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April is Stress Awareness Month – Grocery Shopping Solutions: Simple Ways to Reduce Stress when Shopping and Planning for Healthy Meal

By Audrey Kessler, RD, LDN – Stress is a part of everyday life.  Some things we can’t control, and other things we can.  Food shopping, meal planning and making healthy choices are responsibilities that can add to anxiety. Luckily, they are within our control. What’s the best ways to reduce stress when it comes to making these food and nutrition …

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Why Water Exercise?

Do you remember the last time you put on a bathing suit?  If the answer is no, then you might be missing out on one of the most effective exercise programs for people of all ages.  Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States, but if you don’t like swimming, then maybe water aerobics is your …

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NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS SAFETY MONTH: FRACTURES

By April McLeod, Watauga Orthopaedics – Injuries often occur from participation in both team and/or individual sports.  Because of the substantial health benefits of sport participation, regular exercise, and overall physical health, we at Watauga Orthopaedics encourage these activities.  But, when/if injury does occur, we are here to help and provide comprehensive orthopedic care to help individuals return to their …

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invisalign

By Dr. Leighton Wood, DDS, MS, PC, Tri-Cities Orthodontic Specialists – For Teens. . . Get started toward a beautiful smile today! We’re excited to tell you that Dr. Leighton Wood now offers Invisalign Teen—the clear alternative to braces—now for teens! This revolutionary new product can straighten your child’s teeth without the hassle, discomfort, and embarrassment of traditional braces. Of …

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Weight Loss Myths

Did you know that Americans spend a staggering 40 billion dollars on weight loss each year and have one of the highest obesity rates with 35.7% of American adults who are obese?  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we are spending money on solutions that don’t work.  So what are some common myths of weight loss? Skipping …

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April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month – Diagnosing and Treating Barrett’s Esophagus

By Jerry F. London, MD, FACP, FACG – Alarmingly, the incidence of esophageal cancer has gone up dramatically in the United States – more than 400% in the last two decades. As such, gastroenterologists have been examining possible causes, preventions, and treatments for this devastating disease. The main risk factor for esophageal cancer is Barrett’s esophagus. The normal esophagus, which …

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Our World and Autism

Our World and Autism

By Rosellen Ryals, OTR/L, Physical Therapy Services – What is Autism? April is National Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.  Autism is currently estimated to occur in one of every 88 children, one in 54 boys.  Autism is a neurological disruption characterized by impaired language and communication skills, impaired social interaction (and lack of eye …

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Help for Parkinson Disease

Help for Parkinson Disease

By Dallas Maas, RN, MS, CCC-SLP, LSVT certified – Parkinson disease is a chronic progressive disorder that affects around 1.5 million people in the United States.  Specific symptoms will vary from person to person; however some hallmark characteristics include tremor of the hands, arms, legs and face; bradykinesia or slow movements; and problems with balance and coordination.  Some of the …

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April is Stress Awareness Month – Dealing with Stress

When you’ve got an unexpected bill, a dead car battery or family trouble on your hands, are you like a cartoon character with steam shooting out of your ears? Or a cool cat who hides your stress? 
In today’s fast-paced world filled with increasing demands, it’s important to manage your stress level. Everyone feels stress in different amounts and reacts …

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Hospice and Volunteerism: The Ultimate Act of Altruism

The Ultimate Act of Altruism

By Glenna McMahan, LBSW (Licensed Bachelor’s, Social Work) – National Volunteer Week is April 18-24 this year. Volunteering is a very special subject to Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice. We always need and welcome our volunteers, so in recognition of the national week of volunteers, we wanted to take an opportunity to let our readers know about this important …

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Like Socks on a Rooster? In Memory of Larry R. Ford CP/LPO

By Will Graybeal, CP/LPO – Over the past few months we have discussed what orthotics and prosthetics are, the history of the Graybeal family businesses, and a special story of one of our very own practitioners, Terry Colley.  My goal in writing these articles is to convey to the community our dedication to the art of orthotics and prosthetics and …

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Shedding Light on Senior Eyesight

Shedding Light on Senior Eyesight

By Tinea Payne – Squinting at street signs, misplacing objects that are close and words out of focus, no matter how close or far—poor eye health can be debilitating, as daily activities, such as driving, preparing meals and reading a favorite novel become increasingly difficult. And many seniors can relate. According to the 2012 report on older Americans published by …

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Restore Balance with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Restore Balance with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

By ProCompounding Pharmacy – Hormones affect many areas of your health, including your mood, level of anxiety, your sleep habits, sexual function and overall well-being. If you hormones become unbalanced, whether due to menopause or other factors, you may feel like a stranger in your own skin. However, bio-identical (natural) hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a way to restore balance …

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April is Stress Awareness Month – Treat Stress with Integrative Medicine

Treat Stress with Integrative Medicine

By Sudha Venkataraman, SRV Global Health, Bristol, TN – One of the newest and most exciting developments in medical care is integrative medicine. Combining the practices of two worlds, integrative medicine blends conventional medicine (the treatment from your M.D.) with alternative medical practices, such as massage, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and nutritional and Ayurvedic approaches to disease. Numerous studies conducted at …

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April is Stress Awareness Month – Stress Relief Through Chiropractic Care

Stress Relief Through Chiropractic Care

By Dr. Craig Livesay- Effects of Stress Stress can have profound impacts on both your physical and mental health. Seventy-five percent of all diseases in the U.S. are stress and lifestyle related, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Stress buildup, if not dealt with from the symptom level, can impact the nervous system and, therefore, cause many physical ailments, including …

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Inspired by Very Special Parents

Inspired by Very Special Parents

After over 40 years of working with struggling young people and their families, I have developed profound respect, admiration, and enormous compassion for beleaguered parents who persistently search for help for a child whose needs go beyond the ordinary.  Each day there are anxious parents doggedly attempting to find the solution for their child who learns and/or behaves differently.  They …

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See a Physical Therapist First

See a Physical Therapist First

By Results Physiotherapy – • Get fast and effective help • Get long lasting pain relief today • Decrease your medical costs • Send your family and friends Do I need to get a physician order to come to physical therapy in the state of Tennessee? The quick answer is no. In 2007, Tennessee legislature allowed the provision of direct access …

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Earth Day is April 20 – Appalachian Sustainable Development Offering Earth Day Events for the Tri-Cities Area

By Sylvia Crum, Director of Communications and Developoment, ASD – Celebrating Earth Day can be a way of connecting with neighbors and engaging a sense of place through the bounty of our region – to live better, locally.  That’s just what the local non-profit organization Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) will be doing this Earth Day. In partnership with agencies and …

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Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids

By Connie Pennington, M.D.- Did you know that HEMORRHOIDS are the most commonly misdiagnosed and mistreated disease of the anorectum? Did you know that searching HEMORRHOIDS brings up over 14 million sites on Google, and over 30,000 videos on YouTube? Mistaken Identity:  Anal Fissures The most common reason for pain with bowel movements, bright red bleeding, and persistent anal discomfort …

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The Pursuit of Balance

The Pursuit of Balance

By Abigail Weaver, Marketing and Communications Director, Greater Kingsport Family YMCA – According to Merriam-Webster, balance can be defined as “mental and emotional steadiness.”  For someone who tends to think of herself as self-aware (and quite high-strung at times), I would rarely describe myself as one who maintains balance.  However, as my personal journey has developed alongside my professional one, …

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