Obesity is a Chronic Disease

According to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults in the United States are obese. Obesity is a condition characterized by having too much fat in the body. Using the Body Mass Index (BMI), a person with a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese. Factors Leading […]

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5 Facts About Kidney Disease

The kidneys are among the most vital organs in the body. They help filter waste products from the blood and play a role in regulating blood pressure, maintaining electrolyte balance, and in the production of red blood cells. When kidneys fail, waste products can build up and there can be excessive fluid retention leading to […]

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Health Screenings Guide

Most medical conditions have a better chance of successful treatment if they are found and diagnosed early on. This is why medical screenings are very important. Medical screenings are tests, or physical exams, that aim to detect diseases often before any symptoms appear. For adults, the following health screenings are recommended: Breast Cancer Screening Breast […]

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Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids

Pregnancy is a wonderful stage of a woman’s life. Although, the changes that your body undergoes during this stage places you at a higher risk of developing hemorrhoids. Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids There are several reasons why a woman is at risk of developing hemorrhoids while pregnant. Her growing uterus can put pressure on her pelvic […]

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer not only in the United States, but globally as well. If you discover unusual skin spots but are not sure if they’re normal or not, it may be […]

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Premier Surgeon Performs Area’s 1st Robotic-Assisted Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

KNOXVILLE, TN  – General Surgeon, Dr. David Harrell of Premier Surgical Associates, is among the first surgeons in Tennessee -and the first in East Tennessee to perform robotic-assisted surgery for pancreatic cancer. The Whipple procedure, also known as a  pancreaticoduodenectomy, is a complex operation most often performed to remove a cancerous growth from the pancreas—the organ […]

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Hernia and Workman’s Comp

An abdominal wall hernia  develops when there is a weakness or hole in the abdominal muscles, allowing  a person’s organs or tissues to protrude. Contents of the abdominal cavity, such as segments of the intestine or abdominal fatty tissue may bulge out. There are different types of abdominal hernias. The inguinal hernia is the most […]

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Vascular Treatment Eases Knox Lady’s Leg Pain

Inflicted by severe leg pain for years, 58-year old Rhonda of Knoxville could barely make it through her work day. “I’m a bookkeeper, but also work at a donut shop. During a busy day I’m on the floor from 7 am to 3:30 pm. By the time I got off work, all I could stand […]

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Men and Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and the lower rectum. They can become painful when there’s an increased pressure against the connective tissues that keep these vascular structures in place.  Hemorrhoids can affect both men and women, though they may develop for different reasons. Two common causes of hemorrhoids in men are a result […]

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Regular Self-Checks

Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly are important for maintaining a healthy life. However, it is also important to do regular health checks that can help you detect diseases early-on. A health check is an assessment of your current health status. While regular health checks are typically done by your primary health care […]

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