quitting smoking

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. … »


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 … »


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, … »


dense breasts blog

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 … »


ancient grains

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, … »


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, … »


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 … »


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, … »


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 … »


hepatitis-c-blog

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 … »


thyroid conditions

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 … »


contacts-blog

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 … »


brain food

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 … »


menopause

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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