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How quitting smoking impacts your health

Posted on November 16, 2017

We all know that smoking is bad for our health. But did you know that smoking is actually the single most preventable cause of death among Americans? Smoking impacts nearly every part of the body, and it’s a contributor to many serious medical conditions, including stroke, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and even bone fractures. … »


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Concussions in kids: What you should know

Posted on November 13, 2017

Fall sports are ramping up. Do you know the facts about kids and concussions — and how to keep your little ones safe? Each year in the United States, approximately 2 million children suffer a concussion, which is also commonly called a mild traumatic brain injury. Concussions and other TBIs have been in the news … »


Improving health literacy: What you should know about your meds

Posted on November 11, 2017

If you’re like most Americans, you probably take at least one prescription medication. But do you know enough about the meds you’re taking? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent of American adults have used at least one prescription medication in the last 30 days. But while medication usage is … »


opioid addiction

Opioid addiction: Understanding the true enemy

Posted on November 10, 2017

It saddens me that opioid addiction has culminated into a national emergency, but hopefully will encourage a societal change in attitude. To gain control of this epidemic, it must be recognized that addiction is not a failure of willpower and that addicts are not sub-human because of a disease they battle. Addicts are our family … »


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What parents should know about bullying

Posted on November 7, 2017

It seems like bullying has been in the news a lot lately — and for good reason. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, more than 20 percent of kids report being bullied at some time. The good news is that the number of students being bullied has actually decreased slightly in recent years. But … »


self-care

Why self-care is essential for your mental health

Posted on November 4, 2017

When it comes to our health, we all too often think only of our physical health. But our mental health is just as important. While physical health is important, it works in conjunction with mental health. That means that if either part is out of kilter, it’s likely your entire body and health will be, … »


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So, you have dense breasts. What does that mean?

Posted on October 27, 2017

If you’ve had a mammogram in the last few years, you may have gotten a letter telling you that you have dense breasts. But what exactly does that mean? In January 2014, a Tennessee law went into effect requiring that women whose mammograms show “heterogeneously or extremely” dense breasts be notified. That notification tells you … »


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Understanding whole grains: Beyond just wheat

Posted on October 25, 2017

Dietary guidelines call for us to eat whole grains. But when you think of whole grains, do you struggle to come up with anything but wheat? There are many other options to explore! Whole grains play a key role in promoting good health. They provide the body with a number of nutrients, including protein, iron, … »


Diabetes & kids — A growing concern

Posted on October 20, 2017

When we think of diabetes, we often think of adults living with the condition. But according to the American Diabetes Association, more than 190,000 American kids are living with diabetes. And it’s the type of diabetes that’s increasingly being diagnosed in kids that’s the biggest concern. In the past, when children were diagnosed with diabetes, … »


After a breast cancer diagnosis: a faster treatment option

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This year in the United States, an estimated 255,180 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. That includes more than 5,500 cases in Tennessee alone. But along with being common, breast cancer is also very treatable. When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, there are multiple treatment options available, including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, … »


metabolism

4 steps to rev up your metabolism

Posted on October 18, 2017

You’re probably familiar with metabolism. It’s that stubborn thing that can either help your weight-loss efforts or hurt them. But can you do anything to speed up your metabolism? First, what exactly is metabolism? Well, essentially, metabolism is your body’s process for taking the foods you eat and turning them into the energy your body … »


kids and exercise

Exercise for kids: Are your kids getting enough?

Posted on October 10, 2017

You know it’s a good idea for your kids to stay active. But just how much physical activity is enough when it comes to staying healthy and growing strong? You’re probably familiar with the recommendation that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. But while exercise is important for everyone, it’s … »


fall prevention

Finding balance—What to know about fall prevention

Posted on October 6, 2017

When we’re younger, falling down is seen as a natural part of development. When we’re a little older, falls might be seen as funny. But for seniors, falls are no laughing matter. As we age, falls become more likely, for a number of reasons. During the aging process, we typically lose some balance and mobility, … »


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5 facts to know about prostate cancer

Posted on September 30, 2017

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 161,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. Why not take some time during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September to get the facts about the condition? Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American men, behind only skin cancer. … »


sickle cell disease

The fast facts about sickle cell disease

Posted on September 25, 2017

You may have heard of “sickle cell” in the past, but do you really know what it is? September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, so let’s take a few minutes to learn a few key facts about the disease. Sickle cell disease affects around 100,000 Americans, making it the most common genetic disorder in … »


mind/body connection

Exploring the mind/body connection

Posted on September 24, 2017

When you aren’t physically feeling well, your entire body is often affected. That makes sense, right? When one part isn’t working at its best, none of the parts do. Well, the same is true when your mental health is impacted. When you aren’t feeling well emotionally, your entire body can feel the effects. But why … »


When you’re tired of being tired

Posted on September 19, 2017

If you feel like you never get enough sleep these days — or if you get plenty of sleep but still feel tired — you are not alone. As many as two-fifths of Americans report feeling tired on most days of the week. But what could be causing your fatigue? Well, let’s first divide tiredness … »


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