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Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

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

Illustration showing an inflamed hip from injury

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

Woman enjoying a field of flowers

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

3D Mammography Equipment

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

Senior couple stretching before a walk

Orthopedics 101: What Is Hip Bursitis?

November 18, 2016

Are you experiencing hip pain but don't know what's causing it? Does the pain get worse after you sit still for a while? Does your hip feel tender? If these symptoms sound familiar, hip bursitis may be your problem. What is Hip Bursitis? Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as a buffer between soft tissues, such as tendons and muscles, and bones to reduce friction. They can be found throughout the body, including in the knee, elbow, hip, heel, and shoulder. When these sacs become inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis. The hip has two bursae. One is located on the inside of the hip and... Continue Reading

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

Younger adults stretching before exercising

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

Women stretching for an exercise class

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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