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

May. 19, 2017—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). 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: Why young adults should pay more attention to heart health

May. 19, 2017—Here’s what you need to know to boost your heart health and reduce heart attack risk.

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My Southern Health: What men should ask about prostate cancer screening

Apr. 24, 2017—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.

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My Southern Health: Why young adults should pay attention to heart health

Apr. 24, 2017—The words “coronary artery disease” immediately make us think of people in their 60s, 70s and beyond. But a 30-year population study shows clearly that what we do in our early adult life will impact our health later on, said lead author Jeffrey Carr, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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My Southern Health: One family’s story—the price of distracted driving

Apr. 14, 2017—April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Read one family's story about how distracted driving impacted them.

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My Southern Health: Gluten sensitivity or celiac disease?

Mar. 17, 2017—A gluten-free diet is not a weight-loss solution. Here's what it treats and how.

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My Southern Health: Common prostate ailments

Mar. 14, 2017—Douglas Milam, associate professor of urologic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, discusses what prostate issues might cause you trouble and what you can do about them.

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My Southern Health: Kids and sinus infections

Mar. 14, 2017—Siva Chinnadurai, associate professor of otolaryngology at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, discusses the causes and treatments for sinus infections.

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My Southern Health: Spring allergies may be worse in the South

Feb. 28, 2017—Hay fever can pose more of a challenge in Southern cities. Here’s why and what to do about it.

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My Southern Health: The ABCDEs of caring for the heart during cancer treatment—and beyond

Feb. 28, 2017—People who have dealt with cancer may also need to take special care of their hearts. Here’s how.

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My Southern Health: Tips to encourage healthier eating as a family

Feb. 22, 2017—Getting the entire family committed to healthier eating might seem overwhelming, but with a few small changes, you can make a big difference.

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