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Murphy Group Practice of Murphy Medical Center Celebrates “Healthy Heart Month”

Murphy Group Practice of Murphy Medical Center is celebrating “Healthy Heart Month” in February. This effort, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, is to raise awareness of heart health in our communities. Janet Shively, Clinical Coordinator of Murphy Group Practice stated, “Our mission this month is to save lives by educating our patients about how they can prevent heart disease.”

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States for both men and women. Although typical heart attack symptoms include crushing chest pain or a feeling of heavy pressure, fullness or squeezing in the chest, these are not the only symptoms that may indicate a cardiac event, particularly in women.

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to cervical cancer services in North Carolina

A new online resource is available to help connect women and adolescents to life-saving cervical cancer-related services.

The NC Cervical Cancer Resource Directory (http://www.ccresourcedirectory.org/) includes county-specific information on where uninsured or underinsured women can go to find screening, or Pap test, services. The site also has information on HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination, answers to frequently asked questions and additional resources.

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Four nurses, Vicki Dalton, RN, Laura Doolittle, RN, Lyndie Cowan, RN, and Diane Stanley, RN, from Angel Home Health and Hospice recently completed a two-day ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) training course sponsored by The Charles George VA Medical Center. This specialty training specifically addresses the unique palliative care and end of life needs of veterans. Palliative care is interdisciplinary care for people with serious diseases, and focuses on working with patients and their families to manage complex symptoms, help them cope with the stress of illness, and improve their quality of life.

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MedWest Health System is sponsoring a series of “Look Good … Feel Better” workshops in 2012 for women undergoing treatment for cancer.

The free workshops are American Cancer Society programs facilitated by trained cosmetologists and offered in partnership with the National Cosmetology Association, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and Med-West-Harris hospital in Sylva.

Participants will learn how to care for changes in their skin and hair that may occur during medical treatment, and improve their overall self-image and appearance.

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