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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? Then get up and move!

Posted by on May 26, 2016

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 Academy of Neurology. In a study published March 23,…

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…

The Beers Criteria and How It Helps You Stay Healthy

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016

If you’re 65 or older, take heed:  There are drugs out there – both prescribed and over-the-counter – that should be avoided. That’s the warning offered by the Beers Criteria, which, based on careful research, lists medications that older adults should be cautious about taking. The list, named after its creator, Dr. Mark Beers, first…

SoFHA’s Patient-Centered Care Affirmed

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016

The article below shares the good news that membership for Qualuable Medical Professionals, a local Accountable Care Organization (ACO), has been renewed by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services. SoFHA, along with four other medical groups in the Tri-Cities (TN/VA) region, make up Qualuable, which is part of a national initiative championing excellence in…

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

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015

Just about everyone occasionally feels “a bit off” or loses interest in life. But 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) want…

Pediatrician Joseph Adams Profiled in East Tn Med News

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015

For SoFHA’s Joseph Adams, Looking ahead is perhaps the most important facet of the job. In this article by writer John Sewell, Joseph Adams, father of six and pediatrician at First Choice Pediatrics of Johnson City, Tennessee, shares what makes him glad to be a physician with State of Franklin Healthcare Associates. Read Full Article