Prevent Measles Infection: Check Immunity Before Traveling Abroad

If your future vacation plans take you abroad, make sure you check with your doctor to see if you need to be vaccinated for measles. A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that more than half of U.S. travelers who were not considered immune skipped the measles vaccine despite the risk of infection. Many […]

Parents Underestimate Drowning Risks for Kids, Poll Suggests

As the weather warms up just enough for kids to jump in the pool, a new national poll suggests some parents may underestimate drowning risks. Most parents surveyed in the poll felt uncomfortable letting their child swim unsupervised in a lake or the ocean, however, more than one-third were OK with letting their child swim […]

Local Strawberry Farms Combine Nutrition, Exercise

With rows of red strawberries ready to be picked, local farms offer a sweet opportunity to combine a little exercise and healthy eating. Strawberries contain powerful nutrients. Each bite boasts vitamin C, folate, fiber and potassium. One cup of these beauties has only 50 calories and gives your body 160 percent of the recommended Daily Value of vitamin C. Vitamin […]

Stroke Prevention: Know Risk Factors, Make Healthy Choices

Knowing that brain cells die every minute, Dr. John R. Baker and his neurointerventional team work as quickly as possible on every stroke patient they treat to restore oxygen to the brain. Advanced imaging and technology enable Dr. Baker to remove blood clots, repair blood vessels in the brain and stop bleeding. At Bon Secours […]

Spring into Fitness: Set Goals

By Aaron McKissick, sports performance coordinator at Bon Secours In Motion Spring, what a great time of year! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. Once spring arrives, we tend to start changing up our routine, tidying the house and getting things in order. Yet too often the […]

Prevent Skin Cancer: Get Screened Annually

Screening for skin cancer takes only 10 minutes but the benefits could last your lifetime. The key to treating skin cancer is to find it early. That’s when all forms of skin cancer – including melanoma – the deadliest form – are highly treatable. “One of the best things people can do is get an […]

Flu Shot Study Shows Major Benefits for Kids

All the tears and pleas that parents put up with to make sure their kids get a flu shot appear to be worth it. A new federal study shows that flu vaccination significantly reduces a child’s risk of dying from influenza. In fact, getting a flu shot cut the risk of dying from flu-related complications […]

Knead Your Stress to Go Away

Lack of energy. Feeling depressed. Difficulty sleeping. If your health provider chalks up these symptoms to stress in your life, massage therapy may be one strategy for relief. Massage therapy should never replace standard medical care; however, scientific evidence shows that it may help with back pain and can improve the quality of life for […]

Painful Walking May Signal Peripheral Arterial Disease

A daily walking habit for 30 minutes is one of the easiest steps you can take to improve your health. Not only does it reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, walking also decreases your risk for certain cancers and osteoporosis. You can improve your blood pressure, blood sugar and blood […]

Poor Diet Linked to Early Death

When you’re planning meals, grocery shopping or perusing a restaurant menu, are you wondering which foods might help you live longer? It’s not such a far-fetched question when you consider the results of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. About half of all U.S. deaths from heart disease, stroke […]