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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Do I have it, How Do I Get Diagnosed, and How Do I Manage It

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Do I Have it, How Do I Get Diagnosed, and How Do I Manage It?  Dr. Kathryn Dinh, a board-eligible Endocrinologist at Galen Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology According to the CDC, approximately 5 million women are currently affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal disorder that is primarily associated with a female having infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods. It is one of the most common causes of infertility in women and is a lifelong health condition. What causes PCOS? Although the exact cause of PCOS is not presently known, excess weight and a

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What is IBS, and how to know if you might have it?

Camille Sommer, M.D. Galen Digestive Health The symptoms of abdominal discomfort and changes in bowel habits are not uncommon, but people who experience frequent episodes may have what is known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a relatively common disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Approximately 10-15% of Americans are affected by IBS. The signs and symptoms of IBS vary based on the individual. The most common signs and symptoms experienced are the following: Abdominal pain, cramping, or bloating that is related to defecation Constipation, diarrhea, or bloating Changes in the caliber or consistency of the stool Changes in frequency

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It’s Time for Back-to-School Physicals

Laura Truelove, M.D. Galen North Pediatrics As summer ends and school starts back, there are always several things to complete before your child’s first day. A back-to-school physical or an annual wellness exam is something you should add to your back-to-school checklist. Yearly physicals are a great time to have your child checked out to make sure they are growing and developing at the appropriate rate. What to expect during an annual wellness exam? During the wellness exam, your pediatrician will: Complete a physical exam, including height and weight. Check blood pressure, vision, and hearing. Ask about your child’s development (speech,

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Prostate Cancer Awareness

Did you know that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men? Research suggests that this year alone, 248,530 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. What are the symptoms of prostate cancer? Symptoms of prostate cancer can include any of the following: Difficulty starting urination Weak or interrupted flow of urine Frequent urination, especially at night Difficulty emptying the bladder completely Pain or burning during urination Blood in the urine or semen Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away Painful ejaculation Not all men may have symptoms for prostate

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Exploring Care at Home with Galen

Galina Rader, M.D., FAAFP, Galen North Internal Medicine In the United States, approximately 1.9 million Americans are elderly and confined to their residence. Those Americans typically have one or more chronic diseases and find it hard to manage them. Americans who are unable to control their illnesses are admitted and released from the hospital frequently. The days following the return from the hospital are critical to the overall health of the patient. Here at Galen Medical Group, we recognize patients who have chronic medical conditions and are homebound need access to quality healthcare. Dr. Galina Rader, a Licensed specialist in

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Galen Pediatricians Celebrate Immunization Week

Dr. Ana Varela Windemuller, Galen East Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most cost-effective health interventions. Did you know 14 diseases can be prevented by routine childhood vaccines? These include tetanus, polio, measles, as well as pneumonia and rotavirus diarrhea—the biggest killers for children under the age of 5. Many of these diseases—which were more common before vaccines—are spread person to person through the air by coughing, sneezing, or just breathing. At Galen, we want to make sure your children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Our

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Galen is Chattanooga’s Doctor

At Galen Medical Group, we seek to provide our patients and community with a full scope of both preventative and specialized medical care. In a compassionate environment focused on the patient experience and convenient care, we work toward achieving ongoing education for patients and providers alike while also providing the best care possible across the board. When you’re a Galen patient, you can rest assured that you are in good, capable, and caring hands and feel secure and supported in all areas of health— from your yearly medical exams to immensely specialized care in a variety of areas.  A Full

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Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter

Staying healthy during the winter months can be trickier than at other times of the year. When it’s colder outdoors, we tend to spend more time inside and in closer proximity to other people, which can increase the spread of germs. The dry winter air can also lead to irritated nasal passages and increased mucus production, which can turn into sinus infections or sinusitis. All this being said, there are ways you can actively work toward better overall wellness, especially during this time of year, and the following tips are sure to help. Get Vaccinated ‘Tis the season for viruses,

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6 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

Reviewed by Dr. Melanie Blake, Galen Lifestyle Medicine Shopping, cooking, planning, and sometimes forced merriment–the holiday season can be hectic to say the least. So, it’s not uncommon to start to feel overwhelmed, drained, or burnt out at this time of year. That’s why our Galen team has rounded up a few tips sure to help you manage your holiday stress throughout the frenzied final days of the year. Go for a Brisk Walk A quick-paced, half-hour walk each day can work wonders not only for your body, but also for your mind. The repetitive motion and rhythm of your

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Flu Prevention – Healthy Habits & Tips for Navigating Flu Season

Reviewed by Dr. Sue Gouge, Galen Mountain View Medicine Flu prevention is always incredibly important, but this year it’s especially necessary. According to the CDC, both the flu and COVID-19 will be more prevalent than in past years. That’s why we want you to be armed with what you need to help you protect yourself and your family against the flu this season. Get a Flu Shot The single best way to avoid getting the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Influenza is a potentially serious disease with the power to lead to hospitalization or even death if not

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