Participating Ace Hardware stores host One-Day Bucket promotion for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Nineteen regional Ace Hardware stores in Georgia and Tennessee will participate in One-Day Bucket promotion on Saturday, September 5, to raise money and support Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Customers who make a $5 donation at participating Ace Hardware stores on September 5 will receive a limited edition five-gallon bucket and 20% off* … »

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Screening tests for men: what you need and when

Screening tests can find diseases earlier — when they are easier to treat. It’s well known that doctors recommend that men be aware of any changes on or to their bodies from moles to lumps to dry skin. Changes in appearance or texture can often be a symptom of an underlying condition. It is also … »

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Is ankle replacement right for you?

Are your daily activities limited due to ankle pain? Ankle arthritis — most often occurring from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis — is one of the major causes of ankle pain. Many individuals now have advanced surgical options to eliminate or substantially reduce ankle pain. If you have completed at least six months of … »

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Get screened for colon cancer

Colon cancer results in over 55,000 deaths each year and is the second leading source of cancer deaths in the United States. In the early stages of the disease, a large number of people don’t show any signs or symptoms, so physicians are convinced that screening is vital for the early detection and treatment of … »


New therapy treats breast cancer in only 5 days

Treatment for breast cancer has come a long way. As recently as the 1980s, the standard for breast cancer treatment was a mastectomy — surgical removal of the entire breast, muscle, and lymph nodes. Doctors now use breast conservation therapy (BCT) which allows a woman to keep her breast and still be cured of cancer. … »

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Defend your child against dehydration

If you’re a parent, it’s important to know diarrhea carries a risk of dehydration — especially in children. We all lose some body water daily in our sweat, tears, urine, and stool. However, kids can sometimes lose large amounts of water and salts through fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. If they are unable to replace the … »

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How to talk to your doctor or nurse

Waiting in a doctor’s office or health clinic can make you feel nervous, impatient, or even scared. Knowing how to talk to your doctor, nurse, and other members of your health care team will help you get the medical care and information you need. Prepare for your visit. Call before your visit to tell the … »


The Austin Hatcher Foundation partners with Children’s Hospital to provide psycho-oncology services for pediatric cancer survivors’ clinic

Chattanooga, Tenn. – A partnership between Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s Hatch’s House of Hope now provides psycho-oncology services in the hospital’s Survivorship Clinic for pediatric cancer survivors at Erlanger East. The comprehensive Survivorship Clinic was created in 2013 by Erlanger’s … »

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Is the weather too hot to handle?

When you’re in a hot place or outside during hot weather, headache, confusion, dizziness, or nausea could be a sign of a heat-related illness. And being hot for too long can cause a condition known as hyperthermia (hy-per-ther-mee-uh) — the opposite of hypothermia, the result of prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Too much heat is … »


Erlanger community health center hosts information session on Social Security

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Health System community health centers will host an information session on “Social Security 101-Understanding the Basics” at the Dodson Avenue Community Health Center on Wednesday, August 19 beginning at noon. Many area residents still have questions regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how to enroll in federal assistance programs. As … »

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Innovations in orthopedic surgery: hip arthroscopy

With any surgery, patients hope for a speedy recovery. And with arthroscopies, it’s possible. Arthroscopic surgery, or arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure in which small incisions are made so that a tiny surgical camera, or arthroscope, can be inserted to examine the joint. One or two additional small cuts can be made to allow … »

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Does your child need emergency care?

No parent wants a child to be ill or injured. And for many parents, anything that goes wrong with their children may feel like an emergency. But rushing to the emergency department may not the best choice for your child’s care — and may be unnecessary. How do you decide if your child needs to … »


Instantly schedule appointments with Erlanger doctors online through ZocDoc

Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Erlanger Health System has launched a free service for consumers to seamlessly and instantly schedule appointments online with Erlanger doctors. This new capability is powered by ZocDoc, the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience. To use the free service, area residents can visit and click on … »

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A different type of breast cancer

The most commonly recognized symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast. However, women should also be aware breast cancer does not always present with a palpable lump. Anytime you notice something different about your breast — like swollen tissue, redness, or a change in appearance — alert your doctor right away. Swollen, … »


Local community health centers celebrate national week

August 10th kickoff event will include special presentations and a visit from elected officials. Chattanooga, Tenn. – Dodson Avenue Community Health Center, an affiliate of Erlanger Health System, is hosting a special event on August 10th to commemorate National Health Centers Week. To kick off the week, health center representatives — along with local elected officials — will … »


When you’re feeling the burn

If you’re among the 20 percent of American adults who experience heartburn at least twice a week, it’s time to see your doctor. What is heartburn? Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest or throat. Recurrent heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD or “acid reflux.” With … »


Get the heads up on sports concussions

Each year, one out of every five student athletes playing a contact sport suffers a concussion from a blow to the head. Concussions — one of the most common sports injuries — should not be taken lightly. Even what seems like a mild whack to the head can be serious. Concussions are brain injuries that … »

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