On November 17 th , we celebrate National Take a Hike Day. According to WebMD, hiking increases the amount of calories burned compared to walking on a flat surface. With the fortune of having mountains all around us, we have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this day, or any sunny day in the Shenandoah Valley. Days like National Take a Hike Day reminds us to get off of the couch and exercise. Some examples of health benefits to walking and hiking are: Reduces the risk... Continue Reading

Congratulations October 2017 DAISY Award winners!

November 3, 2017

On October 24, 2017, four nurses from the Inpatient Surgical Unit were presented with the DAISY Award: Laura Shifflett, Emylee Protil, Christian Darragh, and Beth Hall. All four were involved in the care of one patient who, along with his family, called them "The Dream Team." Emylee Protil is the star of the Dream Team. Emylee's assessment skills and urgency in alerting the on-call surgeon enabled the patient to receive emergent surgery. Additionally, Emylee's happy, friendly, and caring personality made her a favorite of the patient and his family. She made them comfortable with her words,... Continue Reading

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4 Major Flu Myths Busted!

October 25, 2017

The flu seems to be a mystery to most people. Over the year’s various misconceptions and myths have even caused people to avoid vaccination. Unfortunately, avoiding the vaccine increases the risk of spreading influenza to everyone.Continue Reading

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6 Surprising Reasons Why Women Don’t Get Mammograms

October 17, 2017

In 2013, 39,000 women died from breast cancer in the United States. Nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during their lives. Considering these numbers, it may be surprising that only 67 percent of women older than 40 reports having a mammogram within the last two years. Since mammograms are capable of detecting signs of breast cancer before symptoms occur, it's vital that women are screened regularly to reduce the risks of this life-threatening disease. So, what's your excuse for not getting one? Here are some of the most popular reasons women avoid... Continue Reading

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Managing Chronic Pain Without Opioids

October 15, 2017

Nearly one in five adults experiences chronic pain that interferes with their daily activities. For many years, opioids have been used to treat chronic pain. However, in most cases, opioids are a poor choice for treating long-term pain. Tolerance and an opioid abuse epidemic are causing people to look for other options for treating chronic pain.Continue Reading

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Mammograms May Also Spot Heart Disease

October 14, 2017

Mammography helps women by detecting early signs of breast cancer, but this helpful tool may also offer women an unexpected bonus – the ability to check heart health, according to results gleaned from new research. It appears that radiologists scouring your mammograms for evidence of breast cancer may also be able to spot calcification that has collected in the arteries supplying blood to the breasts, according to this emerging research. Calcium Deposits in Breast Arteries May Also Be in Heart Arteries Women who have an excessive buildup of calcium deposits in their breast arteries usually... Continue Reading

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