Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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What does it mean to be a Community Hospital?

November 26, 2018

Hospitals the world over are places to heal the sick and care for the injured. Most hospitals also work to help manage chronic diseases and keep people healthy. Community hospitals often take it one step further by working to care for and prevent illness for all in the community, including the most vulnerable populations—those without insurance, those without homes, young children, older adults and perhaps just those who feel they are alone. Projects and programs that insure Augusta Health is keeping the Community in Community Hospital. Health Needs Areas of Opportunity Augusta County,... Continue Reading

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The Facts and Fiction of Pancreatic Cancer

November 13, 2018

We think of celebrities in their iconic roles as film stars, business leaders, government officials, and musicians. When faced with a medical diagnosis, they also help bring needed awareness to misunderstood diseases. Celebrities like Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, and Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg have helped shine a spotlight on pancreatic cancer. They are also among the ranks of the nearly 54,000 people that receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis each year. While progress is being made to educate the public about pancreatic cancer, it remains one of the most feared forms of cancer... Continue Reading

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Healthy Lungs for Life: Know Your Lung Cancer Risk Factors

November 1, 2018

The American Cancer Society's estimates 234,030 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018. In fact, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. Sadly, lung cancer claims the lives of more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined. These statistics are staggering. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of lung cancer. What the Numbers Tell Us To better understand your risk factors, here are the numbers you should be aware of: Lung cancer mainly occurs in people over 65 years old The average age of lung cancer diagnosis is 70... Continue Reading

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A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist

October 4, 2018

Took a hard hit on the football field? Not feeling well after a car accident? Experienced a fall, pulled a muscle, or have chronic knee pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might find yourself being treated by a physical therapist. These dynamic, highly trained, and licensed healthcare professionals help patients with pain relief, management of chronic conditions, increased mobility, improved function, and much more. Being treated by a physical therapist may even eliminate the need for surgery or long-term prescription medications. To understand physical therapists more... Continue Reading

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Why Your Liver is the Gatekeeper to Good Health

October 2, 2018

October is Liver Awareness Month! It's well-deserved recognition for this often underappreciated organ. In fact, your liver is the superstar of your digestive system. Everything you consume passes through your liver and is sorted for nutrients. It decides what stays in your body for nourishment and what toxins to expel. Healthy habits keep your liver running like a well-oiled machine. Unhealthy habits can damage this vital organ. So, how can you keep your liver, the gatekeeper to good health, in prime shape? Understanding the Hardworking Liver Your liver is not only the gatekeeper to good... Continue Reading

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Upset Stomach or Crohn's Disease?

September 18, 2018

The stomach is a fascinating organ that helps keeps our bodies nourished and healthy. This powerhouse organ breaks down food by secreting acid and enzymes. It contracts to digest food so the small intestines can absorb the nutrients. Your stomach also stands guard against harmful things like bacteria, parasites, or spoiled food. Problems with the stomach can arise for a variety of reasons and range from mild irritations to life-threatening conditions. One of the more serious gastrointestinal diseases is Crohn’s disease. Because Crohn’s disease symptoms can be confused with a regular upset... Continue Reading

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Could You Be the Next Victim of Dementia?

September 13, 2018

A staggering 47 million people worldwide suffer from dementia. In 2017, nearly 10 million new cases will be diagnosed. Dementia is broadly defined as a mental decline that interferes with daily life. The most well-known symptom of dementia is memory loss. People often think dementia only affects elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease. However, dementia shows up in many different forms and can affect younger populations as well. Top Four Types of Dementia Dementia is a broad term that refers to the overall mental decline dementia patients experience. However, there are various kinds of... Continue Reading

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Small Gland, Big Job: Why Your Thyroid is So Important

September 11, 2018

Did you know you have a butterfly with a shield in your neck? That's right; your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland with a name that comes from the Greek word for "shield." The thyroid gland sits at the base of your neck below your Adam's apple and weighs less than an ounce. This small but mighty gland controls your metabolism – the process of converting food into energy. Your thyroid is so important that you are unable to live without it unless you have medicine to replace its hormones. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system – the system that includes all the glands in your... Continue Reading

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Meet Dr. Sternberg

September 10, 2018

It's Saturday morning in New York. Two ten-year-old boys, one named Kenneth, await their grandfather's arrival. This Saturday morning routine is both familiar and exciting. It's the day they get to go on rounds with their grandfather, a dedicated physician, at Columbia Mount Sinai In New York City. It's the late 1960's, an era where physicians were largely hands-on, relying on the cornerstones of patient examinations and diagnostics, instead of the technologies of today. This close proximity to the medical profession was nothing new for Kenneth who came from a very long line of doctors. In... Continue Reading

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Going Strong After 50: Staying Healthy Later in Life

September 6, 2018

September is Healthy Aging Month, and we're celebrating the important milestone of being 50 years old and over! At this point in life, you've gained hard-earned wisdom and have much to offer. To continue a good quality of life, taking a proactive role in maintaining your health is more important than ever. It's time to make sure you're doing everything possible to stay vibrant, active, and going strong! Stay Heart Smart Your heart ages along with you. After 50 years old, your heart may grow larger, and your heart rate may slow down slightly. Blood vessels and arteries tend to harden a bit too... Continue Reading