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What’s the Scoop on Your Poop?

September 5, 2017

Yes, it may sound strange, but your poop is an excellent indicator of your physical health. Signs of diseases or stress often first show up in the toilet. Of course, the key to monitoring your health is knowing what to look for and what the signs mean. So, yeah, it's a good idea to pay attention to your poop, even if this seems a bit gross. Monitoring your stool for changes can help you spot potential problems before they become significant issues. There is No Such Thing as Normal When It Comes to Poop Everyone is unique, and your bowel movements are just as unique as you are. Size, shape,...Continue Reading

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Go the Distance with Hydration

August 31, 2017

Harrowing tales of being lost at sea have always captured our imaginations. Who can forget Tom Hank's portrayal of a shipwreck survivor in the movie Castaway? In all these tales, finding water is a vital, primal need that makes the difference between life and death. In fact, water is more important than food in a survival situation. Your body is unable to function long without it. The human body is 65% water. Your brain is around 70% water, and your lungs are nearly 90% water. For proper body function, you need to replace about 2.5 quarts each day by consuming food and liquids. Hopefully,...Continue Reading

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Are you Shortening Your Life with these 5 Unhealthy Habits?

August 29, 2017

Very few people look forward to getting older, but most people would agree that it's better than dying before your time. While most people would love to stop the aging process somewhere around age 25, this fantasy probably won't happen very soon. However, it is possible to increase your odds of living a longer and healthier life by practicing healthy habits. Unhealthy habits are one of the leading reasons why people die earlier. In 2010, the life expectancy for individuals living in the United States was 78 years. Just two short years later, this figure is rapidly declining for certain age...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 smear is...Continue Reading

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Discovering Endometriosis Early Helps Avoid Unnecessary Complications

March 8, 2017

What do painful premenstrual cycles, pain during intercourse, pain during bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating, and pelvic pain all have in common? They are the common signs and symptoms of endometriosis, a condition affecting approximately 6.3 million women worldwide. Endometriosis, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), is a disorder in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, or the endometrium, is found outside the uterus. Endometriosis occurs in 1 of...Continue Reading

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How High Heels are Affecting More Than Just Your Feet

March 2, 2017

Those stylish 4-inch heels you handpicked to set off your dress at your next social gathering will have a lasting impact long after people have forgotten your stunning outfit. You already know how your feet ache after a long night in high heels, but you may not be aware of the other ways in which you're impacting your health. Why High Heels Cause So Many Problems When you wear high heels you are repositioning your body's posture to mimic what it's like to walk down a steep hill, causing several key changes: Down force is placed on the balls of your feet instead of being evenly distributed...Continue Reading

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Why Menopause Is Interrupting Your Regularly Scheduled Sleep

November 21, 2016

Many women experience insomnia during perimenopause, which is the period when a woman transitions to menopause. While more extensive research is necessary, specialists have identified a number of factors that may cause difficulty sleeping during this phase of a woman's life. Changes in Hormone Levels Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her reproductive years have ended. Ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone and her menstrual cycle ends. These changes in hormone levels can be problematic, causing various issues, including difficulty sleeping. Progesterone promotes sleep and...Continue Reading

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Picture More Perfect - 3D Mammography at Augusta Health

November 21, 2016

One slice is great; more slices can be better. Tomosynthesis, more commonly called 3D mammography, is a relatively new technology that helps physicians "see" breast cancers that were previously more difficult to detect. Patricia Buchanan, MD, a radiologist with Blue Ridge Radiology at Augusta Health, has been reading 3D mammograms for about two years. "Digital mammography, what you might call 2D mammograms, is very good. If the breast tissue is not very dense, the mammogram can be relatively easy to read," explained Dr. Buchanan. "If the patient has dense breast tissue, though, it can be...Continue Reading

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Surrounded by Care: Breast Cancer Care at Augusta Health

November 15, 2016

Treating all cancers, including breast cancer, is a very technical undertaking. Advanced equipment—from Tomosynthesis 3D mammography in imaging through Elekta Infinity radiation therapy—and ever-evolving chemotherapy drugs and medicines are precise and specialized tools used to fight the disease. It's a unique undertaking, too. Because each cancer is an accumulation of random mutations, each cancer is unique, so each treatment plan is unique. More unique than the cancer or the treatment plan, though, is the person with the cancer. Nationally, 12% of American women will develop invasive breast...Continue Reading

Self-exams are important because early detection saves lives

Ask A Nurse... Do I Still Need to Do a Self-Exam if I Get a Mammogram?

October 14, 2016

Yes, you do, and this is why…The answer is Breast Self-Awareness. You need to know what is 'normal' for your breasts, and what that feels like. By that, I mean you should be familiar with the shape and size of your breasts, as well as the texture of your breasts. There are also some breast cancers that do not show up on mammograms, but can be felt.Continue Reading

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