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Ask A Physical Therapist: How can therapy help recovery from a stroke?

May 10, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Stephanie Mims, Director of Therapy Services Answer provided by Stephanie Mims, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of Therapy... Continue Reading

Robotic Surgery Nursing Team

The Team Behind The Technology

May 9, 2017

Last June, the Augusta Health Board of Directors—fifteen local representatives from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro—voted to expand the surgical options for patients at Augusta Health with the addition of a da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This decision would provide the community with the latest and most advanced robotic technology available. By the end of October, the first robotic surgery at Augusta Health was performed by urologist Brian Stisser, MD. By the end of February, the Robotic Surgery Program had expanded it service to include urology, colorectal, gynecology and general... Continue Reading

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Ask A Speech Therapist: What is Dysphagia?

May 5, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP Answer provided by Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist at... Continue Reading

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Celebrating Screen-Free Week

May 1, 2017

This year an international celebration known as Screen-Free Week will take place from May 1 st - May 7 th . Screen-Free Week, formerly known as TV-Turnoff, is one week each year where people swap out technology and digital devices for time to get creative, read and play outside with friends and family! This week is also the 98 th anniversary of Children's Book Week, an annual celebration for young people and the joy that reading brings. Children's Book Week is also considered the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country! You can still use devices during the week but if it... Continue Reading

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5 Health Screenings Every Man Should Get

April 26, 2017

When it comes to most men and routine health care, the numbers just don't lie: Men are 24 percent less likely to visit their doctors in any given year than women. Men also drag their feet in getting their cholesterol checked. Even worse, many tend to balk when it's time to get a cancer screening, although men's cancer mortality rates are higher. Men can be quite stubborn when it comes to getting routine health screenings for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons men share for bailing on these health screenings are: Fear that something being wrong Being too busy to get a health... Continue Reading

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Don't Be Tempted to Take Expired Medications

April 25, 2017

When it comes to expired medicines, the old saying, "out with the old and in with the new" is especially relevant. If you have a medicine cabinet filled with medications, it's a good idea to take stock of what’s in there to determine which drugs may have outlived their usefulness. Why Expiration Dates are Required In 1979, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started requiring expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription medications. Expiration dates are a critical part of determining if medications are safe to use. They also indicate whether or not medications can be... Continue Reading

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In Synch with Helping Others: Joint Center Volunteer Andy Norris

April 21, 2017

For the past two years, Andy Norris, a "retired" pharmacist who works full-time, has spent every other Wednesday at Augusta Health's Joint Center. His joints are doing OK; he's there for another reason. Andy is a volunteer, working side-by-side with the therapy staff to help patients with the exercises that will get them back to living full lives as quickly as possible. Andy works regularly with Judy Knick, PTA; Michelle Cupp, PTA; and Brad Gray, Physical Therapy Technician. He is considered part of the team, and the team is a well-oiled machine. In group therapy, as the patients progress... Continue Reading

Taking care of yourself today will lead to a better tomorrow

5 Things You Should Do in Your 30s to Make Life Better in Your 50s

April 18, 2017

With so much excitement in your twenties, many don't stop to consider that in the blink of an eye, you'll be turning fifty. It's easy to forget when you're younger, but it's also easy to wake up at the ripe old age of 5-0 and wonder just where have all those years gone? To make the most of these later years, it's important to begin taking care of yourself today. Get Rid of Bad Habits Weighing You Down If you smoke or indulge in eating junk food, now is the time to give up those bad habits. Don't wait for a health scare to motivate you to make changes. The changes you make now will build the... Continue Reading

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How Much Sleep Your Children Need

April 14, 2017

Sleep is important not only for your children's mood and productivity, but also their development. As your children grow older, the amount of sleep they need will change each day. Understanding these needs will allow you to set a routine to ensure they're getting enough sleep. By setting a schedule that provides sufficient sleep for your little ones, you're giving them the best possible opportunity to mature into healthy, young adults. Newborns 1 week - 4 weeks old The total sleep duration for an average newborn ranges from 15 to 18 hours each day. Sleep at this age is characterized by short... Continue Reading

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8 Subtle Signs of Heart Disease

April 13, 2017

You might not be aware that heart disease can go undetected. Some of the early indicators seem so insignificant that people overlook or dismiss them. If you have any of these symptoms, you might want to make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup. Don't worry about being embarrassed, it's better to be cautious than to ignore a problem. Shortness of Breath In spite of all that jogging and running, you find yourself getting winded walking up a flight of stairs. Maybe you're coughing a lot. Asthma, anemia, and infection could be the culprits behind this new development, or your heart... Continue Reading

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