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Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather

Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather

Pets are happiest and healthiest when kept indoors, especially during extreme cold snaps. In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Make sure your four- footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines: Keep pets indoors The best prescription for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with …

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LISTEN UP! – Hearing Loss and Firearms

Hearing Loss and Firearms

Skeet shooting. Target practice. Wild game hunting. These are popular leisure-time activities in our part of the country. An estimated 70 million Americans own firearms used for fun and recreational opportunities. However, acoustic trauma from unprotected exposure to gunfire is not fun, and can be prevented. With hunting season upon us, it is important to be aware of the effects …

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Varicose and Spider Veins 101

Varicose and Spider Veins

Presented by West Tennessee Vein Center at the Cardiovascular Clinic of West TN What are varicose veins and spider veins? Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on …

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Did you know that memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or dementia? Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 warning signs and symptoms that you should be aware of. We have listed them below. Please keep in …

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A Jaw Clenching Experience without all the Excitement

A Jaw Clenching Experience without all the Excitement

By Sarah Witt, PT, DPT, Certified MDT Clinic Director of STAR Physical Therapy, Mount Pleasant and Pulaski, TN We have all experienced moments of sympathetic system overload and have felt the sudden clinch of our teeth or have been having so much fun that you feel as though your jaw is tired. The body is a dynamic machine made up …

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Are You Constipated?

Are You Constipated

By Amy Myers, CFNP, Laura W Russell, CFNP and Kofi W. Nuako, MD Constipation is a very common condition affecting over 60 million Americans. For medical clinicians, having a bowel movement less than 3 times per week defines constipation but, for most people, constipation means straining to pass stool and feeling like the bowels are not empty  or the passage of …

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Chronic Dental Infection and Diabetes

Chronic Dental Infection and Diabetes

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of diagnosed diabetes cases in this country and it represents one of the greatest threats to good health that Americans face. Untreated diabetes can lead to blindness through retinal degeneration, to kidney disease and subsequent kidney failure and to loss of limbs through poor circulation. Among adults, 20 years and …

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“Healthy Sitting” Tips Can Reduce Neck and Back Pain

“Healthy Sitting” Tips Can Reduce Neck and Back Pain

By Chris Taleghani, M.D., M.B.A. – The most common misunderstanding about what I do, is that I only fix existing problems. An important role as a neurosurgeon is educating patients on non-operative options to manage pain and prevent further injury. Many of us will be spending more time at our desk, likely in front of a computer, during the next …

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Breakthrough Laser Neuropathy Treatment

Figure 2: The blood vessels will grow back around the nerves much like a plant’s roots grow when watered.

By Dr. Sharon Roth, Roth Wellness & Chiropractic The most common method your doctor will recommend to treat your neuropathy is with prescription drugs that may temporarily reduce your symptoms. These drugs have names such as Gabapentin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Neurontin, and are primarily anti-depressant or anti-seizure drugs. These drugs may cause you to feel uncomfortable and have a variety …

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Can Yoga Help With Addiction? Sadhguru looks at the root cause of addiction, and how yoga can create such a hugely blissful experience that addiction can fall by the wayside.

Questioner: Sadhguru, I work with addicts and, in America, there is this concept that addiction is a disease and once an addict, always an addict. I am struggling with this idea. Addiction may be a medical condition at some point, but is it a permanent disease? Sadhguru: It depends what kind of addict you are talking about. There are food …

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Diabetes and Its Link to Eye Health

By Dr. Jason Smothers, O.D. Diabetes is one of the leading diseases afflicting people in the United States today. Sadly, it is one of the main causes of blindness in our country. However, with the right management, often, blindness and other repercussions of the disease can be prevented. There is not a week that goes by that I do not …

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Home Safety Tips: Preparing for Dementia Caregiving

Home safety is important for all elders but it carries a greater significance for a loved one with Dementia. It is essential to understand the changes that can affect their safety in the home. There are 5 key areas that will be affected as the disease progresses: • Judgment: Such as forgetting how to use household appliances or ability to …

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Expensive and Deadly: The Real Cost of Diabetes

Expensive and Deadly

Presented by Raines Foot Clinic Diabetic foot complications cost more than the five most costly forms of cancer. For Americans, the cost of diabetes has never been greater. Not only does the disease cause detriment to the well-being of citizens, it also puts a tremendous financial burden on the country. More than 29.1 million people in the US suffer from …

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COPD Treatment Takes Center Stage

COPD Treatment Takes Center Stage

By David Ebner – Staff Writer The world will never forget the momentous day when four young men from Liverpool, England, walked onto the stage of the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. The Fab Four strolled onstage, squinting in the glare of the lights and smiling at the squealing fans, and that grainy black and white image became the music …

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Don’t Be Forced to Divorce

Obeying What God Asks Me To Do For HIM! By Faith Groves As this story of my life begins to unfold, I am reminded of all the times I have leaned on my Creator. I have to be honest with you, I am about to be very vulnerable and transparent in hopes that what I am about to share with …

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Holiday Survival 101

Holiday Survival 101

By Rachel Robertson It’s the beginning of the holiday season and with it comes more than just visions of sugar plums. For many of us, visions of stress, fatigue, and anxiety are at the forefront of the season. Here are some tips to help you avoid the holiday blues! • Can’t stand the thought of going to the mall? Between the …

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Talk About Prescriptions Month

If you care for aging parents or another older family member, taking the steps below can help prevent medication use problems. As always, be sure to read and re-read the instructions for over-the-counter and prescription medicines. 1. Ask the doctor or pharmacist before the person you care for takes any new over-the-counter (OTC) medicines as some can be harmful to …

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What is Bariatric Endoscopy?

What is Bariatric Endoscopy

By Dr. Kofi Nuako, Laura Russell, CFNP and Amy Myers, CFNP More than two out of every three Americans is overweight or obese. Excess weight is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and death. At any time, the majority of Americans are trying to lose or maintain their weight, most of them unsuccessfully.  Losing weight is a …

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Breast Health Beyond Cancer

By Morgan Stone, F.N.P. Women of all ages may notice changes in breasts from time to time, but there is usually no need to panic. As a new mom, Jane takes every possible precaution to care for her health. She follows a sensible diet, takes daily walks and performs breast self-exams every month. Her mother-in-law, Margaret, has a similar mindset. …

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Ribbons & Bows – Remember & Remind During October

Remember her with a ribbon, remind her with a bow. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, bring your mom, your sister and your friends to this year’s annual Mammothon set for October 13 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and October 14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our annual Mammothon is your opportunity to ensure that you commit to stay …

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