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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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1 in 3 Americans Have Hypertension. Do You?

May 7, 2018

Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, is often a silent killer. The disorder can quietly damage your body for years before symptoms develop. Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure may cause disabilities, a poor quality of life, or even be fatal. Hypertension may also be called the silent killer since nearly half of people that go untreated die of heart disease and another third die of stroke. Understanding this important health indicator is essential for good health. Understanding Blood Pressure Blood pressure is defined as the pressure of the blood pushing against the walls... Continue Reading

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Mental Health of America helps Americans live healthy lives

May 2, 2018

Mental Health of America is focused on helping Americans live physically and mentally healthy lives. Considering May is Mental Health Month, they have released special tools, materials, and fact sheets about mental health. There are many components to mental health, many of which are tied to physical health as well. All parts of a healthy lifestyle improve the health of the whole person. Below is an outline of Mental Health America's focus points for achieving a fit mind and body as well as some information about them. Have a healthy diet. Individuals who have diets rich in fruits, vegetables... Continue Reading

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Is Your Morning Coffee Helpful or Harmful?

April 25, 2018

That morning cup of coffee may be doing more than serving up a needed caffeine jolt. For many years, scientists have debated whether caffeine is helpful or harmful to human health. It turns out, the answer may not be so simple. Caffeine is a crystalline compound that is found primarily in tea and coffee plants and is a stimulant of the central nervous system. In fact, this stimulant is one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world. It works by stimulating the brain and central nervous systems, helping you to stay alert and preventing tiredness. Today, 80% of the world's population... Continue Reading

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