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March is American Red Cross Month

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A time to remember and honor Everyday Heroes, like Carolyn Doerfert By Stan Gibert Every U.S. President since 1943 has designated March as Red Cross Month.  The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years. Each March, the organization recognizes its Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and help their …

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One7: Reaching Inner City Communities in Johnson City Through Cross-Cultural Youth Ministry

Reaching Inner City Communities

By Gretchen Allie and Michael Mabry Sex.  Fitting in.  Alcohol.  Peer pressure.  Drugs.  Body image. These are all things that teenagers deal with everyday.  But what about worrying about having food or if your family will be on the streets because your parents can’t pay the rent? Or not having time for homework after taking care of younger siblings, cleaning, …

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Find Orthopaedic Pain Relief with Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Find Orthopaedic Pain Relief with Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

By April McLeod, Watauga Orthopaedics – Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is not anything new in the medical world, although it has more recently been getting more attention in the media due to professional athletes undergoing the procedure. Football players, baseball players, golfers, and many other athletes have undergone PRP injections, experiencing quicker recoveries from surgeries and/or injuries. PRP Therapy has …

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The Blurring of Food and Love: Overcoming Emotional Eating

Overcoming Emotional Eating

By Angie Tolley, Behavior Therapist, MSHA Resolve Weight Management Solutions – Most people have heard the results of studies that tell how obesity is associated with adverse cardiac and vascular structural and functional alterations.  These results include increased carotid wall thickness and volume; elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, lipids, and triglycerides; and increased general inflammation. While the results of overeating and …

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February is AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) and Low Vision Awareness Month

Low Vision Awareness Month

With John C Johnson, Jr., M.D. – What is AMD? AMD is the number one cause of vision loss in senior citizens.  Age related macular degeneration often results in “low vision” or significant vision loss that cannot be helped by normal correction such as eyeglasses or contacts lens. Age-related macular degeneration is a complex, multifactorial disease with progressive degeneration of …

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Get Fit with the Wellness Center’s “Hearts On the Move” Program

Risk Factors of Heart Disease With heart disease being the leading cause of death for both males and females, you may already be aware of the risk factors for heart disease.  As a reminder, you are at a greatest risk if you have one or more of the following risk factors: family history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure, …

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Eating Disorders: Are We Sending The Right Messages?

Eating Disorder Are We Sending The Right Messages

By Kathy Benedetto, SPE, LPC, LMFT, 
Frontier Health Senior Vice President of Tennessee Children’s Services – Eating Disorders on the Rise Disordered eating, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, is not a “normal” or harmless phase adolescents go through.  Problems with eating may lead to complex and devastating conditions that can become life threatening. Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating …

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Orthodontic Treatment Earlier May Reduce Treatment Later

Orthodontic

Get Screening By Age Seven By Tri-Cities Orthodontics Specialists – Look at yearbook or prom pictures from the 1950s or ’60s and you’ll see many smiles framed with heavy metal braces. It’s a less-common sight in high schools today. Why the change? Children today tend to get braces at a much earlier age. Some patients with special problems begin orthodontic …

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Get Moving. Stay Healthy.

Get Moving

By Jeff Schoondyke, M.D. – Karing Hearts Cardiology – The Big Picture Surgery, prescriptions and other professional medical services are only one small part of a total heart-healthy program. The importance of diet and exercise cannot be stressed enough. Contrary to popular belief, the COUCH IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. Reasonable activity is. Here are few tips to help your heart …

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Voice Disorders and Treatment

Voice Disorders and Treatment

By Keltie Kerney, BSN, RN, MPH, Executive Director of Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center- Nearly everyone reading this article has experienced a problem with his or her voice at one time.  “Losing your voice” or going hoarse can be caused by different things, including colds, laryngitis, bronchitis, exposure to certain chemicals, excessive prolonged loudness such as yelling at a …

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What is Cancer?

Cancer

By Cathy Walker, RN, CWCN, CFCN, Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice – February is National Cancer Prevention Month—Screening and Early Detection Month. In an effort to educate the people of the Tri-Cities area, Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice has put together some cancer facts and figures and information to broaden your knowledge of this devastating disease. What Is …

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Life After a Stroke

Life After a Stroke

By Will Graybeal, CP/LPO, Bristol Orthotics & Prosthetics – The Statistics In 2012 nearly 800,000 people in the Untied States suffered from a stroke or a re-occurrence of a stroke.  A majority of the survivors are left debilitated in one way or another. Our medical technology today is so great that not only surviving a stroke but also returning to …

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A Guide to Topical Pain Medications: Don’t let Chronic Pain Keep you from Enjoying Life!

A Guide to Topical Pain Medications

By 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 of pain is compounded transdermal (topical) therapy. The medication is formulated to …

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Healthy Steps for Digestive Wellness

Healthy Steps for Digestive Wellness

By Mary de Wit, Tri-Cities Gastroenterology – Use the “Plate Method” for Healthier Meals Cancer prevention starts with the care and feeding of your amazing body. In planning your meals and proportions, we recommend using the plate method as an easy, excellent guide: divide your plate in half, and fill that half with colorful, non-starchy vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, …

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UNLEASH YOUR INNER HEALING POWER

UNLEASH YOUR INNER HEALING POWER

With an All-natural, Drug-free Way to be Healthy By Livesay Chiropractic – What makes our chiropractic care different is that corrective and wellness chiropractic is not sick care, it is health care: We focus on how to help you CREATE HEALTH. Health sciences are starting to understand that natural immunity, strength of body defenses and vitality play the most important …

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Get Moving with a Beginner Running Program

Get Moving with a Beginner Running Program

Helping Beginning Runners Get in Shape As we embark on the New Year we all have resolutions fresh in our mind. If yours includes getting healthy, getting fit, or just finding a new hobby, you may want to consider joining a “Couch to 5k” running program. Fleet Feet Sports offers the “No Boundaries” program, a “Couch to 5K” running program …

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Love Your Pet… With Healthy Food!

Love Your Pet

By Valerie Whaley, Co-owner, Natural Pet Supply, LLC Johnson City, TN – Healthy Food, Healthy Pets Our pets bring us so much joy that we want to ensure they’re happy, healthy, and vibrant for as long as they can be. One important way to encourage this is to feed them healthy foods. Manufactured pet foods fall into categories like economy …

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Children Behave as They are Expected to Behave

Children Behave as They are Expected to Behave

By Sharon Morrison, Ed.D, Director and School Psychologist, Morrison School – Why do children, whether they have “special issues” or not, behave one way or another? Although many children have predispositions for certain behavioral patterns, the behaviors that become habitual—good or bad—are those that are most consistently reinforced. Without realizing it, as teachers and parents, we often reinforce with our …

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A Cancer Not Much Talked About: Anal Cancer

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By Connie Pennington, MD * February is National Cancer Prevention Month: Screening & Early Detection Month It was estimated that 6,230 people in the United States were diagnosed with anal canal cancer, and that 780 died of cancer of the anus in 2012. Of those diagnosed, 24.8 % were between the ages of 45 and 54, while 26.1% were between …

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Young Life: Loving Kids in the Tri-Cities

Loving Kids in the Tri-Cities

By Scott Caldwell, Area Director, Young Life Upper East Tennessee – Imagine you had an important message to communicate…something very serious where death and life are at stake. How would you best convince your audience of the message and prepare them to move to action? Megaphone? Skywriting? Email? Twitter? Would they listen? Would they be convinced? There are many different …

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