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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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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

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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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