Entries by Daniel Chioko

Do I Need a Hearing Test?

Listen up! Our Nashville audiologists encourage you not to take healthy ears for granted. Hearing loss typically happens gradually, which is why many people do not realize it is happening until they experience significant symptoms or family members notice. Unlike primary care checkups, eye appointments, and dentist visits, annual hearing tests are not a priority […]

What Does a Gastroenterologist Do?

Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that addresses issues of the digestive tract and liver. It is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine, so a gastroenterologist completes the same training as an internist before pursuing additional fellowship training. By the time the gastroenterology physicians at Nashville’s St. Thomas Medical Group are treating patients, they’ve had five to […]

9 Health Insurance Terms to Understand

Are terms like “co-pay” and “deductible” throwing you off? Do you dread your 26th birthday because it means you’ll have to shop for your own health insurance? If you’re like a lot of 20-somethings, you’re not alone. In a recent study of adults between the ages of 19 and 30, researchers found that 48% can’t […]

Asthma: What Parents Should Know

If you’ve ever witnessed (or experienced for yourself) the wheezing and breathlessness typical of asthma, then you know all too well how scary this common health issue can be. At St. Thomas Medical Group, pulmonary specialists are helping children and adults in Nashville treat their asthma. Today on the St. Thomas Medical Group blog, let’s […]

3 Things to Know for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! We can use this month to make a difference by spreading awareness about colorectal cancer and encouraging people to take action. Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States? It is also the second leading cause of death from cancer. […]

Nearly 1 In 4 Nashville Deaths Caused by Heart Disease

The most recent data available from the American Heart Association reveals that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in Tennessee, accounting for approximately 23% of all deaths. Stroke isn’t too far behind, ranking as the #5 cause of death in Tennessee. Join us as we resolve to help Nashvillians take control of manageable […]

Does My Baby Have a Cold? 7 of the Most Common Signs

First words. First steps. First cold. Of all the exciting milestones for your baby, the first cold is probably furthest from your mind. Babies start building their immune systems the moment they are born, but it takes time to develop full protection. During this vulnerable time, they can have up to 10 colds each year, […]

How to Stay Healthy Through Nashville’s Flu Season

As winter weather continues, so do the aches, coughs, and chills. You’ve probably read the headlines about this year’s specific strain of influenza being the most widespread since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began its current surveillance system 13 years ago. In fact, the flu hospitalization rate is at the highest number ever […]

What Is Fibromyalgia? How a Rheumatologist Can Help

Do you experience widespread musculoskeletal pain? Do you often experience extreme fatigue, problems sleeping, cognitive disturbances, or mood disorders? If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you might have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a common cause of widespread musculoskeletal pain, affecting connective tissues, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. People with fibromyalgia often experience chronic and persistent […]