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Is Mindfulness More Than Just A Buzzword?

May 16, 2018

Think for a moment about your morning routine. How quickly does your mind go to the list of things you want to accomplish in the day? How fast do you grab your phone to check email, social media, or the news? Do your household look more like a hurricane of activity or a relaxed day at the beach? If you're like many people, your life can feel more like a frenzied sprint to get things done rather than a steady step-by-step stroll. This state of being constantly pulled in a million directions, and the stress it causes has prompted a not-so-new concept to reemerge and go mainstream. It's called... Continue Reading

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Human Innovation: Faith Community Nurses

May 11, 2018

Faith Community Nurses Reach Out to Provide Compassionate and Professional Care Throughout Augusta County Sometimes innovation comes in the form of human connection. Augusta County is the size of the state of Rhode Island, and its small communities stretch its width and breadth. Augusta Health's Community Health Needs Assessment indicated that the health concerns among the communities were similar, but fluctuated. So how could Augusta Health reach out to these widespread communities, connect with them, and meet their health needs? The answer turned out not to be a high tech social media app... Continue Reading

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Beware of the Bite: Why is Lyme Disease So Hard to Diagnose?

May 9, 2018

The thought of a tick burrowing into your skin and sucking your blood is enough to give anyone a case of the creepy crawlies. These pests are more than just a minor nuisance. The blacklegged tick, sometimes called a deer tick, carries bacteria that can infect humans with Lyme disease. Each year, approximately 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease. Ninety-five percent of Lyme disease cases come from: Virginia Vermont Wisconsin Rhode Island Pennsylvania New York New Jersey New Hampshire Minnesota Massachusetts Maryland Maine Delaware Connecticut Diagnosing Lyme disease can be... Continue Reading

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1 in 3 Americans Have Hypertension. Do You?

May 7, 2018

Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, is often a silent killer. The disorder can quietly damage your body for years before symptoms develop. Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure may cause disabilities, a poor quality of life, or even be fatal. Hypertension may also be called the silent killer since nearly half of people that go untreated die of heart disease and another third die of stroke. Understanding this important health indicator is essential for good health. Understanding Blood Pressure Blood pressure is defined as the pressure of the blood pushing against the walls... Continue Reading

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Mental Health of America helps Americans live healthy lives

May 2, 2018

Mental Health of America is focused on helping Americans live physically and mentally healthy lives. Considering May is Mental Health Month, they have released special tools, materials, and fact sheets about mental health. There are many components to mental health, many of which are tied to physical health as well. All parts of a healthy lifestyle improve the health of the whole person. Below is an outline of Mental Health America's focus points for achieving a fit mind and body as well as some information about them. Have a healthy diet. Individuals who have diets rich in fruits, vegetables... Continue Reading

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Is Your Morning Coffee Helpful or Harmful?

April 25, 2018

That morning cup of coffee may be doing more than serving up a needed caffeine jolt. For many years, scientists have debated whether caffeine is helpful or harmful to human health. It turns out, the answer may not be so simple. Caffeine is a crystalline compound that is found primarily in tea and coffee plants and is a stimulant of the central nervous system. In fact, this stimulant is one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world. It works by stimulating the brain and central nervous systems, helping you to stay alert and preventing tiredness. Today, 80% of the world's population... Continue Reading

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FDA to Cut Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

April 23, 2018

Smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, and firearm-related incidents combined. Because of this, the FDA is working to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, the portion that causes the smoker to become addicted. What are the real health risks of smoking, and why is the legislation being processed now? An Overview of Smoking An estimated 37.8 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000... Continue Reading

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Spring Into Health!

April 18, 2018

After a season of cold temperatures and overcast days, it's nice to think about the blue skies and warm sunshine of spring. This seasonal transition inspires a new appreciation for the outdoors and a more active lifestyle. Spring is also the perfect time to anticipate seasonal health needs and make sure to check off important prevention items. Take Action Against Allergies Do you relate spring with sneezing, wheezing, and general discomfort? If so, you're part of the 10-30% of the population that are affected by seasonal allergies. Luckily, there are many ways to take charge of your seasonal... Continue Reading

Advance Planning

April 16, 2018

Most people know that April 15 is 'Tax Day'—the day taxes are due to the IRS. But many don't realize that April 16 is a day just as important. It's National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day that highlights the importance of letting healthcare providers, family and friends know what measures you want taken—or don't want taken—at the end of your life. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a collaborative effort between national, state and local community organizations to be sure that all adults have the resources they need to communicate their wishes about future healthcare decisions. These... Continue Reading

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Are You a Candidate for Occupational Therapy?

April 11, 2018

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a very broad field that involves assisting patients in living life to their maximum capability. Patients may include people who are recovering from surgery, have disabilities, or older adults dealing with vast cognitive changes such as Alzheimer's. Every OT patient is recovering from something whether it is physical, emotional, or mental. Patients may be recovering from a surgery, need help with a disability, dealing with a trauma, and more. Common Types of Patients Surgical or Accident Recovery The road to recovery is usually not an easy one. The recovery process... Continue Reading