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Finally, No More Hepatitis C

Finally, No More Hepatitis C

By Kofi Nuako, MD and Laura Russell, CFNP What is Hepatitis C? Hepatitis C: The term “hepatitis” means “inflammation of the liver.” Hepatitis has a number of causes including alcohol abuse, reactions to certain medicines and viruses. Nearly 3 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is the most common chronic liver disease and causes up to ... Read More »

Lawn Mower Accidents are the Leading Cause of Major Amputations for Children Under 10

Lawn Mower Accidents are the Leading Cause of Major Amputations for Children Under 10

Now that spring is approaching, Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics urges people to pay more attention to lawn mower safety. Taking simple precautions can prevent a possible limb loss incident at your home involving a lawn mower. “Increasing public awareness of lawn mower safety in West Tennessee is part of our community education program,” said Ramesh Dubey, Director of ... Read More »

I Can’t Read Anymore

I Can’t Read Anymore

By Dr. Jason Smothers, O.D. Some of the most common complaints we hear as eye care professionals are: “I just woke up and can’t read anymore”, “my arms are too short”, “my eye sight has always been perfect, I don’t know what happened, but I can’t read anymore”, “I can’t read my phone, my watch, my computer…..” This phenomenon is simply ... Read More »

The Hidden Power of Your Smile

We live in the age of Beauty Culture. Billions of dollars are spent in the US every year for health and beauty enhancement. And one of the most sound and solid investments we can make in improving our appeal is in the creation of our best possible smile. Using 3D ultrasound technology, it is possible to see developing babies smiling ... Read More »

Engineer Yourself Out of Depression

Depression is a Large Problem in Tennessee The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 10 adults in the United States suffer from some form of depression. The federal health agency identified Tennessee as one of the top 10 states with the highest rates of depression, psychological distress and other indicators of poor mental health, with ... Read More »

Questions About Varicose Vein Treatment VenaCure EVLT

Presented by West Tennessee Vein Center Q. How does the VenaCure EVLT system actually work to treat varicose veins? A. A laser fiber is fired inside and along the length of your faulty, varicose vein. The laser energy heats the blood, which then damages the vein wall, shrinking them closed so that blood can no longer flow through. Q. Is ... Read More »

Drawing Closer: The Meaning of Lent

By Jodi Thomas I was not raised in the church, so, honestly, I have been pretty clueless about Lent. I’ve had several friends during the years say they were giving up sugar, coffee, or media for Lent, but I never fully understood why. After doing a little research, I’ve come to better understand and certainly appreciate this potentially powerful practice ... Read More »

Frailty in Older People: Are High Vitamin D Levels the Answer?

Frailty in Older People

Most people hope toa enjoy good health during their retirement years, but up to 7% of people between the ages of 65 and 75 years old are too frail to enjoy their golden years – and the number of frail seniors increases with age. One vitamin that shows promise for reducing frailty in older people is vitamin D. The majority ... Read More »

LISTEN UP! New hearing aids? Here’s what to expect.

LISTEN UP! New hearing aids? Here's what to expect.

Contributed by Lisa Packer, staff writer, Healthy Hearing So, after years of family and friends complaining about your hearing loss, you have finally decided to get hearing aids. That’s great! Congratulations on taking a big step towards improving your relationships, career and enjoyment of life. How do you know what to expect? The process is a little different for everyone, ... Read More »

Joint Efforts: How to Keep Your Knees Strong

Joint Efforts: How to Keep Your Knees Strong

Your knees are supposed to do only one thing: bend. But even with just that singular function, knees are among the most injured, most age-susceptible joints in your body. And women have something extra working against their knees. While the narrower male pelvis allows the legs to follow aa straight path from hip to knee to foot, the female pelvis ... Read More »

The Importance of a Healthy Thyroid

The Importance of a Healthy Thyroid

By Rauf Baba, M.D. You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your thyroid—the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that helps regulate metabolism, heart rate, energy levels and body temperature. But thyroid disorders are very common. It is estimated that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and as many as 60 percent of them are unaware ... Read More »

March is National Kidney Month Six-Step Guide to Protecting Kidney Health

Most people know that a major function of thea kidneys is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. There are two kidneys, each about the size of a fist, located on either side of the spine at the lowest level of the rib cage. Each kidney contains up to a million functioning units called nephrons. A nephron consists ... Read More »

Tax Tips for Parents of a Child with Special Needs

By Robert B. Fleming Do you have a child with a disability? If so, there may be income tax deductions, exemptions or credits available to you. Some of the available income tax benefits are unfamiliar even to tax preparers, and some of the favorable treatment options are available to people who provide care for other family members, as well. Let’s ... Read More »

Physical Therapy or Opioids for Pain? You Choose.

By Darin Payne, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, Cert. DN, Cert. SMT, Dip. Osteopractic STAR Physical Therapy, McMinnville, TN It’s no secret that there is a problem in the state of Tennessee with opioid drug abuse. Though the problem will vary from county to county, Tennessee hospital charges for opioid drug poisoning  have risen 600% since 2001! It’s not only Tennessee that ... Read More »

What is Haglund’s Deformity?

What is Haglund's Deformity?

Presented by Raines Foot Clinic Haglund’s Deformity is a bony enlargement of the back of the heel bone. Sometimes it’s called “pump bump” because the deformity often occurs in women who wears pumps. Causes The shape of your foot can contribute to the development of Haglund’s Deformity. If you have high arches, a tight Achilles tendon, or a tendency to ... Read More »

Celebrate National Nutrition Month “Put Your Best Fork Forward”

Celebrate National Nutrition Month “Put Your Best Fork Forward”

By Karina Hammer, Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach Almost 2400 years ago, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” With every bite of food that we put into our mouths, we are either creating health or creating disease. So, how can you “Put Your Best Fork Forward” during National Nutrition ... Read More »

Ready for Spring! Polish and Shine!

Ready for Spring! Polish and Shine!

By Tracy D. Alford, Owner/CEO, Bloom Full Service MedSpa Many people state “My skin just doesn’t have that glow as my younger days with the Dry, Dull Skin, Fine Lines, Crepey Looking Skin and Hyperpigmentation (Dark Spots).” Discoloration of the skin may have many causes such as pollutants, diet, hormones, UV rays, and even daily skin care regimens can actually dull ... Read More »

Invited

Invited

By Jodi Thomas Have you ever felt rejected? Or uninvited? Or not included? It’s a feeling most of us are familiar with. That awful feeling of finding out there was a function where everyone was invited, except you. Whether it’s a group of 3, 13, or 30, it always stings. It leaves you feeling left out, lonely, even less than. ... Read More »

What is Collagen?

What is Collagen

By Tracy D. Alford, Owner/CEO, Bloom Full Service MedSpa Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is naturally produced and acts as the scaffold for strength and structure for us. Collagen is found in almost every organ, including tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles, hair, skin and nails. As we age, our production of collagen slows down causing loosening ... Read More »

Cold Weather Safety Tips For Seniors

Cold Weather Safety Tips For Seniors

Winter is approaching and as the temperature drops, it’s important for older adults to prepare for the potential risks that cold weather can bring. You can prevent many winter hazards simply by planning ahead. Tips to Stay Warm Indoors: To stay warm indoors, the National Institute on Aging recommends the following tips: • Close blinds and curtains to prevent heat ... Read More »

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