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Perfect Match: How to Choose the Right Primary Care Doctor

September 7, 2017

Your primary care doctor is someone that's going to be a trusted expert, confidant, and health advocate for you and your family. It's a unique relationship that can span a lifetime. Whether you're seeking a primary care doctor for the first time, have moved to a new area, or want to make a change, we can help you choose the right primary care doctor. Understanding Primary Care Primary care is the first point of medical care you'll receive for undiagnosed symptoms, disease prevention, continual care for acute or chronic illness, and overall health maintenance. Doctors that provide this type of... Continue Reading

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What’s the Scoop on Your Poop?

September 5, 2017

Yes, it may sound strange, but your poop is an excellent indicator of your physical health. Signs of diseases or stress often first show up in the toilet. Of course, the key to monitoring your health is knowing what to look for and what the signs mean. So, yeah, it's a good idea to pay attention to your poop, even if this seems a bit gross. Monitoring your stool for changes can help you spot potential problems before they become significant issues. There is No Such Thing as Normal When It Comes to Poop Everyone is unique, and your bowel movements are just as unique as you are. Size, shape,... Continue Reading

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Chronic Pain Awareness

September 1, 2017

Chronic pain is pain that usually persists for months or even years. This type of pain is experienced by nearly 100 million Americans every year. Two of the most common types of chronic pain are lower back pain and headaches. September is Pain Awareness Month , a public awareness campaign launched in 2001 that is led by the American Chronic Pain Association . The goals of Pain Awareness Month are to educate the community on the severity of this health issue, spread awareness about treatment and encourage community members to get involved with pain awareness programs. It is estimated that... Continue Reading

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Go the Distance with Hydration

August 31, 2017

Harrowing tales of being lost at sea have always captured our imaginations. Who can forget Tom Hank's portrayal of a shipwreck survivor in the movie Castaway? In all these tales, finding water is a vital, primal need that makes the difference between life and death. In fact, water is more important than food in a survival situation. Your body is unable to function long without it. The human body is 65% water. Your brain is around 70% water, and your lungs are nearly 90% water. For proper body function, you need to replace about 2.5 quarts each day by consuming food and liquids. Hopefully,... Continue Reading

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Are you Shortening Your Life with these 5 Unhealthy Habits?

August 29, 2017

Very few people look forward to getting older, but most people would agree that it's better than dying before your time. While most people would love to stop the aging process somewhere around age 25, this fantasy probably won't happen very soon. However, it is possible to increase your odds of living a longer and healthier life by practicing healthy habits. Unhealthy habits are one of the leading reasons why people die earlier. In 2010, the life expectancy for individuals living in the United States was 78 years. Just two short years later, this figure is rapidly declining for certain age... Continue Reading

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Why People Who Suffer from Recurring Heartburn Should Avoid Tomatoes

August 23, 2017

You're probably already familiar with that burning sensation in your chest and the bitter taste of acid in your throat that seems to come on without warning. It can last for hours after consuming your favorite plate of pasta or pizza. Unfortunately, it can be hard to resist your favorite tomato-based dishes even though it's often a dietary disaster. Why Does Your Love for Tomatoes Punish You So? Unfortunately, for heartburn sufferers, tomatoes contain two types of acids, malic and citrus, that trigger heartburn. When you consume tomato-based products, your stomach produces gastric acid to... Continue Reading

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Fidget Gadgets: Do They Really Help?

August 17, 2017

Foot shaking, pen tapping, finger drumming, or hair touching; welcome to the world of fidgeting! Fidgeting is a small, restless, physical action that seems to have no link to the primary task we're performing. Ask anyone who finds themselves stuck in a long meeting, class, or time of intense concentration, and they can probably tell you their favorite fidgeting behavior. In fact, fidgeting is so common that a wave of "fidgeting gadgets" are taking the consumer market by storm. Fidgeting spinners, cubes, and sensory balls are flying off the shelves, but do they work? The Science of Fidgeting... Continue Reading

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

August 2, 2017

With school starting back soon, it is important to make sure your children, younger siblings and their friends are all in good health. Back to school time can be overwhelming between orientation forms, schedules and immunizations but it's important to make sure their eyes are also checked. August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, bringing forth education and awareness to the health and safety of children's eyes. This initiative is in connection with the American Academy of Ophthalmologists and Prevent Blindness America. Routine vision screenings are crucial in preventing long-term... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Doctors Awarded VCOM Preceptors of the Year Awards

VCOM Preceptor of the Year Awards

July 12, 2017

Dr. Olson was awarded the award of 3 rd Year Preceptor of the Year for the Eastern Virginia Region by the 3 rd Year VCOM students. Dr. Turner was awarded the same award except as a 4 th Year Preceptor of the Year by the 4 th Year students. Both of these awards are decided upon by the students who have rotated through Augusta Health. VCOM stands for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is a non-profit osteopathic medical school. Graduates of this program will receive their DO, which is virtually indistinguishable from an MD. Physicians with a DO receive additional training in... Continue Reading

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

Raise Awareness to Eliminate Hepatitis

July 12, 2017

The liver plays many important roles in the body including filtering toxins, storing minerals, and producing bile to help digestion. This organ is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. Hepatitis is considered an inflammation of the liver. The World Health Organization explains that this condition can be caused by many different factors including infections, toxic substances (i.e. alcohol or certain drugs) and autoimmune diseases. The most common cause of hepatitis is the hepatitis virus. Although there are five specific hepatitis viruses that scientists have identified and... Continue Reading

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