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eye health

What the eyes reveal about your health

Posted on October 22, 2016

It’s often said that the eyes are the window to the soul. It turns out, they’re also a window to your health. Many diseases that affect the body show up first in the eyes. In fact, certain diseases are often first detected during an eye exam. A study conducted by a vision care company in … »

food cravings

What your food cravings could mean

Posted on October 20, 2016

Craving a sinful, chocolatey dessert? You might just be craving the deliciousness, but sometimes cravings can be a sign of a vitamin deficiency. Vitamin deficiency is actually fairly common in the United States. In fact, more than 40 percent of American adults don’t get enough vitamins A, C, D or E, calcium, or magnesium. Deciphering … »

testosterone deficiency

Do you have TDS?

Posted on October 15, 2016

Most people know about the hormonal changes women experience when they reach menopause. But did you know men also go through hormonal changes that can severely affect their livelihood as they grow older? TDS or testosterone deficiency syndrome is common and highly treatable. Yet many men do not know they have the condition or that … »

flu shot

The flu vaccine: A shot of prevention

Posted on October 14, 2016

If you’ve ever had the flu, you know you don’t want it again. And the best way to prevent it? An annual flu shot. Let’s take a look at some common questions about the flu vaccine. Q: Why should I be vaccinated? A: The flu, also called influenza, is a contagious illness that affects the … »

skin cancer signs

Is it a mole or skin cancer?

Posted on October 12, 2016

As we age, our skin continually reminds us of how much time we spend in the sun. Laugh lines deepen and mysterious spots begin to appear from nowhere. How do you know if a spot is safe or a possible sign of skin cancer?      Even though skin cancer is the most common type of … »

whooping cough

Cocooning & your newborn: The whooping cough vaccine

Posted on October 11, 2016

You probably learned what a cocoon is way back in elementary school. It’s a silk covering used by insects to protect themselves as they grow and develop. But are you familiar with the term cocooning when it comes to babies? Cocooning for babies is much the same — it refers to having family members and … »

breast cancer awareness

Be your own breast friend

Posted on October 8, 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Are you doing everything you can to protect your breasts? A year ago, you probably thought you had a good understanding of the screenings you needed for your breast health. At age 40, you’d start having annual mammograms, and that was that. But then suddenly, the recommendations changed. And … »


Are you going through perimenopause?

Posted on October 7, 2016

For no apparent reason, you feel emotional, tired and overheated. But you’re too young for menopause – right? If you’re under 50, most likely, though you may be experiencing symptoms of perimenopause, a related condition that can begin 10 to 15 years earlier. Perimenopause is a complex word, but it effectively means “pre” menopause. If … »

behavioral health

Behavioral health: a look at the numbers

Posted on October 4, 2016

joint noises

Snap, crackle, pop…decoding joint noises

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If you’re entering middle age, snap, crackle and pop may not just be noises from your Rice Krispies. You may also be hearing them emanating from your knees. Are those noises something serious? Well, the short answer is: Largely depends on the symptoms that accompany it. It’s likely that most people have heard their knees … »

kids safety

4 hidden safety risks you might not think of

Posted on October 3, 2016

When your little one started crawling, you probably baby-proofed your house for the usual things. Like installing gates to keep the baby off the stairs, installing socket protectors to keep little fingers out of the power outlets and putting locks on cabinets. But there are some lesser-known safety risks to tackle, too. When you’re baby-proofing … »

body shape

How body shape impacts your health

Posted on September 24, 2016

You know that excess body weight can have negative effects on your health. But did you know that where you carry that body weight makes a difference? Maybe you’ve heard others talking about whether they have an “apple” or “pear” shaped body. Or read an article on how to dress for your body shape. While … »

Ironman triathlon

Be your own IRONMAN

Posted on September 22, 2016

This weekend, IRONMAN Chattanooga will play host to hundreds of athletes competing for 40 qualifying slots in the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The race will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, followed by a 116-mile bike course heading south of town through North Georgia, and a 26.2-mile run through … »

prevent back pain

5 ways to keep back pain away

Posted on September 20, 2016

Feeling that familiar twinge of pain in your back? You aren’t alone. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. But there are things you can do to help prevent it. Back pain has many causes. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and is often caused by a … »


Getting to know (and avoid) the norovirus

Posted on September 16, 2016

Now that school’s back in session, keeping your family healthy can be tricky. One particular concern? The norovirus. If someone in your family has ever had the norovirus, you know exactly why it’s a concern. Here’s what you should know about this common, contagious stomach virus. The norovirus is very common, with the CDC estimating … »

effects of caffeine

The ups and downs of caffeine

Posted on September 12, 2016

How much caffeine do you have each day? Most people reach for their morning coffee or afternoon soda with little thought about how much caffeine they’re having or how it could affect their health. The fact is, caffeine can be good or bad for your health. It all depends on what you’re having and how … »

types of fat

Making sense of fats

Posted on September 8, 2016

Not all fats are created equal. When you’re scanning nutrition labels, you may try to limit your intake of fat. But avoiding fat may leave your diet lacking in the types of fat that are actually good for you. How are you supposed to know what foods contain good-for-you fats? Here’s what you should know: … »

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