What baby boomers should know about hepatitis C

Posted on September 8, 2017

Are you a member of the baby boomer generation, born between 1945 and 1965? Did you know there’s a condition that you’re five times more likely to develop than other adults? It’s true. Adults born in those years are much more likely to develop hepatitis C than other adults. But why is that? Let’s take … »

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Could it be my thyroid?

Posted on September 5, 2017

Most people never think about their thyroid. But when it goes haywire, it can affect nearly every part of your body. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland found just below your Adam’s apple at the base of your neck. The gland secretes the thyroid hormone, which travels throughout the body in the blood system. The … »


Oh, those butterflies — how to ease school anxiety

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School’s been back in session for a little while now. Are your kids starting to get back into the hang of the routine? Or do you have a little one who’s still feeling a little uneasy about the whole “school” thing? When it comes to school, some level of anxiety in kids is normal. It’s … »


Are you wearing your contact lenses the wrong way?

Posted on August 30, 2017

Whether you’re an old pro at wearing contact lenses to correct your vision or are just getting started, there are a few tricks of the trade you need to know. Believe it or not, contact lenses have been in use since the late 1800s. Those first contact lenses were made of glass and covered the … »

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The connection between meningitis & teens

Posted on August 24, 2017

If your teen is headed to college this fall, you may have noticed that the meningococcal vaccine was either recommended or required. But why is that? Let’s first define what exactly the meningococcal vaccine protects against. The vaccine is designed to prevent meningococcal disease, which is a serious illness caused by a type of bacteria. … »

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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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“It’s a total eclipse of…” the sun

Posted on August 9, 2017

Are you already making plans to watch the total solar eclipse on August 21st? It’s an exciting event, but while you enjoy the sight, you need to be sure you also protect your sight. A total solar eclipse, like the one occurring on the 21st, happens when the moon passes between the earth and the … »

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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 … »


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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