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My Southern Health: Four myths and facts about weight-loss surgery

Nov. 10, 2017—Weight-loss surgery is very effective helping some people lose 50 to 75 percent of excess body weight, producing great control of health conditions and improving quality of life. There are several myths associated with surgery; here they are with the facts.

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My Southern Health: Staying healthy during the holidays

Nov. 10, 2017—The holidays are fast approaching, which means lots of folks are planning trips to visit family. How do we stay healthy when we have so many family and friends together with so much potential to spread germs?

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My Southern Health: Learn about the signs of food allergies

Nov. 6, 2017—Food allergies continue to be an important topic as more are diagnosed. They can develop for anyone, at any point, at any age.

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My Southern Health: Tackling sinus issues

Oct. 20, 2017—To just be pockets of air, sinuses certainly can cause serious discomfort. Here, Bobo Tanner, co-founder of the Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus, Allergy Program, answers questions about what causes sinus issues and how these conditions are treated.

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My Southern Health: How to assess your breast cancer risk

Oct. 20, 2017—Do you know what it means to be at “high” or “elevated” risk for developing breast cancer? Do you know if you are at high risk?

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My Southern Health: Sleep apnea – what you need to know

Oct. 9, 2017—Feeling tired during the day? Excessively tired, even after a night’s sleep? That and loud snoring at night could be signs of a bigger problem, said Beth Malow, director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Center.

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My Southern Health: One woman’s story of reversing prediabetes

Sep. 22, 2017—One of our favorite prediabetes success stories includes lifestyle overhaul and the help of a program focused on manageable change: Health Plus at Vanderbilt.

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My Southern Health: Keeping your child safe from online predators

Sep. 11, 2017—Internet safety starts with talking to your kids about online dangers and how to avoid them, says pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist Mary Romano.

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My Southern Health: Download a free eclipse day activity book for kids

Aug. 14, 2017—My Southern Health and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt offer "Champ's Total Eclipse Activity Book," a free download.

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My Southern Health: Keep an eye on safety during the solar eclipse

Aug. 2, 2017—On Aug. 21, millions of people will be focused on the sky as day turns into night as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly a century passes over Middle Tennessee. Specialists at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute want to ensure solar eclipse safety as watchers view this incredible event.

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My Southern Health: Heart failure – it’s not what you think

May. 24, 2017—Heart failure is more prevalent in the South. Here’s what you need to know.

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My Southern Health: The benefit of skin-to-skin contact for infants

May. 24, 2017— Ventral skin-to-skin contact has been shown to improve premature infants’ health, both short- and long-term. The baby is undressed or unwrapped and placed against the mother’s bare skin, nestled against her chest. A cozier name for this method of holding a new baby is “kangaroo care.”

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