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LISTEN UP! Hear for the Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us once again! The sounds of a turkey gobbling, families gathered together, children laughing and playing, Christmas bells, and carolers singing are all wonderful sounds to hear this time of year. The holidays are especially filled with visits with family and friends that no one wants to miss. But for those with untreated hearing loss, …

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Kirkland Cancer Center Offering Genetic Counseling

By Carrie Ann Knox, RN, Community Outreach Coordinator Our DNA (genes) exposes a lot about our individuality as well as our shared ancestral traits.  There has been quite a conversation going on recently in our country about our genetic predisposition to certain diseases. As public knowledge of genetics and genomics increases, genetic counselors are now seen as necessary in many …

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Take Control of Your Life and Back Pain with Proper Bracing

By Teresa Caruso, CFOM Millions of Americans suffer daily with back pain. The pain can lead to complete destruction of their lives and destroy families. Back pain is one of the leading causes for prescription drug addiction. Many people become addicted to pain medications trying to eliminate the discomfort they feel constantly. Large amounts of Tennesseans are awarded permanent disability …

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Frankincense & Myrrh Ancient Gifts of Health Still Used Today

By Stephen Bergquist, MD, CWSP, RYT500 It’s winter. The Holidays are near. Do you recall the story and songs of travelers bearing gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the New Born King? Matthew 2:11 – “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when …

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The Story

By Jodi Thomas Like it or not, the holidays are fully upon us.  Many of you couldn’t be more thrilled.  You are the ones who sport snowman or Santa earrings every day and have a Rudolf nose on the hood of your car.  Some of you though may be a little more like me. . . and might feel a …

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Just What Your Knees Need: Post Knee Replacement Rehabilitation and Recovery

By Martin Health Care Facility If you are over the age of 50 and suffer with osteoarthritis, you may one day be faced with having a total knee replacement. After this surgery, your rehabilitation can be made easier with the nursing and therapy department at Martin Health Care. How the Normal Knee Joint Works To understand what your body will …

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Name That Sneeze

By Bethany Lawrence, M.D. It’s that time of year again. People everywhere struggle with the common cold, sinus infections, the flu, and other respiratory illnesses. As physicians, we certainly encourage patients to seek medical attention if they are feeling poorly, but here are a few clues to help you understand the important differences between common illnesses. Many of the symptoms …

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Adults: A Flu Shot is Not the Only Shot You Need

By Scott M. Sadler, M.D. Ask someone here in West Tennessee what season it is, and you could get a lot of answers – Autumn, Fall, Deer, Duck, Football. But doctors and nurses know well by November – it’s FLU season. So get to your doctor, the Health Department, even your pharmacy and get your flu shot – every year. …

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Diabetic Complications and Amputation Prevention

By Teresa Caruso, CFOM People with diabetes are prone to having foot problems, often because of two complications of diabetes: nerve damage, known as neuropathy, and poor circulation. Neuropathy causes loss of feeling in the feet, taking away the ability to feel pain and discomfort, so an injury or irritation may not be detected. Poor circulation in the feet reduces …

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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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