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The Selfless Act of Caregiving

November 1, 2016

According to the Evercare Survey of the Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving, approximately $375 billion is spent per year on "free" services provided by family caregivers. That is about twice as much as what is spent annually on homecare and nursing care services combined, which totals about $158 billion. The National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP found that approximately 29% of the U.S. population is providing care for their chronically ill, disabled, or aged loved ones, and the amount of time spent on caregiving per week totals out to about 20 hours,... Continue Reading

Getting a Flu Shot

Ask A Doctor... Why Should I Get a Flu Shot?

October 28, 2016

In addition to talking about when to get your flu shot, it's also important to talk about why you should get a flu shot. Many people skip the shot each year because they think they don't work or that the shot will give them the flu. But, many researchers have studied the flu and flu vaccine, and this is what they've discovered.Continue Reading

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Ask A Pharmacist... Why must I take medications exactly as prescribed?

October 21, 2016

Successfully taking your medications as prescribed will make the efforts of going to the doctor, going to the pharmacy and paying for these services worthwhile. Taken correctly, antibiotics can cure an infection, blood pressure medications can prevent a stroke or heart attack, and diabetic medications can prevent damage to kidneys, nerves and eyes.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

Flu vaccine

Ask a Doctor... When Should I Get a Flu Shot?

October 7, 2016

The CDC provides us with a great answer for when you should get your flu shot—as soon as the vaccine becomes available. They recommend that as many people as possible be vaccinated by the end of October, but it's never too late to vaccinate. As long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, though, you should get a flu shot if you haven't had one—even in January or later.Continue Reading

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 3, 2016

Domestic violence is when an individual is intentionally abusive towards their partner in order to achieve or maintain control in the relationship. Domestic violence can come in the form of intimidation, fear, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, or any other form of violence. Episodes of domestic violence can vary in frequency and severity, however, there is always one similarity in all cases of domestic violence; it is about control. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It was stated in President Obama's 2015 Proclamation about domestic violence... Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... About Stable and Unstable Angina

September 30, 2016

Although angina and unstable angina have similar symptoms, they differ in terms of severity and when the symptoms occur.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... About Blood Pressure

September 23, 2016

Ask the Doctor: What’s a normal blood pressure? Answer provided by E. Julius Aitsebaomo, MD, a cardiologist with Augusta Health Cardiology in the Heart & Vascular Center at Augusta Health. Dr. Aitsebaomo attended the University of Texas Medical School and completed a fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His professional interests are cardiovascular care and echocardiography. Dr. Aitsebaomo is married with two children, and enjoys tennis and soccer. Contact Augusta Health Cardiology at (540) 332-4278. For general information about the practice, contact Renie... Continue Reading

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Celebrating Employees' Years of Service

September 23, 2016

On Thursday, September 15, Augusta Health celebrated the milestone anniversaries of 231 employees at a dinner at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton. Collectively, the employees recognized have served the community for 3955 years. 40, 45 and 50 years of service with Augusta Health In the photo above, they are (left to right): Mary Ogden, Nancy Heizer, Betty Puffenbarger, Nancy Hinton, Lois Hughes, Mary Mannix, Judy Shifflett, Janice Marks, Sandy Trujillo, and Martha Kennedy. The duo photo is Mary Mannix (left) with Betty Puffenbarger, recognized for her 50 years of service to Augusta... Continue Reading

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How to Know If You Need Hip Surgery

September 20, 2016

Constant hip pain is hard to live with because it can severely limit your mobility. Simple things you take for granted like bending over, walking up the stairs or walking for more than a few minutes can become practically impossible with hip pain. When experiencing hip pain, many people immediately think their next stop will be under the surgeon's knife. There's no reason to fear hip surgery, especially with its many medical advances, but surgery is not always necessary. If you do require hip surgery, keep in mind that more than 300,000 have a complete hip replacement every year in the U.S.,... Continue Reading

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