Health

Stillness: Life After a Miscarriage

Stillness: Life After a Miscarriage

by Amy Green

It is my story, it may be your story, it is the story of some of my friends, and strangers I have yet to know. An undeniable and powerful common thread throughout history for women is the ability to become a mother. The journey to motherhood is where our differences begin, honoring and respecting each other, as we etch our unique story into our lives.
At a loss for words.  Silence.  Stillness.
These are some of the words that begin to describe the start of one of the most powerful and meaningful moments of my life. The doctor confirmed that […] Read More

Why Insure Tennessee is good for women

Why Insure Tennessee is good for women

by Nancy Anness
In roughly one week, Tennessee politicians will have an opportunity to vote for a plan that could drastically improve the health of women in the state.
 

On February 2, the Tennessee legislature will discuss Insure Tennessee, Governor Haslam’s plan that would enable about 200,000 Tennesseans to afford health insurance. According to a report from the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT, Knoxville, a little less than half of the people who would qualify are women.

Having worked as a nurse for about three decades, I have seen how the lack of access to care can harm women and […] Read More

Five Questions To Ask When Choosing Health Coverage

Five Questions To Ask When Choosing Health Coverage

by Sandy Dimick

Are you or is someone you know not enrolled in a health plan yet?

We’re midway through the Open Enrollment period for 2015 health coverage. Two Open Enrollment deadlines have already passed, but as we prepare to bring in a New Year, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the two remaining 2015 deadlines, Jan. 15 and Feb. 15.

Numerous available free resources and educational websites, such as www.getcoveredtenn.org and www.accessbettercoverage.org, can help provide you with the answers you need to ensure that you are choosing the right health coverage for yourself and your loved ones.

After reviewing the Access Better […] Read More

Sleep is elusive, but I really want that sandwich machine

Sleep is elusive, but I really want that sandwich machine

Infomercial doyenne Cathy Mitchell feels like an old friend. The red-headed grandmotherly food expert has been haunting late-night TV for years, hawking a variety of cooking gadgets, most notably this panini-press type of machine that makes apple pie filling smooshed between two pieces of white bread seem like an admirable life goal.

When you’re up at 2 or 3 in the morning with chronic insomnia, it’s either Pinterest or Cathy Mitchell.

I know there are many famous leaders and geniuses who are said to have gotten by/are getting by on very little sleep: Barack Obama, six hours or less; […] Read More

The HPV Vaccine:  A valuable immunization

The HPV Vaccine: A valuable immunization

by Anne Moore, DNP, APN, FAANP

We now know that infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is what causes almost all cases (99%) of cervical cancer. Fortunately, there is a primary prevention option available to fight this disease…the HPV vaccine. Two FDA approved vaccines are available in the U.S. targeting the most common strains of HPV associated with cervical cancer.

The CDC estimates that approximately 27,000 cancers (including the cervix, vagina, and vulva) are related to HPV each year. Unfortunately, many women are reluctant to get the vaccine or are unaware of its availability. There has been some negative and false information […] Read More

What does the ACA do for women?

What does the ACA do for women?

by Norma Shirk

The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) has changed how Americans receive health care and many of the changes directly benefit women.

For example, the “preventive care” category was designed to help women and their children. Preventive care is 100% covered by insurance, so the patient does not owe a deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance. Preventive care for women means they can get annual physical exams with mams and paps at no charge to them.  In addition, birth control services for women are 100% covered by insurance.

Preventive care for children includes “well baby” coverage for infants up to one year […] Read More

July Marks National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July Marks National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

by Leah Jennings

Growing up, mental health was something we did not discuss in our household. In so many words — or a lack of words altogether — I learned seeking help for your mental health state was a sign of weakness, that it was for people who had too much time on their hands and that it was not to be discussed. Learned coping mechanisms included repression and remembering that my ancestors had it much worse than me.

I neatly tucked this view of mental health in my subconscious and carried it with me through the agonizing years […] Read More

Men’s Health Month: How To Take Care Of The Men In Our Lives This Month (And Every Day)

Men’s Health Month: How To Take Care Of The Men In Our Lives This Month (And Every Day)

By Leah Jennings

With work, our kids’ schedules and everything in between, sometimes the last people we think about are ourselves (have you seen your hair lately?) and the men in our lives. Thank goodness for reminders like Men’s Health Month in June to help us pause and re-calibrate our focus on some of the most important people to us: our husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and friends.

Here are four ways you can encourage the men in your life to be the healthiest they can be:
Schedule his annual checkup for him.
If your husband, dad, brother or male friend is […] Read More

Dispose of Your Prescription Drugs – Safely – To Help Fight Rx Abuse

Dispose of Your Prescription Drugs – Safely – To Help Fight Rx Abuse

by Kaelan Hollon and Marlene Sanders

When it comes to household safety, most people think about checking the smoke detectors or electrical outlets. Few people think about prescription and over-the-counter medications, but taking, storing and disposing of your medicines safely are important parts of keeping your home safe.

Prescription medications, when used correctly, are critical to improving and extending patient health. But medicines misused or abused can be dangerous and even deadly. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often through the medicine cabinet.

One of the most helpful ways to help fight prescription […] Read More

Feast on new nutrition labels

Feast on new nutrition labels

By Ellen Margulies

On a road trip recently, I bought a medium-sized bag of chips to share with my sister when we stopped to refuel. It was about twice the size of the little bags you pack for a lunch.

We shared the chips while driving, and after the bag was emptied, I was folding it up to dispose of it when I glanced at the label. Number of servings: 3.5. Seriously?? We were supposed to share that with 1½ other people? Instead of being an adequate, albeit unhealthy, snack, it would have been just enough of a taste to miff everyone. […] Read More