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More than 2 million poisonings are reported every 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, …

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March is recognized as National Nutrition Month. The month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

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Aging is an inevitable part of life that affects us all. We are living longer than previous generations before us, and with that come the effects of aging on our bodies and brains.

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Older adults must remain active to promote better health and lessen their risks of developing severe disease. Physical activity can also help seniors remain independent longer, improve their balance and ensure they can enjoy activities with their families. 

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February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month, commonly referred to as American Heart Month. It’s the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart. Cardiovascular disease — including heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke,…

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The deadliest month yet of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. drew to a close with certain signs of progress: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are plummeting, while vaccinations are picking up speed.

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Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States, claiming approximately 1 million lives annually. More people die from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. One out of four deaths in the United States is because of heart disease.

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The holiday season is in full swing and shopping is entering its busiest season. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are all looking for that perfect gift for the little ones on their list. While picking out the perfect gift is important, it is also important to pick out age-appropriate …

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Taking care of yourself has never been more important. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and make you more vulnerable to other health concerns.

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We have been fighting a global pandemic since the beginning of the year and now we are heading into the winter months, where illnesses seem to flourish as people are forced indoors. Flu season is here and we have to be extra cautious this year, more than ever, since we are in the middle of a…

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Mental Illness Awareness Week began Sunday and continues through this coming Saturday. Mental illness does not discriminate; it affects all ages, all races, and all cultures.

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Mask wearing has become a much debated topic since the coronavirus pandemic began in the United States. Initially, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) did not recommend mask use for the general public in an effort to conserve them for …

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The month of July brings warmer temperatures, outdoor gatherings, sports, and lots of outdoor play time by the pool or lake. With all the time spent outdoors in the squelching heat, it’s important to remember to take precautions to prevent dehydration, which can lead to heat exhaustion or ev…

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Spring has sprung and the desire to run, ride bikes and play outside has consumed our children. I imagine the desire to get outside is stronger than ever for most, including myself, with all that has been going on in our nation and the world.

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Living through a pandemic is hopefully a once in a lifetime thing for most of us. Since we are all in uncharted waters, it creates a lot of stress and uncertainty during this time. Many of us are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, fearful and depressed. It’s certainly OK for us to have these feel…

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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. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical acti…

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Most of us have had a cut or wound at some point in our lives. Our body typically takes care of our wounds on its own and they heal up within a few weeks. However, that is not the case for everyone. Wounds that are present for eight weeks without any signs of healing are considered to be chr…

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Heart disease can happen at any age. Higher rates of obesity and high blood pressure in younger people are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life than ever before. With February being Heart Health Month, it’s the perfect time to raise awareness for starting heart-healthy habi…

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February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month, commonly referred to as American Heart Month. It’s the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart. 

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We all know that germs are literally everywhere. Just because something looks clean, it does not mean that it is germ-free.

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January is often viewed as a new beginning, a time for creative resolutions and passionate pledges to embrace health.

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The theme for Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes. Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day is a campaign run by the International Diabetes Federation. Its goal is to raise awareness of the impact t…

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Flu season is upon us again, which means it’s time to think about protecting ourselves and loved ones from the flu. In the United States, 36,000 people die a year from the flu and more than 200,000 are hospitalized.

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August is recognized across America as National Breastfeeding Month. Throughout the month, people around the world bring awareness to celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is proven to save lives by protecting babies from life-threatening infections and illnesses. 

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Heather Melton has joined AdvancedHEALTH, Tennessee’s largest independent, multispecialty practice. She will be welcoming patients at Twin Rivers Ortho, 1323 E. Wood St. in Paris.

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Henry County Medical Center nurse practitioner Jennifer Coleman has been appointed by Gov. Bill Lee to a second three-year term on the state Council on Developmental Disabilities. She will represent the Northwest Development District.

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School’s out and kids are involved in endless summer fun and activities. Summertime is a great break, but it can also bring about a wide array of injuries in children such as tick bites, bee stings, nosebleeds, wounds and more. Being educated, prepared, and having a first aid kit readily ava…

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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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