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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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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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Ask A Doctor... About Cholesterol

September 16, 2016

What's the difference between 'good' cholesterol, 'bad' cholesterol, and triglycerides? Aren't they all just fat in your blood that causes heart attacks?Continue Reading

Augusta Health staff receive 2015 Quality Innovation Award from the Virginia Health Quality Center

Quality Innovation Reduces Infections at Augusta Health

September 15, 2016

Augusta Health is among eight hospitals in Maryland and Virginia to receive the Virginia Health Quality Center 2015 Quality Innovation Award. The award recognizes hospitals that are achieving reductions in hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and who are creating a culture of patient safety. All hospitals enrolled in the VHQC Maryland-Virginia HAI Improvement Network were reviewed, based on 2015 calendar-year performance. The award considered data from two sources: Targeted Assessment for Prevention developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that looks at rates of HAI such as... Continue Reading

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What is a Whole Grain?

September 7, 2016

September is Whole Grain Month, but what is a whole grain? According to the Whole Grain Council, which is a nonprofit consumer health advocacy group, whole grains- and the foods made from whole grains, contain all of the naturally occurring parts of a grain seed. What this essentially means is that 100% of a grain kernel is present; it has not been stripped or enriched. Some examples of whole grains that you may already include in your diet would be 100% wheat, corn, barley, rye, quinoa, rice, popcorn, and/or oats. It is recommended by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the average... Continue Reading

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