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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…

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As we age, one of the things we worry about is keeping our mind sharp. For you, that may look like a sudoku puzzle over coffee or enjoying the morning sun with a crossword puzzle. While these things are good for stretching those brain muscles, physical activity is shown to improve executive …

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Kids can be amazing. They develop new cell phone apps, set athletic records, volunteer with the elderly, and perform lots of good deeds. Unfortunately, much of the time it seems these are someone else’s children.

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Seeking immediate care within the first “golden hour” is critical for treating, surviving and recovering from a stroke. Do you know what signs and symptoms to look for and what things to do (and not to do) in order to save a life? Alex Schneider, MD, chief of neurosciences at Mission Health,…

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People usually associate concussions or head injuries with sports, like soccer, football or basketball, but concussions can happen during recreational activities for fun too. It’s that time of year here in the mountains for western North Carolinians’ favorite outdoor activities – hiking, can…

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We all know that pain is our body’s protection mechanism, but often pain does not tell the whole story. Pain is interpreted based on previous experiences, expectations, and the signals from body tissues. We often stop activity at the first pang, but sometimes guarding and protection can cont…

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As a parent you want to be there for your teenager. You try to learn what’s happening in his or her life and try to help with problems or uncertainties he or she may be facing.

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Measles is increasing at an alarming rate across the country. Although Western North Carolina hasn’t had any confirmed cases, we remain vulnerable due to below-average immunization rates in the area. Current hot spots are New York, Washington and Michigan. There have been five confirmed case…

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A new three-year grant of $863,000 to the N.C. Center for Health & Wellness (NCCHW) at UNC Asheville will help build North Carolina’s capacity for community-based programs to address diabetes.

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I frequently have patients tell me about encounters with healthcare providers who dismiss their complaint with a flippant “you are just getting old.” Now, that may be true, but we can’t give in that easily. Let’s take a quick look at some ideas we need to let go as we age.

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Just when most people feel energized because it is spring, others want to pull the covers over their heads. Seasonal change can be harder on those with anxiety and depression. Speaking with your primary care physician can be a first step in feeling better.

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Memes. Texts. Gifs. While teens keep things light with friends, studies show they want to know more about important topics that can affect their overall adult health but are reluctant to talk with parents present. Just when teens are exploring their interests and boundaries, an open relation…

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Mononucleosis may be the king of “kissing diseases,” but other orally transmitted diseases are no joke. Bacterial meningitis, herpes simplex-1 and cytomegalovirus can all spread through saliva. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself (and any teenagers under your roof).