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Health and Wellness

In-Dependent: A Wellness Community for Military Spouses

By Erin Pesut While stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany, Leslie Brians, Michele Bradfield and Meg Gotheridge talked endlessly about fitness, food, yoga, and health and wellness trends. The three women, all military spouses, knew they weren’t alone in wanting to find healthy ways to live amid the unique challenges faced by military spouses. But there was […]

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Holistic Wellness: Power of essential oils

Relaxing with a whiff of lavender before bed is one popular way to use essential oils. But, you don’t have to stop there. These powerful elixirs have other therapeutic benefits, including beautifying your skin.  “Essential oils, which are distilled or extracted directly from plants, have the potential to boost your skincare routine—to correct a problem […]

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Dentistry: Infant Frenectomies

Many newborn infants that have trouble breast- and bottle- feeding have tongue or lip ties. These ties are caused by a structural abnormality of the frenum, the tissue that secures or restricts the motion of a mobile organ (in this case the tongue and the lip). A normal frenum is elastic and, in the case […]

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The Next Generation of Physicians

Let’s face it; healthcare is changing. The current healthcare workforce is aging and the nature of healthcare delivery systems are evolving due to insurance, medical technology and other factors. In this environment, Campbell University is committed to opening North Carolina’s second largest medical school.  In 2013, 162 first-year medical students were welcomed at Leon Levine […]

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Gastroenterology: Shear Wave Elastography

A new non-invasive procedure using ShearWave Elastography is now available at Fayetteville Gastroenterology Associates.  Dr. John E. Poulos explains, “ShearWave Elastography (SWE) has emerged as a painless non-invasive test that evaluates liver fibrosis by measuring the velocity of elastic shear waves in the liver tissue generated by a mechanical pulse.”   SWE measurements are performed in […]

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General Surgery: The Growth of Surgeries at Cape Fear Valley Health

People have surgery for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is to diagnose a problem. Other times it is to treat a disease or disorder. In many cases, the surgery can save a life.  Cape Fear Valley Health performs more than 15,000 surgeries a year, both inpatient and outpatient. That makes surgery one of the […]

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Medical Education: Cape Fear Valley Health and Campbell University Team Up

Change isn’t always easy. Just ask John Bunyasaranand. The former combat medic has seen his fair share of action and excitement, treating wounded soldiers on the battlefield. But he suddenly finds himself in medical school, learning to become a physician in a civilian world. He still wakes at dawn every day, but now sports a […]

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Women’s Health: Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, life-threatening condition that made headlines in the 1980s after the deaths of young women who used super absorbent tampons. These tampons were later removed from the market.   Toxic shock syndrome is caused by a cascade of the events initiated by the release of toxins produced by bacteria, most commonly […]

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Senior Services: Help Keep Independent Seniors Safe and on the Road

A new scratch on the bumper or avoiding activities that require leaving home are often the first signs that families should talk with their aging parents about driving. Unfortunately, those conversations are not happening enough. “The ability to drive gives seniors the freedom to do what they want, when they want—and we want to respect […]

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Educating Future Physical Therapists

Today physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility and function that has been impaired or threatened by disability, injury or disease. Research is supporting that physical therapy can help some patients avoid surgery and often reduce the need for long-term use of prescription […]

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General Medicine: Cape Fear Valley Health Earns Merits of Excellence

When it comes to healthcare, nothing matters more than quality. Obtaining high quality care during a hospital visit can mean the difference between life and death or lingering health issues versus a speedy recovery. But quality doesn’t come easily or naturally. There are approximately 5,600 hospitals in the U.S., each providing a different level of […]

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