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Surgery at Virginia Gay Hospital

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:03am August 18th, 2014
Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics (sometimes spelled orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedics) is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders (Wikipedia).

The Dark Side of Sun Exposure

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:13am August 15th, 2014
People enjoy the sun. Some have even worshiped it. Sunlight is essential to many living things. But sunlight also has a dangerous side. It can harm your skin and even your eyes. The good news is you can take some simple steps to protect your body from sun damage and still enjoy the sun’s healthful effects.

What is Depression?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:49am August 13th, 2014
What Is Depression? Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment.

Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:44am August 11th, 2014
How would you react to a medical emergency? When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts. Get to know the signs and symptoms of these health threats. If you think you or someone else might be having a heart attack or stroke, get medical help right away.

What is Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:07am August 8th, 2014
What is Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever? Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola HF is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus.

Chickenpox Can Be Serious. Protect Yourself and Your Child

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:23am August 6th, 2014
Most children with chickenpox completely recover. But it can be serious, even deadly, for babies, adolescents, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Get vaccinated if you are not protected against chickenpox. Chickenpox is a very contagious disease. You or your child may be at risk if you have never had chickenpox or have never been vaccinated.

Leptospirosis Risk in Outdoor Activities

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:31am August 4th, 2014
People who enjoy outdoor activities such as freshwater kayaking, rafting, canoeing or swimming may be at risk for leptospirosis. Learn how to help prevent infection and stay safe outdoors. Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria. These bacteria are carried in the urine of infected animals. If an infected animal urinates in a body of fresh water (e.

Cervical Cancer Risk Factors

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:07am August 1st, 2014
All women are at risk for cervical cancer. It occurs most often in women over age 30. Each year, about 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die from it. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that can be passed from one person to another during sex.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:01am July 30th, 2014
The five major symptoms of a heart attack are— -Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back. -Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint. -Chest pain or discomfort. -Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder. -Shortness of breath. If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, you should call 9–1–1 immediately.

Breast Cancer Survivors will meet Tuesday, August 5

By Janet Woodhouse · 2:12pm July 29th, 2014
Breast Cancer Survivors will meet Tuesday, August 5 at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and conversation at Windsor Manor in the dining room. Free will donation for the meal. For reservations please call Angie Tharp 472-2994, Lisa Staab 472-5255 or Janet Woodhouse 472-4862.

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