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Why Skipping Breakfast is Bad for Your Heart

May 19, 2017

The old cliché, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" may have been around for some time, but it seems that this sage advice holds more than a kernel of truth. According to a study published in the medical journal Circulation in July 2013, men who skip their morning breakfasts have a 27 percent greater chance of developing coronary artery disease or experiencing a heart attack than men who regularly eat breakfast. The study, conducted by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health followed 26,902 men mostly of white European descent, between the ages of 45...Continue Reading

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Ask A Pharmacist: What is the clot-busting drug for stroke treatment?

May 18, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Mary Beth Linstra, PharmD Answer provided by Mary Beth Linstra, PharmD, clinical staff pharmacist and member of...Continue Reading

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Are Energy Drinks Bad for Heart Health?

May 16, 2017

Energy drinks contain more than three to five times the amount of caffeine found in one can of soda. The popularity of these drinks has skyrocketed since first introduced to the market, and with this popularity, increasing scrutiny. Heart rhythm problems, high blood pressures, and in some rare cases, cardiac arrest has been linked to these drinks. Energy Drinks Powering Record Number of ER Visits According to a report compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ER visits due to energy drink consumption doubled from 2007 to 2011. Symptoms including rapid...Continue Reading

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5 Health Screenings Every Woman Should Get

May 15, 2017

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and health screenings are one of the most important components of preventative health care. Controversial, conflicting, and changing health guidelines can make it tough to determine whether you're getting the care that you need. No one wants to rush around for unnecessary tests. So, what medical screenings do you need? We've taken the guesswork out of it for you. Here are the major screenings you need and how often you need them. Cervical Cancer Screening Women ages 21 to 65 should have regular screenings for cervical cancer. A pap...Continue Reading

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6 Tips for Training Yourself to Get Up an Hour Earlier

May 12, 2017

As impossible as it may seem, you really can train yourself to be an early riser! Yes, it is possible to drag your tired body out of bed. You may not love the training process, but you will appreciate being able to control the direction and tone for your entire day. By waking up early, you'll be able to banish the rush and chaos of your morning routine. You'll also gain some time to work on things you are normally too tired to do at the end of the day. Not convinced? Here are six tips for training yourself to get up an hour earlier. Early to Bed, Early to Rise If you go to bed earlier...Continue Reading

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Always Changing and Improving

May 11, 2017

Kaizen. It's a Japanese word that means 'good change' or 'change for the better'. It's more than a word, though; it's a philosophy that embraces focusing on continuous improvement that will make work and life better. For Amy Hougan, MSN, RN, CNL, the Kaizen Facilitator at Augusta Health, the philosophy is one she has taken personally as well as professionally. Amy began her career working in Quantitative Business Analysis, with a bachelor's degree in business. After several years of working, she felt a calling to help others and returned to school to become a...Continue Reading

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Ask A Physical Therapist: How can therapy help recovery from a stroke?

May 10, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Stephanie Mims, Director of Therapy Services Answer provided by Stephanie Mims, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of Therapy...Continue Reading

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The Team Behind The Technology

May 9, 2017

Last June, the Augusta Health Board of Directors—fifteen local representatives from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro—voted to expand the surgical options for patients at Augusta Health with the addition of a da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This decision would provide the community with the latest and most advanced robotic technology available. By the end of October, the first robotic surgery at Augusta Health was performed by urologist Brian Stisser, MD. By the end of February, the Robotic Surgery Program had expanded it service to include urology, colorectal, gynecology and...Continue Reading

Ask A Speech Therapist: What is Dysphagia?

May 5, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP Answer provided by Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist at...Continue Reading

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Celebrating Screen-Free Week

April 27, 2017

This year an international celebration known as Screen-Free Week will take place from May 1 st - May 7 th . Screen-Free Week, formerly known as TV-Turnoff, is one week each year where people swap out technology and digital devices for time to get creative, read and play outside with friends and family! This week is also the 98 th anniversary of Children's Book Week, an annual celebration for young people and the joy that reading brings. Children's Book Week is also considered the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country! You can still use devices during the week but...Continue Reading

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