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My Southern Health: What to ask your doctor about prostate cancer screening

Jun. 28, 2018—In 2012, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that men of all ages should not be routinely screened for levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). These are the blood tests to detect the possibility of prostate cancer. That group now recommends that men ages 55 to 69 should talk with their doctors and make well-informed individual decisions about the potential harms and benefits of PSA screening, and treatment if cancer is found.

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My Southern Health: 5 ways to help children use social media responsibly

Jun. 25, 2018—Nearly all U.S. children age 13 to 17 — 95 percent — have smartphones, according to a Pew Research Center survey released in May 2018. Smartphones give them easy access to the Internet, and social media platforms along with it.

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My Southern Health: 6 tips for itchy, watery eyes this summer

Jun. 8, 2018—The season can be a bane to your peepers if you suffer from eye allergies. If you have itchy eyes during this time of the year, take note of these tips from Christine Rust, M.D., an ophthalmologist at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute.

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My Southern Health: 8 tips for traveling when your child has diabetes

May. 13, 2018—Summer outings and getaways should be fun and relaxing for everyone. And they can be — even if you’ve got meds and supplies to pack for your child with diabetes.

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My Southern Health: Know the symptoms of polycystic kidney disease

May. 13, 2018—A sharp spike in blood pressure was James George’s first symptom before a diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease, but it wasn’t his first warning.

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My Southern Health: The emotional side of being screened for lung cancer

May. 1, 2018—Sometimes a screening is more complicated than just a scan. Experts hear a wide range of patients’ worries.

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My Southern Health: What a woman heart attack survivor wants to teach other women

May. 1, 2018—The first time Jessica Biggs remembers someone talking to her about the symptoms of heart attacks in women, she was 32—and having one herself. Four heart attacks and six stents later, the eighth-grade English teacher talks to her students and any woman who will listen about the reality of heart attacks for women and how to spot the warning signs.

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My Southern Health: A Q&A with a Nashville Predators team physician

Apr. 20, 2018—Dr. Jed Kuhn, Kenneth Schermerhorn Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, talks about his work as a team physician with the Nashville Predators.

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My Southern Health: Why wearing a motorcycle helmet is so important

Apr. 12, 2018—Dr. Oscar D Guillamondegui shares why you owe it to your family to know the facts about motorcycle helmet safety.

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My Southern Health: Facts you need to know about anxiety in children

Mar. 16, 2018—There are different types of anxiety, but they all limit a child’s ability to function.

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My Southern Health: Male bonding is good for your health

Feb. 9, 2018—Dr. Nathaniel Clark, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, explains his study indicating that male bonding may reduce your stress or help you adapt to stressful situations.

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My Southern Health: We’ve been thinking about bone health backward

Feb. 2, 2018—We often think about bone health from a nutritional standpoint. We analyze what we can put into our bodies to feed our bones—through diet or supplements—to make them stronger. That’s the wrong way to think about it, says Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Jonathan Schoenecker.

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