Monthly Archives: June 2012

Coffee: The Good-for-you Brew?

Whether it’s Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Seattle’s Best or one of the hundreds of coffee makers out there, coffee is a big part of American culture. For years, researchers have been trying to determine coffee’s health effects, but studies usually end with mixed results.

But according to the latest study by the National Cancer Institute, coffee may reduce the risk of early death for those who drink three or more cups a day. Read more…

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Posture Police

Jeanie StaskoJeanie Stasko is a Health Educator for Rex Wellness Centers who blogs about fitness, exercise & overall healthy lifestyle topics.

See this photo?

Yup. We’re going back in time.

The average person spends 8 hours in front of a screen, most of which is a computer screen. Think arms stretched forward, shoulders rounded, and usually head and neck follow. Add in the fact that most people forget to adequately stretch their upper body and WHAMO, you’ve got poor posture.

The effects of bad posture go far beyond just looking awkward. Read more…

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A New Meaning to Man’s Best Friend

This story was featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Rex Healthcare Foundation’s newsletter Inspire.

Last fall, three very special certified pet therapy dogs participated in a six-month pilot program called Fur Friends. The program consisted of therapy dogs visiting with oncology patients, once a week at Rex Hospital. During the pilot, dogs visited with 47 patients providing a change of daily hospital routine, relieving stress and bringing joy and smiles to patients, visitors and co-workers. The program was an amazing success! Read more…

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Show me the Money!

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Everyone knows smoking is not good for their health. For example, it:

  • Increases risk of heart disease by 2-4 times
  • Increases stroke risk by 2-4 times
  • Increases the risk of men developing lung cancer by 23 times, women by 13 times
  • Increases the risk of dying from emphysema by 12-13 times
  • Increases the risk of leukemia, bladder cancer, cervical cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, voice box cancer, mouth/ oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer
  • Increases the risk of infertility, preterm delivery, low birth weight, SIDS

Although the list of serious, life threatening health effects goes on and on, sometimes it’s not quite enough…a little extra nudge is needed. Read more…

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10 Ways to Relieve Headaches

In the Middle Ages, the Arab surgeon and medical writer Albucasis recommended either of two treatments for severe headaches: applying a hot iron to the site of the pain or inserting a piece of garlic into an incision on the temple! Thankfully, today’s treatments are a lot easier to take, not to mention a great deal more effective. A doctor may recommend a prescription medication to treat migraines, and a number of over-the-counter remedies are available to relieve occasional headaches. Of course, if you have recurring headaches, your goal should be to treat the cause rather than medicate the symptoms instead. Try these suggestions: Read more…

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Life Throws Curveballs…Even to Ironmen

Post by Rodney Jenkins. Rodney is a Group Exercise Instructor at the Rex Wellness Center of Garner. He is also a Business teacher, a soccer coach and an athletic trainer with the Wake County Public School System. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and his graduate degree from N.C. State. He lives in Raleigh with his new bride, Angie. In his free time, Rodney enjoys traveling, hiking and outdoor photography.

Life, as they say, is full of challenges. In 2000 (at age 43) I got a doozie called Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Imagine having the ability to work a full time job, run, hike, cycle, etc. pain free then have it taken away from you and replaced with joint pain all over your body. Add in some days when you have to walk with a cane. That was my world. For almost a year, my Rheumatologist tried every available medication and nothing worked for me. Read more…


Stop These Crazy Diets Already!

Ashley HoneycuttAshley Honeycutt, RD, LDN is the Manager of Corporate and Community Services for Rex Wellness Centers. She blogs about nutrition, wellness & healthy living.

Seriously? That was the first word that came to mind when I heard about the Ketogenic Diet craze. Aka: Rapid weight loss through placement of a nasogastric feeding tube. As dietitians, we’re often asked to rate the latest and greatest fad diet. We usually try to present the pros and cons to our clients and help them make informed decisions about their weight loss plan. There have been some interesting diets over the years, but when I heard that people were having feeding tubes placed for the sole purpose of losing weight, it made me crazy. Read more…

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Fun in the Sun

Dr. David TsaiPost by David Tsai, M.D. of Rex Primary Care of Holly Springs. Dr. Tsai is the medical director at Rex Primary Care of Holly Springs. He is a board certified family physician with a focus on primary care and sports medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tsai, please call (919) 552-8911.

Following my last blog post on encouraging everyone to exercise, we need to be smart and safe exercising in the heat. Every summer we hear about heat related illness. It kills an average of 318 Americans every year and puts hundreds more in the hospital. The good news is it’s one of the most preventable injuries.

Heat illness can be as mild as heat cramps but can progress to heat exhaustion and later to heat stroke. Symptoms occur when the body is unable to deal with high temperatures and is unable to cool itself. Read more…

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It’s a Brand New Day… Donald’s Story

Donald Merritt’s story is part of UNC REX Healthcare’s Brand New Day patient story series. Donald Merritt is a diabetic who lost his right leg below the knee from circulation complications. Hear his amazing story of how his left leg was saved from the same fate.

My name is Donald Merritt and I’ve been diabetic since August, 1966. I began having severe circulation problems in 2006, which led to several fem-pop by-pass surgeries in both legs. Eventually, amputation of my right leg below the knee was done in January, 2010. All of these surgeries were performed by Dr. David Powell, whom I admire and respect. My wife and I became aware of a clinical study being done at a hospital in Charleston, SC using your own adult stem cells to treat your leg to restore circulation. To participate in the clinical study, current medical information was needed. I went back to Dr. Powell for a check-up and since it had been almost a year since he last saw me, he needed to do further testing in order to provide the information required for the clinical study. After reviewing the test results, Dr. Powell suggested I see Dr. George Adams at REX Heart & Vascular Specialists. Read more…

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