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Who should get the pneumonia vaccine? And when?
Pneumonia is a leading cause for people checking into the hospital across the United States. One out of every 20 adults who gets it will die.
But two pneumonia vaccines can protect those most vulnerable to the illness.
How to not get left behind on sleep once we “spring ahead”
Choices you make throughout the day can influence the quality of your sleep at night. Try these simple, but important tips from Novant Health sleep specialist, Dr. Nancy Behrens.
Doctor’s advice: Creating good habits for your 4- or 5-year-old
“Kids model behavior based on what they see, and if parents yell at them for doing something, they’re going to yell back. They’re social and starting to manage relationships and their personality is coming out and they’re developing individuality.”
5 key things parents of toddlers need to know
Parents of toddlers: answer to your questions about eating, sleep, key milestones and potty training
Doctor’s advice: 4 ways to become a better sports parent
As a sports medicine pediatrician, I work with parents on a daily basis as I treat their kids’ injuries. Their support for their student-athlete can be inspiring, or sometimes a little over the top.
Tasty & light party recipes for the Big Game
This Greek Yogurt Ranch dressing that has all of the taste of a regular ranch without the additives, preservatives, and saturated fat that most ranch dressings have. And check out the hearty-healthy chicken and sausage jambalaya.
New parents: tips for your baby’s first year
When parents start taking their newborn baby to the pediatrician, they have lots of questions. Here's what every parent should be asking.
6 tips for talking to your provider about opioids
Patients and family members who are prescribed opioids for pain relief may worry about growing dependent on the medication. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about taking opioids.
How to protect yourself in a cold-weather workout
If you like to exercise outside, it’s tempting to just soldier through a cold weather snap without changing your routine too much. However, cold winter temperatures can greatly affect everything from your muscles to certain medical conditions.
Here’s why women shouldn’t fear working out with weights
Many women avoid the weight racks at the gym because they don’t want to get bulky or “masculine.” But doctors agree: The worry is unfounded, and working out with weights carries substantial benefits.
7 things you shouldn’t say to a pregnant woman and 3 things you should
If you don’t know someone who’s pregnant, it’s just a matter of time until you do. It’s normal to have questions and wonder about the baby or the pregnancy, but sometimes questions or comments can cross the line.
Get the blues at Christmas? Make a plan to fight them off
The holidays are typically anticipated as a time of joy, festivity, celebrating life with friends and family. But for some, it triggers feelings of sadness, loneliness and even depression.
As opinions shift on prostate cancer, here’s the latest on what men need to know
Too many men are discovering their prostate cancer when it’s already at an advanced stage, one expert says, and confusing advice – and embarrassment – appear to be to blame.
Rough flu season predicted for North America
This year’s flu season may be shaping up to be particularly harsh, and the vaccine used this year may not be as effective as first thought, according to medical experts
Should you get the new shingles vaccination? A resounding “Yes”
A new shingles vaccine promises to prevent 90 percent of cases in people 50 and older. The vaccine called Shingrix was just licensed by the Food and Drug Administration last month.
Nurses say these 8 things can create a better hospital stay
Having a family member or loved one in the hospital can be overwhelming at times. Nurses from units across Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center offer these important tips for family members of patients.
5 tiptop tips to avoid holiday overeating
The average person will gain six to 10 pounds over the holidays. Here are some quick tips to enjoy the holiday fare without growing your waistline.
The do’s and don’ts of using a standing desk
Standing desks have grown more popular in recent years as they've become more user friendly and less expensive. Here's how to make the most of using one.
Your 2017 holiday shopping guide for healthy gifts
This holiday season, instead of buying your loved one another sweater or trendy gadget, why not give them the gift of good health?
Sneezing/Coughing 101: How to be a good citizen during flu season
There's a right and wrong ways to cough and sneeze. Here's what you need to know about preventing the spread of germs.
MRSA infections can be a big problem in sports. Answers to your questions
Here's what schools can do to reduce the spread of all infections among student-athletes.
What to expect after you run a marathon
Congratulations on completing the marathon! Here's what you need to do next.
New takes on traditional food favorites
The registered nutritionists at Novant Health Heart & Vascular Institute have come up with a series of healthy dishes for your holiday table.
How to handle kids afraid of shots as we head into flu season
Kids’ reactions to getting flu shots at certain ages can range from simple anxiety to total terror. Here's how you can help get them through the experience.
New oral cancer study highlights need to vaccinate children
An alarming new study finds that 1 in 9 American men or 11 million adult males are infected with the oral human papillomavirus (HPV) and drives home the need for young people to be vaccinated, doctors say.
Love eggs and asparagus? This frittata recipe is one to savor and save
You can be good to your heart and your taste buds at the same time. Here's how you do it.
Here's a healthy and delicious tailgating treat to try this weekend
Just one of many recipes you should try from the Novant Health "Seasons of the Heart" cookbook.
Do you need a 3-D mammogram? What you need to know
3-D mammograms have been shown to detect 40 percent more cancer cases than the standard mammogram, according to a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
New approaches in medicine mean patients often get to go home sooner
Novant Health is providing more choices with expanded services, including a program that allows some patients to spend fewer nights in the hospital and return home sooner.
Going to the gym is not enough. You need to move throughout the day
If you sit at your desk at work for hours on end, it’s time to make a change. New research has found that frequently interrupting inactive behavior is crucial for your long-term health.
Your body takes care of itself when you simply eat what you should
“Cleanse” diets continue to remain popular, despite years of warnings from medical experts who say they are unnecessary and maybe even harmful. Novant Health dietitians agree that it is not the best practice for optimum health.
Here’s why you need to think hard before adopting this trendy diet
While they might be trendy, gluten-free diets may not be appropriate for all people
Skipping daily aspirin therapy can kill you
If your provider advised you to take a daily aspirin to help your heart health, don’t stop taking it. That is the message issued by the American Heart Association.
Making sense of confusing guidelines
Do you have trouble making sense of the milligrams, percentages, ingredients and nutritional information listed on the labels of packaged food products? You are not alone.
Recovery times are getting faster. And more change is coming
Joint replacement surgery is becoming more common among Americans. In fact, more than 7 million Americans are living with an artificial knee (4.7 million) or hip (2.5 million).
It's delicious, easy and satisfying
If you're looking for low-hassle recipes that are fun to make and good for you, it's hard to beat this one.
Improved awareness, treatment strategy can save your life
Early detection means a lot when it comes to successful treatment of ovarian cancer.
No, the flu shot cannot make you sick
Flu season can start in the fallbut not peak until the spring. It can be mild or severe so experts agree it is best to be prepared now.
How to keep you and your family safe
Hurricane Irma could bring flooding and power outages to North Carolina. Here's how you stay safe
Recent cases of norovirus show how fast icky virus spreads
Norovirus can lead to stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. But there are a number of steps you can take to avoid contracting the virus.
Pediatrician offers advice to parents of children with food allergies
You’ve bought classroom supplies, printed off the bus schedule and have a fridge full of lunch ingredients. But do you have a plan for managing your child’s allergies at school?
Answers to common questions that pour into Novant Health hospital switchboards
Even in the age of the internet, calls still pour into the switchboard at Novant Health hospitals every day. In fact, they get around 65,000 calls each month. Here are answers to the most common questions the switchboard receives.
Increase in high blood pressure prompts pediatrics group to change guidelines
High blood among children and adolescents has increased since 1988, but the condition often goes undiagnosed, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Good health starts with picking the right foods and steering clear of the middle of the store
Did you know that your average suburban grocery store carries an astonishing 40,000 items? Navigating supermarket aisles and making smart health choices for you and your family doesn’t have to be confusing, intimidating or time consuming.
Here’s the danger behind eclipse viewing and what you need to know
As the dazzling show takes place, viewers must take care not to stare at the sun -- even if just a sliver is showing -- without proper eye protection.
Breaking down the do’s and don’ts when you’re expecting
When it comes to pregnancy, everything from web articles to books, to relatives and strangers have advice for mom on the do’s and don’ts. Some of the advice may be pretty sound, but some of it is nonsense.
Part 2: Run for your life
Women who run for as little as one minute day had 4 percent better bone health than those who did less than a minute, scientists discover.
Starting the day right can mean better grades, behavior and health
Going back to school means a lot of changes in your routine with homework, sports, after-school activities and more. The list goes on and on. One area that can be easily overlooked by parents: making sure your child eats breakfast.
Hiking is healthy- 6 top NC choices
These NC hiking trails make for a great day trip with the entire family. Here are six hiking havens in the Novant Health region to enjoy this summer.
Trendy fat is not necessarily good for your heart
Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that coconut oil is healthy, according to a recent review by the American Heart Association (AHA).
Kids can 'drown' even outside the pool
Most parents assume that the risk of their child drowning while playing or swimming in the water is over once the child is out of the pool. But “dry” or “secondary” drowning can occur in kids, even hours after they’ve left the pool.
Experts urge kids to eat more fruit, drink water and milk
Kids love juice. But drinking too much of it may pose risks to some children, according to new recommendations.
What you need to know about ticks
With summer nearly here, people are spending more time outside enjoying nature, but experts caution that when you are out hiking, camping or playing, you need to protect yourself against ticks.
Study: 1-hour run may extend your life by 7 hours
Here’s another reason to lace up those shoes and hit the road: You may live longer. A study now finds that people who run tend to live three years longer than nonrunners.
Q&A with Dr. Colin McDonald
Time is the most important factor when it comes to beating a stroke, according to Dr. Colin McDonald. He described the warning signs of a stroke and explained the importance of seeking treatment immediately.
An often overlooked area could be hiding health hazards in your home
Don't forget to add your refrigerator to your spring cleaning list to keep the heart of your home happy and healthy. Here are a few simple tips that will help keep your fridge clean and your food safe.
Treatment options for knee pain
Joint pain is a common complaint among patients seeing primary care and sports medicine providers, particularly pain in the knees. When is knee pain managed without a procedure and when does surgery become necessary.
Walking your way to optimal heart health
Over the past few years, conventional wisdom has set the benchmark for fitness at getting at least 10,000 steps a day. Now, a new study is pushing that goal further out. The new standard for optimal heart health is 15,000 steps a day.
Misconceptions about the disease that affects over 1 million Americans
As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Dr. James Battista noted there are three common misconceptions regarding Parkinson’s disease.
How one tiny instrument can do a whole lot of damage
Cleaning your ears with a cotton swab can feel pretty good. But you may be causing more harm than you ever imagined.
A parent's guide to healthy sleep
Quality sleep is key to your child’s growth, development and well-being. Good sleep habits start from birth and a lack of sleep affects your child’s behavior, attention span and memory.
Identifying and treating a dangerous blood infection
Sepsis, sometimes called blood poisoning, affects more than 1 million Americans each year, and estimates indicate as many as half of people diagnosed will die, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Your sweetheart's gifts can be good for your heart
Did you know that your sweetheart’s gifts of wine and chocolate can be good for your heart? In fact, these traditional indulgences may bring sweet rewards for health, within moderation.
Tips for easing cold and flu symptoms
If the flu comes to call this season, send nasty symptoms packing quicker with tricks recommended by medical professionals.
Tips for adding more activity to your routine
Fitting exercise into a busy schedule can seem like a daunting task, but it can be easier than you think. Here are seven easy tips.
What's a 'normal' menstruation symptom anyway?
How do you know if the premenstrual cycle symptoms you’ve been experiencing are just the "norm" or due to an underlying, more serious issue?
Stretch your dollars, not your waistband
Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy doesn’t always mean you’ll see a spike in your grocery bill.
Dr. Tori Asbury of Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine in Leland, North Carolina, offered some tips for eating healthy on a budget.
Deciding whether your daughter should begin seeing a gynecologist
For girls, "becoming a woman" could mean transitioning from pediatric care to gynecology services. Here are tips for deciding whether your daughter should seek care from a gynecologist.
Tips for more silent nights and a blissful new year
For new mothers over the holidays, joyous holiday decorating and entertaining may be interrupted by long to-do lists, high expectations and the excitement of out-of-town guests, which can in turn interrupt breast-feeding and sleep.
For common back pain, exercise may be best
While lower back pain is very common, the approach to treat the common condition can vary and in some cases, some treatment options may not be necessary.
What every expectant parent should know
Every family and every baby is unique, so finding the right pediatric provider before a new arrival is one important way families can ease the stress of new parenthood.
Tips to exercise safely when temperatures dip
If you like to exercise outside, it’s tempting to just soldier through colder weather without changing your routine too much. However, cooler temperatures can greatly affect everything from your muscles to certain medical conditions.
Achieve your New Year's resolutions the right way
Committing to boosting your health is a great way to start 2017, but it’s important to go about achieving your New Year’s resolutions in the right way. Here are some tips for good health.
What can be expected and what is cause for concern
“The change.” Any woman knows what those two little words mean. Here's a rundown of the changes that come with midlife and resources for coping with the transition.
From symptoms to treatment of the autoimmune condition
Many aspects of multiple sclerosis (MS) are quite elusive. Dr. Matthew Carraro, a neurologist, helped clarify who is at risk for the condition, what symptoms to look for, and how it is diagnosed and treated.
Recipe ideas to keep you fit, healthy over the holidays
You work all year to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise, so the holiday festivities shouldn’t sabotage all of your hard work. Novant Health Heart & Vascular Institute has some hearty holiday recipes to help you stay on track.
Trauma team steps up to the mannequin challenge
Given their new trauma designation, the trauma care team at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center "froze a moment in time" by participating in the viral phenomenon that is the #MannequinChallenge.
Keep your spirits merry and your waistline just right this holiday season
It’s officially the season of cookies and candy canes, sugarplums and savory pies. Follow these easy tips to keep your diet and exercise on track during the holidays.
From signs and symptoms to resources for helping your family cope
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and currently, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. From signs and symptoms to resources for your family, here’s what you need to know.
Registered dietitian weighs in on benefits of ginger shots
If you've been looking to trim down, fight inflammation or boost immunity, you may have checked out ginger shots, a fiery elixir a little healthier than the usual 5 o’clock shot. But is the trend good for health, or just hype?
Recognizing the symptoms of perinatal and postpartum depression
Pregnancy and childbirth are portrayed as some of the most magical moments in a woman’s life. But what if those magic moments don’t turn out as planned? About 1 in 7 women experience significant depression following childbirth.
What's going viral this cold and flu season?
Antibiotics are valuable and life-saving therapies for patients with bacterial infections. However, many common seasonal illnesses, including the common cold, are caused by viruses which cannot be treated with antibiotics.
Relocating to a new area? Here's what you need to know
When you begin preparing to relocate to a new city, your checklist probably seems ever-growing. Make sure you don't forget to add finding a new primary care provider to your list of things to do.
Keep the pests away from your kids
Head lice are every parent’s nightmare. Not only do those words conjure images of dirtiness, they also inspire dread about the process of treatment and disinfestation. Here's what you need to know to treat for lice and keep them away.
Disorder ails millions of women and can be difficult to diagnose
Endometriosis is a painful, gynecological condition that affects about 5 million women in the United States. And while there is no known cure for the chronic disorder, there are treatment options.
Why treatment and survivorship require a team approach
This year, more than 60,000 people in the U.S. will develop head and neck cancer, according to the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute. A team approach to treatment and survivorship is key.
The top five flu shot myths debunked
Misconceptions surrounding influenza vaccinations can be as rampant and hard to fight as the virus itself. Each year, an average of 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with the flu.
So many TV shows, so little time
While millennials have a reputation for being super health-conscious, they also log a staggering number of hours in front of the TV. Here’s a list of five health care life hacks for millennials looking to better balance their health and hobbies.
How stress can impact your heart
Believe it or not, suffering from a broken heart is a real condition. Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that's often brought on by stressful situations. Extreme stress can cause the condition.
Dangerous growing trend among college students
A new, troubling trend called “drunkorexia” has emerged across college campuses, leaving many parents concerned about their students’ safety.
Natural ways to control high blood pressure
Medication to treat high blood pressure may not have to be a patient’s second phase of treatment. There are natural ways to lower blood pressure that patients may not be aware of.
Improved awareness, treatment can save lives
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death due to gynecologic cancers in the United States and it’s also the fifth-leading cause of cancer death among American women. But with early detection, the disease can be successfully treated.
Protect your child from these injuries
Parents and caregivers can play a lifesaving role in protecting children from injuries. Dr. Sara Steelman, medical director for Novant Health Hemby Children’s Emergency Department, discussed common pediatric injuries and how to avoid them.
Pregnancy and the importance of drinking enough water
Dr. Nicholas Bodenheimer of Novant Health OB/GYN in Bolivia, North Carolina, said staying hydrated during pregnancy is critical, especially during the second and third trimesters.
5 ways your smartphone can impact your health
Nearly two-thirds of Americans own smartphones and 46 percent of those people say they “couldn’t live without” their smartphone. While smartphones can make life easier and more convenient, there are some downsides to consider.
Is your child ready to go back to school?
If you have a child going back to school this month, you’ll want to make sure they are up-to-date on any immunizations their school requires.
How athletes of all levels can play tennis safely
It's important for tennis players of all skill levels to pay attention to their bodies when playing. Novant Health orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Schweppe provides tips to avoid common tennis injuries.
You'll want to keep these things in mind
As important as it is to make sure children are academically prepared for the school year, it is equally important to make sure they are healthy. From elementary school to college, here are some things you need to know to keep your children healthy.
Why you should have your sports physical with your primary care provider
If your child plays sports, you’ll want to make sure they are physically ready to compete when school starts. Sports physicals are required by law and play a crucial role in preventing dangerous sports injuries.
Tips for packing a nutritious meal every day
Starting school again means a lot of changes in your routine with homework, sports, after-school activities and more.
One area sometimes overlooked by parents: making sure your child eats healthy at lunch.
What does it mean to have a high-risk pregnancy?
Expecting a child is one of the most exciting times in a parent’s life, but it can be frightening if a pregnancy is considered high risk.
Emergency care for the smallest of patients
Parents know a lot when it comes to their kids, like how to make a boo-boo all better. For more serious injuries or illnesses, consider the Novant Health Hemby Children's Emergency Department.
Begin annual breast screenings at 40
Detecting cancer early has known benefits including the possibility of less-expensive and less-invasive treatments.
Radiation therapy treatment option for some skin cancers
Doctors at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center are using a new technique to treat nonmelanoma skin cancer. The procedure uses a device called a Leipzig applicator to deliver radiation directly to the cancerous lesion.
Identifying and treating melanoma
Your skin has a big job to do, protecting you against heat and sunlight, guarding against injury and infection, regulating temperature and so much more. That’s why skin cancer, the most common type of cancer, presents such a threat to your health.
Tips for celebrating your Fourth safely
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that on average, 230 people a day go to the emergency room with injuries from fireworks during the month of July. Here are some tips for avoiding fireworks-related injuries over the holiday.
New studies raise questions on how best to treat high blood pressure
New studies on managing high blood pressure are throwing into question the current guidelines held medical associations and practiced by health care providers.
Take the guess-work out of your skin care regimen
Establishing a skin care routine that works for you can be a guessing game. With so many products and options available, it can be hard to know if you are making the right decision. From routine to hygiene, here’s what you need to know.
A good night's sleep can help maintain good health
Chances are you’re not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. That’s the case for more than one-third of American adults, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What breast tomosynthesis is and what to expect
Whether you’ve had a mammogram previously or just turned 40 and want to think through your options for annual screenings, you should consider 3-D mammography, also called digital breast tomosynthesis.
Bring out your best with a healthy diet
Your diet can say a lot about your health. When it comes to premature death and disease, a poor diet ranks as one of the top risk factors, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Why you should watch your sodium intake
A recent study found that nearly all Americans consume more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet. Data show that more than 90 percent of Americans consume too much sodium, which can increase heart disease risk.
For every minute a stroke is left untreated, up to 2 million brain cells die
A stroke happens when a blockage or abnormality in an artery causes a lack of blood flow to the brain. When it comes to treating stroke, minutes matter.
Don't let headaches ruin your life
Nearly everyone at some point has experienced a headache. The World Health Organization estimates that 47 percent of adults have experienced a headache in the past year.
However, not all headaches are the same.
Study questions heart health of vegetable oils
An old study on saturated fat may throw conventional wisdom on its head. However, our expert discusses flaws in the dietary study findings from more than 40 years ago that recently resurfaced.
Less-invasive treatment options can improve a woman's quality of life
According to a study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, it is estimated that by 2050, 43.8 million American women will experience at least one pelvic floor disorder. Here's what you need to know.
Sweet Retreat campaign helps with curbing sugar cravings
It’s well-known that too much sugar is not healthy. But did you know that sugar hides in many foods that you may not realize? Novant Health is offering a virtual program to help people cut added sugar from their diets.
Discussing the importance of vaccines on World Immunization Day
According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 5 children is still missing out on routine lifesaving immunizations. These immunizations could help prevent diseases that result in 1.5 million deaths each year.
Sensory processing disorder is a real problem
Is your child an especially picky eater? Does your son or daughter get upset about the clothes you pick out for him or her? Parents may assume the child is acting out, but it may be actually be a sign of an underlying issue.
Recognizing suicide warning signs and risk factors
Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. That trend appears to be getting worse, according to new data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 1999 and 2014, the suicide rate rose by 24 percent overall.
Determining if you have an allergy can be tricky
More than 50 million Americans have allergies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s also the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States with an annual cost of $18 billion.
What you should and should not bring to the hospital
Preparing for an overnight hospital stay can be stressful and overwhelming. However, if you have the advantage of having time to prepare, you can improve your overall experience.
Why you should cut out sugary drinks
Americans love soft drinks. Just walk down the soda aisle of any grocery store and you’ll see a plethora of sweet, bubbly beverages in every flavor imaginable. But are these drinks the cause of many health problems?
How to know if you are at risk for gestational diabetes
If you’re expecting or planning to become pregnant in the near future, you may have questions about gestational diabetes and the related health risks.
Prevent allergies from ruining the season
It’s spring, a time known for fresh starts – and also for allergies. If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffers from seasonal allergies, spring can make you miserable. Here are tips to help manage your symptoms.
One athlete's journey to the NYC Marathon
In the U.S., over 19 million people complete organized running events each year. As a result, sports and orthopedic specialists, primary care physicians and physical therapists are seeing an increase in running-related injuries.
Tips for choosing your primary care physician
There are some important things to look for when choosing a primary care physician. Dr. Aram Alexanian of Novant Health Lakeside Family Physicians in Huntersville, North Carolina, shared some key characteristics to keep in mind.
Genetic counseling: A first step in determining hereditary probability
Anyone who worries about developing cancer due to a family history of the disease may want to consider genetic counseling to help prevent and detect cancer early.
Common virus may increase risk of cardiovascular event
Shingles flare-ups hurt, but now new research finds that they can also increase your short-term risk of heart attack and stroke following the virus’ outbreak.
Many Latinos with high cholesterol not managing condition
Half of adults who could benefit from cholesterol-reducing drugs that lower the risk of heart attack and stroke are not using them, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Heart attacks, strokes leading cause of death in US
Heart disease has long been known to be the leading cause of death in the United States. Now, a new study shows that heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular disease kill in 1 in 3 Americans.
One patient’s experience with a new program to treat concussions
Logan Kirkpatrick, a 12-year-old from Waxhaw, North Carolina, and his parents experienced firsthand the challenges associated with managing the symptoms of a concussion.
How safe are over-the-counter drugs?
Chances are if you’ve had a cold, a headache, muscle pain, heartburn or allergies, you’ve taken an over-the-counter medication to help you feel better. But there are risks associated with taking the nonprescription medicines in some instances.
Exercise trends and how to avoid common injuries
Finding a workout that works for you can be daunting. There are lots of exercise options for the 21 percent of adults who receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
Do supplements make you healthier?
Should you take multivitamins for your health? Half of all Americans take a daily multivitamin or other type of vitamin supplement, according to a Gallup poll. U.S. vitamin sales total nearly $12 billion annually.
Partner with your pharmacist to better manage chronic conditions
Many chronic conditions are preventable or manageable. By establishing a long-term relationship with a pharmacist, patients can greatly improve their outcomes.
What’s the difference? And why does it matter?
It’s that time of year when we're all more susceptible to cold and flu viruses making the rounds. When symptoms start, it may be hard to know if you’re suffering from a cold or the flu.
Five tips for holiday toy safety
The stockings may be hung by the chimney with care, but are the toys inside safe for your kids? Here are five simple safety tips to help keep the holidays injury-free.
A look at the most common golf-related injuries
With proper technique and conditioning, golf is a sport you can play for a lifetime. But if you don’t know what you’re doing, golf can also be the culprit to back, shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries.
Tips on how and when to make donations
Where should you give and how much is enough? Here are some tips on how and when to give.
8 tips to keep your spirits merry and your waistline just right
A festive holiday spirit doesn’t mean you have to reach for your fat pants. Follow these eight easy tips to keep your diet and exercise on track during the holidays.
Proper form, fit can prevent common cycling injuries
An estimated 80 million people in the U.S. use bicycles for commuting, recreation or sport. However, studies show large numbers of these enthusiasts experience pain and injuries from cycling.
The far-reaching, collateral damage the disease causes if left untreated
From head to toe, the list of possible diabetes complications is a long one, but with help from your doctor it doesn’t have to be so scary.
Why you should develop a birth plan and what to include
Expecting a new arrival to the family can be overwhelming and developing a solid birth plan is essential to planning and preparing for your little one.
HPV infections causing oral, throat cancer
In the past, oral cancer was typically caused by smoking or drinking. Not anymore. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is now the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer, or cancer that develops at the base of the tongue, tonsils, soft palate and throat.
Family history vital in determining breast cancer risk
Around 55 to 65 percent of women who inherit a harmful BRCA1 gene mutation and around 45 percent of women who inherit a harmful BRCA2 mutation will develop breast cancer by age 70. These statistics are leading more women to consider genetic testing.
Simple lifestyle changes to make today
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common condition that can lead to serious complications if untreated. Follow these tips to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
How to know it's time to pay your provider a visit
Everyone feels a little out of sorts every now and then. Perhaps you feel dizzy, out of breath, fatigued or have a strange tweak of pain. When do you call your doctor for a visit without thinking that you’re behaving like a hypochondriac?
What you should know about prostate cancer
Almost 14 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime. But many men don’t get screened or don’t know they are at risk.
The benefits of exercising during pregnancy
Expecting moms may be eating for two, but Dr. Richard Thompson of Novant Health OB/GYN wants his patients to remember that they should be exercising for two, as well.
Tips to maximize your health care spending
While fewer Americans are skipping medical care based on cost, it's no surprise people are looking for ways to reduce their medical bills. Here are some tips to stretch your health care dollars.
Tips for packing a nutritious meal every day
September is Fruit & Veggies – More Matters Month, and its goal is to help focus the public’s attention on eating more fruits and vegetables.
More Americans care for an ailing parent
As America ages, the likelihood that you or someone you know will become a caregiver to a relative with Alzheimer’s disease is also growing. In fact, an estimated 5.3 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s.
College students at risk for contracting infections
From improper handwashing to compact living conditions, colleges have become a hotbed for bacteria and germs.
Robotic-assisted surgery saves lives, improves outcomes
Ten days after Joycelynn Phillips had surgery to remove her Fallopian tubes and her right ovary, she returned to work. Gone are the days when women would spend weeks upon weeks recovering in the hospital following surgery.
How hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help speed the healing process
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive method of speeding up the healing process. Read about this valuable therapy and how it's used for certain medical conditions.
Protecting newborns from medical-record mishaps
Naming your baby is a big decision. Some parents name their new baby sometimes days after birth. A recent study reinforces the importance for hospitals to protect unnamed newborns from wrong-patient errors.
Why it's important to be honest with your doctor
If you’ve ever second-guessed telling your doctor something, this article is for you. Communication is critical in building a strong relationship with your provider.
Study examines causes of concussions in youth soccer
As interest in youth soccer has grown, so has the number of concussions in young players. A new study looked at the number and cause of concussions among soccer players.
Four tips for easing your child’s back-to-school worries
Whether your child is a kindergartener or returning student, the first day of school can be both stressful and exciting. Fortunately, there are ways to battle the butterflies and make an easier transition back-to-school.
The dangers of overhydration
Staying properly hydrated is essential, especially as summer temperatures continue to rise. But can having too much of a good thing be that serious?
Caregiver recharge: Managing stress, time and health
If you’re caring for a sick spouse, child or parent, you know how taxing it can be to shoulder that responsibility. It’s important that as a caregiver you take the time you need to recharge and remain well.
What parents can do (the answer may surprise you)
You probably know them as nervous tics: repetitive shoulder shrugging, nose wrinkling, head twitching, throat clearing, eye blinking and more. And when your child suddenly starts doing one, it can be cause for concern.
You'll want to keep these things in mind
As important as it is to make sure children are academically prepared for the school year, it is equally important to make sure they are healthy. Here are some things you need to know to keep your children healthy through the school year.
Be one with nature while playing it safe this summer
Whether you’re camping in the woods, hiking in an exotic locale or simply exploring close to home, a few tips can ensure you stay safe while enjoying the wilderness.
The lowdown on what happens to your body after you deliver
Dr. Laura Ramsay of Novant Health WomanCare in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and new mom herself, explained what you should expect after you’ve delivered.
From sunscreen to UPF clothing, our expert weighs in
Tank tops, shorts, sundresses and bikinis – however you choose to brave summer’s blistering temps, make sure you play it safe with all that time spent outside in the sun.
What else is swimming in the pool besides you?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released information that a strong chlorine smell is actually a warning sign that the chemicals aren’t as effective as they should be.
How to eat healthy and keep foods safe this summer
These simple steps can keep your diet on track for those summer cookouts.
Splish and splash safely all summer long
There’s nothing like cooling off from summer’s heat in a swimming pool, lake, river or the ocean. But before you hit the water, make sure you – and your children – know how to stay safe.
How to protect yourself from ticks and mosquitos
A recent study found just over half of people routinely take preventive measures to reduce their risk of being bitten by ticks when it’s warm outside.
Clearing up the confusions
Diabetes is a disease that is frequently misunderstood by parents, particularly when it comes to their young children.
Celebrating the holiday safely
Celebrating America’s Independence Day is synonymous with backyard barbeques and fireworks. But people need to be careful when handling the colorful pyrotechnics.
Steamy summer sets off spike in snake and spider bites
Record high temperatures and dry weather mean more encounters with snake and spiders.
Reduce your chances of heat stroke, exhaustion
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are highly preventable with a little precaution and an awareness of the warning signs.
Doctors weigh in on the dangers of self-diagnosing using the Internet
Do you often search the Internet and self-diagnose health concerns rather than visit a real doctor? You’re not alone.
Superfoods you should know about
What exactly is a superfood and which ones are worth adding to your diet?
Recognizing your diabetes risk by the numbers
Understanding your diabetes risk and managing the condition is all about knowing the numbers – your blood sugar numbers.
How to manage forgetfulness during pregnancy
Forgetfulness and absent-mindedness are such common complaints among pregnant women that they’ve been assigned nicknames such as “pregnesia,” “baby brain” and “momnesia.”
What type of contraception is best for you?
These days, picking out birth control is almost like shoe shopping. You have to find the right fit for your lifestyle and decide what’s most comfortable for where you’re heading.
Not all fat is bad
Not all fats are created equal nor is shunning fat in your diet good for your health or your waistline.
Is it a cold or allergies?
You’re feeling under the weather. You’re congested, are sneezing and have a runny nose. How do you tell whether it’s a cold or a seasonal allergy?
Fatigue and weight gain culprit or convenient scapegoat?
Your thyroid may be a small body part, but it plays a big role in how you look and feel every day.
Know where to go for care
Knowing what type of medical care you need in different situations is often the best way to get the appropriate treatment in a timely manner and at the lowest cost.
Choosing smart snacks at work
A nutrition study found Americans are snacking more frequently now than they did 20 years ago and are taking in about 24 percent of their calories from snacks. Read about healthier snacking options.
CDC expects a bad allergy season
Spring is officially here and so is allergy season. If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, this spring may make you miserable.
Doctor stresses importance for older men to be screened for colon cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the third most common cancer nationwide. And while the cancer affects men and women equally, men are less likely to get screened.
Protecting your family from pet diseases
Many pets can get diseases carried by fleas or exposure to other pets that are sick and then pass them along to family members. Here are tips to protect your family and furry friends.
A closer look at what causes infertility
Couples struggling with infertility can feel lonely, especially when it seems like every other couple they know is expecting a baby.
Certified nurse midwives offer personalized model of care
Certified nurse midwives are health care professionals who are trained in both nursing and midwifery. They are licensed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Why you should drink more water
With warmer weather on its way, take this opportunity to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated. Chances are you aren’t drinking enough water daily.
Slimming down for summer? 6 diets you should avoid
With spring break just around the corner and summer on its heels, many people have a renewed energy to lose a few pounds – and fast.
Colon cancer is second leading cause of cancer-related deaths
On average, 1 in 20 Americans is at risk for developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime. What may begin as a polyp, or a growth in the tissue that lines the inner surface of the colon or rectum, can become a serious condition.
What you need to know if you are expecting
High blood pressure problems occur in 6-8 percent of all pregnancies. Dr. Elizabeth Lavery explains different types of high blood pressure women may experience while pregnant.
7 ways to de-stress from life's challenges
There are many things that we can do to help ourselves become more resilient and capable of dealing with life's challenges, including these seven ways to de-stress.
Heart disease risk factors you need to know
Read about the seven most common risk factors for heart disease and find out what you can do to reduce their impact.
Fiber protects against chronic disease
Diets high in fiber can help prevent chronic disease and extend your life, according to a recent study.
February is American Heart Month
February is all about hearts. Whether it’s defined by Cupid’s bow, a box of chocolates, Valentine’s Day or simply the color red, the month is the celebration of the heart.
Tips on how to restrain your inner cookie monster
Sugar is in more foods than you might expect and should be consumed in moderation with a healthy diet.
Radon causes lung cancer
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking. This odorless, colorless, tasteless gas is responsible for 20,000 deaths in this country every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
6 things to eliminate from your diet today
Most people have a rough idea of what’s healthy to eat and what isn’t. But where do you start? What items really need to go?
Breaking down the do’s and don’ts in pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, particularly for the first time, you’ll likely get plenty of unsolicited advice and hear lots of old wives’ tales. Some of the advice may be pretty sound. And some of it is complete nonsense.
Sitting too long linked to chronic disease
Might want to sit down for this – or better yet, don’t. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that too much sitting for prolonged periods of time is a killer, even if you exercise regularly.
Make the most of your health care dollars
No matter the size of your budget, these five tips can help you keep your body and your wallet healthy in 2017.
Preventing sports-related overuse injuries
Finding a sport you enjoy is half the battle in staying physically active. However, without proper precautions, too much of a good thing might put you at risk for overuse injuries.
Achieve your New Year's resolutions the right way
Dr. Eric Warren of Novant Health Waxhaw Family & Sports Medicine provided some simple tips to make sure you start your road to good health in 2015 on the right foot.
Why it’s important to diagnose this progressive lung disease to live your best life possible
Twelve million American’s have been diagnosed with COPD and experts estimate that just as many are living with symptoms but are undiagnosed.
Signs, symptoms and when to seek medical care
Knowing the signs and symptoms of concussions can help athletes, coaches and parents determine when to remove an athlete from play to prevent further complications.
Top 10 weight loss tips to use today
Belly won’t budge? Skinny jeans won’t slide on? Here are 10 favorite tips you can start using today to keep your weight in check and find a healthier you.
Helpful hints on how to reduce your breast cancer risk
There are several other things women can do to make sure their breasts are healthy. Here are eight helpful tips from Dr. Nicole Abinanti.
Understanding when primary, urgent or emergency care is the best option
Knowing what type of medical care to seek in different situations is often the best way to get the appropriate treatment in a timely manner.
What you need to know
Quick facts about this preventable condition.
Follow these post-race tips to feel your best
Do your body a favor and follow these post-race tips for a successful recovery.
Pack your holiday full of fun, less sugar
Making your holiday healthier doesn’t mean you have to skimp on fun.