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LAKE HAVEN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ENCOURAGES MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS AND SEEKING TREATMENT IF OVERWHELMED

After the recent death of actor Robin Williams, awareness of mental health issues, especially depression, is on the top of all our thoughts. Depression is a serious illness and can stem from stress. Meeting a deadline at the office, cleaning out the garage, family responsibilities… we all have that ever-growing to-do list. Let’s face it… sometimes our lives stress us …

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Dentistry from the Heart

Dentistry from the Heart is a worldwide nonprofit organization that provides free dental care in hometowns near you to those in need. Each year, thousands of dentist offices host this event in cities all over the world. Dentists, staff workers, volunteers, and individuals from their hometowns come together to donate their time and resources to provide these services to people …

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Herbal Medicine – Is it right for you?

By Catherine R. Stallworth, MD As a young child, I grew up watching my grandfather, a family doctor, taking care of many people in our community.  He was the stereotypical physician of yesteryear, a pillar of the community, beloved by all, who took care of his patients from cradle to grave. Back then, physicians were in charge of health care. …

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November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes people to have recurrent seizures.  A seizure is a brief disruption of electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy is not contagious, not a mental illness and not mental retardation. What Causes Epilepsy? More than half the time, the cause is unknown.  Where a cause can be determined, it is most …

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The Hallmark of a Quality Hospice Program

Hospice of West Tennessee is a non-profit service provided by Kirkland Cancer Center, offering a total support system to patients and families dealing with life-limiting illness. Hospice is about building relationships and support for families. During a very meaningful and critical time, when people need to make crucial end-of-life decisions, Hospice of West Tennessee becomes an important piece in the …

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National Diabetes Month – The Effects of Diabetes on the Elderly

By Martin Health Care Facility – There are two types of Diabetes. In Type I, the body produces little or no insulin. In Type II, the body produces insulin but doesn’t use it correctly. Most people have heard of Diabetes and have a general understanding of what it means, but what many fail to understand is the different effects it …

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LISTEN UP! How to Protect Your Hearing

According to the Better Hearing Institute, ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise and thirty million are exposed to hazardous noise levels each day. Examples of potential exposure that may contribute to noise-induced hearing losses include firearms, motorcycles, rock concerts, working with industrial machinery, power tools, lawnmowers, and even music from a player’s own instrument or …

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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 …

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Stomach Cancer

By Laura Russell, FNP – Did you know that November is Gastric Cancer Awareness Month? Another term for gastric cancer is stomach cancer. These two terms most often refer to cancer that begins in the cells lining the inside of your stomach. These normal cells change into cancer cells and grow out of control. This leads to the most common …

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Great American Smokeout®:

Join the American Cancer Society to finish the fight against tobacco Quitting tobacco is not easy, but kicking the habit is one of the best ways to prevent cancer.  Whether you’re a smoker or someone trying to support a friend or loved one, the American Cancer Society can help. The Society encourages smokers to use the Great American Smokeout on …

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Pilgrims with a Purpose

By Eric Potter, MD As pilgrims in this life, we embark upon an adventure filled with great stories. Stories of breathlessness, stories of laughter, and stories of woe fill our memories and await our tomorrows.  However, all noble journeys, regardless of their rabbit trails and pit stops, must be destined for a singular end.  Human life is no exception.  The …

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Tips to Help You or a Loved One Quit Smoking

By Elly Riley, DO Do you smoke or use smokeless tobacco? Do you know someone that does? The Centers for Disease Control report that tobacco-use rates have dropped significantly over the past fifty years; today, only about twenty percent of adults in the United States smoke. Despite this, tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death. That means that …

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Save the Ta-Tas!

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Catherine R. Stallworth, MD Okay ladies (and gentlemen), it’s that time of the year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Of course, for many of us, it brings up the dreaded question, “Have you had your mammogram yet?” One of my dearest friends never fails to remind me! I propose we have some fun …

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Tennessee Fitness Spa Renewed My Spirit

By Georgianna D., Louisville, KY I showed up at Tennessee Fitness Spa empty and broken. You see, I had just lost my husband unexpectedly at age 42. I was numb, I was lost, and I was not functioning. I had been in bed for a month or more with little desire to live. I kept praying I would fall asleep …

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Get Relief from Chronic Pain Due to Arthritis, Age or Injury

By James W. Ladson, M.D. Almost 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. This can take both a physical …

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Elevated Liver Function Tests

By Laura Russell, CFNP and Dr. Kofi Nuako Have you ever been told you have abnormal liver tests? Did you seek further evaluation or work up? Abnormal liver tests are generally found in asymptomatic individuals. These abnormal tests are usually found during routine screening. The term “liver function tests” (LFTs) is used most common. Blood tests commonly obtained to evaluate …

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LISTEN UP! October is Audiology Awareness & National Protect Your Hearing Month!

The American Academy of Audiology has dedicated the month of October to increasing public awareness of Audiology, the importance of getting regular hearing screenings, and also encouraging the use of hearing protection. Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States. And hearing loss can no longer be classified as a problem just of the elderly.  …

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Inspirations – Making the Healing Process Beautiful

Support during cancer treatment comes in many forms — from quality time to thoughtful gifts. Inspirations Boutique, located on the first floor of the Kirkland Cancer Center, is the community’s cache of encouraging gifts and everything pink. The staff at Inspirations has created a welcoming environment for cancer patients and the friends and family walking with them through the healing …

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HCMC Diagnostic Center Providing Tools & Tactics in the Fight against Breast Cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every day of the week, Henry County Medical Center bears witness to the threat that breast cancer holds for women in Paris, Henry County, and the surrounding region. In the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women with rates higher than any other cancer after lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, in …

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THE POWER THAT MADE THE BODY HEALS THE BODY

By Elizabeth Craig, D.C. FIBROMYALGIA AND CHIROPRACTIC Fibromyalgia is a debilitating myofascial disorder that can severely limit a person’s function, as patients report widespread pain and tenderness throughout the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues of the body. Researchers believe Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. An estimated 3-6% of Americans, predominately …

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