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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017

What We All Need to Know about Sleep Apnea More and more, medical research indicates that “getting a good night’s sleep” equates to better mental and physical health. But for the more than 18 million American adults who suffer from sleep apnea, achieving sound sleep is an ongoing challenge. With the condition, muscles in the…

Feeling sad all the time? Sophie says: “You’re not alone!”

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

Just about everyone can occasionally feel “a bit off” or lose interest in life. However, if you’re older and “feeling down” for several weeks or months, then you may have depression – a medical illness that affects 3 out of every 100 adults ages 65 and older. Physicians at State of Franklin Healthcare Associates (SoFHA)…

There’s Good News and Bad News About Colon Cancer

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017

Screening colonoscopies are now generally covered by insurance plans and Medicare as a preventative measure for average-risk populations. This has resulted in many more people getting the test, and more lives being saved than ever before. The number of deaths from colorectal cancer in adults ages 50 and older has dropped by 30 percent over…

Heart Health: What’s salt got to do with it?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017

Late last year, new dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stressed that all Americans are still consuming too much salt. Eating a high-salt diet can lead to high blood pressure, which is a contributor to heart disease. So how much salt is safe to consume daily? For healthy individuals (ages…

Sophie tells it like it is: Resist Antibiotic Mania!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017

When fever, chills and runny nose strike, physicians at State of Franklin Healthcare Associates more often than not will say: “Go home, rest and drink plenty of liquids.” While you may think antibiotics are always the best treatment, the truth is these meds only treat illnesses caused by bacteria, such as strep throat. They won’t…

Avoiding 3 Common Holiday Pitfalls

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

Everyone seeks good health, peace and happiness in the holiday season. To that end, the SoFHA medical team wishes to highlight three common pitfalls that people sometimes ignore. Keep these in mind as you prepare for and partake in holiday festivities and seasonal travel. Pitfall ONE: Be mindful of harmful food-borne bacteria that could be…

How Carbohydrate Intake Affects Blood Sugar

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

National Diabetes Month (November) is here, and SoFHA physicians want to stress the importance of controlling blood glucose (sugar) levels for maintaining health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 86 million Americans (more than 1 in 3) are prediabetic and more likely to develop type 2 diabetes – a medical condition…

Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016

According to the National Cancer Institute, women today have about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed at some point with breast cancer. SoFHA physicians want you to know:  There are ways you can reduce your risk of contracting the disease. The list of tips below has been compiled from research data and leading experts…

Are You Just Feeling Sad or Is It Something More?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016

Everyone knows life has its ups and downs. Things happen. Accidents, unexpected illness and the death of loved ones can lead to feeling sadness, stress and worry. Under these circumstances, feeling down is natural and normal. However, if your sad feelings persist for more than a couple of weeks or months then you might be…

Tips for Staying Healthier This Fall and Winter

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

Tip One: Get Your Flu Shot SoFHA physicians want you to know that getting vaccinated is your best bet for avoiding contracting the virus this upcoming 2016-2017 season. It takes approximately two weeks for your body’s immune response to fully respond after receiving the vaccination. According to the CDC, people should get their flu shot…