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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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A Healthcare Checklist Every Man Should Follow

June 8, 2020

According to a 2019 Cleveland Clinic study, 72% of men surveyed said they would rather do a household chore like cleaning the bathroom than go to the doctor. The survey also revealed that 1 in 5 men aren’t completely honest with their doctor about their health concerns. A high aversion to going to the doctor, coupled with a lack of complete transparency, can put a man’s health at risk. Prompting a loved one to go to the doctor can help. In fact, 20% of men said they go to the doctor because of a loved one’s encouragement. Being proactive is also important when taking ownership of one’s health... Continue Reading

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Augusta Health Moves to Phase II of Reopening

May 27, 2020

On Monday, May 25, Augusta Health moved to Phase II of its plan to resume and re-open outpatient services in three phases. Phase II services include elective Outpatient Surgery, Endoscopy, Cath Lab, Sleep Lab and Inpatient/Outpatient Invasive Radiology. All of these services require pre-procedure COVID-19 testing of the patient. A quick check of the Augusta Health COVID-19 Dashboard Bed Availability Very Good Prevalence of COVID-19 in the community An increase in positive cases in the Central Shenandoah Valley district PPE Supply Very Good Confidence in safely moving to Phase II Very High "... Continue Reading

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Phase I Reopening Update

May 26, 2020

On May 6, Augusta Health initiated a carefully thought-out plan to resume its elective outpatient services such as diagnostic imaging, diagnostic cardiology procedures, elective outpatient procedures and non-emergency surgeries in three phases. Reopening of these services and moving from one phase to the next is dependent on several factors: The prevalence of COVID-19 in the community and the hospital, the stock of PPE and other medical supplies, the availability of COVID-19 tests, and physicians and staff. A dashboard of statistics tracking testing, patient volume, PPE volume, number of... Continue Reading