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A Beginner's Guide to Alzheimer's

November 14, 2019

According to the Alzheimer's Association , in 2019, an estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's dementia. It is the 6 th ​​​​​ leading cause of death in the United States—and for those with family members of advancing age—a dreaded diagnosis. What follows is a brief overview of what the condition is and how it might be detected. What is Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible brain disorder that slowly erodes memory and thinking ability over the course of years. As the condition worsens in severity, it eventually robs the diagnosed from the ability to perform... Continue Reading

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Tips to Maintain Healthy Skin

November 12, 2019

The human body is an amazing collection of systems working together to keep you healthy. The largest and most prominent organ is your skin. It's easy to take for granted the hard work our skin does on a daily basis to keep our bodies functioning properly. While we often worry about cosmetic features like wrinkles and blemishes, the skin plays a much more vital role than keeping up our appearance. Just like we take care of other organs like our heart and lungs—the skin deserves the same attention. Often the health of our skin is a clue to underlying conditions. It's essential to get in the... Continue Reading

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Amazing Facts About Your Lungs

November 7, 2019

Every day of your life, there are two spongy organs working hard on your behalf. Without them, your body wouldn't be able to take oxygen from the air or remove harmful carbon dioxide from your body. These superstars are your lungs, and they work in conjunction with the airways, blood vessels, and muscles of the respiratory system. Most of us go through our day breathing normally and never giving much thought to how it happens. Let's explore the functions of the lungs and five amazing facts about these life-giving organs. What do your lungs and a tennis court have in common? Read on to find... Continue Reading

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Important Differences Between the Flu and Pneumonia

November 5, 2019

The weather is cooling down and that means coughs, stuffy noses, fevers, and lots of germs are on their way! Two of the most overwhelming illnesses that come around this time of year are influenza (the flu) and pneumonia. They have so many similar symptoms it can be hard to differentiate between the two. Below are some tips for telling the difference. Remember, make sure you are always getting your doctors input if you're experiencing any of these symptoms. What's the Difference The flu and pneumonia have some common symptoms, but they are not exactly the same. Both are important to be aware... Continue Reading

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A Simple Blood Test for Prostate Cancer

October 10, 2019

One of the most common health concerns affecting men is the possibility of facing prostate cancer. Second only to skin cancer in prevalence, prostate cancer will affect 1 in 9 men during their lifetime. Every year that equates to approximately 164,000 new cases and nearly 30,000 deaths. While prostate cancer is a serious condition requiring treatment for most men, prostate cancer is non-lethal. In fact, there have been many advancements in the diagnosis and treatments of prostate cancer that have led to better outcomes for patients. Among the diagnostic tools that have been developed, the... Continue Reading

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When Breast Cancer is in the Family

October 9, 2019

As many people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is a terrific opportunity to discuss screening for a familial breast cancer syndrome. Traditionally, 5-10% of all cancers are hereditary, which means the vast majority of cancer patients have no family history of cancer at all. However, if cancer does run in one's family, being tested for certain genetic mutations can lead to increased cancer surveillance, risk-reducing surgeries, behavior modifications, and can alert other family members to risk. The mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2 are autosomal dominant germline mutations,... Continue Reading

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Understanding Myeloma

October 3, 2019

Nearly 31,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with myeloma each year. However, most of us may be unfamiliar with this type of cancer. Although somewhat rare, it's important to understand what myeloma is, especially for people at increased risk. Learn what symptoms you should be aware of, who is at higher risk, and what treatment options are available. Myeloma is cancer that affects the plasma cells in bone marrow, a soft fatty material inside our bones. Bone marrow is an essential part of the immune system which helps ward off infection and disease. Bone marrow also produces stem... Continue Reading

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Diabetes Warnings from A to Z

August 28, 2019

Below we've listed—as alphabetically as possible—some of the warning signs, risk factors, and preventative measures that can be useful in identifying or preventing the disease. Adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have tripled over the previous 20 years - so it’s important to keep an eye out for the early warning signs that might increase your odds of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Blood pressure that is higher than normal can increase one’s chances of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so it is recommended to monitor (and reduce) your blood pressure through regular diet and... Continue Reading

Hospice needs a few good men!

August 27, 2019

It's statistically known that more women volunteer than men. Hospice serves many male patients that would love to have some male companionship as most of their caregivers and hospice team members are women. If you are a male living in Augusta County, would you consider giving a little of your time to make this happen for someone? From the desk of Lori Showalter, Volunteer Manager: Meet Reese, a male hospice volunteer. Reese is a phenomenal volunteer that has made an incredible difference in the lives of many patients in his 7 years with hospice. He serves in the patient care role visiting... Continue Reading

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7 Habits for a Healthy Heart

August 26, 2019

When you want to describe someone as a good person you say they have “a good heart.” During an accident, when we check to see if someone is okay, we check their heartbeat. When we feel incredible sadness, we say our hearts are broken. Our condition can be defined by the condition of our hearts and nowhere is that truer than in examining our overall health. Heart disease is the number one killer in America. By fighting back against the contributors to heart disease, we build ourselves into being healthier people overall. In order to do that, we’ve prepared a list of seven habits that can... Continue Reading