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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

breast lift

By Ron Gilmer, MD – For many women, the size, shape and contour of their breasts are of particular importance. Today, women who are disturbed by sagging or loose breasts as a result of pregnancy, weight loss or natural aging can be helped by a remarkable surgical technique called breast lift or mastopexy. This procedure is designed to elevate and …

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Stress and Infertility… Just Relax?

Stress and Infertility

By Dr. Lisa M. Webb and Dr. Kenith L. Robins – “You’re just trying too hard.” “You’re too stressed. Just relax and it will happen.” “You’ve got to calm down and let nature take its course.” If you’ve been trying six months or more to get pregnant, you’ve probably lost count of the number of times well-meaning friends and family …

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The Better Option Spinal surgery once meant a long incision, several days in the hospital and a significant recovery time.

Spinal surgery

By Chris Taleghani, M.D., M.B.A. – Dr. Chris Taleghani is one of the specially trained surgeons in the country that is now changing this by offering patients a better option in back surgery – minimally invasive spine surgery. According to the North American Spine Society, more than 65 million Americans suffer from low back pain (LBP) every year, and at …

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

autism

ASMT (the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee) is the leading Advocate and Resource for the Middle TN autism community. Our mission is to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through Support, Advocacy, and Education. Having a child with an autism spectrum disorder can be frightening and overwhelming. We provide …

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Storms of Grief

Storms of Grief

Odyssey Hospice offers bereavement support to area families suffering from loss. – By Gregory Rumburg – “So now what?” That’s what my aunt asked me recently with an edge to her voice. It was the day after my uncle’s funeral—and the reluctant beginning of a new season for her. Sure—there were thank you cards to write. Casserole dishes to wash …

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Celebrating Stepfamily!

Celebrating Stepfamily

By Tammy Daughtry, MMFT, Co-parenting International – Stepfamily can be complicated, complex, creative and chaotic; however, for many, stepfamily is positive, redemptive, redeeming and extremely fun! I grew up with a stepmom who was a wonderful addition to my life story! She always made my favorite green bean casserole (with crunchy onion rings on top) when I visited. She attended …

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Brain Awareness and Health

Brain

By Chris Taleghani, M.D., M.B.A. Since there is a week designated to becoming more aware of your brain this month, I thought I would share some practical living things about the effects of exercise and diet on your brain. How Exercise Benefits Your Brain Exercise can help your brain in multiple ways – everything from treating depression to improving memory. …

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Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Curable?

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Curable

We all have snored at some time or another. Little babies snore, both men and women of all ages snore: Even animals are known to snore. Snoring is often a topic of jokes and ridicule but it can spell trouble, serious trouble. Snoring is usually a symptom of obstructive breathing, a loud protest that the body isn’t getting the full …

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YOUR MOUTH IS THE DOOR TO YOUR BODY!

YOUR MOUTH IS THE DOOR TO YOUR BODY!

By Thomas J. Lokensgard, DDS, NMD, ABAAHP So, I just saw a commercial TV ad with some lady talking about having a “smart mouth” of some sort. Seems as though it was a bad breath commercial, but it got me to thinking: THERE IS A DEEPER MESSAGE HERE, which is, your mouth is the DOOR TO YOUR BODY, as it …

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Flex Your Mental Muscle

Flex Your Mental Muscle

Whether you’re a puzzle pro or a word game wizard, everyone’s a winner when it comes to the major benefits of mentally stimulating activities. Studies reveal that older adults who engage in brain-stimulating activities can help enhance reasoning, hand-eye coordination, language skills and memory—key areas that, when met with certain degrees of difficulty, could indicate the progression of a cognitive …

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ARTEFILL: A LONG LASTING SOLUTION FOR WRINKLE CORRECTION

ARTEFILL - A LONG LASTING SOLUTION FOR WRINKLE CORRECTION

By Ron Gilmer, MD Q.  WHAT IS ARTEFILL? A.  Artefill is a long lasting solution for wrinkle correction. Artefill is unlike temporary injectable wrinkle fillers. The unique microspheres in Artefill are not absorbed by the body and provide the support that your skin needs for natural, long lasting results. Temporary injectable wrinkle fillers are made of different kinds of natural …

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From Bothered to Balanced, Naturally

From Bothered to Balanced, Naturally

Cristina Moore, MSN, APN, answers your Health and Wellness questions Believe it or not, the common symptoms of hormone imbalance are similar in both men and women. Most experience sleep disturbances, foggy thinking, anxiety, depression and low libido. Traditional (synthetic) hormones and brand-name drugs treat symptoms, but not the whole person or underlying cause. However, with natural or Bio-Identical Hormone …

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THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF CANCER TREATMENT

cancer treatment

By Mark G. Mainwaring, MD, PhD What makes a person want to be a cancer doctor? Aside from special motivation, dedication and lifetime commitment is the fact that some of the most exciting developments in the science of medicine are now changing the attitude, outcome and longevity of individuals with cancer. The change is not restricted to individuals with cancer …

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A Clean Colon, Is That An Oxymoron?

A Clean Colon, Is That An Oxymoron

Really, a clean colon, why is that so important for good health? Why is the colon one of the most prominent places cancers begins to grow? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I want to do my part by giving a few healthy tips to help you avoid this life threatening disease. It can be prevented easily by making “clean” …

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TN’s First Cross-Linking for Keratoconus

TN First Cross-Linking for Keratoconus

A new breakthrough eye surgery to treat keratoconus and keratoectasia after LASIK Keratoconus affects one in every 200-500 Americans. Patients with this disease suffer from debilitating and progressive loss of vision. Keratoectasia, a related condition, can develop as a complication after LASIK surgery. To date, there have been no effective treatments for these conditions when they are in the advanced …

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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

By George A. Shwab, MSN, FNP “Doctor, why are my feet numb and burn terribly at night?” This is a common encountered question by health care providers who see diabetic patients. The numbness and pain is called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and is the most common complication encountered by diabetic patients. Occurrences of up to 50% of all patients with diabetes …

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis

By Sally Yeagly, Nurse Practitioner Endometriosis is a chronic often painful disease for women of childbearing age. The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. Under hormonal influences, the endometrium normally grows, breaks down, then sheds as the menstrual bleeding. But women with endometriosis have the endometrium growing where it shouldn’t. For reasons unknown, small pieces of endometrium grow …

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Advanced Therapy for Patients with Chronic Pain

By Richard Muench, MD, ABA – Treating chronic pain is a challenge for both patients and their caregivers. Many times routine standards of treatment are not sufficient to manage a patient’s pain. The ability to target drug delivery enables patients to experience pain relief with a fraction of an oral medication dose, which can help to minimize the uncomfortable and …

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Treating Hair Loss with Laser Technology

Treating Hair Loss with Laser Technology

By Michael S. Ramsey, MBA/HCM I’ve been in the hair restoration field for nearly 20 years and have never seen anything like it. We have documented that the new Low Level Light Laser therapy (LLLT) works better than Propecia or Rogaine for our patients. In fact, it has proven to work better for our patients even taking both Propecia and …

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Look and Feel Years Younger with the Palomar SlimLipo!

By Charles F. Fatseas, M.D. – The Palomar SlimLipo is a laser liposuction machine that effectively treats areas of the body where there is unwanted fat, such as the abdomen, arms, flanks, thighs, neck, bra fat and chest. The unique SlimLipo uses laser light to selectively target fat and gently “melt” it with less side effects and enhanced results than …

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