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Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing has become extremely popular over the last few years and is often performed to learn more about ancestry and health information. But digesting your own genetic information can be complicated and even misleading. After all, not all genetic tests are cr…

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Flu is spreading in our area and across the state. Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) would like to notify the community of the first confirmed flu-related death in a Buncombe County resident during the 2019-2020 flu season. The death occurred in an adult under age 65. No furt…

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For many people, winter can seem a difficult time to stay physically active. Cold weather, gray skies and shorter days all make it more tempting to settle into that recliner by the TV, rather than heading outdoors or finding some other way to stay active.

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Ah, ‘tis the season for many households to find themselves with one or more children suffering from a cold or the flu. Damp, chilly weather and all that contact with other sniffling children at school almost guarantees that winter illness will strike most homes.

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We hope you have a happy and healthy new year – but if you find yourself in need of medical care on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day or any day, don’t think twice. With Mission Health, you can get care online or in-person – even during the holidays.

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It seems inevitable to most people: You will gain weight during the holidays. It’s a season that offers plenty of opportunities to indulge in fattening food while at the same time offers challenges to physical activity.

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Worried about cold or flu impacting your exercise regimen? It can be frustrating when you’re feeling under the weather and don’t have the energy to work out. And sometimes, that cold weather may increase your motivation for a cozy night in instead of making it to the gym or doing your daily run.

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If you’re not getting quality sleep, you’re not living your best life. Sleep is an active state essential for renewing the body both mentally and physically. Poor sleep negatively affects every area of life — from mood, energy level and focus to increasing the risk of serious diseases — and …

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The holiday season leaves many people feeling anxious and nervous as they receive invitations to holiday office parties, family gatherings and other social events that they would rather avoid. It’s understandable, for while such events can be a great time to socialize, they also can lead to …

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Have you ever found yourself standing in the toothbrush aisle confused as to what toothbrush you should purchase? There are so many options in today’s world, knowing that your toothbrush is the right “fit” for you can be challenging. Do you pick based on size, shape, comfort, bristles, firmn…

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Stress has become our constant companion in our fast-paced lifestyles. A little stress has its benefits, without it we might get nothing done, but few of us have just a little stress. The side effects of chronic stress are many and unfortunately include an expanding waistline. There are heal…

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A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment.

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Homecoming Retreat is coming to Asheville Dec. 6. This weekend workshop is bringing together top scientists, holistic healers, advocates and thought leaders in the field of addiction recovery to share the most effective treatments available for families with loved ones suffering.

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Asheville recently welcomed Dr. Daniel Campolieto to the dental community. Dr. Campolieto, along with his wife and their 2-year-old son, relocated to Asheville from the Charlotte area after purchasing Brilliant Dental (formerly Brush Dental) in June 2019.

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Just when flu season is starting again, it feels like it just ended. And every year, we know plenty of people tip toe around getting the annual flu vaccine. Does it actually work? Is it even effective? Before you decide to skip out on this year’s flu vaccine, get the facts on these common my…

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For most families, the college application process is a major source of anxiety. But it doesn’t have to be extra stressful if a family takes enough time to address the many questions and issues related to college applications.

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After an injury, a major part of healing in a hospital involves resting in a comfortable, stress-free environment. Patients of the new Mission Hospital North Tower (opening fall 2019) will be able to recover in a space designed for maximum healing. From the latest technology to aesthetically…

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Pediatric occupational therapy helps children gain independence while also strengthening the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that children need to function and socialize.

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Brian Asbill, MD, cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates and Mission Heart, became the first person in the world to become certified in Lifestyle Medicine. Who better than to answer some questions about it?

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Even while sleeping, your brain is hard at work. About 100 billion specialized cells in the brain called neurons act like tiny messengers. Neurons send and receive messages using electrical impulses that create brain waves, which indicate what’s happening inside your brain.

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Whether you’re training for your first 5K or already have several under your belt, the proper shoes and training techniques can mean the difference between pain and gain. Thomas Starnes, MD, a runner himself and a primary care sports medicine physician at Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, ex…

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Stress affects all of us these days. Jobs, family issues, the daily news and hundreds of other factors can all help create and promote the stress and anxiety that so many of us feel.

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You know the old saying — “When you gotta go, you gotta go!” We have all been there! However, when you are unable to control the leakage, we are talking about urinary incontinence (UI). Some sources report that over half of women over 60 experience UI. Men also commonly deal with UI. Though …

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Brian Ware, DO, an osteopathic family physician with Mission Family Medicine – Old Fort, refers to the thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck, as the body’s thermostat. “It determines metabolism — how much energy you burn, how energetic you feel and your weight,” he said.

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Head, shoulders, knees and toes – knees and toes! Why don’t they sing about our joints – the cartilage between the bone that provides a “cushion” and allows the bones to glide over each other? What happens when this cushion wears away? It is not uncommon to have joint issues be the limiting …

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Every parent has heard complaints about summer boredom. Our kids may initially welcome that summer freedom, but all that empty time can sometimes become a burden.

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Summer. Crocuses popping up optimistically in the yard. Kids yelling at each other outside instead of inside. Looking through half-full bottles of sunscreen and bug repellent, and wondering how on earth we already have poison ivy. Start getting ready for those glorious outdoor days ahead.

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Are you as happy now as you were when you were younger? Do you have as much pep as you did last year? Your answer to these kind of questions concerning your views of self-aging can have tremendous implications for your health as you age.

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The best solution for constant complaining from your children this summer is to keep them busy. Here are a few suggestions for some enjoyable summer outings that they won’t soon forget.

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If you’re like many people, weight loss is always top of mind. Yet, attaining and maintaining a healthy weight is a goal that seems just out of reach for many. Whether you have a few pounds to lose or a more significant goal, try incorporating these expert tips from Garth Davis, MD, Medical …

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Each year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association sponsors Better Hearing & Speech Month, an awareness campaign dedicated to educating the public about communication disorders.

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Knowledge is power, and the urology team at Mission Health wants you to be as educated as you can about your prostate health so you can be empowered in your well-being. Mission Health’s Brian Cohen, MD, walks us through the tough conversation that is easier to shy away from: different aspect…

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There are so many things we love about summertime, but nowhere on that list is the return of all the bugs. Warmer weather means that mosquitoes and ticks are back in full force. Bug bites have always been a summer nuisance, but recently there is even greater concern about diseases that can b…