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Pumpkin Stew - courtesy of American Institute for Cancer Research

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

5 Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Knee Surgery

5 Answers to Commonly Asked Questions about Knee Surgery

November 16, 2016

Knee surgery might seem a little scary at first. It is now a common procedure, however, that can drastically improve the quality of people's lives. Constant pain may become a thing of the past! If you're considering knee surgery, but aren't sure whether it's the best treatment option for you, or if you simply want a little more information about what is involved, read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about knee surgery. 1. Are there any knee treatment options that will help me avoid surgery? Before you reach the knee surgery stage, you and your doctor will have... Continue Reading

CDC infographic with 6 facts about antibiotic use

Ask A Doctor... When Do I Need an Antibiotic?

November 15, 2016

This is an area of great debate in my family, and depending on whom you ask you get multiple answers. If you ask my grandmother, who has no medical training and was born before the invent of antibiotics in the 1930s, she will tell you that anytime you have a cough, green mucus, or fever she recommends taking an antibiotic. In fact, take it right now… what are you waiting for! If you ask me you will likely get a long-winded answer that probably ends with, "Just take some Tylenol and eat some chicken soup and you'll be fine."Continue Reading

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Surrounded by Care: Breast Cancer Care at Augusta Health

November 15, 2016

Treating all cancers, including breast cancer, is a very technical undertaking. Advanced equipment—from Tomosynthesis 3D mammography in imaging through Elekta Infinity radiation therapy—and ever-evolving chemotherapy drugs and medicines are precise and specialized tools used to fight the disease. It's a unique undertaking, too. Because each cancer is an accumulation of random mutations, each cancer is unique, so each treatment plan is unique. More unique than the cancer or the treatment plan, though, is the person with the cancer. Nationally, 12% of American women will develop invasive breast... Continue Reading

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A Modern Day Arthritis: How to Prevent Text Neck

November 15, 2016

Technology has changed our lives, making everything from communication and sharing information to shopping and navigating more easily and more conveniently, which is why we're glued to our mobile devices more than ever. In fact, according to Informate Mobile Intelligence, Americans spend an average of 4.7 hours per day on their phones. So, it's really no surprise that with the evolution of technology, repetitive stress injuries have also evolved. One of these is commonly referred to as text neck, also frequently called tech neck. The Problem with Text Neck The average human head weighs 10-11... Continue Reading

Two of five Americans will develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetime

Ask A Doctor... What is Type 2 Diabetes?

November 11, 2016

Nelly Maybee, MD Answer provided by Nelly Maybee , MD, endocrinologist at the Augusta Health Diabetes & Endocrinology Clinic. Dr. Maybee attended medical school at the University of Maryland and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Virginia. She is Board-Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and Internal Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Russian and recently was awarded the 2016 Best Bedside Manner Award in Endocrinology by Our Health Magazine. Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are diseases related to the problem of hyperglycemia, or high... Continue Reading

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The Selfless Act of Caregiving

November 1, 2016

According to the Evercare Survey of the Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving, approximately $375 billion is spent per year on "free" services provided by family caregivers. That is about twice as much as what is spent annually on homecare and nursing care services combined, which totals about $158 billion. The National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP found that approximately 29% of the U.S. population is providing care for their chronically ill, disabled, or aged loved ones, and the amount of time spent on caregiving per week totals out to about 20 hours,... Continue Reading

Getting a Flu Shot

Ask A Doctor... Why Should I Get a Flu Shot?

October 28, 2016

In addition to talking about when to get your flu shot, it's also important to talk about why you should get a flu shot. Many people skip the shot each year because they think they don't work or that the shot will give them the flu. But, many researchers have studied the flu and flu vaccine, and this is what they've discovered.Continue Reading

Inside the pharmacy

Ask A Pharmacist... Why must I take medications exactly as prescribed?

October 21, 2016

Successfully taking your medications as prescribed will make the efforts of going to the doctor, going to the pharmacy and paying for these services worthwhile. Taken correctly, antibiotics can cure an infection, blood pressure medications can prevent a stroke or heart attack, and diabetic medications can prevent damage to kidneys, nerves and eyes.Continue Reading

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