Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions currently in effect.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
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March 20, 2019

*Parts of this blog post were taken from our original blog post, written by Jim Helm and James Perciaccante, MD. Parents and caregivers recognize the importance and impact that developmental care has on the health and development of premature babies. The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) is an approach to providing developmentally supportive care to infants …

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March 19, 2019

As we celebrate National Certified Nurses Day and our 41.26% of WakeMed Nurses who hold specialty certifications, I want to share some resources that can support your own certification journey and thank the WakeMed Foundation and employee donors who help support these efforts each year. Because of dollars donated to the Helton Scholarship Endowment & …

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March 12, 2019

This is National Sleep Awareness Week, and this year’s theme “Begin with Sleep” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their goals. Below, we share some signs that you may be sleep deprived. 8 Signs You May Be Sleep Deprived #1 – You have trouble remembering things. When your body …

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March 12, 2019

When it comes to concussions, how much do you know? Test your knowledge of concussions with these interesting myths and facts related to concussions. MYTH: Helmets are an effective way to prevent concussions. FACT: Concussions occur when the brain shakes inside the skull. The brain is surrounded by fluid and has space to move around, …

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March 08, 2019

Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and support the millions of Americans impacted by brain injury. The theme for the 2018-2019 awareness campaign is Change Your Mind. Every nine seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. …

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March 06, 2019

As an Ob-Gyn, among the most devastating news I can share with my patient is that they are experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth. What is a miscarriage? A miscarriage is any pregnancy loss that occurs during the first 20 weeks of the pregnancy, which is around the 5th month.  Even though there is some awareness …

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March 04, 2019

If you have an allergy that occurs over several seasons, you may be allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi. Molds live everywhere. Upsetting a mold source can send the spores into the air. Mold and mildew are fungi. They are different from plants or animals in how they reproduce and grow. The …

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March 02, 2019

WakeMed has long been a leader in cardiovascular care. Below, Dr. Helton recalls some of this rich history. 50+ Years of Heart Surgery WakeMed began its esteemed tradition of providing high-quality and highly advanced heart care during WakeMed’s first decade.  The first open-heart surgery was performed at WakeMed (then known as Wake Memorial) on March 2, …

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March 01, 2019

Death. This topic is never something easy to talk about openly, and it seems to become even more taboo when speaking about children dying. As a certified Child Life Specialist at WakeMed Children’s I am thrown into that topic, and in fact, it’s part of my job to go through it with patients and families. Who …

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March 01, 2019

A concussion is caused by a blow to the head. It is basically an energy problem in the brain.  The active areas of the brain are not getting the right amount of energy where and when they need it. A professional trained in concussion management will be able to help you identify the areas impacted for you or your …

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February 28, 2019

You may have heard that the American Heart Association recently made a change to blood pressure guidelines.   This important change is the first in 14 years and reflects the results of several long-term studies (including the SPRINT study) which show that there are lower rates of cardiovascular events when blood pressure is controlled to lower …

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February 28, 2019

Heart surgery is serious business – and the decision to undergo surgery is rarely taken lightly. If circumstances allow you to choose a surgeon or where to have heart surgery, it’s critical to do your homework. So, what do you look for in a hospital when considering heart surgery?  We’re glad you asked – here …

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February 27, 2019

Broccoli Pizza Crust (gluten free) Serves 4 View a printable version of this recipe. INGREDIENTS 2 heads broccoli, blanched 4 eggs ¾ cup Parmesan cheese 2 tsp Italian seasoning 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 pinch salt Desired toppings, precooked DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400?F. In a food processor, pulse the …

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February 25, 2019

Many patients and families worry about a difficult recovery process when heart surgery has been recommended. However, new protocols are taking the field by storm resulting in less pain, fewer complications, and faster recovery than ever seen before. Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery ERAS Cardiac stands for Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery. ERAS is an innovative …

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February 20, 2019

The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymph vessels and nodes throughout the body.  It connects to the circulatory system and is responsible for the body’s ability to fight infections. Lymph vessels travel the same route as blood vessels. The system can become overloaded with lymph fluid due to excessive fluid, missing/removed lymph nodes/vessels, …

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February 20, 2019

In the United States, 80% or more of pregnancies among adolescents age 15 to 19 years are unintended. National surveys report that ? of high school students are sexually active and only ? of those reported use effective contraception. Barriers to Seeking Contraception Potential barriers might include concerns about confidentiality or cost as well as …

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February 20, 2019

Asian Noodle Lettuce Wraps Serves 6 View a printable version of this recipe. INGREDIENTS Wraps: ½ pound spaghetti 2 large carrots 1 red bell pepper 4 ounces bean sprouts 2 large cucumbers 1 handful of scallions 1 cup fresh cilantro, rough chopped ½ head napa cabbage ½ head purple cabbage 2 cups peanuts 6 large …

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February 18, 2019

The goal of contraception is to prevent unintended pregnancy.  The unintended pregnancy rate in the United States is nearly 50%.  Fortunately, this number has decreased over recent years, in part due to increased access to contraception.  Our goal is to decrease it even more. In fact, it is one of the goals of Healthy People …

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February 13, 2019

Avocado & Black Bean Tostadas Serves 6 View a printable version of this recipe. INGREDIENTS Avocado Cream: 1 ripe avocado ¼ cup sour cream 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon cilantro, rough chopped salt & pepper to taste Salsa: 1 cup fresh tomato, diced ½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup corn, fresh …

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February 11, 2019

Many women have heard the word “pre-eclampsia,” but what exactly does it mean? What is Pre-eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is a hypertensive disorder that can occur during or immediately after pregnancy. Many women with pre-eclampsia do not have any symptoms.   Consequences of Pre-Eclampsia If left untreated, pre-eclampsia can lead to liver or kidney dysfunction and even …

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February 07, 2019

You may have heard that the American Heart Association recently made a change to blood pressure guidelines.  This important change is the first in 14 years and reflects the results of several long-term studies (including the SPRINT study) which show that there are lower rates of cardiovascular events when blood pressure is controlled to lower …

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February 06, 2019

*Makes 6 bars **Adapted from superhealthykids.com View a printable version of this recipe. Berry and White Bean Breakfast Bars INGREDIENTS Filling: 1 cup berries (fresh or frozen, thawed) 1 tablespoon chia seeds Batter: 1 (15 ounce) can white beans ½ cup unsweetened applesauce 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ cup peanut butter 1 tablespoon honey 1 …

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February 04, 2019

Pregnant with tummy troubles?  Let us explain changes to your gastrointestinal system in pregnancy, and what you can do to feel better! Battling Constipation Progesterone, a pregnancy hormone, slows down the  GI tract, which can have many unpleasant side effects.  Bloating and constipation are two frequent side effects of this.  Pressure from the pregnant uterus …

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February 04, 2019

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States at over 375,000 per year. They occur when blood flow to one of the heart’s arteries (blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with blood and nutrients) is obstructed causing loss of function of the heart tissue supplied by those arteries. What causes a heart attack? …

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January 31, 2019

Here are some tips for some “heart healthy” snacks that are sure to land a ‘touch down’ among die hard fans on Super Bowl Sunday ;) 8 Heart Healthy Snack Swaps #1 – Chicken Wings Bake wings instead of frying. Pull the skin off of the wings before baking to remove most of the fat. …

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January 28, 2019

Weight Loss Surgery for Teens: How A Comprehensive Program in Raleigh, North Carolina Helped an Overweight Adolescent Achieve Real Results You just can’t do it on your own all the time. That’s the lesson 19-year-old Olbin Andino Castro has come to learn through his weight loss journey. With the support of family, friends and his medical …

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January 24, 2019

Obesity is a serious problem in the United States. 40% of adults are obese and another 30% are overweight[1] which means that currently, the majority of our population is either overweight or obese. 19% of children are obese1. These numbers are increasing. Obesity is associated with numerous medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, …

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January 23, 2019

Recently, we sat down with Dr. Kajal Zalavadia, a bariatrician with WakeMed Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina to discuss how working with a weight loss expert can guide you to a more successful weight loss journey. Managing Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery Most patients have heard the saying to lose weight “eat less and move more” [insert …

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January 23, 2019

WakeMed is pleased to welcome Executive Chef, Adam Smith, to the team! Below, we did a little Q&A where Chef Adam chatted with us about his culinary background, entertained some fun questions, talked candidly about what inspired him to become a chef, and shared his hopes for how his new role at WakeMed will impact …

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January 22, 2019

*Makes 10 servings View a printable version of this recipe. Turkey Chili INGREDIENTS Cooking spray 1 small onion, diced 2 medium carrots, diced 1 medium zucchini (6 ounces), diced 1 clove garlic, minced 16 oz. lean ground turkey 1 (14.5 oz.) can, no-salt-added diced tomatoes 1 (28 oz.) can, no-salt-added crushed tomatoes 2 (15.25 oz.) …

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January 21, 2019

The amount of sleep you need varies based on your age. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the following is the recommended amount of sleep a child should get: Infants under 1 year: 12 – 16 hours Children 1 – 2 years old: 11 – 14 hours Children 3 – 5 years old: …

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January 18, 2019

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins View a printable version of this recipe. INGREDIENTS 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon cinnamon 2 eggs ½ cup sugar 3 tablespoons plain non-fat greek yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ cup unsalted butter ½ …

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January 15, 2019

The term “latex” refers to the protein in the sap of the Brazilian rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). It also refers to “natural rubber products” made from that sap. Latex is in many everyday products: balloons rubber bands condoms and diaphragms rubber household gloves rubber balls bandages and more Contact with these products can cause an …

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January 14, 2019

One of the most common new year’s resolutions is to quit the use of tobacco, but experts estimate less than 10 percent will be successful. Why? “There are a lot of reasons people struggle with quitting,” explains Dr. Samuel Wesonga, WakeMed Physician Practices Primary Care. “First of all, it’s really, really hard. But even more …

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January 10, 2019

The flu & other viral illnesses are currently widespread in the community; and when sick people visit our patients, they put both our staff and our patients at risk for infection. Due to the high number of flu cases in our area, we have implemented widespread visitor restrictions throughout the entire WakeMed hospital system beginning Friday, …

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January 03, 2019

The Pelvic Floor is a set of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue in the lowest part of the pelvis that provides support for a woman’s internal organs, including the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. Dr. Andrea Crane, Urogynecologist with WakeMed Physician Practices – Urogynecology, says one in four women may suffer from Pelvic Floor …

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January 03, 2019

It’s a new year and time to set (and achieve) those new year’s resolutions! Losing weight is one of the most common new year’s resolutions, but it’s one that can be very difficult to keep.  Many don’t know where to start, while others need someone to hold them accountable and to cheer them on along …

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December 31, 2018

As we enter a new year, WakeMed Primary Care recommends you take a few moments to really think about your body, how you’re feeling and what you want in 2019 when it comes to your health. Spending the time to just think about your health may help you detect problems you haven’t consciously noticed, but should probably discuss with …

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December 20, 2018

A hernia is a hole in a muscle anywhere in the abdominal wall that is either natural or due to an injury or surgery. When a hernia develops, it is important to seek medical attention.  Dr. Ian Villanueva, a surgeon with WakeMed Physician Practices – General & Bariatric Surgery, sees and treats many patients who …

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December 19, 2018

Happy New Year! This is the time that many of us focus on making New Year’s Resolutions. We often set big goals that fade away by February.  While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, only 46% are still successful six months later. So, instead of setting unreachable goals and …

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December 19, 2018

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes sudden onset of severe vomiting and diarrhea. It is spread through direct contact with an infected person, ingesting food or water that is contaminated, or touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your hands in your mouth. Interestingly, norovirus has caused many outbreaks, specifically on cruise liners. Norovirus …

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December 19, 2018

According to the Obesity Action Coalition, more than 29 percent of female North Carolinians are considered obese. Losing weight is different for women than men for several reasons. Men have more muscle mass, which burns more calories, men have faster metabolism, and there are hormonal differences.  The following is some advice for women who are …

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December 18, 2018

The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family………and food. On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. While this weight gain isn’t dramatic, research shows that it tends to stick and accumulate over the years. Below are tips to help you create a healthy balance of food, …

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December 14, 2018

The holidays can be both a joyful and stressful time of year. Families are on the go, running errands, going shopping and taking road trips to visit relatives and friends. Here are tips for keeping your kids safe during holiday travel. #1 – Everybody needs their own restraint. Make it a rule: everyone buckled, every …

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December 13, 2018

Among many other community outreach activities this fall, WakeMed provided flu vaccines to homeless and under-served individuals at area shelters as part of the ongoing Homeless Grand Round Lecture Series. Through this series, WakeMed providers offer lectures in local shelters, providing health education to hundreds of our community’s homeless residents. In the evolving world of …

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December 11, 2018

Toys typically fall into two categories in my mind. Some you look at and inherently know they are dangerous, and then there are others that you just don’t realize are dangerous until the unthinkable happens. 15 Tips to Help Your Children Play Safer Here are some good tips to keep in mind: When you get a …

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December 09, 2018

Winter weather is here and with it comes some hazards that can cause potential safety hazards.. The following are some tips to help keep you and your family safe. #1 – Prevent falls. Reduce your risk of falling by: wearing proper footwear with good traction taking slower, smaller steps holding onto railings protecting your head, …

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November 29, 2018

Myth #1 – If I quit smoking, I don’t need lung cancer screening because I’m no longer at risk for lung cancer. Based on research, lung cancer screenings are recommended for current as well as former smokers. Smoking is linked to the vast majority of lung cancer cases. However, according to the American Cancer Society, …

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November 27, 2018

Tiffany and Thomas Sinodis of Cary were over the moon in February 2017 when they found out they were expecting twins. But just a few months later, in May, Tiffany started experiencing complications that lead to a completely different pregnancy journey than she had planned on. After a series of tests, the OB-GYN physicians at …

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November 20, 2018

Whether you are indoors or outdoors, own a gym membership or workout at home, or plan to only use the clothes you are wearing, don’t let excuses get in your way.  Exercising daily offers a wide range of health benefits, most of which happen inside the body. You don’t have to go at it alone …

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