Carilion Clinic Blogs

Emotional Intelligence: What it is and Why it Matters

Do you know what your intellectual ability or IQ is? Probably, not off hand. We commonly associate a high IQ with an “intelligent person.” But does that translate into success? Especially when it comes to a career or how you interact with others? Not necessarily.

When considering happiness and success, emotional intelligence or EQ matters just as much, if not more than a person’s IQ. EQ is the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, managing emotions well in ourselves and in relationships, and motivating ourselves and others.

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The Truth About Midwives

Understanding the scope of midwifery care

When a woman becomes pregnant, there is a lot for her to consider, and many important decisions to be made. One of the biggest questions: Who will deliver my baby?

For a growing number of women in the United States, the answer is a midwife.

Around 10 percent of women choose to have a nurse-midwife deliver their baby. And though midwifery is a practice that has been around for centuries, the role of a midwife has changed and grown to include more comprehensive care for women.

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Wishing for the Gift of a Child

The holiday season is a joyous time for families. There’s something about seeing a child’s eyes light up at the sight of a present or the reaction to the scent of grandma’s cookies fresh out of the oven.

For couples, trying to conceive, it’s the promise of such magical moments that keep the dream of parenthood thriving.

The gift of a child is life-changing. And every person’s journey to parenthood is different. For some, the journey starts unexpectedly. For others, the road is a long one with many twists and turns.

In the United States, approximately 6.7 million women - ages 15 to 44 - experience fertility issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And approximately 15 percent of couples are infertile.

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Women and Diabetes: Living Healthy

Managing a chronic illness can be a full-time job. But who wants to add another responsibility to their already hectic lives? Many people feel like there aren’t enough minutes in the day to get everything done and spend quality time with the family. However, when it comes to chronic diseases, like diabetes, prevention should be taken as seriously as a full-time job, so there is more time to do the things in life you enjoy the most.

Right now, diabetes affects over 20 million people in the United States. Chances are you probably know someone impacted by the disease. Do yourself a favor and don’t become part of the statistics. There’s good news—diabetes is preventable.

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Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms

Learning which breast cancer screening options are right for you

Regardless of one’s stage in life – be it a young child getting a vaccination or a grown woman going in for a routine mammogram – it’s very important to get annual screenings and exams as part of a preventative healthcare plan.

For some women, however, the thought of an annual mammogram can evoke fear and stress.

“The truth is a 10- to 15-minute screening mammogram can help save your life,” said Eileen Kenny, M.D., breast imager and medical director of Carilion Clinic’s Breast Care Center.

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Breast Milk is the Best Milk

But it’s not always the easiest choice for moms

From the moment a woman learns she is pregnant, her world can be overwhelmed with questions and decisions. A lot has to be determined in the nine months before a baby arrives, and one of the most important and personal decisions is whether to breastfeed.

For some moms, like Holly Martin of Roanoke, making the decision to breastfeed is an easy, natural one. For others it can be a struggle.

“Even though my mom struggled to breastfeed and I didn’t grow up around it, I knew I wanted that bonding experience,” said Martin. “Breastfeeding was something that was very important to me.”

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A Timely Warning about Heat, Kids and Cars from Carilion's Safe Kids Coalition

As the June temperatures climb, Carilion's Safe Kids Coalition reminds us that a child should NEVER be left alone in a vehicle for ANY reason, even for a "minute".  When the temperature is in the 60's, the temperature inside a car can rise to 110 in minutes, imagine what happens when the temperature is in the 80's or 90's! If you see an unattended child in a hot vehicle, call 911. Here's more information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Gynecologic Cancer: The Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Specialized care available to women in our community

Cancer touches all of our lives, directly or indirectly. Whether through a parent or a sibling, a spouse or a close friend, each of us has been impacted by the disease in some way. That’s why paying attention to our own bodies and getting proper screenings are so important to our health.

Every year, more than 80,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, such as cervical, endometrial (also known as uterine), or ovarian cancer.

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Be Friendly to Your Feet

Information to help keep your feet healthy as you age

With the heat of summer in full swing, there are a lot of ways we try to keep cool: crank up the air conditioning, wear lighter clothing, and, of course, break out the sandals, flip flops, or wedges. Besides getting the occasional pedicure to keep your feet looking pretty, you may want to consider other ways to be friendly to your feet and keep them healthy during the summer months and all year long.

There’s a saying in fashion: Pain is beauty. What’s fashionable isn’t always the most comfortable choice, especially when it comes to footwear. Yes, wearing high-heeled shoes everyday may look cute, but it can have a negative impact on your foot health over time.

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