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Like you, we’re keeping an eye on news – especially the bits that could affect our health or the well-being of our families. But let’s face it, those stories don’t always get to what it means. That’s why the Premier Health Now team came up with this idea to give you more insights into the headlines you and your friends will be talking about. Whether the story is close to home or far away, whether it causes worry or makes you smile, we invite you to check in with Premier Health Now to get the "so what" behind the day’s news.

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‘This I Resolve’: Step by Step to a Healthier 2019

12/31/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement, Nutrition, Emotional Health, Sleep

Despite good intentions, many New Year’s resolutions – like losing weight, eating better, getting fit and quitting cigarettes – don’t survive the year. Often that’s because resolutions are unrealistic. And so general you can’t get your arms or mind around them.Dale Block, MD, of Premier Family Care...

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Brain Cyst a Factor in Urban Meyer’s Retirement

12/4/2018 | Comments | Brain Health

The rumors about Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer’s early retirement proved to be true. The winning coach cited his health and family as his number one reason for stepping away from a job he loves. Completing his seventh season at OSU, Coach Meyer recently revealed he suffers...

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Teen Vaping Up 80 Percent; FDA Takes Action

11/20/2018 | Comments | Safety, Parenting

Vaping increased nearly 80 percent among high schoolers and 50 percent among middle schoolers since last year, according to the latest data from the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has proposed new measures against flavored nicotine products that could ultimately remove them from stores and...

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IVF Gave Obamas a Second Chance at Pregnancy

11/15/2018 | Comments | Pregnancy

If you suffer from infertility, Michelle Obama has shared your pain. In her new book and in recent interviews she opens up about the heartbreak of miscarriage, fertility issues, and her desire to help young women who want to conceive. She says in vitro fertilization (IVF) provided her and...

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Don’t Let Your Heart Take One for the Team

10/23/2018 | Comments | Heart

As a sports fan, you may give your heart to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Or the Boston Red Sox. Or maybe the Detroit Red Wings. When you do that – no matter your team – you know you risk a broken heart. Many sports fans, though, experience more than figurative symptoms. That’s according to a 2017...

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Cutting Through the Fog: Vaping Harms Teens

9/24/2018 | Comments | Safety, Parenting

E-cigarettes used for vaping were “initially designed as an off-ramp for smokers to get off cigarettes,” says Michael Barrow, MD, of Premier Health Family Care – North. Now they’re increasingly becoming “an on-ramp for people who wouldn’t normally get involved” in vaping – particularly middle and...

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Aspirin’s Groundbreaking News: May Do More Harm Than Good

9/19/2018 | Comments | Heart

Millions of older adults take a daily low-dose aspirin to help prevent heart attack and stroke. But according to three recent studies, the aspirin could be doing more harm than good. Premier Health Now asked Mukul Chandra, MD, from Premier Cardiovascular Institute about the findings and if...

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease: Not Just for Kids!

8/27/2018 | Comments | Illness

A disease common to children has taken some adult athletes off the playing field recently. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), typically found in kids, sent New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the 10-day disabled list. And it forced the cancellation of the West Virginia University...

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EpiPen Shortage Sparks Back-to-School Concerns Among Parents

8/25/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Allergies

Back-to-school shopping is an annual tradition that takes families on an annual scavenger hunt to locate supplies such as pencils, paper and new clothes. For others, however, the most difficult thing to find on their list is a particular item that can mean the difference between life and...

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Death of Teen From Toxic Shock Syndrome Raises Concern

7/2/2018 | Comments | Illness

The death of 16-year-old Canadian Sara Manitoski in March 2017 was the result of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), according to the just-released coroner’s report. She died while on a school camping trip after complaining of menstrual cramps and not feeling well. She was wearing a tampon at the time of...

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The One Healthy Step Smart Guys Never Skip

6/25/2018 | Comments | Heart, Fitness, Illness, Cancer, Emotional Health, Sleep

At any age, men can do their older selves a huge favor by taking one smart step now: making time once a year for a checkup with their primary care provider. Dr. Aaron Block, family physician, and Dr. Douglas Gaker, urologist, review the health issues that can trip up men as they age – and how every...

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Why the Latest Stroke Treatment Depends on You

6/18/2018 | Comments | Illness, Brain Health, Technology

Even with major advances in stroke treatment and research, good outcomes depend on getting fast help for a stroke victim. Neuroscience specialists Dr. Bryan Ludwig and Dr. John Terry share the life-changing progress in stroke treatment and how you can diagnose a stroke with more than 90 percent...

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Eyelash Extensions Can Be Breeding Grounds for Mites

5/16/2018 | Comments | Safety

Eyelash extensions provide the long luscious lashes many women dream of — yet this hot beauty trend could have a downside if you’re not careful: mite infestations. Eye surgeons are issuing warnings about fake eyelash applications after several women in Orlando sought treatment for painful...

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Cause & Effect? A Closer Look at Fortnite and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

5/16/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Pain

When Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price experienced numbness in his throwing hand, few may have imagined the discussion that would soon follow would center on a video game instead of a baseball diamond. However, Price’s eventual diagnosis with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) left some wondering if...

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Ready. Set. GO for Warm Weather!

5/4/2018 | Comments | Safety

When days turn sunny and warm, it’s tempting to jump in with everything you’ve got. But to enjoy ALL of the warm weather ahead, try these tips to ease in – including how bug spray for your clothes can keep pesky biters at bay. Join primary care physician Dr. Matthew Stone on this Premier Health Now...

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Pitcher's Duel: Big League Player Battles Aneurysm

5/1/2018 | Comments | Brain Health

On April 20, Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar had no idea he was approaching his toughest opponent ever as he walked towards the dugout in the middle of the sixth inning against the Houston Astros. Once there, Farquhar would suddenly become ill and pass out as medical staff...

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New Shingles Vaccine Shares Spotlight with ‘Hamilton’

4/16/2018 | Comments | Illness

Broadway composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, who gave Alexander Hamilton a much celebrated encore, also brought the viral disease shingles back in the spotlight with a couple of recent tweets. His tweets about having shingles and quarantining himself in his parents’ home, to protect his and...

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Tim McGraw's Concert Collapse Spotlights Proper Hydration

3/16/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

When it comes to maintaining our overall health, it could be argued that we largely underestimate and overlook the importance of routine water consumption, even though a significant portion of our body is made up of the stuff. Paying closer attention to how much water we drink is important since it...

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Smoking Still a Threat to Babies' Health

3/12/2018 | Comments | Pregnancy, Parenting

Despite the health risks to mother and baby, 1 of every 14 pregnant women in the U.S. – about 7.2 percent – smoked cigarettes in 2016, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ohio and 30 other states have a smoking-while-pregnant rate above this national...

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Spring Forward in Good Health with these Seasonal How-tos

3/10/2018 | Comments | Allergies

Waking up to Daylight Savings Time and spring allergies can put you off your stride. But they don’t have to. Learn tried-and-true strategies for sailing through these seasonal transitions – and why you might consider vacuuming your dog! Listen in with primary care physician Dr. Mark Williams on this...

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Achoo! What to Do When a Cold Catches You

3/7/2018 | Comments | Illness

What you do or don’t know about colds may leave you suffering longer. Dr. Laura Tully and Dr. Joseph Allen share their own strategies for keeping colds at bay and shortening the symptoms if one hits. Hear their best tips on this Premier Health Now On-Air Podcast.  

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Colonoscopy: The Only Colorectal Screening That Prevents Cancer

2/28/2018 | Comments | Cancer

Most people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms, which is why it’s so important to understand your risks and get proper health screenings. “This is very relevant to everyone,” says Rosanne Danielson, MD, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists.  Since March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness...

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Tech Giants Race to Develop Pain-Free Device to Monitor Blood Sugar

2/20/2018 | Comments | Technology

Patients with diabetes currently have the ability to use devices known as continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) to keep constant tabs on their blood sugar levels, but these also require embedding a needle underneath the skin. However, a new non-invasive technology is emerging that will allow...

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Winter Bugs Love a Crowd. Here's How to Steer Clear

2/19/2018 | Comments | Colds, Flu, Illness

Winter can be a challenging time for avoiding seasonal illnesses that spread fast in close quarters. These tips for preventing some common winter illnesses can help keep your family healthy this winter - from Dr. Marcus Washington and certified nurse practitioner Amanda Fox in this Premier Health...

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New Guidelines Buy Time for Some Stroke Patients

2/16/2018 | Comments | Brain Health

When you notice signs of a stroke coming on, dialing 9-1-1 for immediate medical care is still the order of the day. But for some stroke patients, according to newly published guidelines, the narrow window of time for effective stroke treatment may be a little wider than previously...

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How to Block and Tackle a Super Bowl Gall Bladder Attack

2/2/2018 | Comments | Nutrition

Odds are high that many of us will spend this Sunday at a Super Bowl LII party. Whether you watch the commercials or the game, you’re likely to eat some of the rich, fatty foods that herald the day. Super Bowl Sunday is the nation’s second-biggest food consumption day— behind only Thanksgiving —...

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Will Your Behavior Change During Wednesday's Full Moon?

1/30/2018 | Comments | Self-Improvement

The notion that a full moon causes people to behave strangely dates back hundreds of years. (The word “lunatic” comes from “luna,” the Latin name for the Moon.) But is it really true?  Although there’s no scientific evidence to support it, as explained here, research or no research, many are...

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Resolve to be Healthy this Winter

1/22/2018 | Comments | Safety, Fitness, Nutrition

Premier Health physicians Anessa Alappatt, MD and Jon Sulentic, DO, discuss strategies for a safer, healthier winter season from exercise and healthy eating for weight loss to cold weather safety.  

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Male Infertility from Pain Pills?

1/19/2018 | Comments | Pregnancy, Fitness, Pain

Athletes and others who exercise intensely often use over-the-counter pain medications to control their aches and pains. But according to a new study, ibuprofen – in doses commonly taken by athletes – can lower fertility in men. What should regular ibuprofen users make of this news, which was...

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The Party Crasher: Holiday Heart Syndrome

12/18/2017 | Comments | Heart

Celebrating the holidays with family and friends does your heart good. Overeating and drinking too much alcohol while you party, though, can interrupt your good cheer with a condition called “holiday heart syndrome.” This condition is characterized by a fluttering in the chest, an irregular heart...

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High Blood Pressure: What a Difference a Day Makes

11/16/2017 | Comments | Heart, Brain Health

The American Heart Association issued new guidelines this week regarding who — and who doesn’t — have high blood pressure (HBP). That means millions of Americans woke to a diagnosis of HBP that they didn’t have when they went to bed the night before. HBP, which can lead to stroke, heart...

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The SAD Effects of Shorter Days

10/19/2017 | Comments | Illness, Brain Health

As days get shorter, sunlight dwindles and skies turn grey, does your mood seem to take a downcast turn, too? If so, you could have a condition called seasonal affective disorder – known by its apt acronym, SAD. To learn more about SAD, its symptoms and how to treat it, Premier Health Now recently...

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Why More Kids Will Be Diagnosed with High Blood Pressure

9/7/2017 | Comments | Heart, Parenting

The number of children diagnosed with high blood pressure, also called hypertension, is likely to jump as new rules for spotting and treating the condition are put into place. More than 2 million American kids already are living with hypertension. To get a better understanding of what this...

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How to Avoid Summer's Heartbreaking Headline

8/2/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

It’s a news story that makes parents shudder. Sad news came Saturday that the Huber Heights 3-year-old who fell into a pool last weekend died from his injuries. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children from infants through age 4. With plenty of warm days still ahead, Premier Health...

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Step Away from the Fries

7/12/2017 | 0 Comments | Heart, Nutrition

Although your favorite fast food restaurant may entice you with discounts on National French Fry Day, July 13, there are good reasons to pass. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and reported by CNN, people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a...

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Two Reasons Why Zika Remains a Threat to Unborn Babies

7/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Pregnancy

Last summer’s hype surrounding the Rio Olympics put Zika virus front and center. A year later, the barrage of news coverage has subsided, but the potential danger remains, as explained in this recent story. Premier Health Now talked to Katherine Bachman, MD, MS, Upper Valley Women’s Center, about...

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Coconut Oil: Healthy or Unhealthy?

6/23/2017 | 0 Comments | Heart, Nutrition

What’s to be made of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recent Presidential Advisory that saturated fat — coconut oil, in particular — raises your risk of heart disease? The advisory, published online in Circulation, received widespread media attention. In response, many weighed in across the...

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Protect Your Family from Burns and Other Summer Hazards

6/14/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

The summer heat is on — and with it come potential dangers. Pouring an accelerant onto a fire pit or grill is one of many preventable summer hazards. An 11-year-old Ohio boy recently experienced severe burns from flames that flared when he used an accelerant on a fire pit. To learn more about...

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New Medicine Treats Paralyzing ALS

5/11/2017 | 0 Comments | Illness

Patients living with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) may be able to slow the progression of the crippling disease, improve their quality of life and live longer — thanks to a new drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Developed in Japan, edaravone shows promise in helping ALS...

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Is Menstrual Syncing with Your Girlfriends Possible?

4/28/2017 | 0 Comments | Hormones

You’ve heard stories of female roommates who spent so much time together their menstrual cycles synced?   “Not possible,” report scientists at the University of Oxford, according to this Fox News report. The scientists recently followed 360 pairs of women, each using an app to track their...

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Are Smartphones the New Drug of Choice?

4/12/2017 | 0 Comments | Relationships, Parenting

Recent studies have shown that American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol. Can smartphones be the reason? The list of experts who believe the two may be related is too long to ignore.  Replacing One Gratification With Another  An annual...

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Worrisome Trend: Diseases of Aging Strike Young

4/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Illness, Cancer

More people under age 65 are diagnosed with arthritis, colon cancer and stroke — conditions once thought to be the domain of older adults.  What’s going on? Premier Health Now talked with Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine, to find out. “We don't know the absolute scientific...

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Marathons May Damage Your Kidneys - Temporarily

4/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness

Rather than being cause for alarm, new research findings that marathon runners develop temporary kidney damage during a race may confirm your body’s resiliency. To learn more, Premier Health Now talked with marathon runner Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice. He says that hydration and...

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Arthritis - Not Just for Seniors Anymore

4/3/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Pain

Think arthritis is strictly an old person’s ailment?  Think again, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC Vital Signs report says that about 54.4 million American adults have been diagnosed with the painful joint...

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Apple Cider Vinegar: How Powerful Is It?

3/17/2017 | 1 Comments | Nutrition

New scientific studies tout the ability of apple cider vinegar to regulate blood sugar, prevent weight gain, reduce inflammation and boost the levels of good bacteria in our gut. Can one fermented product really provide all these health benefits? Premier Health Now talked with Dale Block,...

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Now Trending: Colon Cancer in Young Adults

3/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Cancer

Here’s disturbing news that’s trend-worthy. If you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, your risk of colon cancer has doubled, and your risk of rectal cancer has quadrupled compared to older adults. This, according to American Cancer Society researchers who found that people younger than 55 are 58 percent...

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What's Leftover Lasagna Got to Do with Colon Cancer?

3/3/2017 | 0 Comments | Cancer

Since March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Premier Health Now reminds you that if you’re due for a colon cancer screening, now’s a perfect time to get it scheduled. Two reasons, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Of cancers that affect both men and women,...

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Back Ache? Hold Off on the Pills

2/21/2017 | 0 Comments | Pain

When your lower back aches, you want relief. Now.And you may believe that the quickest route to comfort is a walk to your medicine cabinet.But not so fast.The American College of Physicians recently released new treatment guidelines for lower back pain. The guidelines recommend skipping medicine —...

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Can Sunscreen Really Prevent Skin Cancer?

2/17/2017 | 0 Comments | Celebrities, Cancer

Sunscreen has a new champion, and he’s right out of Hollywood. Actor Hugh Jackman’s four-time battle with basal cell carcinoma has him encouraging fans to #wearsunscreen! Jackman’s basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer. It’s caused by cumulative, intense...

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Turn Off the Noise: Hearing Loss Impacts Young, Old

2/13/2017 | 1 Comments | Safety, Hearing

Hearing loss doesn’t wait for old age. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly 20 percent of people in their 20s have some hearing loss, and an estimated 40 million Americans under age 70 have hearing damage — often not related to job noise. NBC News recently cited these and...

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Am I at Greater Risk of Dying from Cervical Cancer?

1/30/2017 | 0 Comments | Celebrities, Cancer

A new study says the death rate from cervical cancer is worse than experts thought. Premier Health Now asked Michael Guy MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology, for the details.“It’s true that the chances of dying from cervical cancer are higher than we thought,” Dr. Guy says, “but it’s important to...

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Executive Order: Vaccines Reduce Pneumonia Risk

1/26/2017 | 0 Comments | Celebrities, Illness

Former President George H.W. Bush brought to national attention the seriousness of pneumonia for older adults when he entered the hospital January 14 with shortness of breath.Now that our 41st president is out of intensive care and on the mend, Health Now checked in with Marcus Washington, MD, of...

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Be It Resolved: Weekend-Only Exercise Counts

1/20/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement

Are weekday work and family obligations crowding out your New Year’s resolution to exercise regularly?If weekends seem to be your only chance for physical activity, you’re not alone. And you’re not out of luck.At least according to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.Subjects of the...

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It's Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

1/19/2017 | 0 Comments | Flu

A spike in flu cases is a sign that flu season is kicking into high gear.Flu cases are on the rise in Ohio for the second week in a row and health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect flu activity to increase. If you didn’t get a flu shot this fall, don’t panic. Premier...

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Turn Your New Year's Fitness Resolution into a Habit

1/13/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement

If your New Year’s resolution includes the phrases “exercise more” and “lose weight,” you are among the more than 25 percent of Americans who made resolutions that take aim at getting fit.To boost the odds of achieving your goal, Premier Health Now talked with Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family...

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Taking News of Celebrity Deaths to Heart

12/28/2016 | 0 Comments | Heart, Celebrities

The loss of two pop icons two days apart — actress Carrie Fisher and singer George Michael — has left a hole in many fans’ hearts. Especially at this time of year. And the news that heart disease had a role in both stars’ deaths hits close to home: Heart disease can affect anyone.  What else...

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