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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. … »

After a breast cancer diagnosis: a faster treatment option

Posted on October 20, 2017

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, … »

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 … »

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 … »

postpartum depression

Demystifying postpartum depression and anxiety

Posted on August 15, 2016

You’ve probably heard of postpartum depression, but did you know that new moms can also experience postpartum anxiety? Read on for answers to some common questions about the two conditions. Q: How do I know if I have postpartum depression? A: Postpartum depression occurs anywhere between a few days after delivery to months after. The … »

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Answering common questions about arthritis

Posted on August 11, 2016

When you were young, you may have heard your grandmother complain about the ache in her hands as “her arthritis acting up.” These days, you may be feeling its effects yourself. How much do you know about the condition? Arthritis is common in the United States — more than 50 million Americans have the condition, … »

Coping with your child’s bed-wetting

Posted on March 24, 2016

Is your child struggling with bed-wetting? With the right approach, you can help him or her overcome this stumbling block.  In children, urinary incontinence (UI) — or the loss of bladder control —most often occurs in the form of bed-wetting. While bed-wetting is not considered a serious medical condition, it can cause a child significant … »

Taking control of an overactive bladder

Posted on March 1, 2016

More common in women than in men, overactive bladder can be an inconvenient, uncomfortable, and disconcerting condition. However, several treatment options are available. Frequent urination, sudden and overwhelming urges to urinate, and urinary leakage throughout the day characterize overactive bladder (OAB), a form of urinary incontinence that affects millions of Americans. People with OAB have … »

Cardiac rehab: more than just a gym

Posted on February 16, 2016

Most people hope to never need a cardiologist. The reality is that most of us will require a cardiologist in our lifetime, as cardiovascular disease (CVD) will affect one in two men and one in three women. Cardiovascular disease includes: High blood pressure Heart attack Stroke Heart failure Coronary artery disease Diseases of the aorta … »

Easing the pain of osteoarthritis

Posted on February 1, 2016

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects cartilage. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over each other. It also helps absorb shock of movement. In osteoarthritis, the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under … »

Do you have SAD?

Posted on December 22, 2015

If you feel down for several days and seem to be losing pleasure in life, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a cyclic condition that can cause severe changes in behavior and mood. Diagnosing SAD can be difficult because its symptoms — depression, decreased sexual interest, fatigue, and increased appetite (especially for carbohydrates) … »

Another ear infection? Explore treatment options for your child

Posted on December 11, 2015

Ear infections — most common during the winter months — are one of the leading reasons parents take children to the doctor’s office. Young children are more likely to get ear infections because the tubes inside the ear (known as the eustachian tubes) are smaller and flatter than in adults, allowing germs from the nose … »

What parents should know about childhood seizures

Posted on December 8, 2015

When a child has a seizure, it’s a scary moment. Frightened parents will go anywhere and do anything to find a cause and a cure. Now, thanks to the work of Dr. David Suhrbier at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, parents don’t have to go very far. A seizure is a sudden change in behavior and … »

Erlanger’s Academic Urologists present information on overactive bladder and urinary incontinence

Posted on December 1, 2015

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Academic Urologists will host free information sessions specifically on overactive bladder for men and women on December 7 and on male urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction on December 10. Both sessions begin at 6 p.m. at Erlanger East. Overactive Bladder is a condition that can be extremely limiting for both men and women. … »

Holiday hours for Erlanger primary care and Children’s urgent care

Posted on November 25, 2015

Area residents needing non-emergent medical care over the Thanksgiving holidays have several options for walk-in visits. For children needing non-emergent medical treatment, Erlanger’s Children’s Hospital Urgent Care Center is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Friday, and over the weekend for walk-in visits. The Children’s Urgent Care Center is located at … »

Ask an Expert: Heart attacks in women

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Q: Is it true that many women have heart attacks without having chest pain? A: Most of us associate chest pain with heart attacks, but recent studies show that women may experience different heart attack symptoms than men. In one study, researchers found 43 percent of the women didn’t experience any type of chest discomfort … »

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer

Posted on November 17, 2015

Though it may not be as common as other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But at Erlanger, it is no longer thought of as the “death sentence” it used to be. Your pancreas is a small but complex gland that resembles the shape … »

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