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Hello, My Name is MAKO!

Hello, My Name is MAKO!

Henry County Medical Center adds the Total Knee Replacement to its Joint Replacement Options with the MAKO Robotic-Assisted Surgery System Robots in the surgical suite are nothing new, but robots assisting orthopedic surgeons on total knee replacements is groundbreaking. And Henry County Medical Center is only one of three hospitals in the state of TN to offer MAKO robot-assisted total ... Read More »

Hormones and IBS

Estrogen and progesterone affect IBS symptoms in a few ways, from how your intestines work to how much pain you feel. Cells in your gut have things called receptors that let these hormones latch on to them. This suggests that your digestive system is designed to sense and react to them. Here are the main ways they affect IBS: • ... Read More »

5 Ways to Relieve Menstrual Pain Naturally

Many women of childbearing age get cramps during their menstrual cycle, when contracting muscles cause menstrual pain or dysmenorrhea. This pain often requires intervention. Over-the-counter drugs may yield instant results but may have side effects, such as drug resistance if used for prolonged periods. Here are some ways to relieve menstrual pain naturally. 1. Drink Hot Water Hot water helps ... Read More »

8 Essential Health Tips for Women

Women are called on to overcome many challenges and obstacles each day. Unfortunately, because of all the responsibilities and commitments in life, it can sometimes be hard to find time to take care of yourself. Nevertheless, to keep being all you need to be to everyone, you must learn to make your health a top priority.Listed are some key tips ... Read More »

Be Still and Live 

By Christy McGriff My name is Christy and I am addicted to busy. That was the summarizing statement of my life before I found freedom in simplicity. I was a corporate junky, always seeking the next big project, accomplishment or promotion. That was until my loving Savior gave me a big push. I’m sure He started with gentle nudges, but I ... Read More »

Get the Nutrients You Need!

Get the Nutrients You Need!

By Ravinder Machra, M.D. Did you know that as you age, your body requires larger amounts of certain vitamins and minerals? Calcium, fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, E, D and B12 are among the nutrients commonly lacking in adults older than age 50. These essential vitamins and minerals perform a variety of important functions in your body, including: • Supporting bone ... Read More »

The Difference Between SSI and SSDI

By Jennifer L. Foster, RN, Attorney-at-Law While many people don’t distinguish between Supplement Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), they are two completely different governmental programs. Both programs are overseen and managed by the Social Security Administration, and medical eligibility for disability is determined in the same manner for both programs. Only individuals who have a disability ... Read More »

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. Forms of Depression Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they ... Read More »

Are You Ready for Shorts Season?

Are You Ready for Shorts Season

Presented by West Tennessee Vein Center at the Cardiovascular Clinic of West TN It’s that time of year again! Temperatures are warming up and hemlines are about to get shorter. Many of us are stepping up our workout routines and getting ready for vacations, but what about the issues that exercise and eating correctly can’t fix? Do you have varicose veins? ... Read More »

Winning the Battle Against Arthritis

Winning the Battle Against Arthritis

By Megan Hemmingsen, PT, OPT, Cert. MOT, LSVT-Big STAR Physical Therapy, Clarksville, TN (North) Osteoarthritis is a slow, progressive breakdown of joint structures that can significantly impact mobility, function, and independence. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammatory joint symptoms. Physical therapy for both OA and RA are to regain/maintain range of motion, reduce pain, and improve function. Osteoarthritis ... Read More »

IT Band Syndrome and Runners

IT Band Syndrome and Runners

By Brittany Endres, PT, DPT, Results Physiotherapy It is that time of year again. Winter is winding down and runners are hitting the pavement and trails, many of them in preparation for upcoming races. Injuries and pain with running typically come on with a significant increase in training. Over the past decade, the popularity of running marathons, half marathons and ... Read More »

May is Melanoma Awareness Month! Protect yourself and your loved ones!

Protect yourself and your loved ones

Tips to Reduce Your Risk for Melanoma: • Wear Sunscreen. Make sunscreen a daily habit. UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) with SPF of at least 30. • Wear Protective Clothing. Protect your body with sun-protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses. • Avoid Peak ... Read More »

Manual Toothbrush or Electric?

Manual Toothbrush or Electric?

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS Effective home dental plaque control, brushing and flossing, is the single most important factor in the pursuit of healthy teeth and gums. On the other hand, poor home dental plaque control is the main contributing factor to cavities and gum disease, although natural resistance to disease and diet/nutrition also play significant roles. Dental plaque is that ... Read More »

“YOUR CHILD IS DEAF.”

YOUR CHILD IS DEAF

By Jaime Vernon, Founder/Director, Songs for Sound “My little girl–only 14 months old—is DEAF” Jaime, and her husband Kevin thought. All those times she wouldn’t stop crying when I whispered “sh, sh, sh, sh” as I rocked her back and forth, or when I CRIED because she wouldn’t put her head on my shoulder when I sang to her. I ... Read More »

Beautiful Agony

Beautiful Agony

By Christy McGriff Strange combination of words I admit. Since agony is extreme physical or mental suffering, how can it be described as beautiful? Odd as it might sound, the absolute truth is there can be beauty in agony. You may be familiar with the account in the bible when Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before he ... Read More »

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In For Healthy Living

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In For Healthy Living

It is estimated that one billion people are Vitamin D deficient worldwide, according to Vitamin D expert Dr. Michael Holick of Boston University School of Medicine.  Vitamin D plays an important role in a wide range of chronic health conditions as well as providing a critical role in the absorption of Calcium and Phosphorous. Human beings acquire Vitamin D from ... Read More »

The War On Lung Disease: Traditional Treatments vs Stem Cell Therapy

The War On Lung Disease

War is hell—particularly when the battleground is inside your own lungs. Unfortunately, for millions of Americans, chronic lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema seem to be winning that war. Across the U.S. 6.3% of the adult population (roughly 15 million people) have been diagnosed with COPD—a prevalence that is predominantly seen within adults older than 65. Worse ... Read More »

BOATING ACCIDENTS (WHAT TO DO?)

BOATING ACCIDENTS

By David E. High, Attorney-At-Law Accidents involving boats or personal watercraft including waverunners and jet skis are common during the summer months. Unfortunately, some people consume alcohol and attempt to operate a boat or personal watercraft resulting in serious injuries to others. If you are injured in an accident on the water, you should promptly notify the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency ... Read More »

HEEL PAIN

HEEL PAIN

By Raines Foot Clinic – The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Like all bones, it is subject to outside influences that can affect its ability to keep us on our feet. Heel pain, sometimes disabling, can ... Read More »

Being a Trail Angel Really Can Work Like Magic

Being a Trail Angel Really Can Work Like Magic

By Johnny Molloy Appalachian Trail thru-hikers are passing through our region this time of year. And we want to give ‘em a good ol’ Tennessee welcome. To thru-hikers, we are known as “Trail Angels.”  All that is required to be a trail angel is to position yourself somewhere on the Appalachian Trail, usually near a trail junction, road crossing, campground, ... Read More »

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