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Medicare Open Enrollment 2017

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again! MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT is in full swing from now until December 7th. Choosing your Medicare plan can be a very detailed task. So, if you are unsure which plan is best for you or you simply have questions related to the plans, we can help. Starting October 23rd, independent…

Save Yourself Some Pain:  Get the Shingles Vaccination

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017

In 2008, the folks who advise Americans about vaccinations, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, added another shot to the must-have list of immunizations for older adults. If you’re age 60 or older, SoFHA’s physicians agree you should get a one-time shot of the shingles vaccine – in addition to having a flu shot annually,…

What to Know About Zika

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) says preventing tick and mosquito bites is more crucial this summer than ever due to concerns related to Zika virus disease. In most cases, Zika is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person and then moves on to bite someone else. While symptoms are mild for most people,…

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…

SoFHA Strengthening Primary Care

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017

State of Franklin Healthcare Associates Participating in Historic Public-Private Partnership to Strengthen Primary Care Initiative Provides Primary Care Practices with Additional Resources to Improve Coordination of Care Johnson City Internal Medicine, FirstChoice Internal Medicine and Pinnacle Family Medicine are three of more than 2,900 primary care practices nationwide participating in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), a…

Rock Rattle Roll Baby Shower

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017

Join us Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2 to 4 p.m. for our Franklin Woods Community Baby Shower — it’s FREE!

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…