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Mission Health Highlights

Breast Cancer and Clinical Trials – What You Need to Know

By Leslie Verner, Certified Breast Cancer Nurse Mission Cancer Program Mission Hospital’s Cancer Program is proud to offer clinical trials to our breast cancer patients. But what exactly is a clinical trial? What are the benefits? How do patients decide if they are...

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Healthy Kids – Keeping the Balance Between Family and Work

Arielle Lankford, NP, nurse practitioner at Mission Pediatrics Franklin offers expert advice on balancing work and family, as seen in WNC Parent. The wise and well known Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that ...

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Expert Q&A – Shoulder Pain: Causes and Treatments

In this Q&A with David Pope, MD, we address the basics when it comes to shoulder pain. Q: What are some of the most common reasons for shoulder pain? A: The most common cause of shoulder pain that we [Mission Community Orthopedics and Sports Medicine] treat is wh...

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Insured by Blue Cross? Use This Checklist to Prepare for Your Care

Mission Health stands with you no matter what, and we are committed to providing you with the information you need to ensure you are prepared to make the best decisions for you and your family. That’s why we encourage you to use our Healthcare Plan Checklist to pr...

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Back in the Saddle – With Expert Care, Natalie Taggart Recovered from a Brain Injury

Natalie Taggart is a longtime equestrian who is well versed in the skill and safety of the sport. However, as any rider knows, horses and terrains can be unpredictable. At the Biltmore Challenge Endurance Ride in May 2015, this became a life-changing factor for Tagga...

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Study Shows Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Are Declining – Our Expert Explains Why

By Rachel Raab, MD        A recent study shows from 1989 to 2015, breast cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent, which translates to 322,600 averted breast cancer deaths in the United States. The decrease in mortality was seen in both younger and older women...

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Healthy Aging Tips – An Eye on Wellness in Your Golden Years

By William Maddox Jr., MD No matter your age, health and wellness should be among your highest priorities in life. Many of us are fortunate – for years, prioritizing our health simply meant a couple of doctor’s visits each year and ensuring we got those recommend...

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A Pacemaker for the Brain? This Surgery Is Changing Lives for Patients with Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor

By Richard Lytle Jr., MD A surgical procedure known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat neurological symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. This procedure is recommend for patients whose symptoms cannot be adequate...

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Caring for a Loved One Can Be Overwhelming – 5 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

By Dylan Babb Community Outreach Manager, CarePartners Have you unexpectedly become a caregiver? Are you now caring for a loved one after injury/illness/etc. and feeling burnt out? Caregiver burnout is a condition of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that can...

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How Does It Happen and What Can Be Done to Prevent It?

In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart is suddenly unable to pump blood effectively to the rest of the body, leading to loss of consciousness. Sudden cardiac arrest most often occurs in the setting of abnormal heart rhythms from a variety of causes (more on that below)....

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Patient Stories

Back in the Saddle – With Expert Care, Natalie Taggart Recovered from a Brain Injury

Natalie Taggart is a longtime equestrian who is well versed in the skill and safety of the sport....

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Sudden Silence – How Macon County’s Jeff Butler Found Expert Help after His Stroke

It started out as an ordinary January day in Jeff Butler’s income tax office in Clayton, Georgi...

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Compassion in Action – Hospice Care Enhances End-of-Life Experience for Franklin Couple

Barbara Roberts’ lovely Franklin home is replete with charm, exemplified especially by a cheery...

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Help, I’m Spinning! Using Physical Therapy to Stop Vertigo

With eyes fluttering to open, she knew something wasn’t right. When Missie Wilmot’s world sta...

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