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After working as a healthcare consultant for years, Patty McBride said she is not an easy patient. Coming into a facility, she said, “My eyes are checking everything — the building, how staff interacts.” So, after making the decision to have surgery at Mission Hospital during the COVID-19 pa…

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As we age, we tend to see dips in testosterone. This isn’t ideal as testosterone is a key hormone in keeping both men AND women at optimal health with high energy, supple skin, good muscle mass and the ability to build it, strong sex drive, and the ability to cope with stress (a big one for …

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Men, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so now is a great time to learn some important health facts and answer some common questions about prostate cancer.

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Are you planning to have total joint replacement surgery? Here are ten frequently asked questions to guide you on your journey to better joints.

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For those who have trouble sleeping — or whose sleep patterns have been upended by worry during the season of COVID-19 — author Matthew Walker has plenty of solutions in his book Why We Sleep.

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With students across the nation returning to in-person or virtual classrooms this fall, Mission Children’s Hospital Medical Director Ansley Miller, MD, FAAP, offered some insight to prepare kids and parents for this transition.

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A-B Tech is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by offering a class taught by our own local experts about pandemics and their causes. “Pandemics: Issues and Answers” will address multiple perspectives surrounding COVID-19 and its impacts.

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Today’s column is for all the ladies out there. Men stay tuned for next month’s discussion on testosterone.

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“The sole purpose of red blood cells,” explained Albert Quiery, MD, hematologist and Medical Director at Mission Medical Oncology, “is to carry oxygen from the lungs to your body’s tissues. If you don’t have enough of them, your ability to deliver oxygen to where it’s needed is impaired, res…

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper put a stay-at-home order into effect in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. It was lifted on May 22 — to many outdoor enthusiasts’ and athletes’ reliefs.

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Lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County continued to rise dramatically over the last week. Based on the data on the state’s COVID dashboard, there have been 992 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents as of noon July 16.

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This July, Vaya Health is encouraging conversations on the impact of racism on mental health and spreading the word about local treatment resources in recognition of Black, Indigenous and People of Color Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Throwing Bones, an Asheville-based national nonprofit focused on supporting individuals living with blood cancer through programming, education, and advocacy, will host a free webinar on Exercise as part of Cancer Therapy, Monday, Aug. 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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With the hot summer days and barbecues ramping up, along with an underlying anxiety with the uncertainty of the world, many of us are finding good reason to have a cool “adult” beverage in our hand. I often get asked if alcohol can be incorporated into a healthy diet. The answer is — it depends.

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Jerene Broadway, a Staff Chaplain in Mission Health’s Department of Spiritual Care, has been at the hospital for almost 18 years, starting at the behavioral health facility Copestone. Here, Jerene shares what it’s like as a spiritual guide at a hospital before, during and after COVID-19.

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Each summer, as more people visit the beautiful waterfalls of Western North Carolina, there is an increase in related injuries treated in the emergency department.

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Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) is pleased to announce that Stacie Saunders has been selected to serve as the Buncombe County Public Health Director.

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Sarah Bradley, MD, of Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center, an affiliate of Mission Health, answers some questions about pelvic floor health.

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As of Monday, June 22, Buncombe County officials confirmed 504 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. Out of those confirmed cases, 105 of these individuals are currently in isolation, and the remaining cases have been recovered.

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The majority of us are struggling to attain our optimal weight. We try our very best to follow the conventional guidelines with which we are inundated. We are told to move more, eat less, that we should have greater willpower, and that we should simply “eat everything in moderation.”

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Since COVID-19 is dynamic and ever-changing, the protocols in place for patients who visit Mission Health primary care and specialty care clinics are routinely updated, as more patients are accessing care via in-person visits and scheduling non-emergency surgery. The health system’s new mask…

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With older people accounting for nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 related deaths in North Carolina, and thousands of individuals over the age of 65 socially isolated for almost two months due to the State’s stay-at-home order, a team of Buncombe-area community organizers, agencies, and provider…

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Mercy Urgent Care is now offering two types of COVID-19 testing, viral testing and antibody testing, at all eight of its urgent care facilities across Western North Carolina. By offering both tests, Mercy hopes to improve tracking of the virus and slow its spread throughout the region.

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Take this truth and embrace it: Weight gain isn’t your fault. It actually has nothing to do with you or your personality. We are often told that we need to execute more discipline or willpower, but it really doesn’t have much to do with that. Listen here: you can only starve yourself for so …

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Buncombe County Government and Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) will partner to offer community-based COVID-19 testing in the coming weeks for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This is an important and necessary step in understanding and addressing th…

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“The message has to be out there. Don’t be afraid. Listen to your symptoms. Call 911,” warned Angela Solesbee, RN, CCCC, Code STEMI Coordinator with Mission Heart Services at Mission Health. Solesbee has been with Mission Health’s Code STEMI team for 20 years, and she said, “In my career her…

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Multiple news outlets have reported recently that hospital emergency departments across the country are experiencing noticeable drops in patients coming in who suspect they may be having a stroke, due to trying to heed widespread messaging about COVID-19.

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The spread of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) has sparked concern worldwide and prompted many leaders to take decisive action to contain the virus.

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COVID-19 is an ever-evolving issue. There’s a lot of information available about COVID-19 symptoms and whether you should call your physician or visit the emergency department, which should remain a resource for only those who are critically ill or injured. In an effort to help you make that…

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If you’re a cancer patient in this time of social distancing due to COVID-19, you’re probably feeling particularly susceptible and have a lot of questions surrounding your care. Here to help, Albert Quiery, MD, a board-certified physician who serves as the Medical Director of Mission Medical…

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I pride myself on routine. I wake in the wee hours of the mornings. My coffee is set to brew precisely 2 minutes before my alarm chimes. While I sip my hot brew, I turn on a single lamp, sit in in the corner spot on the couch and read my morning emails. A few minutes later, I don my pre-chos…

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During periods of stress and uncertainty, supporting a healthy immune system is one of the best things you can do for your body. An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine with details of the virus indicate that those have worse symptoms are twice as likely to have preexisti…

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Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, a clinical geneticist with Mission Health’s Fullerton Genetics Center, answers some questions about the diagnosis and management of hereditary disorders with genetics.

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Based on the guidance from local public health agencies regarding COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s /The Longest Day Expo in Asheville originally planned for March 21 will be delivered through a virtual option. The Virtual Expo will ta…

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In Buncombe County, the Department of Health and Human Services on Monday afternoon confirmed 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 4 out of state travelers, and the case count is expected to increase, as stated by Dr. Jennifer Mullendore during a community briefing on Tuesday.

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Weight loss is much more complicated than calorie in and calorie out. For decades, we have been told that if we just exercise more, eat less, practice more willpower and be sure to “eat everything in moderation”, we will finally achieve the weight of our dreams.