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April is Autism Awareness Month

What is Autism? • Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3. • Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. • Individuals with autism …

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What Can a D.O. Do for You?

By Elly K. Riley, DO Many people ask me, “What is a DO?” or “What does DO stand for?” DO stands for “doctor of osteopathy,” also referred to as an osteopathic physician. Many people may not be aware that there are two types of physicians in the United States: DO’s and MD’s. They are alike in many ways. Both attend medical …

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HCMC Cardiac Rehab Now Accepting Heart Failure Patients

It is estimated that every year more than 500,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with heart failure. Currently, there are an estimated five million Americans suffering from the condition; some of those are right here in Henry County and West Tennessee. Medicare now covers Heart Failure patients who meet certain criteria. With this change, Henry County Medical Center’s Cardiac …

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Concussions in Youth Sports

As the number of reported cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases in professional sports, so too does awareness of concussions at the college and amateur levels. The NFL now takes helmet to helmet contact as a serious offense after coming under intense scrutiny for allowing players to reenter the game after sustaining brain jarring hits. Professional leagues have their reputation …

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A LASTING LEGACY – DR. EUGENE P. REESE JR. ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Dr. Eugene P. Reese Jr., a board certified and esteemed physician specializing in oncology and hematology made the decision to retire from his full time practice at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in April 2010. He continued to follow his patients working only in his clinic practice at The Jackson Clinic, PA. The Kirkland Cancer Center was privileged to have Dr. …

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The Specialty of Pain Management

By Comprehensive Pain Specialists WHAT IS A PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTOR? A pain doctor, also called a pain specialist or pain management specialist, is a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) who specializes in pain medicine. Pain medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of pain. As the field of medicine learns more …

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Birth Control for Men

By Michael J. Martin, D.O. Women have historically carried most of the burden for birth control and have many options including birth controls pills, intrauterine device implantation and tubal ligation. Hormonal therapy and major surgery carry more risk than the options for men. Men historically have two major options aside from abstinence: condoms and vasectomy.  Condoms are very effective if …

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Kirkland Cancer Center’s INFUSION PHARMACY SUPERIOR SERVICE / INTELLIGENT DESIGN

Within the walls of the beautiful Kirkland Cancer Center resides a department that is vital to its functionality and the quality of care given to its patients. The Infusion Pharmacy is intentionally located in the center of the Chemotherapy unit for ease of communication with nurses and physicians for superior efficiency and availability. This design offers convenience of all resources …

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March is National Kidney Month

In a popular 1970 song, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell asked, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”—a question that could have been aimed at people with kidney disease.  The kidneys play a crucial role in maintaining overall health, but are rarely appreciated until they become damaged and can no longer do their …

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Colorectal Cancer

By Laura Russell, CFNP March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal refers to the colon and rectum which make up the end of the body’s digestive system. The digestive system processes nutrients from food we eat and passes waste from the body. The first 6 feet of the large intestine are called the colon. The last 6 inches are the …

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National Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults. National Poison Prevention Week is a week nationally …

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Secondhand Smoke

Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers — 58 million people — are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show …

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Home Sweet Home – Come Home with HCMC Home Health & Hospice

It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted. Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a …

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Falls and the Elderly

By Martin Health Care Alarge percentage of adults over the age of 65 experience a fall. These falls can cause moderate to more serious injury. One simple fall could be an isolated incident, but recurrent falls should be evaluated for a treatable cause. A fall could be an indication of poor health or a decline in functional ability. Once someone …

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Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment For Younger Patients

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS Most people think of Orthodontic care as the “braces” therapy adolescents undergo to straighten their crooked teeth at around 12 to 14 years of age. However, the beginnings of many (maybe even most) orthodontic problems become apparent and are far more effectively countered while the young child is growing and developing. Although all the permanent …

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Are Stem Cells the Next Penicillin?

By David Ebner, Staff Writer Chances are that you have heard about stem cells—they have been in the news for years. But did you know that stem cells are being used right now in the United States to treat debilitating lung diseases? Sufferers of diseases like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema and interstitial lung disease are receiving life changing stem cell …

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Shoe Inserts and Prescription Custom Orthotics

By Raines Foot Clinic – What are Shoe Inserts? You’ve seen them at the grocery store and at the mall. You’ve probably even seen them on TV and online. Shoe inserts are any kind of non-prescription foot support designed to be worn inside a shoe. Pre-packaged arch supports are shoe inserts. So are the “custom-made” insoles and foot supports that …

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Giving: Good for the Mind, Body and Soul

By Jamey Campbell, CFRE The early results are in, and it appears that Americans gave $456.7 billion to charity in 2014. That’s a 9 percent increase over 2013. Giving to everything from religious organizations, to social services, to education, Americans continue to be the most generous people in the world. Americans may give away more money than any other country …

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Treatment Option Unveiled for Foot Drop in Honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survivors: People whose lives have been changed forever by a blow to the head or a neurological event. Gait, balance and stability are usually severely affected by TBI and alter the lifestyle of survivors. Foot drop is the most common symptom. Traditionally, foot drop is treated with bracing using an ankle foot orthosis (AFO). The passive …

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Don’t Become a Statistic!

Preventive Care is the Way to Go! By Jeffrey W. Young, Jr. MSN, APN, FNP-BC Heart Facts: • Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, claiming approximately 1 million lives annually. • Every 33 seconds someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease which is roughly the equivalent …

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