June 29, 2017

World Hepatitis Day

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July 28 each year is designated “World Hepatitis Day”.  The purpose of this to raise awareness and stimulate changes in behavior, both political and personal, to reduce the worldwide burden of viral hepatitis. Hepatitis refers to any inflammation in the liver.  This inflammation can be caused by drugs, toxins (most typically alcohol) as well as […]

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June 13, 2017

Men’s Health Month

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You may not realize it, but June is Men’s Health month. Take action to be healthy and safe, and encourage the men and boys in your life to make their health a priority. Here are some steps men can take each day to improve their health: Get Good Sleep. Adults need between 7-9 hours of […]

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June 1, 2017

“Everybody will die, but very few people want to be reminded of that fact.” Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy

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As the population ages and baby boomers begin their golden years, much more attention is being placed on death and dying. The later part of our lives has been given very little emphasis in the past. The goal is to improve the quality of living during this period and to ensure the dignity of death. […]

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April 25, 2017

“Hold my beer and watch this!”

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This catch phrase usually precedes an act of poor judgment. April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States.  One in twelve individuals or 17.6 million people suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence in the United States.  Alcohol is responsible for contributing to 1/3 of homicides and […]

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March 6, 2017

It’s Allergy Time in Tennessee!

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Unfortunately for us, Knoxville is consistently ranked as a hotbed for allergies.  Most people know the symptoms well:  sneezing like crazy, itchy skin, watery eyes, and drippy nose.  As many as 40% of adults suffer from allergies.  Your immune system has an important job to defend your body from invaders that cause harm; however, when […]

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June 21, 2016

Making Decisions Today for PEACE of MIND Tomorrow

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  Advance Directives are written, legal instructions stating your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.  Advance directives aren’t just for older adults.  Unexpected, end-of-life situations can happen at any age, so it’s important for all adults to be prepared.  Even if you are in good health now, making healthcare plans for […]

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October 21, 2015

‘Joy in the journey: Quality of life palliative care’s purpose’ by Knoxville News Sentinel

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Palliative care is comfort care that helps relieve physical, emotional, social and spiritual distress arising from serious illness. Sunday’s Knoxville News Sentinel shared important stories and information about palliative care, local resources and doctors – including Dr. John Vannoy of Internal Medicine Associates – who are dedicated to providing patients with the best possible quality of life […]

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June 9, 2015

Fitness Fun

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by:  Katherine Geoghagan, RD, CDE Does the word exercise make you cringe?  Does going to a gym seem cold and uninviting?  We all know we need to move more to help with our weight, blood pressure, diabetes and overall good health.  But if you don’t like the “E” word, think outside the box.  Exercise doesn’t […]

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November 5, 2013

Dr. M’s Health Points Volume 1, Issue 3

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Point # 1 Recent review of multiple studies confirms that statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) decrease the risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks, revascularization procedures and strokes by 20 – 35%.  High dose statins, however, may increase the risk of new onset diabetes by 6 – 8%, as opposed to low or intermediate dose.  This appears […]

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September 5, 2013

Dr. M’s Health Points Volume 1, Issue 2

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By: Gerald L. Mancebo, M.D., F.A.C.P. The U.S. Preventive Health Services Task Force has recommended against routine Vitamin D and Calcium supplementation in healthy postmenopausal women.  Research has shown that such supplementation may increase the risk of coronary heart disease and kidney stones in some people.  The new recommendations do not apply to people with […]

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