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A Beginner’s Guide to Kidney Health

July 8, 2020

The kidneys play a critical role as trash collectors. Today we will give you a broad overview of what it is exactly that your kidneys do, as well as some quick tips on how you can make sure they are doing the best job they can. So what do my kidneys do? Every day, about 200 quarts of blood will travel through your kidneys. Most of those quarts are carrying oxygen and other vital nutrients to other organs in your body. Some of it, however, about 2 quarts of it, is considered to be waste. That waste is made up of extra water, as well as the byproducts that are produced during the breaking down... Continue Reading

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An Overview of Gestational Diabetes

July 6, 2020

Pregnancy isn’t easy. For some, even becoming pregnant is only possible after a whirlwind of tests, treatments, and careful planning. After that, most women go through many more tests, doctor visits, and classes on the subject. The point here is that pregnancy on its own can already feel as if it is a closely monitored and manipulated task on its own—something that adds stress onto mothers and their families. So to add on yet another precaution during this period seems like making an already daunting process nearly unmanageable. But increased awareness of gestational awareness isn’t... Continue Reading

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Stay Strong: 5 Ways to Maintain Bone Health as You Age

July 2, 2020

Your bones are fascinating structures that give your body their shape and protect your organs. Anyone that has broken a bone knows how essential they are for everyday functioning. However, after age 30, your body begins losing bone mass faster than it grows new bone mass, which can ultimately lead to conditions like osteoporosis. While bone loss is typically a gradual process, it’s important to start planning for good bone health early! Luckily, there are many easy ways to start taking good care of your bones. Let’s take a look at five of them and learn more about the risk factors that impact... Continue Reading

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Easy Steps to Improve Your Posture

June 26, 2020

If you’re one of the 16 million adults in America that suffers from chronic back pain, chances are your posture is part of the problem. Posture refers to the way your skeleton and muscles hold your body up. Good posture achieves what’s called a “neutral spine.” That means all three natural curves of the spine, including the cervical or neck curve, the thoracic curve of your middle spine, and the lumbar curve of your lower spine, are in alignment. Maintaining a neutral spine is a challenge for most of us, though. Here are the common mistakes that lead to bad posture and what you can do to... Continue Reading

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4 Easy Tips to Being a Healthier Man

June 19, 2020

This month is Men's Health Month. We've already covered some of the biggest risks to men's health —today we're going to give some tips on how you can reduce some of those risks. Here are some simple steps that you can take to minimize the chances that you might develop some serious issues later on. Get Moving Every Day Living an active lifestyle is more than just committing getting up and getting to the gym for 30 minutes a day—especially if you find yourself being sedentary the rest of the day. The Journal of American Medical Associations recommended adults get around 300 minutes of moderate... Continue Reading

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Overcoming Common Headache Triggers

June 17, 2020

Headaches can range from minor inconveniences to debilitating occurrences. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 50% of people will experience a headache at least once a year. Thirty-percent of people will experience a more severe headache called a migraine. What can be done to prevent headaches? Keep reading to discover ways to overcome common headache triggers. Diagnosing a Headache A headache can manifest itself as pain in the headache, neck, and/or face. Headaches are caused by tissues around the skull, brain, spinal cord, eyes, ears, and face becoming irritated and... Continue Reading

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5 Risks to Men's Health

June 15, 2020

According to a survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, men simply don't talk about their health. In casual conversation with other male friends, only 7% of respondents claimed to talk about their health. According to the same survey, 43% of men would wait until they are "afraid they have a serious condition" before even going to a doctor. This hesitancy—born from machismo or other cultural norms—is unfortunate because of the danger it creates. Many of the greatest risks to a man's health are not the kinds of conditions that emerge overnight. The five risks we are going to examine for Men's... Continue Reading

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Do You Know These 6 Signs of Skin Cancer?

June 12, 2020

Your skin is an amazing organ that protects you from the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and serves as a barrier for harmful bacteria and viruses. Like other parts of the body, the skin can suffer if not cared for properly. More specifically, exposure to natural UV light like the sun or artificial UV light like in tanning beds can harm the skin. In some instances, UV exposure can lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In fact, 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer... Continue Reading

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Protecting Against Heat Related Illnesses

June 10, 2020

The full force of summer is quickly approaching, which means temperatures will be heating up significantly. While it’s great to enjoy the benefits of longer days and being outdoors, the heat that summer brings can also be harmful, even deadly. Heat related illnesses claim over 600 lives on average each year. The good news is that heat related illnesses and deaths are preventable if you follow proper safety guidelines.Remember, infants, young children, people over the age of 65, and people with physical illnesses like heart disease are at increased risk of suffering from heat related illnesses... Continue Reading

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Moving to Third Phase of Resumption of Services: Inpatient Surgeries

June 8, 2020

On Monday, June 8, Augusta Health moved to Phase III, the final phase of its plan to safely re-open and resume elective services. Phase III adds elective surgeries that require a post-surgical inpatient stay. All these surgeries require COVID-19 testing 72 hours before the procedure and quarantine following the test until the procedure. "We've continued to monitor our dashboard daily, and are confident in our ability to move into Phase III," says Shawn Craddock, DNP, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, Administrative Director of Surgical Services, who is leading the Task Force on the resuming of outpatient... Continue Reading

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