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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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How to enjoy Thanksgiving while counting calories

Nov. 18, 2018—Think you can’t enjoy Thanksgiving if you’re on a diet or trying to eat healthier? Well, thankfully, you’re wrong.

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What you need to know about the 2018-19 flu season

Sep. 20, 2018—William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, explains vaccination timing is important, especially for certain individuals.

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My Southern Health: Infant injuries from baby walkers are still on the rise

Sep. 20, 2018—Baby walkers are often sold to parents as devices that will help children walk independently sooner, even though research suggests that it actually delays the start of walking.

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My Southern Health: How to help children understand natural disasters

Sep. 16, 2018—Natural disasters, even when far away, can cause children to become concerned about their own safety. Here’s how to talk them through it.

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