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Mission Health Highlights

Summer Events Summary – Health & Wellness Classes, Support Groups and More

By Gabe Bryson Did you know Mission Health is offering more than 30 support groups, classes, programs and other events for you and your loved ones this summer? Best of all, many of them are free. Support groups Being in a community with others through a support group...

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Mosquitoes Are Back, Is Zika a Concern This Summer? An Expert Q&A

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Q: Has there been a resurgence of Zika in the US this summer? A: The US is only seeing travel-related cases at this time. Keep in mind, Zika is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mos...

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Making Healthy Web Choices – 5 Tips for Using the Internet for Your Child’s Medical Advice

“Even doctors use Google,” said Maureen Ben-Davies, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician with McDowell Pediatrics. However, while surfing the internet for health information can feel like hitting the jackpot, not all that glitters is gold. Filter for Credible Source...

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Considering Bariatric Surgery? Your Questions Answered by Our Surgeon

By Katherine Habenicht Yancey, MD Fellowship-Trained Bariatric Surgeon Thinking about exploring bariatric surgery? These questions are among the most frequently asked by my patients: Is the sleeve gastrectomy a “less invasive” operation than the gastric bypass? N...

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This Week’s Most Popular Posts on the Mission Health Blog

Did you miss any of these articles this week? The three posts below were the most popular among our readers. Make sure you’re not missing our award-winning content by subscribing to the Mission Health Blog. Just choose your favorite health and wellness topics, ...

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Moms That Move – What You Need to Know about Exercise during Pregnancy

By Aaron Vaughan, MD Mission Orthopedics and Asheville Orthopaedics Associates Regular physical activity during pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women. Exercise does not cause miscarriage, poor fetal growth, musculoskeletal injury or pre...

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Healthy Hydration – Summer Workouts Need Special Attention to Fluids

By Aaron Vaughan & Eliza Parker With the hot weather upon us, every level of athlete should consider their hydration status and how it can affect their performance and recovery. As one sweats during exercise, both water and salts are lost, which can lead to a red...

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Update for Mission Health Patients who Have Blue Cross Health Insurance Plans

For the latest update for Mission Health patients who have Blue Cross health insurance plans, visit

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Mission Rathbun House: The House with a Heart

Every day, volunteers at the Mission Rathbun House welcome patients and families from all over the country when they need a place to stay while a loved one receives care. Whether it’s easing the burden of the need for housing, offering an encouraging word or just h...

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Ornish Can Reverse Heart Disease – But What Exactly is Ornish?

For those who have experienced a critical cardiac event, options for the best path forward may seem limited or unrealistic. However, Dr. Dean Ornish has dedicated over 30 years of research into heart disease and lifestyle modification to develop the Ornish Lifestyle ...

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July 22, 2017

One-Day Class for Busy and Expecting Moms – McDowell Hospital

We get it. Life is busy, which is why McDowell Hospital will be offering a one-day accelerated class for expecting moms. T...

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July 25, 2017

Community Town Hall – Highlands-Cashiers Hospital

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital will host a Community Town Hall on Tuesday, July 25, at the Albert Carlton – Cashiers C...

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August 4, 2017

Class for New Dads – McDowell Hospital

McDowell Hospital will be hosting a free childbirth class for future fathers on Friday, August 4, from 3 – 7 pm. Partici...

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Patient Stories

From Cancer Patient to Cancer Center Volunteer – Mark’s Story

By Calvin Mabry Time is often taken for granted. Getting a cancer diagnosis can change that. As M...

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A Shift in Thinking – Sharing Tips for Success after Winning at Weight Loss

By Cheri Hinshelwood A significant turning point in Greg Lisenbee’s lifelong weight-loss battle...

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“They Are the Backbone of the Hospital” – A Family Pays Tribute to Nurses Who Went Above and Beyond

By Nancy Lindell As a parent, one of the worst nightmares is having to take your child to the eme...

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“They Became Our Family” – A Mother’s Story of Extraordinary Nurses in the NICU

By Nancy Lindell Every mom imagines her birth experience, what it will be like, along with the an...

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