Protect the skin you're in

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Dr. Brian Mathews

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Let’s use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action to prevent it or detect it early – at home, at work and in the community.

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Calm and comfort

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Brittany Ellisor
Special care for children with autism

Bright lights, loud sounds, strange people, painful touches and little control – the hospital can be a scary and overwhelming place for any child and family.

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6 tips for a healthy doctor-patient relationship

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Dr. Robert Chappell, Chief Medical Officer

Patients known as the Baby Boomers and Generation X generally held the view that “doctors know best,” while physicians expected patients to follow their medical advice. But today’s model of the doctor-patient relationship looks much different – patients have access to a lot of different health information and physicians can provide more treatment options, requiring a good doctor-patient relationship.

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Back to life

Back to life
Holly Zywicke, MD

Are back problems keeping you from living life to the fullest? If so, you’re not alone. About 80 percent of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain typically first strikes between age 30 and 50, and it becomes more common later in life. There are many different triggers for back pain: muscle strains from lifting a heavy object; traumatic injury; spinal disc degeneration; nerve damage.

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Facing Health Care Challenges: Q & A with CEO David Spillers

Huntsville Hospital Health System CEO David Spillers recently discussed the future of Alabama’s cash-strapped Medicaid program; why Medicare reimbursement rates for Alabama hospitals are among the lowest in the U.S.; and his new role as chairman of the state hospital association.

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Trick-or-treating safety tips

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In just a few days, little ghosts and goblins across North Alabama will hit the streets in search of Halloween candy. In their excitement, young children sometimes forget to look both ways before entering the road. Others wear dark costumes that don’t reflect car headlights, or masks that obstruct their vision. It’s a dangerous combination: Kids are more than twice as likely to be run over and killed on Halloween than any other night of the year.

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Q & A with Bill Nelson, Behaviorist, Huntsville Hospital Center for Medical Weight Loss

Bill Nelson, behaviorist with HH Center for Medical Weight Loss
Why is weight loss so important?

Three years ago, the American Medical Association declared obesity as a “chronic disease state.” Obesity is a national epidemic which is correlated with multiple issues including heart disease, diabetes, metabolic issues, significant physical limitations, and an early death rate. We address this issue using realistic and long-lasting solutions.

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It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late

Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy

Article written by Monica Williams-Murphy, MD

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Weight loss surgery offers new outlook on life

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Brenda Bryson knew she needed to regain control of her life and her health.

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Don't just wear your greens, eat them too!

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Juliana Wright RD

Instead of just wearing green this St. Patrick’s day, why not eat green? A healthy diet includes filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens are a great vegetable choice. From the everyday romaine lettuce found in salads to the not so common beet greens, there are so many different varieties to please even the pickiest eaters. Leafy greens are one of the top nutrient-rich foods, and here are few of the benefits:

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Behind the white coat with Derrick Cho, MD

Derrick Cho, MD

Derrick Cho, MD, recently joined the Spine & Neuro Center, specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, cranial and peripheral nerve treatments, and spine/brain trauma. Dr. Cho is board certified with more than 10 years of experience. Dr. Cho received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also completed a General Surgery Internship followed by a six-year Neurosurgical Residency in 2009.

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New Dietary Guidelines

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Linda Steakley, Registered Dietitian

Anyone wondering what the new federal dietary guidelines are saying? To me, it seems to all boil down to following a healthy diet.

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Resolutions, Reasons and Reality

Resolutions, reasons, reality, renewal, refocusing — it’s the time of year when these R’s seem to rule our routines and can cause frustration and regret. If we realistically manage these R’s, we can really get results that rock!

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8 facts that should make your heart race

8 facts that should make your heart race
If not for the specialized cardiology procedures provided at Huntsville Hospital, patients from throughout North Alabama would have to travel to Nashville, Birmingham or elsewhere.The first open heart surgery at Huntsville Hospital was performed 34 years ago, in 1981. Since then hundreds of thousands of patients have received specialized cardiac care in our facilities.Huntsville Hospital was recently named by Truven as a top 50 heart hospital in the U.S. and was the only hospital in Alabama to receive this honor.Highly skilled physicians, nurses and other cardiac specialists are now able to perform minimally invasive valve replacement and minimally invasive mitral valve replacement, which allows them to avoid potential complications associated with open heart procedures.In September 2013, Huntsville Hospital became the first site in Alabama for a successful Convergent Ablation Procedure to correct a patient with permanent atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common type of heart rhythm disturbance.Huntsville Hospital is the only Alabama hospital that ranks among America’s 100 best for cardiac care and among the top 50 for cardiac surgery.Patients who are not stable enough for open heart surgery to replace a diseased valve may now benefit from transcutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a highly specialized and rare cardiac procedure.Heart Center Research is one of the nation’s largest non-university based research centers in the U.S. Since the 1990s, the site has conducted pharmaceutical trials, device trials and registries that allow North Alabama patients access to innovative technology and medical care.

Click to learn more about Huntsville Hospital's Cardiology program.

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10 signs for trouble

10 signs for trouble
Rose Wiley's A-Fib story

According to the American Heart Association, Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. The top chambers in the heart actually quiver due to abnormal firing of electrical impulses. AFib is a serious medical condition that can increase risk of stroke.A person with AFib may have no symptoms at all or may experience:

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Four can't miss holiday recipes

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During this season of joyful holiday celebration, we send our well wishes for health and happiness. We believe that part of holiday joy involves gathering at the table with those you love to share warm conversations, lots of laughter and wonderful recipes.

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Tips to enjoy a healthy holiday season

Linda Steakley

Ahh the holidays! Decorating the house and having good eats. Inviting friends over and having good eats. Going to holiday parties and having good eats. Opening presents, then having good eats. Oh, did I mention eating?

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Q & A with David Spillers

David Spillers

When you came to Huntsville Hospital nine years ago, did you envision that we would have a system as we do today?“I certainly saw the possibility but things had to fall into place for it to happen.

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Jump start your metabolism

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Anna Key, RD

There are several ways you can speed up your metabolism by making slight changes in your weekly routine.

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Healthy Tailgating Tips

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Anna Key, RD

Fire up your grills and get ready for some football! It's great to see our favorite teams back, but it's also the unofficial start to the season of weight gain. People find it hard to control their weight starting now through the New Year. Here are five tips to help you stay healthy while you enjoy cheering your favorite team on.

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