11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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Features Health & Wellness

“Vision Health” will be the topic for the upcoming Ladies Night Out program Tuesday, Jan. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. According to the National Eye Institute, millions of people have problems with their vision every year. The most common vision problems are refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Some steps to maintain healthy vision include: eating fruits and vegetables, keeping a healthy weight, avoiding cigarette smoking, and having eye exams. The Ladies Night Out speakers will be Tony Angel with the Franklin Lions Club and Dr. Frank Killian with Asheville Eye Associates. In addition to the health education program, Ladies Night Out participants can take part in a screening before the program courtesy of the Franklin Lions Club.

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Dr. Paul Cutting, an orthopedic doctor at Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, will offer a free hand screening Jan. 27 at Franklin Medical Center. The screening will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.

Dr. Cutting diagnoses and treats fractures, dislocations, nerve and tendon repairs, reconstructions and grafts, sports- and work-related injuries and other hand and upper extremities problems. The screening will include common hand, wrist and elbow problems, including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s Disease.

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Throughout the month of January, the American Red Cross celebrates the contributions of thousands of volunteer blood donors in our area who give the gift of life with every blood donation.

January has been designated National Blood Donor Month to raise awareness of blood donation during the time of year when blood supplies often fall to their lowest levels. Giving blood is a way to support the community by helping to ensure that a stable inventory is available for premature babies, cancer patients, or the many people who suffer accidents and other illnesses which may require transfusions.

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Ellen Marie Howard has joined Smoky Mountain Obstetrics & Gynecology as a nurse-midwife.

“Living and working in Western North Carolina, I am familiar with the regional reputation for quality care and the collaborative relationship that the physicians and midwives enjoy at Smoky Mountain Obstetrics & Gynecology,” Howard said. “I consider the physician/ midwife relationship indispensable to the safe provision of healthcare for women and I am excited to enter a collaborative practice.”

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