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Summer break is here and the desire to run, walk, play, garden, hike, and so much more outside is high. However, before you or your children take a stroll outside you’ll want to protect yourself and loved ones from ticks that often lurk in tall grass, wooded areas and thick brush.

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Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It typically starts out as a high fever accompanied by cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, diarrhea and ear infections. A rash of tiny red spots breaks out about three to five days after the onset of symptoms. 

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Spring is in full bloom and warm weather has arrived. I’m not sure about you, but I am quite happy for the warm weather and the beautiful sunshine of these spring Tennessee days.

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Pre-diabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. It is a condition that raises a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Almost all people who develop type 2 diabetes d…

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Heart Health month in February was a good time to raise awareness about heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. 

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Heart Health month in February was a good time to raise awareness about heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. 

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Fall is officially here and Halloween is right around the corner. Treats are part of the fun. However, treats do not have to be the scrumptious, ooey-gooey candy we instantly think of. Would you be surprised to know that the number of overweight and obese children aged 6-11 has more than dou…

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Although we rarely think about the 17,000 breaths we take every day, they are critical for our survival. Every cell in our bodies needs oxygen to live. Problems affecting your respiratory health can lead to labored and difficult breathing and a serious decrease in the ability to perform ever…

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Opioid abuse and misuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Opioids are a class of drug that includes common prescription medications such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl as well as illegal substances such as heroin. 

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September is National Head Lice Prevention Month. The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) will be kicking off its 21st annual All Out Comb Out lice prevention campaign. The NPA focuses on informing the community about prevention and safe control of head lice before outbreaks occur. 

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The sun is shining and it is still very hot out, but the children of the Henry County School System are getting back into the swing of school. The nursing department for the 2018-19 school year includes the following people:

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Many people struggle with knowing exactly when they need to see a doctor, what type of doctor they need to see and what type setting they need in order to address their medical issues. 

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Preventable injuries are the No. 1 killer of kids in the United States. Throughout the world, almost 1 million children die of an injury each year, with most of these tragedies being preventable.

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When someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease, it can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming not only for the person, but also for the entire family. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. The Centers for Disease Control and …

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With summertime comes trips to the beach, long days spent at the pool or lake, summer camps, and days spent playing out in the sun with friends and family. As much as we all love the sunshine, we have to remember to protect our skin from the dangers of the sun. 

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CHICAGO (AP) — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk.

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May has arrived, and the warm weather is hopefully here to stay. With warm weather comes the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature while playing alongside our children.

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There are approximately 84.1 million adults in the United States who have pre-diabetes, and 90 percent of them don’t know they have it. Pre-diabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. It is a conditi…

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More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 55 poison control centers across the country. The American Association of Poison Control Centers’ (AAPCC) mission is to actively advance the health care role and public health mission of its members through information, advocacy, e…

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Most individuals have heard the phrase ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ since we were small children, and the phrase is 100 percent correct. Breakfast is a great way to give the body the refueling it needs after a long night’s rest without food. It helps prepare your brain f…

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February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month, commonly referred to as American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) — including heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke and high blood pressure — is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States.

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November is “Eat Smart Month.” This is part of the Healthy For Good initiative created by the American Heart Association encouraging people to eat smart.

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Mental illness is defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behavior associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Heather Peele is just like any other mom rushing to pick up her child at day care after work. Except, it’s 2:30 a.m., and her 6-year-old daughter has been sleeping for hours at a 24-hour child care center near the Las Vegas airport.

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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide. Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, it affects about 27 million Americans, usually middle-aged and older.

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Summer break is here and the desire to run, walk, play, garden, hike and so much more outside is high. However, before you or your children take a stroll outside you’ll want to protect yourself and loved ones from ticks that often lurk in tall grass, wooded areas and thick brush. The hidden …

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The overall state of men’s health has long been called a silent health crisis in America. Men often neglect their health care, leading to them living sicker and shorter lives than women. Men die at higher rates than women and are victims of over 90 percent of workplace deaths. 

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March is recognized as National Nutrition Month. Nutrition month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Sudden cardiac arrest kills someone every 1.7 minutes, resulting in 350,000 deaths a year. It is the No. 1 killer of adults in the United States, outnumbering deaths from lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, house fires, hand guns, traffic accidents and AIDS combined. 

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