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We’re here to help you take a proactive approach to your health. We hope that the information here will help you make healthy decisions for long-term health and high quality of living. Your body will thank you. 

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Why Should I Get a Mammogram

Did you skip your annual breast cancer screening mammogram during COVID-19? If so, you are not alone. According to an Emory University study, more than two million women across the nation didn’t get their mammograms during the pandemic.Even now, women are still asking if they should still get a mammogram. Without a doubt, the answer...
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Open MRI vs Closed MRI

If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of questions about MRIs. What’s the difference between an open MRI and closed MRI? Which type of MRI scan is better for me? Open MRI scanners are becoming more and more popular because they offer patients several benefits over traditional closed MRI machines. However, each...
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Walk Your Way to Better Health and Happiness

Ah, spring. It’s the time of the year when nature starts to come back to life and we can finally enjoy the warmer weather. And what better way to take advantage of all that spring has to offer than by enjoying the best places to walk? Walking is one of the most popular ways to...
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Why it’s Important to Create Your Family Health History

Do You Know Your Family Health History? If you have a close family member with a chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer, you may be more likely to develop that disease too. Sharing your family health history is a meaningful way to protect your health. You can help protect yourself from these...
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See Common Injuries in Football with X-ray Vision

It’s Time for Tennessee Football–and Football Injuries Football is back! Fans across Tennessee are donning their team colors, grilling their tailgate favs, and settling in for a season of bone-crunching action as modern gladiators battle it out on the gridiron. No sport brings people together like football, especially in the South! But football is a...
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Sun Safety Tips for Parents

The sun is a beautiful thing. It’s warm, it’s bright, and it makes us feel good. It draws us outside and begs us to enjoy all the things Tennessee has to offer. Summer is in full swing, and the sun is at its strongest. Whether you’re hiking the Cumberland Trail, hitting the links in Sparta,...
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Epidural Injections For Back Pain

Back pain affects up to 80 percent of people at some point in their lives. It can be caused by many different things, like an injury, poor posture, or obesity. If your doctor has ruled out other causes for your pain and it’s been going on for more than three months, then epidural steroid injections...
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The Difference Between Diagnostic and Screening Mammograms

Do you know the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram? Most women over 40 are familiar with annual screening mammograms. They are a type of screening done to detect breast cancer. Diagnostic mammograms, on the other hand, help to diagnose and treat breast cancer. They can also help track follow-up after treatment or...
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Difference Between Screening and Diagnostic Imaging

Medical imaging is an essential part of healthcare. It can help diagnose and treat many different diseases, but the difference between the types of medical imaging—screening and diagnostic medical imaging—is not always clear. Screening means taking pictures of various parts of your body to detect cancer or other serious problems early on before symptoms appear....
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Signs and Symptoms of Cancer? The Time to Talk with Your Doctor is Now

If you have been putting off a cancer screening or ignoring cancer signs or symptoms, don’t let COVID keep you from acting. The consequences of further delay may be costly.Many cancer clinics are reporting that new patients are showing up with more advanced cancer than those who arrived for treatment before the COVID-19 pandemic, according...
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What is the difference between MRI and CT Scans?

If your doctor gives you an order for diagnostic medical imaging, you may wonder why they prescribed an MRI or a CT scan. MRI and CT scans are some of the most common types of medical imaging performed. Both procedures provide images of the human body and are used by various medical specialties, like orthopedics...
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Recommended Medical Tests by Age

Recommended Medical Tests by Age Maintaining your good health as you age goes beyond routinely checking your blood pressure and lab values. It also means getting recommended screening exams–especially once you reach age 40.Most women know they should start getting an annual mammogram for breast cancer screening after their 40th birthday, but you may be...
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer could be called a “family disease.” Not only does breast cancer run in families, but all family members feel the effect of a diagnosis and later treatment. That’s why breast cancer prevention should be considered a family affair. Learn the breast cancer awareness facts. Get your...
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Claustrophobia Open MRI Machine

Fearful of tight spaces? Worried you won’t fit inside an MRI machine? We Hear You. And We Can Help. Many people tolerate MRI exams just fine, but others might feel anxious about the thought of getting an MRI. Maybe you’ve heard stories from friends who couldn’t tolerate the tight confines of the machine for the...
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Everything You Need to Know About Breast Self-Exams Step

Between mammograms, or at an early age, before you start mammograms, don’t forget about your breast self-exams. Mammograms do a very good job of detecting suspicious changes in breast tissue but the current guidelines do not support routine mammograms for younger women (under age 40). Still, young women can get breast cancer and other diseases....
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Healthy Food Delivery Near Me

Food Delivery Near You – Healthy Choices You’ll Love Most of us have gotten an occasional takeout meal or have had food delivered from a favorite restaurant. Up until the outbreak of the coronavirus in late February of 2020, these were restaurant services we took for granted. Now, restaurant delivery has a new place in...
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How to Start Working Out

Not sure how to start working out? Getting started is often the hardest part. Find an activity you like (and are good at) – No rule says exercise has to be a drudge! If you do something you enjoy, (maybe a brisk walk?) it increases your chance that you’ll stick with it. And, chances are...
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Beat Your Inner Couch Potato with gyms in Cookeville TN

Oh, the new year and those resolutions to get fit! If you’re having trouble casting off your couch potato, we’ve compiled our best tips to get you moving. Plus, we have a list of Cookeville gyms and fitness facilities, with programs and personal trainers to help you out. Top Tips on How to Get Moving...
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