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Four Smart Steps to Avoid the Flu

Four Smart Steps to Avoid the Flu

By Tennova Healthcare This flu season is striking hard and wide across the country, creating anxiety for individuals who are vulnerable to serious complications. As with any illness, it’s important to learn and follow steps that can protect you and your loved ones from contracting the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists four important steps to reduce …

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Peace of Mind Through the Holidays and Beyond

Peace of Mind Through the Holidays and Beyond

Being a caregiver to senior loved ones is a never-ending job. It’s one that requires time, patience, understanding, and flexibility. It is very easy to find yourself in a “full time” position of caregiver with only “part time” hours at your disposal. Many of us are representative of the “in between” generation. We have full time careers, educations, growing children, spouses, …

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STAR Physical Therapy is Now 20 Years Old!

STAR Physical Therapy is Now 20 Years Old!

Wow! It is hard to believe that STAR Physical Therapy is now 20 years old. The founding partners never envisioned STAR would grow to 67 outpatient clinics, 10 contract clinics, and over 515 employees. STAR Partners, Regg Swanson, Kelly Ziegler, Leslie Burton, and Hal Henninger share how STAR has been blessed to work with extremely talented physicians, who have entrusted …

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November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. When you eat, your body breaks food down into glucose and sends it into the blood. Insulin then helps move the glucose from the blood into your cells. When glucose enters your cells, it is either used as …

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CAN I COLLECT SS DISABILITY AND VA DISABILITY AT THE SAME TIME?

By Jennifer L. Foster, RN, Attorney-at-Law Disabled veterans can collect Social Security disability benefits and Veterans Administration (VA) disability benefits at the same time. However, the two systems are very different. The Process For Social Security disability benefits, you can apply at the local Social Security office or online.  Your file is then assigned to a disability examiner, a specialist who …

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What is a Bunion?

Presented by Raines Foot Clinic Abunion is commonly referred to as a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. …

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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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Dental Care During Pregnancy

Dental Care During Pregnancy

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS Pregnancy can be a difficult and uncomfortable experience for women. Discomfort from dental problems, however, is one that can usually be avoided with minimal maintenance help from your dental professionals. Although all elective medical or dental procedures during pregnancy should probably be deferred until after delivery, preventive dental care and dental infection control can and …

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Tips to Protecting Your Identity

Tips to Protecting Your Identity

Equifax, one of the nation’s three main credit bureaus, suffered a data breach from mid-May through July 2017, exposing 143 million U.S. customer’s personal information such as names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers. In light of recent data breaches involving Equifax and other companies, the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s …

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Best Nutrition for Baby Boomers

Best Nutrition for Baby Boomers

By Karina Hammer, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach As you age, your needs for nutrition change. It is important to listen to your body. Eat to reduce inflammation, increase your metabolism, and promote brain health. It’s more important than ever to choose foods that give you the best nutritional value. Drink plenty of water – Drink 8oz of water first thing …

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Where is God in the Fire and the Flood?

Where is God in the Fire and the Flood?

By Jodi Thomas Lately, I’ve gotten to a point where I dread turning on the news.  Regardless of your network affinity, when you hit the remote, more than likely bad news will flicker across the screen.  The calamity tsunami of late has overwhelmed us all—Harvey & Irma, the Las Vegas shooting horror, the Golden State set on fire.  Do you ever …

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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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How to Stop the Constant Bickering

Q: Recently a coaching client made a comment about his marriage. At 45, he’s at the height of his investment banker career, earns a good salary and has been married to his wife for 22 years. His wife is the owner of a successful PR firm that boasts of clients worldwide. He detailed that lately he and his wife seemed …

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Talk About Prescriptions Month

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 older …

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Weight Loss Surgery Benefits Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes

Weight Loss Surgery Benefits Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers report bariatric surgery may help obese patients achieve long-term remission It has long been known that obesity increases your risk for several health conditions, including type 2 diabetes. Now, there’s new evidence that obese patients with type 2 diabetes have long-term improved glucose control with weight loss surgery, compared to medical therapy alone. “There are many risk factors for type …

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LISTEN UP! The Jackson Hearing Center Promotes Better Hearing and Breast Cancer Awareness with “Hear in Pink” Campaign

LISTEN UP! The Jackson Hearing Center Promotes Better Hearing and Breast Cancer Awareness with “Hear in Pink” Campaign

By The Jackson Hearing Center Everyone knows someone – a mother, daughter, sister, grandmother or friend – who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the most common cancer in American women. That’s why, during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Jackson Hearing Center joins with leading hearing care manufacturer Oticon, Inc. to promote the national “Hear in Pink” campaign. Celebrating …

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From Awareness to Action: Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

From Awareness to Action: Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Does fear of a cancer diagnosis keep you from seeing the doctor, even when you know in your heart you should? If so, you are not alone. Most unexplained symptoms that could indicate cancer are usually NOT cancer, but rather, a less serious condition. However, seeing your doctor promptly can avert a lot of uncertainty and stress. Despite a cancer diagnosis, …

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Self-Care: What is it and how do you do it?

Presented by Cardiovascular Clinic of West Tennessee Self-care is more important to your overall health than pretty much anything else, and the term is catching fire. But what does it really mean? A new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association outlines the importance of self- care in the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke. After all, self-care …

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Basic Do’s and Don’ts When Someone You Know Has Cancer

Do: • Take your cues from the person with cancer. Some people are very private, while others will openly talk about their illness. Respect the person’s need to share or their need for privacy. • Let them know you care. • Respect their decisions about how their cancer will be treated, even if you disagree. • Include the person in …

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2017 Breast Cancer Facts

2017 Breast Cancer Facts

• About 1 in 8 U.S. women – 12.4% – will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. • In 2017, an estimated 255,180 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men and women, along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer (also known as carcinoma in situ). About 40,610 women …

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