Essential health information from local experts

Posted: Dec 18, 2017

Is Male Breast Cancer Hereditary?

WRITTEN BY SMH CERTIFIED GENETIC COUNSELOR NICOLE WOOD

Like women, men have breast tissue. Men lack the hormones required to stimulate breast tissue growth, so it usually stays flat and small. However, also like women, men can develop cancer in their breast tissue. In general, the chances of this happening are slim, less than 0.5 percent, making it a rare form of cancer. This low number is likely due to a combination of hormonal factors and simply not having as much breast tissue as women do. However, in 2017 approximately 2,470 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease.
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Posted: Dec 15, 2017

Tips for a Safe & Happy Holiday

WRITTEN BY SMH TRAUMA COORDINATOR LEEANN PUTNEY

The holidays are a magical time with plenty of festivities to enjoy, including beautiful light displays, holiday parties and family get-togethers. Here are a few tips to make sure your family stays safe as the holidays approach.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017

Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

WRITTEN BY SMH OUTPATIENT DIETITIAN LAUREN MCNEIL

Research shows that the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season. While that doesn’t sound like much, it adds up over time, and can end up being a 20-pound weight gain over the next 10 years!

 

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that those unwanted extra pounds don’t creep up on you this holiday season.

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Posted: Dec 7, 2017

Flu Season Survival Tips for Heart Failure Patients

Written by SMH Heart Failure Nurse Specialist Stacey Daggett

If you’re among the millions who are living with heart failure, getting flu and pneumonia vaccinations can help keep you out of the hospital this flu season. While October is the best time to get a flu shot, it’s not too late to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu. 
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Posted: Dec 4, 2017

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

WRITTEN BY MOTHER-BABY DISCHARGE FACILITATOR SHEERA THOMAS

Today was one of those days when the whole family struggled to get out of bed. We had spent the weekend moving to a new house, and after two days of unpacking our lives—and very little sleep—I began wondering exactly how much shut-eye my kids need to be healthy. This is what I found out.
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