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Is it Strep Throat?

Many things can cause that unpleasant, scratchy, and sometimes painful condition known as a sore throat. Viruses, bacteria, allergens, environmental irritants (such as cigarette smoke), chronic postnasal drip and fungi can all cause a sore throat. While many sore throats will get better without treatment, some throat infections—including strep throat—may need antibiotic treatment. How You Get Strep Throat Strep throat ... Read More »

7 Important Reasons to See a Gastroenterologist

By Gastroenterology Associates – 1.    Colorectal Cancer Screening Over the last few years, we have instituted an aggressive course of colorectal cancer screening for anyone over the age of 50 and for African Americans over the age of 45. This entails a full colonoscopy to look for any abnormal colonic lesions or polyps (growths on the lining of the colon) ... Read More »

You can’t control the future. But you can prepare for it.

Term life insurance protects your family and your budget. Whether you’re a parent planning for a child’s education or a small business owner poised for growth, one thing is certain – there’s not much you can do to control the future. The good news is, there’s plenty you can do to prepare for it. Believe it or not, life often ... Read More »

Take Five in 2015

Here are five easy, heart healthy resolutions for every lifestyle from the American Heart Association. 1. Drink more water You’ve heard it time and again, but the fact remains: Drinking the right amount of water is a key ingredient in staying healthy. If you’re drinking more water, you’ll have less room for sugary sodas – which is a good thing. ... Read More »

Winter Storm Preparedness

Here in Northeast Tennessee, winter weather is sure to hit. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events. Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the ... Read More »

After a near tragedy with their young son, two parents invent unique bike safety device

Raising four active children, Dave and Judith Meyer had no plans to become inventors, but a near-tragedy set them into creative action for their own children and for other families. It was an ordinary summer day in 2011 when Judith Meyer, an information technology specialist, and her husband Dave, a contractor, were planning a cookout with friends. Their son, Luke, ... Read More »

Sweets for the Sweet Cupcake Fundraiser

Help Healing Hands Health Center By Ordering Blackbird Bakery Cupcakes Healing Hands Health Center, a volunteer Christian ministry, is a free health clinic providing medical, dental, chiropractic, eye care, eyeglasses, medications and counseling to low-income, working uninsured residents of the greater Bristol area. Because our services are offered at no cost, we must fundraise to cover operating expenses and most ... Read More »

Create A Mindful Way of Eating Understanding Food Addiction, Part IV

By Kimberly Toby Happy New Year, readers!  I am not going to write about losing weight, going to the gym, or any other cliché that surrounds this time of year.  I am here to help you manage the temptations of giving into a food frenzy. Over the past several months I have written about recognizing food addiction, accepting that you ... Read More »

Why the Smokies Can Be Even Better in Winter than Summer

By Johnny Molloy Winter is here. The days are short and cold. The official “hiking season” for most is over, but don’t put away those hiking boots or that backpack yet! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a completely different but decidedly beautiful face for those willing to brave the elements. Have you ever looked out upon snowcapped mountains ... Read More »

Appalachian Sustainable Development: Leading the way to connect local farmers to schools

By Sylvia Crum, Director of Communications and Development Beginning in 2015, local non-profit, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) will connect local farmers with elementary and middle school children in a very important way.  As a USDA support services grant recipient, ASD will use the $99,000 award to execute various farm to school projects at public elementary and middle schools in Tennessee ... Read More »

Get Your Simple On

By Christy McGriff, Be Still and Live Ministry When you hear the word “resolution,” what exactly comes to mind? Well, I’ll tell you what comes to my mind—failure. By definition, resolution means the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action. Sounds much like making a commitment. . . and who needs more of those, right? ... Read More »

Have you been crying?

Watery eyes can be a symptom of Dry Eye Syndrome From The American Optometric Association Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce ... Read More »

On The Road Again? Don’t Let A Disability Keep You At Home.

By John E. Carter, Sales Manager Concise Consulting Inc. Whether you use a wheelchair, power chair or scooter, your ability to stay mobile is very important. Transporting your extended mobility requires additional accessories, such as a vehicle carrier. With the technology available on the market today, having a disability does not have to keep you from those Sunday afternoon drives ... Read More »

ACL Injuries in Athletes

By Results Physiotherapy ACL Injuries are one of the seven most common sports injuries.  Physical therapy plays a critical role in not only the treatment of these injuries but also in their prevention. The cruciate ligaments, ACL (anterior) and PCL (posterior) are designed to stabilize the knee against front-to-back and back-to-front forces. The two ligaments connect the thighbone to the ... Read More »

Sagging Cheeks?

Voluma Restores Facial Volume Loss By Erin Martin, MD Your face shows signs of aging in more ways than one – crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and “turkey” neck are the problems that come to mind most readily.  And fortunately, there are fairly simple ways to combat these problems – sun avoidance, a good moisturizing regimen, and even Botox.  But what ... Read More »

Wash Your Hands!

No one wants to be sick during the holidays!   One of the best ways to avoid illness is to keep your hands clean.  Follow these tips to stay healthy. When should you wash your hands? • Before, during, and after preparing food • Before eating food • Before and after caring for someone who is sick • Before and ... Read More »

Healthy Eating During the Holiday Season

Keep these 10 tips in mind during the holiday season and the other 360 odd days a year By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN The holidays are a time for us to gather with family and friends to celebrate. For better or worse, with celebration comes food. This can be a difficult time for all of us, but especially those ... Read More »

Ways to Brighten the Holidays, Keep the Blues Away

By Eric T. Greene, LPC CSAC Frontier Health Senior Vice President of Virginia Services The holidays can be a great time of year but some people may experience frustration, disappointment or sadness. Holidays can evoke memories of a loved one no longer with us, especially if the loss occurred this time of year. Others are coping with family problems or ... Read More »

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program: Giving Tools to Prevent a Deadly Disease

November was National Diabetes Awareness Month, but there’s another important facet of awareness regarding the growing epidemic of diabetes’ relative:  prediabetes.  According to the CDC, “a person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.”* The Diabetes Epidemic Odds are everyone has at least one friend with prediabetes or ... Read More »

Being prepared is smart

Protect the lifestyles of the people you love in the event of the unexpected. With today’s busy lifestyle, it takes a plan to get things done. Whether it’s as simple as a grocery list, or as complicated as planning a wedding, careful preparation can help you save time, money and countless headaches. Surprisingly, though, most people don’t have a well-thought-out ... Read More »

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