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Blue Ridge Health (BRH) has announced the appointment of MaryShell Zaffino, MD, as its new Chief Medical Officer (CMO), effective immediately. She previously served as the Medical Director of BRH – Chimney Rock Road before being promoted to Assistant CMO in February 2017.

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Concierge House Calls, an Asheville medical practice that provides in-office and at-home care, is offering solutions for challenging medical conditions via alternative therapies that are new to the Asheville area.

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I am an ice cream fanatic. If there is ice cream in my freezer, I think about it. A lot. It is always there in the back of my mind, nagging me when I walk into the kitchen or sit to watch a movie. X-ray and MRI results can be a lot like that ice cream in the freezer, continually creeping int…

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Do you notice your balance isn’t what it used to be? Perhaps you have had a stumble and just barely caught yourself. Or maybe you didn’t! The good news is that balance is a skill, and with intentional practice your balance can improve. Whether a little unsteadiness is creeping in or you use …

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Western North Carolina is known for its long and winding roads. And while the scenic journeys add to the charm of our region, they can be a hindrance for those who need to travel for medical care. Anne Buchanan of Morganton knows this firsthand. The 77 year old frequently traveled to Mission…

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Today more of us are living longer. The changes we've seen in people's lifestyles, along with improved health care, have meant that living into our 80s and 90s is becoming more common.

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“Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is like your heart being stuck in fourth gear,” said Jason Lappe, MD, cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health. “It may be operating fast, but your heart’s output is reduced by 20 percent.”

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Do you love carbs – or do you avoid them? You’ve probably heard something along the lines of, “carbs are bad for you.” But we’re here to tell you not to be afraid of carbs. Rather than asking yourself if you should eat carbs, the better question is – what kinds of carbs should you be eating?…

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Early detection is key to preventing progression and promoting good posture. When you look at a healthy back, you should see a spine that runs straight down the middle. With scoliosis, a person’s spine has an abnormal curve. Today’s modern medicine is proving that early detection can help pr…

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Being sick isn’t fun for anyone. Other than worrying about getting better as soon as possible, the last things you want to do is spend too much money on getting better or spend too much time away from your bed or couch.

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Many of the things that we put in our bodies get metabolized, filtered through the kidneys and end up dwelling in the bladder. Over time, the bladder becomes exposed to many of the toxic elements that we expose ourselves to, which can sometimes lead to cancer.

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Want to have less stress and anxiety in your life, along with generally better health? Then start getting more, and better, sleep.

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Are you a registered nurse with less than one year of experience? Or will you graduate from a nursing program by May 2019? Mission Health invites you to learn more about our New Graduate RN Residency Program at an Open House on Monday, January 14 from 4:30- 6:30 p.m.

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The holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to eating healthy. But before you let the holidays ruin your wellness plan, Cheryl Wooster of Balanced Bodies - an Asheville-based wellness company - offers advice for celebrating the holidays with a healthy mindset that includes some h…

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Is your calendar filling up with holiday socials and events? It can be easy to get out of your daily routine for food, exercise and even personal time this time of year. We may find ourselves more stressed than usual trying to spread cheer to others, get the kids to their holiday events – wi…

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Winter weather with a chance of snow or freezing rain is always a possible forecast. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to being prepared and being well during colder and wintry weather, including when and where to seek care if you find yourself caught in a snowstorm.

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Why is it that settling into the winter season comes so easy? Whether you’ve spent the last six months training or you’re just getting started after a long hiatus, as soon as the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop, excuses surface. When this happens, that little voice tends to t…

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Around 40 million adults live with an anxiety disorder, impacting 18 percent of the population and making it the most common mental illness in the US. About 16 million people live with depression every year. While both anxiety and depression can be managed, not even 40 percent of these indiv…

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The holiday season is all about joyous celebrations and festive gatherings between family and friends. However, for many seniors, Christmas is a lonely time of year. To ensure your elders spend the happiest of holidays, it’s important to include them in your festivities!

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Kelly Hughes’ son Aidan, age 12, has Tourette syndrome, and as a result has experienced tics throughout most of his childhood. Over time, he developed more complex tics, as well as co-occurring conditions like ADHD and OCD.

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Since 1999, Paws on a Mission has provided pet therapy services to Mission Hospital patients and the community. The program has touched many lives through the healing power of pets, comforting hospital patients, visitors and staff of all ages.

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Buncombe County Recreation Services, Special Olympics of Buncombe County, and South Slope CrossFit today announced a partnership to offer free programs each Wednesday at 3 p.m. for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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October is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer and prevention. One in eight American woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Men are also susceptible to this disease, though not as frequently as women. In 2015, there were more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer …

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Last year’s flu season hit hard close to home and across the nation proving to be a deadly epidemic killing 80,000 Americans in late 2017 and early 2018. Flu season peaked in early 2018 here in western North Carolina with five times as many flu cases in January and twice as many in February …

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MemoryCare, a local nonprofit serving families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, celebrated the opening of its new home, the SECU Center for MemoryCare last month.

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At Mission Weight Management, we’re often asked which oils are the best to use when cooking. The answer may surprise you – none.

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Today's streets and highways are more crowded than ever. If you're driving almost anywhere these days you're often encountering bad drivers, traffic jams and road construction. 

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As the Medical Director for post-acute and palliative care services at CarePartners Hospice, the most common responses I hear from patients and families when I bring up the topic of hospice care is “Not yet” or “I am not ready for that.” This may be a barrier to the best quality of life avai…

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For many women, getting their nails done is an easy way to feel pampered, pretty or professional. But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you might wonder if it’s safe for you to go to a nail salon and sit among the fumes or have chemicals applied to your nails. Which begs the question: Wha…

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The Park Ridge Health Foundation invites the community to “Experience London” at its 2016 Annual Gala. This year’s Park Ridge Health Foundation Gala will take place on Thursday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m. at The Crest Center and Pavilion in Asheville.

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Zaniac, national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) after-school enrichment centers where learning feels like play, will open its first North Carolina campus on Tuesday, April 19. The Zaniac Asheville Campus is located in Biltmore Park Town Square at One Town Square Boulevard, …

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The eighteenth annual ride is scheduled for a Banner Elk to Atlantic Beach route, from Oct. 1-8. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.

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Put simply, neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and grow throughout time, dependent on its environment. The brain is a sensory driven organism. This means that it thrives and survives based on the input it receives.

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Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed type of cancer—behind breast and lung cancers respectively. More than 130,000 men and women are projected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to learn a…

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HENDERSONVILLE — Due to a sharp increase in influenza-like illness across the state in the past week as reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Park Ridge Health has implemented visitor restrictions.

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Iyad Burnat, Palestinian activist, will be speaking on March 24 at 6 p.m. at Warren Wilson College in the Canon Lounge of Gladfelter Hall. He will also be hosting a discussion at 3 p.m. that day at Firestorm Café and Books in West Asheville. Both events are free and open to the public.Iyad …