celiac disease

How to recognize celiac disease

What if you couldn’t eat bread? Or pasta? Or cookies? What if you couldn’t eat anything containing wheat, rye, and barley because of a protein found in these grains? Millions of Americans — including children — get gas, diarrhea, and other symptoms whenever they eat foods with a protein known as gluten. The condition is called celiac disease … »

urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence can be treated

Do you have a problem with leakage when you cough or sneeze? Do you sometimes have trouble making it to the bathroom in time? You may have urinary incontinence: the inability to control the release of urine from your bladder. Although anyone can experience this problem, childbirth, menopause, and the anatomy of the female urinary … »

children blood pressure

Ask an expert: Childhood blood pressure on the rise

Q: Our pediatrician took my son’s blood pressure during our last office visit. Why is it necessary to measure the blood pressure of a four-year-old? A: All children over age 3 should have their blood pressure measured routinely with a blood pressure cuff that is an appropriate size for the child’s upper arm. Regular monitoring … »


Zen Garden at Erlanger provides sanctuary

Art in hospitals not only has a positive effect on patients, it also inspires visitors and staff — which is why Erlanger physicians and associates have created a new Zen garden as part of the downtown hospital upgrade. Bringing art into hospitals is a passion Chief of Cardiology, Dr. Charles Campbell brought with him when … »


Erlanger adds fifth helicopter to LIFE FORCE aeromedical fleet

Erlanger Health System announced today that LIFE FORCE plans to add a fifth helicopter to its fleet of air ambulances in September. The new helicopter will be based at the Winchester, Tenn., airport, which is located in Middle Tennessee. “LIFE FORCE is pleased to have the opportunity to move into Middle Tennessee,” said Kevin M. … »

planter fasciitis

Walk pain-free: Treating plantar fasciitis

Treating plantar fasciitis The stabbing pain, the stiffness, the dreaded first step of the morning—plantar fasciitis can make routine activities seem overwhelming. But there are ways to treat it. What is plantar fasciitis? The plantar fascia, a flat band of tissue supporting the arches in your feet, runs across the bottom of your foot from … »

poison ivy safety

Ask an expert: Leaves of three, let them be

Q: How can I help my child find relief from a poison ivy rash? A: As your children head into the great outdoors this summer, remind them of the simple rhyme, “Leaves of three, let them be.” Poison ivy consists of shiny clusters of three leaves, typically found in shrubs, vines, and trees. Sometimes the … »


Natural solutions for healthy skin

Have the best skin ever with the help of nature. Every day, we’re bombarded with chemicals. From the foods we eat to outdoor pollution, chemicals find their way into just about everything around us. With more and more people wanting to live healthier lifestyles, it’s no wonder natural solutions are gaining momentum. And skincare is … »


Ask an Expert: When should I have my first mammogram?

Q: When should I have my first mammogram? I’m 36 years old without a family history of breast cancer. A: All women, regardless of family history, should have a baseline mammogram between age 35 and 40 and annual mammograms after 40. Over 85 percent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history … »

full term pregnancy

Why a full-term pregnancy is better

You’ve made it to eight or nine months. You’re probably a bit uncomfortable. It’s hard to bend, your back aches, and your ankles are huge. You want that baby out of there. But keep in mind, carrying your baby to full term is the best thing for both of you. Though a full-term pregnancy used … »

child safety

Keep your child safe from falls

We all want our kids to be physically active and to enjoy their playtime. And, we also want to keep them safe — but accidents may happen in spite of our best efforts to prevent them. Fall-related injuries are a leading reason for treatment in the Emergency Department (ED) at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. When … »

physical age

How old are you really?

Comparing your “health age” to your biological age. People like to joke about their age. Kids growing up too fast are “16 going on 30.” There are old souls, and the young at heart. Some of you have surely celebrated your 39th birthday more than once. None of us want to admit we’re getting old, … »


Men’s Health: The future of prostate cancer care

More than 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, and more than 27,000 may not survive. Sounds scary, but with early detection and proper treatment, it doesn’t have to be. For over 30 years, the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test has been used as an indicator of high and low PSA levels … »


Understanding gestational diabetes

What is it? Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that develops in some women during pregnancy (gestation). Like other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how cells absorb sugar, causing your blood sugar to increase — putting you and your baby’s health at risk. How does it develop? While there is still some … »


A decade of survival: a father’s story of battling cancer and winning

50-year-old father Dewayne was of average health, working through the daily stresses of life, and not considering that anything may be wrong with him. Which is why when he started to experience some of the classic colon cancer symptoms — narrowing stool, changes in bowel habits — he didn’t think that much of it. “Had … »


5 tips to avoid injury during exercise

Avoid getting injured while getting in shape. Before you set foot in the gym, you need to know the dangers that lurk there. Exercise provides numerous benefits to your health and lifestyle, but it can also cause major lifelong injuries if not taken seriously. Injuries can arise through several different means. As Dr. Bill Moore … »


High blood pressure? Cut salt from your diet

Salt is essential to our body’s fluids. On the other hand, anyone who’s gotten a mouth full of seawater knows that too much salt tastes terrible. Maybe your body’s trying to tell you something. It turns out that too much salt can lead to a host of health problems. The chemical name for dietary salt, … »

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