Protect the skin you're in

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

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

Brenda BeforeAndAfter

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!

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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