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My Southern Health: Preventing skin cancer

Jul. 22, 2019—Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and one in five Americans will develop it at some point in their lives, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. 

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My Southern Health: Remember food safety at farmers markets

Jun. 14, 2019—Regulations at both the federal and state level are in place to keep consumers safe from foodborne illness. Despite established regulations, it’s important to keep food safety tips in mind, as food contamination can occur during production, processing or distribution.

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My Southern Health: Understanding a new approach to cancer treatment

May. 31, 2019—Breast cancer expert Ben Ho Park, M.D., is the new director of Precision Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Dr. Park explains his groundbreaking research on the genetic events that lead to cancer, and what that means for the future of cancer treatment.

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My Southern Health: Measles, vaccines and protecting families

May. 17, 2019—Measles not only makes children feel really awful, but it can also have serious or possibly fatal complications. Joseph Gigante, M.D., a pediatrician at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, answers common questions about measles and the vaccine that can prevent it.

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My Southern Health: How surgical weight loss can be a catalyst to improved health

Mar. 19, 2019—A surgical weight loss procedure, such as the sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass, can be the first step to halting the cycle of obesity and enhancing lifestyle.

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My Southern Health: 8 tips for preventing dry eyes in winter

Feb. 1, 2019—During the winter months, the air — outside and indoors — is typically dry. The lack of moisture makes the surface of the eyes drier and causes irritation, itching and discomfort.

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My Southern Health: Know when to keep kids home sick from school

Jan. 18, 2019—The basic rule is to keep children home if they don’t feel well enough to participate in classroom routines. Remember that rest and your care at home will be best for your child, as well as for friends at school. By keeping your child home, you are minimizing exposure to other kids and hopefully preventing further spread of illness.

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My Southern Health: Ideas for healthier office meeting food

Jan. 11, 2019—Stacey Kendrick, health educator at Vanderbilt Health, recommends ideas for healthier eating while meeting.

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My Southern Health: Not only women need pelvic floor physical therapy

Jan. 8, 2019—Pelvic floor physical therapy (or “rehab”) can help men recover from incontinence after prostate surgery, and from pelvic pain.

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10 tips to manage stress during the holidays

Dec. 16, 2018—Family, friends and holiday events can be overwhelming. Learn how to keep things in balance this year.

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Expert Q&A: Staying healthy during the holidays

Dec. 12, 2018—How do we stay healthy during the holidays when we’re traveling and have so many family and friends together with so much potential to spread germs? Dr. Ruth Stewart of the Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center Walk-In Clinic in Brentwood, Tennessee, shares healthy holiday tips.

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My Southern Health: Don’t let holiday decorating wreak havoc on your back

Dec. 5, 2018—Here’s how to maintain good posture and stay safe while lifting, carrying and reaching.

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