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Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Skin Cancer

Prevention of Skin Cancer – Approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Scary, isn’t it? Are you aware of the actions you can take to decrease your risk of developing skin cancer? In addition to avoiding ultraviolet (UV) rays, here are a few tips that you may not already know. 1. Reflective surfaces can greatly …

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Help for Arthritis: Programs for Better Living

Programs for Better Living

By Cate Abraham, M.Ed, Tennessee Arthritis Foundation Program Committee – What do the following conditions all have in common: Achilles tendinitis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Frozen shoulder, Gout, Osteoporosis, Neonatal lupus, Polymyalgia rheumatic, Scleroderma, Tennis elbow, Wegener’s granulomatosis? They are all forms of the more than 100 rheumatic diseases included in Arthritis. What is Arthritis? The word arthritis …

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Successful Aging through Nutritional Wisdom

By Monica L. Cooper, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. – May is celebrated as older American’s month and is recognized for National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention. Nutrition plays a key role in the aging process and provides several preventative options for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can occur at any time, though the population of people over 50 years of age is at highest risk. …

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New American Stroke Association Guidelines

People having a stroke should get therapy  within 60 minutes of hospital arrival People having an ischemic stroke should receive clot-dissolving therapy – if appropriate — within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, according to new American Stroke Association guidelines. Ischemic stroke, which accounts for nine in 10 strokes, is caused by a blood clot in the arteries leading …

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How Easily Do You Bounce Back?

May is National Mental Health Month By Joe Page, M.A., L.M.F.T. Frontier Health Senior Vice President of Tennessee Adult Services – When life throws you a curve, how easily do you bounce back? Can you laugh and have fun? Do you adapt to change easily and learn new things without tremendous stress? Do you worry about worrying? Are you able …

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Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month by Having a Hearing Check-Up

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month Since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month each May. This month of awareness is a good time to analyze your own hearing and determine if you are one of the estimated 28 million Americans who have a hearing loss that can be treated. Signs of Hearing Loss …

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Cancer Fatigue

Cancer Fatigue

By Cathy Walker, RN, CWCN, CFCN, Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice  – Cancer fatigue is a major issue for many people. It is not known exactly what causes cancer fatigue and how best to treat it. The following is a collection of information about this troubling and sometimes untreated problem. Fatigue is usually described as feeling exhausted or weak. …

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May is Women’s Health Month: Life After Mastectomy

Life After Mastectomy

By Stacy Harkleroad, LO/Cfom/C.Ped – Cancer is the scary “C” word that so many people fear today.  Cancer affects the lives of the person diagnosed and the people that surround them.  Technology is advancing each year and early detection and treatment options are increasing the survival rate exponentially.  In 2009, 211,731 women were recorded as being diagnosed with breast cancer. …

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Ayurveda and Obesity

By Sudha Venkataraman, SRV Global Health, Bristol, TN – Obesity. It’s not a word that anyone enjoys hearing—especially when you know being overweight is impacting your health.  According to the US Center for Disease Control, one third of all Americans are obese. Despite it being a problem shared by so many, feelings of shame and embarrassment can lead some people …

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May is Correct Posture Month

Correct Posture Month encourages people to think about how posture can affect their overall health. Posture refers to the position a person’s body is in while they are sitting or standing. Sedentary activities, such as sitting, reading, playing video games, and using a computer and physical activities like gardening, bending or lifting objects, are often performed with poor posture. How …

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A Guide to Topical Pain Medications

A Guide to Topical Pain Medications

Don’t let Chronic Pain Keep you from Enjoying Life! By Whitney Larkin – ProCompounding Pharmacy – When most people think of pain management, they think of swallowing a pill. However, there are many topical pain relievers that can be applied to the skin to help with pain relief. Topical Pain Therapy A relatively new and innovative approach to certain types …

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Arthritis is a Pain in the…

Arthritis is a Pain in the

By Rosellen Ryals, OTR/L – Types of Arthritis The term Arthritis comes from Greek “arthros” for joint and “itis” meaning inflamed. This describes the primary symptom of a cluster of types of arthritis. The most common type is osteoarthritis, which is wear and tear of the cartilage and most of us will eventually have some of this due to living. …

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May is Women’s Health Month Natural Progesterone – An Addition Worth Considering

By Stacey Upton, Independent Consultant and EVP with Arbonne International – Moody?  Irritable? Sleepless Nights?  Hot Flashes?  Periods that are Unpredictable?  Bloating? If you are experiencing any of these things either pre-or post-menopause then I actually have some good news for you. It is all manageable with the simple addition of a regular dose of Natural Progesterone. You use progesterone …

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Time to Get on Board with the Anti-Inflammatory Diet!!

By Connie Pennington, MD – An anti-inflammatory diet is really not a diet but a commitment to a healthy eating plan. It is simply ideal for overall good health. The diet is largely based on the typical Mediterranean meal plans and life-expectancy data on the Mediterranean population. An anti-inflammatory diet reduces heart disease, reduces blood triglycerides, lowers blood pressure, and …

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Doe River Gorge: Changing Kids’ Lives

There is nothing more valuable than our children.  As parents, we want them to have every opportunity to achieve and to develop their full God-given potential. But raising kids in the 21st century can be a daunting task. Cultural influences seek to undermine the values we hold dear by reshaping the beliefs, morals, and behaviors of our children. The impact …

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Hobbies that Bring Happiness

Have you thought of what you’ll do with all of your newfound free time when you retire? Why not make it an adventure—a time to learn something new or revisit a favorite pastime? No research is necessary to know that people who have hobbies live enjoyable lives, and what better time is there to be happy than right now? Take …

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WHAT ARE ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS?

WHAT ARE ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS

By Will Graybeal, Bristol Orthotics & Prosthetics – My conversation often begins with “And what do you do?”  My answer tends to leave most with more questions.  When I answer that I am an Orthotist and Prosthetist the other person then asks what that is.  So let us begin this inaugural article with the basics. What Are Orthotics? “Orthotics” are …

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Tennis Elbow

By Matt Broussard, PT, DPT, COMT, OCS – As spring approaches, many of us will be shaking off the winter rust and getting back outdoors. Spring also means spring-cleaning and getting the yard back into shape. With this sudden increase in activity, new aches and pains can surface, even with just chores around the house. One of the more common …

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Detecting Skin Cancer Early

By Dermatology Associates – With summer approaching, our thoughts naturally turn toward outdoor activities:  swimming, boating, gardening and golfing.  As the weather warms up, it’s important to understand the risks involved with prolonged, unprotected sun exposure.  Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States?1  Fortunately,  if caught early, it’s also one …

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Parenting Skills

By Kathy Benedetto, SPE, LPC, LMFT – Frontier Health Senior Vice President of Tennessee Children’s Services – Babies don’t come with instruction books. Parents leave the hospital armed with pamphlets on feeding, immunizations, well-baby care and how to make a home safe, but where do they find the real “stuff” about parenting? Those post-delivery tools are long gone when parents …

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