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Skin Safety – The ABCDEs of Potentially Cancerous Moles

By Robert A. Poarch Spring is a great time to start practicing sun safety to protect your skin from cancer. “Detecting skin cancer in its earliest stages ultimately saves lives,” said Trevor Austin, MD, a medical oncologist with Mission Cancer Care and Cancer Care of Western North Carolina, an affiliate of Mission Health. “You can […]

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Poisoning Prevention – Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

There are several simple steps you can take to protect you and your family from household poisons. Follow these tips from the Safe Kids WNC team at Mission Children’s Hospital. Keep Cleaners and Other Toxic Products Out of Reach Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eye-level with items […]

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His Decision to Have Bariatric Surgery was Lifesaving – Tips from a Weight-Loss Journey

By Jason Schneider With their daughter, Charlie Jo, a year and half old, Todd Israel and his wife, Jennifer, decided around the end of 2014 to have another child. Israel attended a free information session at Mission Weight Management, and after going to the orientation in March, he “decided to go all in” — he […]

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Ask the Doctor – How Can I Distinguish a Cold from a Sinus Infection?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the spring months. Q: How can you tell the difference between a cold and a sinus infection? A: Distinguishing between a cold and a sinus infection can […]

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Awareness Important Despite Declining Numbers

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health. The theme, The Best Defense Is a Good Offense, calls women to take effective steps to protect themselves and others from HIV. This day is an opportunity to join partners across the […]

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