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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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YouTube As Your Tool for Physical Activity

June 5, 2018

While many people might associate going on the internet and watching YouTube videos with inactivity and being a couch potato, YouTube and other internet resources can really aid a physical activity routine. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity with a notable heart rate increase every day. YouTube can help you enjoy those 30 minutes each day or introduce you to a new activity. YouTube was launched in 2005 and has enriched lives all over the world through cat videos, TV clips, educational videos, how-to instructions, and much more. Another... Continue Reading

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Don't Ignore These 5 Health Risks for Men

June 1, 2018

We’re all guilty of putting our health and well-being on the back burner from time to time. However, men tend to delay medical care more than women. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than one in five men have not seen a health professional in over a year. In fact, this is one of the reasons the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that the life expectancy for men is five years shorter than that of a woman. To maintain good health, there are five common health issues all men should know about. These conditions include heart disease, diabetes,... Continue Reading

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On the Frontline: The Unsung Heroes of EMS

May 30, 2018

You're home alone on a Friday night when all of a sudden you feel dizzy. Before you know it, you’re on the floor unable to get up. You know you need help but your family isn’t close by, and your spouse is out of town for a weekend business trip. Who do you call? Each year, the emergency department at Augusta Health treats more than 60,000 people. Not all of these patients made it to the hospital on their own or were transported by people they know. When there is no other way to get to the hospital safely, or there’s a dire emergency, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders step in to help... Continue Reading

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An Inside Look at Treating Trauma

May 28, 2018

What does a crushed leg sustained in a car accident, a severe burn from scalding water, and a concussion from playing football have in common? They are all considered traumas. However, trauma includes a complex layering of both physical and psychological ramifications. Health care professionals deal with trauma in a variety of capacities from life-saving medical interventions to long-term emotional care. It’s estimated that at least 70% of people will experience a traumatic injury or event in their lifetime. In recent years, developing new treatment programs and revising old ones to meet... Continue Reading

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We Love Nurses and Why You Should Too

May 25, 2018

What is a career that requires you to walk an average of four miles a day, has over 100 different specialties to choose from and is consistently named one of the most trusting jobs? Nursing! Nurses are essential not only to patients but to the doctor's they support. While there are many different career paths for nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) provides a solid foundation for other roles or specialties. So, what does it take to become a registered nurse, and what do they do that makes the career so valuable? What is an RN? An RN, or registered nurse, is someone who has graduated... Continue Reading

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How to Increase Your Chances of Surviving a Stroke

May 23, 2018

Every year, nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. In other words, a stroke happens every 40 seconds. Unfortunately, a stroke also claims a life every four minutes. With statistics like these, strokes are now the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., as well as the leading cause of adult disability. However, up to 50 percent of strokes are preventable. Do you know the best actions for surviving a stroke? What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. The brain cells die because they become deprived of the oxygen and glucose... Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Thrive in Your Golden Years

May 21, 2018

As you age, your body experiences changes that can also affect your lifestyle. Aging also comes with its own set of rewards – retirement, self-confidence, and welcoming grandchildren. Despite some of the challenges of aging, there are simple steps you can take to make sure you thrive in your golden years. Baby boomers become seniors Following World War II the American population experienced an upswing, and a generation named “Baby Boomers” to describe the phenomenon. When taking Baby Boomers into account, there are now 46 million older Americans that make up the population. By 2060 that... Continue Reading

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Is Mindfulness More Than Just A Buzzword?

May 16, 2018

Think for a moment about your morning routine. How quickly does your mind go to the list of things you want to accomplish in the day? How fast do you grab your phone to check email, social media, or the news? Do your household look more like a hurricane of activity or a relaxed day at the beach? If you're like many people, your life can feel more like a frenzied sprint to get things done rather than a steady step-by-step stroll. This state of being constantly pulled in a million directions, and the stress it causes has prompted a not-so-new concept to reemerge and go mainstream. It's called... Continue Reading

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Human Innovation: Faith Community Nurses

May 11, 2018

Faith Community Nurses Reach Out to Provide Compassionate and Professional Care Throughout Augusta County Sometimes innovation comes in the form of human connection. Augusta County is the size of the state of Rhode Island, and its small communities stretch its width and breadth. Augusta Health's Community Health Needs Assessment indicated that the health concerns among the communities were similar, but fluctuated. So how could Augusta Health reach out to these widespread communities, connect with them, and meet their health needs? The answer turned out not to be a high tech social media app... Continue Reading

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Beware of the Bite: Why is Lyme Disease So Hard to Diagnose?

May 9, 2018

The thought of a tick burrowing into your skin and sucking your blood is enough to give anyone a case of the creepy crawlies. These pests are more than just a minor nuisance. The blacklegged tick, sometimes called a deer tick, carries bacteria that can infect humans with Lyme disease. Each year, approximately 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease. Ninety-five percent of Lyme disease cases come from: Virginia Vermont Wisconsin Rhode Island Pennsylvania New York New Jersey New Hampshire Minnesota Massachusetts Maryland Maine Delaware Connecticut Diagnosing Lyme disease can be... Continue Reading

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