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In Service to His Country

When Donald Bittner, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, helped to successfully reattach the arms of a 12-year-old boy, the surgery did not take place in an advanced ...
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Treating Depression: It's Never Too Late for a New Beginning

If you suffer from depression, you aren’t alone. In fact, depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the Unites States today, with nearly 15.7 million American adults suffering ...
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New Moms Get the Personal Touch at Mission Hospital

Photo: Stevie Cruz Photography As a first-time mom, you really don’t know what to expect when it comes time for delivery, no matter how many birthing classes you take in advance or how much ...
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When Is a Mole Just a Mole (and When Should You Be Worried)?

As the body’s largest organ, skin should get as much care and medical attention as other parts of the body – but it often doesn’t. Of all cancers, skin cancer is the most common, ...
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Diagnosed with Prehypertension -- Now What?

The definition of prehypertension sounds like some sort of medical no-man's land--your blood pressure isn't below 120/80, which is considered normal, but it also isn't above 140/90, which ...
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7 Ways to Manage Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Does climbing a single flight of stairs make your knees feel like you've scaled the Empire State Building? What about those twinges throughout the day when you do something as simple as standing ...
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The Truths Behind 6 Addiction Myths

With 20.8 million Americans struggling with substance abuse, drug and alcohol addiction is a serious, widespread problem. But even though addiction touches all walks of life, there are many ...
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'13 Reasons Why' Raises an Important Question: How Do I Talk to My Teen About Suicide & Mental Health Issues?

The popular and controversial Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” which explains why a high school student killed herself and shows the impact of her death on family and friends, has caused ...
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6 Ways to Spruce up Your Spuds

Potatoes are an oh-so popular food with many surprising health benefits, but, unfortunately, so many Americans eat them in the form of greasy French Fries or chips, or calorie-laden, ...
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Saving Hal: Training Our Teams for Top-Quality Stroke Treatment

When Hal, a 51-year-old, half-pack per day smoker, came to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California with garbled speech and sensation on just one side of his face, the emergency medical ...
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