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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

Yoga is a great way to reduce pain

Home Remedies for Hip Pain

August 25, 2016

Living with hip pain on a daily basis can make life severely unpleasant, especially because it can impact your mobility significantly. Most people don't realize how much they use their hips every day, until they start experiencing constant pain. Luckily, though, there are home remedies for hip pain that will help you manage it.Continue Reading

Writing in the sand at the beach. Where is your stress free zone?

5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

August 24, 2016

The holidays can be a great time for family, friends and fun. But it can also be a stressful time for many people. These are 6 easy tips to decrease your stress level during the holidays – or any time – and will help you to have a better, happier holiday season. * Before starting any type of exercise consult your physician 1. Get Moving! Exercise releases endorphins, which are the feel-good neurotransmitters in your brain. Regular exercise relaxes has many benefits for your body's health – mentally, emotionally and physically. Even taking a short walk before or after meals can help you. If... Continue Reading

Recognizing poison ivy is easier once you’ve seen what it looks like.

Recognizing Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (and How to Treat if you Don't)

August 23, 2016

Recognizing poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac is essential if you want to avoid the unpleasant burning and itchy rash that accompany these common plants. Luckily, they aren't hard to identify. Recognizing Poison Ivy Poison ivy can grow as both a vine and a shrub. Its leaves are pointed at the tip and grow in groups of three. In spring, the leaves are green, while in fall they turn reddish-orange. The plant also has small clusters of white berries, which it drops to reseed itself and grow larger. These berries can be seen starting in spring all the way through to the end of winter. The... Continue Reading

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#SaveTheMen: Addressing Men's Health Issues

August 18, 2016

Did You Know? Research shows men are 80% less likely to visit the doctor than women. On average, men die 5 years earlier than women. Some researchers believe these facts are related. Men tend to think they are fine and don't need a doctor's help unless they have something life-threatening. Even when men visit a doctor, they are less likely to ask questions or discuss symptoms. To help bring awareness to this important societal issue we asked a few of our male doctors to share their thoughts from both a doctor's and a male's perspective. "The risk of colon cancer is 1 in 20, and the risk of a... Continue Reading

kebabs on the grill for a summer picnic

5 Tips to Enjoy Picnics with Allergies and Asthma

August 17, 2016

It's the time of year when the weather starts to warm up, we stop hibernating and we start planning outdoor activities. We roll out the lawn mowers to clean up our yards, clean off our decks and patios for get-togethers and clean our grills to prepare for outdoor picnics. Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures also bring tree, grass and weed pollen, which can make picnics less fun. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, or just want tips on how to make the picnic season more enjoyable, we've got 5 great tips for you. 1. Clean the Air Even though you can't control the outdoor air quality, there... Continue Reading

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