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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

Advance Planning

April 16, 2018

Most people know that April 15 is 'Tax Day'—the day taxes are due to the IRS. But many don't realize that April 16 is a day just as important. It's National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day that highlights the importance of letting healthcare providers, family and friends know what measures you want taken—or don't want taken—at the end of your life. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a collaborative effort between national, state and local community organizations to be sure that all adults have the resources they need to communicate their wishes about future healthcare decisions. These... Continue Reading

March 2018 DAISY Award Winner

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Augusta Health’s March DAISY Award winner, Hayley Fix!!! My husband had a colon resection on Friday morning and Hayley was his nurse. He had been in a great deal of pain and she cared enough to check with the on-call doctor to see if there was something else that could be done. I had gone to get a bite to eat and when I came back I found my husband much better, joking like normal. I was very impressed by how she always spoke to him using our last name. She was very respectful. Fast forward to Saturday night. I had been staying in the room with my husband. I suffer with... Continue Reading

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A Month of Laughter

April 2, 2018

April is National Humor Month . National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. Steve Wilson, Psychologist, Joyologist, Cheerman of the Bored and Founder of World Laughter Tour, is the Director of National Humor Month. Fun and Happy designated days in April are International Fun-At-Work Day on April 5 th and Pursuit of Happiness Day on April 13 th . (April 13 th is Thomas Jefferson's birthday. He is author of the famous 'pursuit of happiness' phrase in our Declaration of Independence.) To bring joy into your... Continue Reading

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The Frontlines of Patient Safety

March 29, 2018

Patient Safety is an essential part of healthcare. Patients safety is a team effort, so let’s get up to speed on the current best practices for patients to keep themselves safe. What is Patient Safety? It is the responsibility of every hospital to protect each patient under their care from contracting any avoidable infections or injuries. Patient safety is one of the leading challenges hospital managers must deal with. A hospital cannot function properly without guaranteeing patient safety. To achieve the lofty goals associated with patient safety, everyone from the hospital staff, the... Continue Reading

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Why Domestic Violence is a Heart Health Risk for Women

March 27, 2018

There is no disagreement that domestic violence is harmful, but not many people recognize the detrimental effects that it can have on heart health. Yes, domestic violence can damage someone psychologically and lead to a host of other problems, including the risk of death by homicide. However, research continues in linking domestic violence to heart health. While there isn't concrete evidence linking the two, there are some red flags that are indicative of a closely related relationship. Abused Women May Not Get Regular Medical Care An abused woman may not be able to go for regular medical... Continue Reading

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The Body’s Filter: Keeping Up with the Kidneys

March 22, 2018

Just like your favorite water bottle with the filtering cap, your kidneys separate the good substances in your body's fluids from those that might harm you. March is National Kidney Month so it's the perfect time to learn more about these often-misunderstood organs. What are your kidneys? Your kidneys sit on each side of the spine underneath the rib cage and look like two bean-shaped organs, each the size of a human fist. These organs are important not only as filters, but also for balancing the body's natural acid, potassium, and salt contents. Kidneys filter waste and toxins out of the... Continue Reading

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What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About a Colonoscopy

March 19, 2018

Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. If colon cancer is detected early, it has a high cure rate. A colonoscopy can identify and remove polyps before they turn into cancer. Not sure if a colonoscopy is right for you? No problem. We've answered the most common questions about colonoscopies. How Long Does a Colonoscopy Last? In most cases, the procedure lasts about thirty minutes. It typically takes about twelve minutes to insert the scope and another twelve minutes to remove it. If there are polyps present that need to be removed the procedure may take a bit longer. The... Continue Reading

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Guessing at Gluten: The Facts Behind the Gluten Craze

March 15, 2018

Walk down any grocery store aisle, and you'll find catchy logos showcasing the popular phrase "gluten free” or “GF." Schools have changed medical forms to consider gluten allergies, restaurants now list gluten-free options, and some churches even feature gluten-free communion wafers! Unlike some nutrition crazes, gluten is a serious factor in the health of millions of Americans suffering from certain diseases. However, it's now estimated that 1 in 5 people reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet without any medical need. Gluten-free seems like a trend that's here to stay. Wondering if... Continue Reading

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What's the Skinny on Lymphedema?

March 13, 2018

Up to 10 million Americans are suffering from a condition that causes disruptive swelling in the arms and legs – it's called lymphedema. The "lymph" in lymphedema refers to the lymphatic system which rids our bodies of toxins. "Edema" is a medical term for swelling. If you've ever had a sprained ankle or wrist, you probably experienced swelling at the injury site. This kind of swelling is normal and resolves itself naturally as the body heals. For those suffering from lymphedema, the swelling is caused by an impaired lymphatic system. Left untreated, lymphedema can seriously damage your... Continue Reading

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Everything You Want to Know About Colonoscopies But Are Afraid to Ask

March 8, 2018

Colon and rectal cancer are the 2 nd leading causes of cancer death in the United States. A colonoscopy is the "Gold Standard" screening test that saves lives through early detection and removal of masses. The American Cancer Society reports that having a colonoscopy decreases your risk of developing colon cancer by a whopping 80 percent. Yet, many people avoid having this potentially lifesaving screening because of embarrassment, fear, or misunderstanding. We've compiled a list of the most common questions about colonoscopies. Put your fears and embarrassment aside. Here's everything you... Continue Reading

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