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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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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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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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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

3 Things your joints will thank you for

3 Things Your Joints Will Thank You For

August 31, 2016

1. Shed Excess Weight Carrying around excess weight puts your joints under added pressure, especially your hips and knees. Research shows that losing 1 pound subtracts 4 pounds of pressure from the knees!! Lose 1 pound = Relieve 4 pounds of pressure Lose 10 pounds = Relieve 40 pounds of pressure To lose a pound a week, you need to burn about 3,500 calories more than you consume… or about 500 calories per day. This deficit comes from diet and or exercise, however, if joint pain is keeping you from exercising try making small changes to your diet. For example, eliminating a 12oz Coke will save... Continue Reading

Preventing Common Youth Sports Injuries

Preventing Common Youth Sports Injuries

August 30, 2016

Every year, more than 38 million youths engage in organized sports in the U.S., while many more take part in various informal recreational activities. While taking part in sports offers a wide range of health and social benefits, it can also lead to injuries. Some can be mild, but some can be severe with long-term repercussions, which is why preventing injuries in youth sports is so important. Read on for some of the more common injuries and how to prevent them. Sprains, Strains and Growth Plate Injuries When a ligament is injured, it is referred to as a sprain. Ligaments are the tough bands... Continue Reading

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