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March is colon cancer awareness month. Getting screened for colon cancer could save your life. According to the CDC, if everyone 50 years of age and older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.

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There are two types of physicians who practice medicine, DO’s (Doctors of Osteopathy) and MD’s (Medical Doctors). Their medical training is essentially the same.

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With the extreme cold and snow bearing down on Southwest Virginia, plenty of people have the uncomfortable tasks of shoveling their driveways, cleaning ice off their cars, or paving a way through the yard for vertically-challenged pets. When we spend too much time in the elements during extreme temperatures, we become vulnerable to exposure-related ailments, and in the winter, those are predominantly Hypothermia and Frostbite.

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Temperatures in Southwest Virginia are expected to reach record lows, and LewisGale Physicians wants to make sure that everyone is prepared with general safety tips for handling the cold. As a general rule of thumb, you should limit your outdoor exposure over the next few days.

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LewisGale Hospital Pulaski recently awarded the 2014 DAISY Team Award to the Surgical Services Unit. This is the first time the hospital has given out a team award. Previously, the DAISY award was only given to individual nurses for going above and beyond the call of duty.

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Last month, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany presented four local charities each with a check for more than $600, the proceeds from its annual Christmas Bake Sale and Basket Raffle. The organizations included the Covington Food Pantry, the Clifton Forge Food Pantry, the Blue Ridge Cancer Center Volunteers and the Shenandoah Autism Center.

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LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce that Kathy Cooley was recently selected as the Service Excellence Employee of the Month for January. The award recognizes outstanding employees who demonstrate service excellence beyond their job description.

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Walking, running, swimming, biking, weight training and yoga are all excellent exercises for heart health.

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The surgery can improve a patient’s quality of life and in certain cases, quantity of life.

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Many daily habits can improve your heart health and reduce your risk of having another heart attack.

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