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November 17, 2017

Are you or someone you know a smoker? Have you given any thought as to how smoking impacts your life or the lives of those you love? This week the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout – an event that challenges people to stop using tobacco products – took place, and we encourage all smokers and …

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November 17, 2017

Sometimes, it’s obvious when to head to the emergency room, but other times, it can be more difficult to tell. The following are some tips to help you decide whether you need to head to the emergency room, the nearest urgent care location or your primary care doctor. Conditions Typically Treated by a Primary Care …

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November 17, 2017

You’re sick and you figure it’s probably just a cold so you don’t need to go see your doctor, right? Well, the flu and the common cold are both caused by viruses and they have similar symptoms. The flu is usually more severe and can cause death in certain vulnerable populations like the immunocompromised, elderly …

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November 17, 2017

My name is Shanda Smallwood, and I am a proud mother of a former 24-weeker.  It gives me great joy to share a little of our story. On November 7, 2014, I called my doctor and informed her that something wasn’t feeling right, as every 10 to 15 minutes, I was getting a throbbing feeling …

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November 16, 2017

These lighter Thanksgiving swaps are sure to leave you deliciously satisfied without the guilt. Give them a try! View a printable version of these recipes. Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast Prep Time: 20 m | Total Time: 1 h 10 m INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for pan 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 3 cloves …

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November 16, 2017

Shin splints are one of the most common types of injury to the leg. While it’s most commonly found among runners, it can also occur in other sports and activities that involve a lot of running, such as: basketball, track & field, and soccer. 3 Facts About Shin Splints #1 – Repetitive stress is a …

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November 14, 2017

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a widespread problem that has been estimated to affect up to 40% of women. It has far-reaching effects on a woman’s life, which may include impaired body image and self-worth, as well as relationship discord. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of women seek medical attention. Female sexual function – what …

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November 13, 2017

September 27, 2016, was a day Kelly and David Divine will never forget. Their son, Stanton, was hit by a car walking home from a bible study and was being transported to WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department. Compassionate Care During a Period of Uncertainty When Kelly and David arrived, they were greeted by Tim Garner, MD, …

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November 13, 2017

Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. [source] World Prematurity Day aims to raise awareness of the challenges and burdens of preterm birth globally and improve the situation of preterm babies and their families. History of World Prematurity Day World Prematurity Day always falls on November …

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November 09, 2017

A healthy diet and routine exercise are key to a healthy lifestyle and success. In this blog post, we dive into the topics of: Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Cholesterol Blood Glucose & Diabetes High Blood Pressure At least one out of three Americans suffers from high blood pressure. Often referred to as the “silent killer,” many …

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November 08, 2017

Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be difficult because many of the symptoms can be the onset of something else.  That’s why it’s important to see a physician to ensure you get the correct diagnosis. What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain throughout the body accompanied by the following one or more of …

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November 08, 2017

If you are like most Americans, you have experienced that burning feeling you get when you have heartburn.  But when those symptoms persist, you have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). So what is GERD?  Often referred to as acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the esophagus. When this backwash …

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November 08, 2017

While many of us will experience aches and pains in our knees as we age, almost all knee issues are related to the degenerative process or osteoarthritis. What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the wearing away of the cartilage on the ends of the thigh and/or shin bone. While it is part of the aging process, …

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November 08, 2017

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located in the neck. It makes 2 hormones, T3 & T4. The thyroid hormones are made by the thyroid gland in response to another hormone called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). TSH is made by our main hormone control center, the pituitary gland, which is located in the …

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November 08, 2017

Talk about whole grains! Wheat berries contain the bran, germ, and endosperm of the wheat kernel, which means that it packs a punch when it comes to fiber and protein. Wheat berries also contain a ton of B vitamins, making it a nutritious and delicious addition to any salad, side dish or soup. Below, we share …

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November 03, 2017

The combined expertise of two renowned heart programs means more options for heart care right here in Wake County. Heart Care Plus+ brings together all of the heart services, providers and facilities of WakeMed and Duke Health into a single heart service. This collaboration delivers highly coordinated cardiovascular care, a broader scope of services and greater value and affordability …

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November 01, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 1, 2017) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is proud to announce a partnership with HIFU Prostate Services, LLC, the leading provider of HIFU technology to physician practices in the United States. The partnership brings HIFU to WakeMed Cary Hospital facility, treating men with localized prostate cancer. Read the full press release here.

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October 27, 2017

WakeMed NICU babies are in for a special Halloween surprise, thanks to the skills of a few parents and the fundraising efforts led entirely by former WakeMed NICU mom, Amanda Walker. Below, Amanda shares her NICU story and how these loving donations are making a big impact in the lives of our tiniest patients and their …

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October 26, 2017

Ankle sprains occur as a result of a twisting injury to the ankle in which the ligaments that connect the ankle bones (fibula and/or tibia) to the foot bones (talus) are stretched or torn either partially or completely. Types of Ankle Sprains There are different classification systems for ankle sprains. All of these systems are based …

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October 25, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Below, Dr. Lori Lilley discusses frequently asked questions related to mammograms and breast cancer screenings. Have a question you’d like to ask Dr. Lilley? Email us and reference this blog post. We’ll compile your questions and answer them in a future blog post. #1 – When should I start …

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October 25, 2017

Halloween offers lots of spooky fun, but it also brings potential safety hazards. Here are some tips to prevent a real scare, and keep trick-or-treaters safe every step of the way. #1 – Choose kid-friendly pumpkin decor. Decorate pumpkins with kid-friendly art supplies — markers, glitter glue or paint — and leave the pumpkin carving to an adult. …

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October 23, 2017

On the way to work one day, just over the rise in the hill, I came upon an accident. There was a truck in the road and traffic in the oncoming lane. There was no way to avoid it. I crashed right into the truck that was in the road. EMS was quickly on the …

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October 19, 2017

Menopause. The change that every woman knows is coming. With these tips, you can be prepared and know what to expect so you can go through the change like a pro. What is Menopause? It is the cessation of menstruation for 12 or more months in the absence of any other cause. The average age …

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October 17, 2017

Heading to the North Carolina State Fair this week? The following are some quick tips to keep in mind before you go. #1 – Stay home if you’re feeling ill. Don’t take sick kids to the fair. Don’t go to the fair if you’re sick. #2 – Keep your hands away from your face. Remind …

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October 17, 2017

Parents often feel unprepared for their children to go through the normal stage of life called puberty, no matter at what age this occurs. Many are concerned that children are starting puberty at younger ages now than in the past. How do you know if your child is going through puberty TOO early? Normal Puberty …

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October 16, 2017

Advertisements on television and billboards, website warnings, and telephone calls from vague clearinghouses are some of the ways many have been exposed to the word “mesh” in pelvic surgery. Often women delay getting evaluated for their pelvic floor disorder due to the negative media and their concern that mesh may be used in their treatment. …

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October 15, 2017

It’s that time of year again where the flu, stomach bugs, allergies, germs and other illness are kicking it into high gear. However, we want to help you prevent sickness before it happens! Use our handy checklist below for better health this season. Infection Prevention Checklist #1 – Clean your hands. Clean your hands frequently using …

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October 13, 2017

My name is Jennifer Alexander; it was an honor to be invited to share my WakeMed testimonial. Although a tragedy occurred, our story isn’t a tragedy but a love story… the story of the greatest gift our hearts have known: the life of our son, Griffin. My testimonial also highlights our decision to donate a Cuddle …

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October 12, 2017

Robotic surgery is a form of minimally invasive abdominal surgery. It allows for complex procedures to be performed through dime size incisions in your abdomen. Gynecological surgical procedures that can be performed robotically include Myomectomy (removal of fibroids while keeping the uterus) removal of adnexal masses (ovarian cysts for example) and hysterectomy. Benefits of Robotic …

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October 11, 2017

I’m sure everyone has wondered at one time or another, why we have the strange shaped objects on the sides of our heads. Ear Positioning Matters The outer flap of the ear, called the pinna, acts as a sound gatherer, similar to a horn. The horn is pointed slightly to the front allowing the ear to …

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October 06, 2017

On October 6, the physician assistant (PA) profession celebrated its 50th birthday. It’s hard to believe that what is now a well-established, 120,000-person strong medical profession originally began as a pilot program at Duke University with just four students, who graduated on October 6, 1967. The original goal of the new program was to expand a physician’s …

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October 05, 2017

On Sunday March 19th, 2017, I had an automobile accident. A car ran through a stop sign and I hit them. I had a cracked sternum and three cracked ribs. I had both legs from the knees down to my feet injured during the crash. Being diabetic, my wife and I were concerned due to …

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October 02, 2017

I had the privilege of taking care of a lovely lady who really meant a lot to me. I felt so bad for her because she wasn’t much older than me, and after years of being (admittedly) non-compliant with her diabetes, she had now been admitted with stage 5 renal failure. She came in only …

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September 27, 2017

Those of you who attended our Ladies Day event at WakeMed North may have had a chance to try one of Chef Rob’s deliciously healthy smoothies. Well, now you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home! Below, we share three of Chef Rob’s yummy smoothie recipes. These are so simple to make, …

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September 22, 2017

September 22 is not just the first day of fall.  It is also national Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in a U.S. emergency department for a falls-related injury. Last year in our state, falls among older adults led to more than 17,000 hospitalizations. Tips to Prevent Falling in …

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September 20, 2017

This clever twist on pizza is a great way to get that extra serving of veggies while still keeping things flavorful. View a printable version of this recipe. Prep Time: 15 m | Total Time: 45 m INGREDIENTS 1 large head cauliflower 2 large eggs 1 c. shredded mozzarella, divided 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan 3 …

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September 19, 2017

*Please note, visitation restrictions on units that treat children and babies take effect across the WakeMed system on October 1, 2017. Dear patients, families and friends, During the fall, winter and early spring, viruses like Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and influenza (flu) are circulating in our communities. For most people who are healthy and older than the age of …

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September 19, 2017

Raleigh, N.C. (September 19, 2017) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals and SouthLight Healthcare announce a collaboration to better serve individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders in our community.  The WakeMed and SouthLight collaboration aims to expedite and streamline a care process to help patients with behavioral health and substance use disorders access the …

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September 13, 2017

Recently, I took care of an elderly woman who had recently moved to North Carolina from New York in the past year. She had moved here a couple of years prior, and in her old age, she wanted to be closer to family. From Homesick to Feeling at Home I asked my patient how she …

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September 13, 2017

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin-related! Recently, WakeMed dietitian, Parul Kharod, was featured in the Cary Magazine’s fall food article on pumpkin and its many nutritional benefits. Definitely check out the article in Cary Magazine’s September/October issue, out on stands now. Below, we’ve re-posted Parul’s original recipe. Give it a try at your next lunch …

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September 07, 2017

Hurricane Irma has the southeastern U.S. Atlantic coast in its sights, and Wake County, NC residents know all too well how wild weather can cause major destruction in our area. At WakeMed, we are committed to helping you and your family stay safe during inclement weather, which is why we have compiled a trusted list …

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August 31, 2017

Like most people, I didn’t even know that you could donate milk before I had a baby. One day, while scrolling through Instagram, I saw a post by a nurse who was donating her extra milk to the hospital where she worked. That sounded like an amazing idea to me and since my own freezer was …

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August 28, 2017

While cases of conjunctivitis “pink eye” are often associated with cold and flu season, it is also something that tends to crop up as children go back to school and are sharing books, food and more in classrooms. What is Pink Eye? Conjunctivitis “Pink Eye” is a highly contagious, viral infection that is spread easily. …

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August 23, 2017

The summer isn’t over just yet! Cool down with this super easy, healthy cucumber recipe. *Bonus – You can purchase locally grown, fresh cucumbers at the WakeMed Farmer’s Market. Our last Farmer’s Market is Tuesday, August 29th! View a printable version of this recipe. Prep Time: 10 m | Total Time: 20 m INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 …

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August 17, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to a solar eclipse. Depending on where you live, you may experience a total eclipse, where the moon will fully cover the sun for a few minutes. Click here to see if you’re one of the lucky ones who live in the “path …

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August 16, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, many of us will experience a rare, total solar eclipse. The following are some creative, fun and healthy space-themed snacks that are definitely out of this world! View a printable version of these recipes. Eat the Moon Space Snack Prep Time: 5 m | Total Time: 5 m INGREDIENTS Plain …

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August 15, 2017

Playgrounds are great places for kids to just be kids. However, they can also present hidden dangers if parents aren’t vigilant. In fact, roughly 45 percent of playground-related injuries are due to lack of supervision by adults. Take a look at some of these helpful tips, provided by Safe Kids, and use them to keep your …

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August 10, 2017

For most colleges around the United States, this is the time of year where students are prepping to begin their fall semester of classes. Whether it’s your first time away from home or your third time enrolling as a student, staying healthy at college can be a challenge – especially when you toss in busy …

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August 09, 2017

Green beans are one of the most versatile legumes around. Eat them raw, add them to salads, casseroles, side dishes and more. Below, we provide three different green bean recipes, plus a BONUS recipe – all of which you can make in a snap! View a printable version of these recipes. Green Bean Casserole Bundles Prep …

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August 07, 2017

Miscarriage, though very common, can be quite challenging and often devastating to expectant mothers. Below, we provide answers to common questions related to miscarriage as well as information to dispel any myths. Causes & Predictors for Miscarriage The incidence for miscarriage is approximately 8 to 20 percent in early pregnancies (less than 20 weeks). Risk …

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