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Making sense of prematurity in the South

Posted on June 16, 2016

Would it surprise you to learn that the United States’ rate of premature birth is higher than that of most high-income countries? One in 10 American babies are born too soon, accounting for about 380,000 births each year. According to the March of Dimes, a premature birth is one that occurs before 37 weeks gestation. … »

Physician Profile: Dr. Doty

Posted on June 14, 2016

At Erlanger, we take pride in practicing what we teach. Jesse Doty, M.D., fellowship-trained foot and ankle board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at UT Erlanger Orthopaedics, takes that philosophy to heart. In addition to striving to provide advanced and compassionate care to his patients, he also helps to train the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons. “Many members … »

Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 4

Posted on June 13, 2016

The habits of good health start in childhood. Children’s hospitals play an important role in ensuring kids have access to the preventive care they need to get started on the right foot. Health is about more than visits to the doctor to take care of illnesses or injuries. In fact, good health is a mindset … »

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A man’s guide to a healthy heart

Posted on June 9, 2016

The statistics are staggering. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men, causing nearly one in four deaths. Healthier lifestyle habits can help you avoid becoming part of that number. Let’s take a deeper dive into the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: In 2013, heart disease caused 6 … »

Getting to know your liver

Posted on June 7, 2016

When your liver is healthy, you probably never think about it. But when it isn’t, you’ll definitely know. Here’s a look at what you should know about this important organ: The liver is the second largest organ in the body, and it’s located on the right side of the body right under the rib cage. … »

Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 3

Posted on June 6, 2016

Temper tantrums. Fears about the monster under the bed. Tears over getting a shot at the doctor’s office. Anyone with a little one is familiar with these emotions. Those are just everyday emotions. When children are injured or facing an illness, they likely don’t understand what’s happening and fears are even bigger. That’s where the … »

Physician Profile: Matthew Higgins, M.D.

Posted on June 3, 2016

When Matthew Higgins, M.D., fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon at UT Erlanger Orthopaedics, is not treating patients or spending time with his wife and three children, he spends much of his free time competing in endurance mountain bike races. And while most of the patients he sees aren’t looking to participate in similarly strenuous events, Dr. Higgins … »

Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 2

Posted on May 30, 2016

Children aren’t just little adults — they have unique needs. Children’s hospitals know how to care for those needs. Even as recently as decades ago, the protocol for treating medical conditions was the same for all patients, regardless of age. In the past few decades, however, research has provided insight into how different the medical … »

Physician Profile: Richard Alvarez, M.D

Posted on May 26, 2016

For Richard Alvarez, M.D., board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at UT Erlanger Orthopaedics, practicing what he teaches means changing people’s lives. And when it comes to changing people’s lives, one case in particular has stuck with him. “I’ll never forget the mom of a patient I had,” he says. “He was a 30-year-old man who had been … »

Achoo! Making sense of your child’s allergies and asthma

Posted on May 24, 2016

This month is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. How much do you know about these two conditions common among kids? The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates that more than 7 million kids have asthma, while 8.4 percent of all American kids have allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. Understanding allergies … »

Physician Profile: Dr. Mark Freeman

Posted on May 18, 2016

When Mark Freeman, M.D., Medical Director and board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at UT Erlanger Orthopaedics and Chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Erlanger Health System, was deciding on his career path, he says he ultimately chose medicine because it gave him “a unique opportunity to combine engineering, research and development, and technology to improve … »

Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 1

Posted on May 17, 2016

When your child is injured or not feeling well, you logically want specialized care to meet his or her health needs. Where can you find that care? At Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Children’s hospitals offer a variety of benefits to communities and the children within them. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share five ways … »

The 411 on the dangers of detergent pods

Posted on May 15, 2016

Candy or detergent pod? To a little one, they may seem no different — and that’s where the danger lies. Laundry and dishwasher detergent packets hit the market several years ago. With their compact size and handy packaging, they’re marketed as convenient and easy. But recent research found that they’re also a danger for young … »

Erlanger Health System’s ultimate nurses – 2016

Posted on May 14, 2016

Nurses are the patient protectors, the promoters of quality care and well-being. In celebration of their contributions to our patients’ lives, Erlanger Health System is proud to honor these heroes of health during National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6–12 each year —with the final day falling on the birthday of the … »

Uncovering food allergies

Posted on May 10, 2016

When it comes to food allergies, 90 percent of all allergic reactions are caused by eight foods. And as it turns out, all eight of those foods are prominent fixtures in southern cuisine. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), food allergies impact between 4 and 6 percent of children in … »

Red light, green light: Your guide to heart-healthy eating

Posted on May 2, 2016

On TV, in the news, in your monthly magazine … It seems like everywhere you turn, healthy eating is a topic of conversation. But how can you know what to eat for a healthy heart? Healthy eating can seem complicated. But in reality, making a few smart choices can help you reduce your risk of … »

What you should know about UI

Posted on April 29, 2016

Maybe you felt a little urine trickle out during your last workout. Or you had the sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate and had to run to the restroom while out to dinner with friends. Regardless of how it happens, you’ve probably experienced urinary incontinence. In fact, urinary incontinence (UI) — or the loss of bladder … »

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