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Brave Up and Get Your Shots: It Could Save Your Life

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016

Few of us think much about vaccinations. But their value was made starkly clear in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released last year (August 28, 2015) by the CDC. The report stated that childhood vaccinations given from 1994 through 2013 (a 20-year period) in the United States will be preventing 732,000 early deaths, in…

Five Tips to Make Your Summer Safer

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016

Summer is prime time for vacations and fun, but it can also be a hotbed for trouble and misery if the right planning isn’t done or if precautions aren’t taken. Below are five tips to make summer road trips healthier and happier for everyone involved. Visit your local mechanic for a tune-up before you leave….

To Take a Daily Low-dose Aspirin or Not: That’s the Question!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016

If you’re an older adult, is taking a low-dose of aspirin every day good for you or asking for trouble? Historically, research has suggested that taking a low-dose aspirin (81 mg) daily helps prevent blood clots in the arteries, possibly preventing heart attacks and strokes. Currently, nearly 40 percent of American adults ages 50 and…

Your Skin, Your Life: An Update

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016

With more sun and fun ahead this season, remember that protecting your skin from sun damage is of utmost importance. Always apply about an ounce of sunscreen to exposed areas 20 minutes before going outside. Make sure your product has at least a 15 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and protects from both ultraviolet A (UVA)…

We’re in a “Pollen Superblast.”

Posted by on May 26, 2016

SoFHA physicians want patients to be aware that spring 2016 is bringing more than just blooming daffodils and nesting robins. A “pollen superblast” is underway due to the unusually warm temperatures and irregular weather patterns that occurred in the recent winter season. According to reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, our 2015-16 winter…

Want to Age Slower?

Posted by on May 26, 2016

Want to age slower? Then get up and move! With May being National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, it’s a great time to remind SoFHA patients about the importance of exercise to good health. Some of the most intriguing research yet underscoring this fact appeared recently online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American…

State of Franklin Healthcare Associates Joins BlueCross Medicare Advantage Network

Posted by on May 3, 2016

Seniors in the Tri-Cities region now have more choices in medical care JOHNSON CITY, TENN. — State of Franklin Healthcare Associates (SoFHA), a large primary care practice based in Johnson City, is now part of the BlueCross Medicare Advantage PPO and HMO Networks. “BlueCross already has an extensive statewide provider network with more than 25,000…

Important Information for Crestpoint Medicare Members

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016

As you may be aware, Crestpoint Medicare will no longer be an option for your Medicare coverage after May 31, 2016. You should have received a letter from Crestpoint outlining your options. You may either: Select another Medicare Advantage product with enhanced benefits Be automatically enrolled in Traditional Medicare for your health coverage State of…

Johnson City Press Article – March 27, 2016

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016

The great Willie Mays once said “It isn’t hard to be good from time to time; what’s tough is being good every day.” So, what does professional sports have to do with healthcare? Much like those pro athletes, the physicians and staff at State of Franklin Healthcare (SoFHA) are working diligently to provide…

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

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016

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…