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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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The 5 B’s of Children’s First Aid

November 28, 2016

As parents, you're expected to be experts in more areas than ever before. Not only do you need to be able to help with math homework, teach them how to throw a curve ball, feed them a healthy (and tasty!) diet, and even play the role of doctor when they hurt themselves. While we may not be able to teach you advanced calculus or how to throw the perfect curve ball, we wanted to share with you not only what you should do when you're tasked with tending to the inevitable bumps and bruises your little ones will encounter, but also the things you should avoid to prevent making things worse. Lucky... Continue Reading

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5 Tricks to Help Your Child Learn Healthy Eating Habits

November 25, 2016

Obesity has become an epidemic of the developed world, with more than 35% of adults categorized and 17% of children and young people between the ages of 2 and 19 being categorized as obese according to the State of Obesity . These are worrying statistics, especially since obesity can cause a wide range of health problems, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, and more. These risk factors make it imperative for children to learn healthy eating habits as young as possible. Healthy kids become healthy adults, and to achieve this, education about... Continue Reading

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6 Exercises You Can Do While Pregnant

November 23, 2016

Experts agree that exercise isn't just allowed but highly recommended if you're expecting. Exercise can reduce your back pain, give you more energy, improve your body image, and help you get back to your pre-pregnancy shape after you deliver. The fitter you stay during your pregnancy, the better you will feel. Here are 6 exercises you can do during your pregnancy that will help you stay fit and positive. Before you start any exercise program, be sure to consult with your doctor. 1. Side Leg Lifts To strengthen your inner and outer thighs, lie on your left side and support your head with your... Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Cooking a Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving Meal

November 22, 2016

Information compiled by Kara Meeks, MS, RD, CDE, dietitian and community liaison in Community Outreach at Augusta Health. Source: https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/events/thanksgiving "Agghh- my greatest memory from last year's Thanksgiving is getting really sick after eating the meal" said no one ever ! However, according to The Partnership for Food Safety Education , 1 in 6 Americans will get a foodborne illness this year. The Thanksgiving meal is often the largest and most complex meal many cooks prepare each year. Here are several tips to help keep you and your guests from getting ill: 1... Continue Reading

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Orthopedics 101: Understanding the Different Types of Hip Injuries

November 22, 2016

Hips are prone to a variety of injuries, some of which can occur even if the joint is healthy. Others are the result of osteoporosis or other conditions that increase the vulnerability of this joint. If you are experiencing hip pain and aren't certain what may be causing it, read on for a list of the most common types of hip injuries and an overview of potential treatments. Hip Fracture Anyone can break or fracture their hip, no matter their age. However, this type of hip injury is more common in people over the age of 65. A young person with healthy bones will have to experience a more... Continue Reading

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Why Menopause Is Interrupting Your Regularly Scheduled Sleep

November 21, 2016

Many women experience insomnia during perimenopause, which is the period when a woman transitions to menopause. While more extensive research is necessary, specialists have identified a number of factors that may cause difficulty sleeping during this phase of a woman's life. Changes in Hormone Levels Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her reproductive years have ended. Ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone and her menstrual cycle ends. These changes in hormone levels can be problematic, causing various issues, including difficulty sleeping. Progesterone promotes sleep and... Continue Reading

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Picture More Perfect - 3D Mammography at Augusta Health

November 21, 2016

One slice is great; more slices can be better. Tomosynthesis, more commonly called 3D mammography, is a relatively new technology that helps physicians "see" breast cancers that were previously more difficult to detect. Patricia Buchanan, MD, a radiologist with Blue Ridge Radiology at Augusta Health, has been reading 3D mammograms for about two years. "Digital mammography, what you might call 2D mammograms, is very good. If the breast tissue is not very dense, the mammogram can be relatively easy to read," explained Dr. Buchanan. "If the patient has dense breast tissue, though, it can be... Continue Reading

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Orthopedics 101: What Is Hip Bursitis?

November 18, 2016

Are you experiencing hip pain but don't know what's causing it? Does the pain get worse after you sit still for a while? Does your hip feel tender? If these symptoms sound familiar, hip bursitis may be your problem. What is Hip Bursitis? Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as a buffer between soft tissues, such as tendons and muscles, and bones to reduce friction. They can be found throughout the body, including in the knee, elbow, hip, heel, and shoulder. When these sacs become inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis. The hip has two bursae. One is located on the inside of the hip and... Continue Reading

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Can Your Diet Prevent Cancer?

November 18, 2016

Mary Beth Landes MS RD CSO Information provided by Mary Beth Landes, MS, RD, CSO—Oncology Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Navigator in the Augusta Health Cancer Center. To contact Mary Beth, please call (540) 332-5522 or email mlandes [at] augustahealth.com . There is a plethora of information about food available these days. There are questions not only about which foods are "healthy" or "not so healthy" to consume, but also about how food is grown and prepared. This information may help you to reduce cancer risk reduction and to eat proactively to improve overall health. With fall upon... Continue Reading

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Longer Lasting Joint Replacements for a Younger Generation

November 17, 2016

Total joint replacement improves the quality of life for more than a million Americans each year suffering from hip or knee pain. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2015 alone, there were 719,000 total knee replacements and 332,000 total hip replacements performed. There are more than seven million Americans living with knee or hip implants today. Traditionally there has been concern about the longevity of joint replacement implants. Until a decade ago, joint replacement procedures were performed mainly on patients in their 60s and 70s because it was believed the implants... Continue Reading

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