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Could These Five Hobbies Improve Your Health?

July 12, 2018

In addition to having something enjoyable to do on your free time, hobbies may have many health rewards! Many activities improve overall wellness while others may prevent specific health concerns. To get your wheels turning about which hobbies will enrich your life and improve your health, here are five unique activities you should consider weaving into your daily schedule: Coloring Any activity that repetitively puts your hands to work may help relieve stress. Coloring can be viewed as a therapeutic activity, leading to several mental health benefits. A study in the Western Journal of...Continue Reading

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Pain Points: The Anatomy of Headaches and Migraines

June 6, 2018

Nearly everyone has experienced a headache in their lifetime. The problem may be caused by something as simple as staying up too late or being overly stressed. However, headaches may be signaling to you that something more serious is at hand. How does a headache happen in your body, what type of headaches do you have, and when do you need to contact your doctor? The anatomy of headaches Even though it feels like it, a headache is not truly a pain in your brain. Most headaches happen in the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that cover a person's head and neck. Often, the tissues or blood...Continue Reading

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An Inside Look at Treating Trauma

May 28, 2018

What does a crushed leg sustained in a car accident, a severe burn from scalding water, and a concussion from playing football have in common? They are all considered traumas. However, trauma includes a complex layering of both physical and psychological ramifications. Health care professionals deal with trauma in a variety of capacities from life-saving medical interventions to long-term emotional care. It’s estimated that at least 70% of people will experience a traumatic injury or event in their lifetime. In recent years, developing new treatment programs and revising old ones to meet...Continue Reading

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Human Innovation: Faith Community Nurses

May 11, 2018

Faith Community Nurses Reach Out to Provide Compassionate and Professional Care Throughout Augusta County Sometimes innovation comes in the form of human connection. Augusta County is the size of the state of Rhode Island, and its small communities stretch its width and breadth. Augusta Health's Community Health Needs Assessment indicated that the health concerns among the communities were similar, but fluctuated. So how could Augusta Health reach out to these widespread communities, connect with them, and meet their health needs? The answer turned out not to be a high tech social media app...Continue Reading

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Beware of the Bite: Why is Lyme Disease So Hard to Diagnose?

May 9, 2018

The thought of a tick burrowing into your skin and sucking your blood is enough to give anyone a case of the creepy crawlies. These pests are more than just a minor nuisance. The blacklegged tick, sometimes called a deer tick, carries bacteria that can infect humans with Lyme disease. Each year, approximately 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease. Ninety-five percent of Lyme disease cases come from: Virginia Vermont Wisconsin Rhode Island Pennsylvania New York New Jersey New Hampshire Minnesota Massachusetts Maryland Maine Delaware Connecticut Diagnosing Lyme disease can be...Continue Reading

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FDA to Cut Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

April 23, 2018

Smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, and firearm-related incidents combined. Because of this, the FDA is working to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, the portion that causes the smoker to become addicted. What are the real health risks of smoking, and why is the legislation being processed now? An Overview of Smoking An estimated 37.8 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000...Continue Reading

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Spring Into Health!

April 18, 2018

After a season of cold temperatures and overcast days, it's nice to think about the blue skies and warm sunshine of spring. This seasonal transition inspires a new appreciation for the outdoors and a more active lifestyle. Spring is also the perfect time to anticipate seasonal health needs and make sure to check off important prevention items. Take Action Against Allergies Do you relate spring with sneezing, wheezing, and general discomfort? If so, you're part of the 10-30% of the population that are affected by seasonal allergies. Luckily, there are many ways to take charge of your seasonal...Continue Reading

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

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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 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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