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Get the Nutrients You Need!

Get the Nutrients You Need!

By Ravinder Machra, M.D. Did you know that as you age, your body requires larger amounts of certain vitamins and minerals? Calcium, fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, E, D and B12 are among the nutrients commonly lacking in adults older than age 50. These essential vitamins and minerals perform a variety of important functions in your body, including: • Supporting bone …

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The Difference Between SSI and SSDI

By Jennifer L. Foster, RN, Attorney-at-Law While many people don’t distinguish between Supplement Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), they are two completely different governmental programs. Both programs are overseen and managed by the Social Security Administration, and medical eligibility for disability is determined in the same manner for both programs. Only individuals who have a disability …

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. Forms of Depression Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they …

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Are You Ready for Shorts Season?

Are You Ready for Shorts Season

Presented by West Tennessee Vein Center at the Cardiovascular Clinic of West TN It’s that time of year again! Temperatures are warming up and hemlines are about to get shorter. Many of us are stepping up our workout routines and getting ready for vacations, but what about the issues that exercise and eating correctly can’t fix? Do you have varicose veins? …

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Winning the Battle Against Arthritis

Winning the Battle Against Arthritis

By Megan Hemmingsen, PT, OPT, Cert. MOT, LSVT-Big STAR Physical Therapy, Clarksville, TN (North) Osteoarthritis is a slow, progressive breakdown of joint structures that can significantly impact mobility, function, and independence. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammatory joint symptoms. Physical therapy for both OA and RA are to regain/maintain range of motion, reduce pain, and improve function. Osteoarthritis …

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IT Band Syndrome and Runners

IT Band Syndrome and Runners

By Brittany Endres, PT, DPT, Results Physiotherapy It is that time of year again. Winter is winding down and runners are hitting the pavement and trails, many of them in preparation for upcoming races. Injuries and pain with running typically come on with a significant increase in training. Over the past decade, the popularity of running marathons, half marathons and …

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month! Protect yourself and your loved ones!

Protect yourself and your loved ones

Tips to Reduce Your Risk for Melanoma: • Wear Sunscreen. Make sunscreen a daily habit. UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) with SPF of at least 30. • Wear Protective Clothing. Protect your body with sun-protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses. • Avoid Peak …

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Manual Toothbrush or Electric?

Manual Toothbrush or Electric?

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS Effective home dental plaque control, brushing and flossing, is the single most important factor in the pursuit of healthy teeth and gums. On the other hand, poor home dental plaque control is the main contributing factor to cavities and gum disease, although natural resistance to disease and diet/nutrition also play significant roles. Dental plaque is that …

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“YOUR CHILD IS DEAF.”

YOUR CHILD IS DEAF

By Jaime Vernon, Founder/Director, Songs for Sound “My little girl–only 14 months old—is DEAF” Jaime, and her husband Kevin thought. All those times she wouldn’t stop crying when I whispered “sh, sh, sh, sh” as I rocked her back and forth, or when I CRIED because she wouldn’t put her head on my shoulder when I sang to her. I …

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Beautiful Agony

Beautiful Agony

By Christy McGriff Strange combination of words I admit. Since agony is extreme physical or mental suffering, how can it be described as beautiful? Odd as it might sound, the absolute truth is there can be beauty in agony. You may be familiar with the account in the bible when Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before he …

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Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In For Healthy Living

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In For Healthy Living

It is estimated that one billion people are Vitamin D deficient worldwide, according to Vitamin D expert Dr. Michael Holick of Boston University School of Medicine.  Vitamin D plays an important role in a wide range of chronic health conditions as well as providing a critical role in the absorption of Calcium and Phosphorous. Human beings acquire Vitamin D from …

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The War On Lung Disease: Traditional Treatments vs Stem Cell Therapy

The War On Lung Disease

War is hell—particularly when the battleground is inside your own lungs. Unfortunately, for millions of Americans, chronic lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema seem to be winning that war. Across the U.S. 6.3% of the adult population (roughly 15 million people) have been diagnosed with COPD—a prevalence that is predominantly seen within adults older than 65. Worse …

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BOATING ACCIDENTS (WHAT TO DO?)

BOATING ACCIDENTS

By David E. High, Attorney-At-Law Accidents involving boats or personal watercraft including waverunners and jet skis are common during the summer months. Unfortunately, some people consume alcohol and attempt to operate a boat or personal watercraft resulting in serious injuries to others. If you are injured in an accident on the water, you should promptly notify the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency …

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HEEL PAIN

HEEL PAIN

By Raines Foot Clinic – The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Like all bones, it is subject to outside influences that can affect its ability to keep us on our feet. Heel pain, sometimes disabling, can …

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Being a Trail Angel Really Can Work Like Magic

Being a Trail Angel Really Can Work Like Magic

By Johnny Molloy Appalachian Trail thru-hikers are passing through our region this time of year. And we want to give ‘em a good ol’ Tennessee welcome. To thru-hikers, we are known as “Trail Angels.”  All that is required to be a trail angel is to position yourself somewhere on the Appalachian Trail, usually near a trail junction, road crossing, campground, …

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Healing after Upper Limb Loss with Occupational Therapy

Healing after Upper Limb Loss with Occupational Therapy

By Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics Group Losing an arm due to an accident or a medical condition is a difficult situation. Advanced medical technology and prosthetics offer many opportunities for an amputee to live a productive and balanced life-style while still participating in all the activities they enjoy. Complete Prosthetic Rehabilitation Occupational therapy is a critical component of upper …

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Can Yoga Help Those Undergoing Chemotherapy?

Can Yoga Help Those Undergoing Chemotherapy?

Cancer patients who practice yoga as therapy during their treatment often refer to their yoga practice as a life-saver. No matter how sick from treatments and no matter how little energy, many find the one thing that would bring relief was yoga practices. As the interest in more holistic approaches to healing is growing, yoga for cancer patients and cancer …

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Tips for Buying Sports Eye Protectors

Tips for Buying Sports Eye Protectors

Presented by Smothers Eye Clinic Eyeguards designed for use in racquet sports are now commonly used for basketball and soccer and in combination with helmets in football, hockey and baseball. The eyeguards you choose should fit securely and comfortably and allow the use of a helmet if necessary. Expect to spend between $20 and $40 for a pair of regular eyeguards …

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Achieving Smile Power!

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS Last month’s article dealt with the power of the human smile and the interpersonal benefits of enhancing our smile through Cosmetic Dentistry. This month, we will discuss how we go about creating beautiful smiles at Smiles by LeDuke! Usually when a patient comes to us for help with their smile, they have in mind specific …

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Relating to a child with Asperger’s Syndrome

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism, or Asperger’s Syndrome, is on the increase. Here’s some advice on how to recognize and relate to someone with the condition. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome are unique in that they usually demonstrate average or above-average intelligence, but they often have problems interacting with others. They tend to have difficulty relating …

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