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Ask A Doctor... What is Robotic Surgery?

January 6, 2017

As a physician, I view the practice of medicine as both science and art, and constantly evolving. New technology is introduced, then the knowledge surrounding that technology is adopted, and then both are improved for the benefit of our patients. Recently Augusta Health introduced a new technology when our first robotic-assisted surgery was performed on October 25, 2016.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... What is Palliative Care?

January 3, 2017

Palliative Care is specialized care for people with serious illnesses such as Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and many others. Regardless of the diagnosis, the Palliative Care staff focuses on improving life for both the patient and family—relieving both symptoms and burdens of living with a serious illness.Continue Reading

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy Helps To Prevent Birth Defects

January 2, 2017

Thanks to continuing developments in medicine; new medications, procedures, and technologies, we are now living longer and healthier lives than ever before. This rise in quality and longevity of life has been extended to every walk of life as we continue to make significant medical improvements, to include the 1 in every 33 US children born every year with a birth defect. Birth defects are all too common, costly, and serious conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 4½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. In the time it takes you to read this article,... Continue Reading

Strategies for Sticking to your New Year's Resolutions

7 Surefire Strategies for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 27, 2016

As the year winds down, you’re likely making a list of things you'd like to change in the coming year. This is a common goal for many people. Unfortunately, it's also common for people to make New Year's Resolutions and fail to follow through. This year can be different though. This year can be the year that you finally take the bull by the horns and make lasting changes. Here are seven surefire strategies for sticking to your New Year's resolutions: 1. Choose Realistic New Year's Resolutions Setting unrealistic goals for your resolutions is setting yourself up for failure. For example, if... Continue Reading

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Be Safe and Sober While Driving During the Holiday Season

December 13, 2016

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in 2010, 37% of highway deaths during the Christmas holiday season were caused by drunk driving. During the holiday season some people celebrate with the consumption of alcohol and then also choose to get behind the wheel. The United States Department of Transportation reported a death every 57 minutes due to intoxicated driving during December 2014. The holiday season should be a time of merriment spent with loved ones, not a time of grief for a loved one's life that was lost. Many myths and misconceptions surrounding alcohol could lead a... Continue Reading

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Erica Thomas, RN is presented the DAISY Award

December 2, 2016

On November 30 th , Augusta Health presented the DAISY Award to Erica Thomas, RN. Erica is nurse on the Labor and Delivery Unit and below is why she was chosen for this award. On 9/30/16 the ED had an OB trauma coming in by squad. Erica took the fetal monitor down to the ED and stayed with the patient from ED to CT scan to the family birth place where she had to undergo an emergency C-section. Erica did everything from finding nitrazine paper, to checking for ruptured membranes, to getting the patient's prenatal records, to holding the patient's hand and reassuring her that everything would... Continue Reading

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Five Common Holiday Stresses and Hope to Cope with Them

December 2, 2016

The holidays can be demanding for many reasons, but if you're prone to anxiety and depression they can be downright overwhelming. Look for these common holiday complaints in your life and consider using these tips to help.Continue Reading

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4 Common Causes of Knee Pain

December 1, 2016

Knee pain is increasingly an issue for Americans, especially as we live longer lives and carry around more weight than in earlier generations. Many different factors can lead to chronic knee pain, but common wear-and-tear experienced as a result of our daily lives contributes to many of the problems we see. Understanding the different types of knee pain and what treatment options exist will help you get the help you need and on the road to recovery. 1. Active Lifestyles Despite all of the great benefits an active lifestyle provides, it's not without some drawbacks, particularly the wear-and-... Continue Reading

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What you Need to Know about Surgery and Diabetes

November 30, 2016

Surgery is sometimes unavoidable, and if you're one of the nearly 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, getting your body ready for surgery is critical to ensuring a healthy recovery. Taking care of your body in the weeks and months leading up to your surgery can have a huge impact on how well your body is able to recover. How does Diabetes Affect My Body's Recovery from Surgery? Poor Circulation People who suffer from diabetes have difficultly processing sugar which leads to elevated blood sugar levels. As a result of elevated blood glucose levels, arteries tighten up, becoming more... Continue Reading

Chronic joint pain may lead to depression which can make day-to-day life even more difficult.

10 Things People with Joint Pain Will Understand

November 29, 2016

1. Household Chores Can Be Exhausting When you suffer from knee or hip pain, doing even the most basic household chores can be completely exhausting. A to-do list that would take you only a few hours earlier in life may now take you several days or even longer. You start your day with the best of intentions and immediately start working on your list of things to get done. However, by the time lunch rolls around you are completely exhausted and can barely stand to take another step. No matter how badly you may want to get everything done, it's simply not always an option. 2. Even Sleep Can Be... Continue Reading

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