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Gearing up for sports

Posted on August 14, 2017

With school about to get underway for the new year, that means fall sports aren’t far behind. Do you have the gear your child needs to stay safe and protected in his or her sport? While your child’s school or community team will likely provide some or all equipment, it’s important that you as a … »

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Food for thought: 5 Brain-boosting foods

Posted on August 4, 2017

As we age, every part of our body does, too — including our brain. While mental decline is common as we age, there are steps you can take to limit the effects and protect your brain. Including certain foods in your diet can help the cause. Cognitive impairment and memory loss do not have to … »


Women’s health: Is this normal or not?

Posted on August 2, 2017

It probably wasn’t a subject of conversation at your latest girls’ night out, but no woman is immune from it. As we age, so do our bodies, including our most intimate parts. Unless you regularly examine your vulva and vagina, you may not realize the changes that occur. But just like with the rest of … »

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Is your child’s body image healthy?

Posted on July 28, 2017

When you were young, do you remember worrying about how much you weighed or what size you wore? Probably not, but these days those worries are all too common. A 2015 study found that kids as young as age 5 are now expressing concerns about their body — concerns that previously didn’t usually crop up until … »

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After childhood cancer: Understanding survivorship

Posted on July 24, 2017

In the past, treatment of childhood cancer was solely focused on curing the cancer. But today, with more and more pediatric patients overcoming cancer, there’s a new focus: survivorship. The numbers are astounding. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are now more than 15.5 million cancer survivors living in the United States — and … »


Decoding that rash

Posted on July 19, 2017

Your little one’s skin is suddenly red and blotchy. You think it’s probably a rash, but where did it come from? Rashes, which are also called “dermatitis,” are common for both children and adults. They can have many causes and appear on the skin in a variety of ways. Treatment for a rash often depends … »


Are you an active participant in your own health?

Posted on July 17, 2017

The best way to treat medical conditions is to prevent them in the first place. And one of the best ways to prevent them? Regular medical checkups. But simply visiting the doctor regularly won’t necessarily do the trick. It’s important that you have a complete understanding about what’s going on with your health. This includes … »


When technology hurts

Posted on July 8, 2017

For most of us these days, our smartphone acts as an extension of our hand. And we may spend hours each day looking at a computer screen. All of this technology can be great for productivity, but not so much for our bodies. According to a 2016 Nielson Company report, adults in the United States … »

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Mom, my head hurts: 5 facts on headaches in kids

Posted on July 7, 2017

It’s midway through the day when you hear what’s becoming a common phrase, “Mom, my head hurts.” Are these headaches something serious, or just a normal part of life? While we may think of headaches as an “adult” thing, they aren’t uncommon in kids. In fact, as many as one in five children and teens … »

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4 firework safety tips for the 4th of July

Posted on June 30, 2017

If you’re planning to take your family to one of Chattanooga’s firework shows to celebrate Independence Day, great! If you’re planning to set off a few in a rousing celebration at home, check out these safety tips first. It is legal to set off fireworks within the Chattanooga city limits and unincorporated areas of Hamilton … »

Immunizations: Not Just a “Kid Thing”

Posted on June 29, 2017

When you think of “getting a shot,” you may immediately think of kids at the pediatrician’s office. But actually, adults need immunizations, too. So how can you know what immunizations (also commonly called vaccines) you need — and when? Each year, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of … »

The facts on men’s health

Posted on June 26, 2017

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What’s the deal with fidget spinners?

Posted on June 21, 2017

They’ve seemingly been everywhere the last few months, and your kids may even already have them. But what exactly is a fidget spinner? Fidget spinners were originally created as a sensory aide designed to help those with health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety or autism. You might think they are a recent invention, but some … »

3 keys to safety in the Great Outdoors

Posted on June 14, 2017

It’s officially summer, and the warmth and sun are drawing us outdoors. Combine that with the plentiful outdoor opportunities the Chattanooga region has to offer, and you have the perfect match for fun. But before you head outdoors for an adventure, whether it’s a hike around Raccoon Mountain or tubing on the Ocoee River, make sure … »

The lowdown on screen time

Posted on June 10, 2017

How much time should your kids spend in front of a screen? That’s a loaded question, right? With so many people and organizations offering their thoughts on the subject, it can be difficult to determine how much is the right amount. But it is important to limit the time your kids spend in front of … »

Protecting your skin — beyond sunscreen

Posted on June 7, 2017

You’ve probably heard the catchphrase, “Protect the skin you’re in.” But protecting your skin means a lot more than simply wearing sunscreen at the pool. To keep your skin healthy and at its best, you need to take several steps to protect it — especially during the summer months. Read on for a look at … »

Why 24/7 stroke coverage makes a difference

Posted on May 30, 2017

For people who suffer a stroke, faster treatment greatly improves patient outcome. Leading the way in stroke care, the Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center provides a 24/7 rapid-response stroke team that can diagnose and treat patients in minutes. This 24/7 service is a major differentiator for Erlanger’s stroke center and a key reason why it … »

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