Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic

Your Health This Month

Stroke Causes

Strokes do not discriminate. They can happen to anyone, at any age - and about one in four people worldwide will have one in their lifetime. While many adults don’t think they are at risk for stroke or reduced brain function, the reality is that nearly half of all adults in America have high blood pressure and untreated high blood pressure is one of the most common causes of stroke and also causes up to 60 percent of dementia. Healthy habits can reduce your risk of stroke and improve mental sharpness. Learn more at


October Employee of the Month


Congratulations to our October Employee of the Month, Lisa Bohannon! Lisa has been with our clinic for many years and is a great asset to our front desk team. She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Lisa goes out of her way to make our office feel like home for staff and for patients. She works the front desk, manages the provider's calendars, plans office parties, helps clean and organize, and loves to bring in her homemade dishes for us to enjoy. Thank you, Lisa, for everything you do, even behind the scenes, to make sure things run smoothly and for always being willing to help. Our offices would not be the same without you!

Breast Cancer Screenings


The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer, including breast cancer. Together, we can save more lives by encouraging our loved ones to take control of their breast health. If you’re a woman 40 or older, talk to your health care provider about the breast cancer screening plan that’s best for you. And everyone can help reduce their breast cancer risk by making healthy choices like maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and limiting alcohol intake. Visit to learn more.

Best and Worst Halloween Candy

While Halloween this year will look different for everyone, it is important to know which Halloween treats are best for your teeth. Whether you're going trick-or-treating or decide to stay in and celebrate together, there are sure to be some Halloween goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. Chocolate is one of the better candies for your teeth because it washes off teeth easily. You might want to pass on things that make you pucker – especially if they are sticky and coated in sugar. Sour candy is acidic, and it could weaken and damage the outer shell of your teeth. For more on how to have a healthy Halloween, visit


Flu Shot Clinics Continue


Our flu shot clinics will continue through the month of October. If you have yet to receive your flu shot, now is the time to do so. These clinics are held at our Cool Springs location every Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 1pm. Learn more from Dr. Thorley about how important it is to get your flu shot this year at

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

How many times did you hit the snooze button this morning? We all crave sleep, but too many nights we fall short of the seven or eight hours we need to thrive. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, according to the Institute of Medicine. Sleep is vital to our health, safety, and overall well-being.  Sleeping difficulties are often connected to underlying problems such as stress, depression, or anxiety.  Psychologists can help people identify stressors and behaviors that may be disturbing sleep. They can help change those behaviors, and manage the thoughts, feelings and emotions that can interfere with a healthy night's sleep. For more information, including helpful tips to get a good night’s sleep visit


Caffeine and Headaches


The relationship between caffeine and headache is complex. Caffeine can help you feel more alert and give you a much needed pick me up. It also narrows blood vessels, which is part of the reason it has been used in headache medications. But it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Too much caffeine can stop helping a headache and start a new headache—a rebound headache. Moderation and careful use are needed when it comes to caffeine and your headache. Visit the National Headache Foundation online at and learn more about this complicated relationship.

Pay Online

Want the ability to pay your bill online without having to login to your patient portal? We now offer pay online through our website. Look for this option under our "Patient Info" menu bar or follow the link here:


Drowsy Teen Driving

Teen drivers face many risks on the road, but one you might not think about is drowsiness. With busy school, work and social schedules, teens, like the rest of us, don’t get enough sleep. This can be deadly behind the wheel. A teen’s crash risk increases with 6 or fewer hours of sleep. The National Safety Council recommends teens get 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. If your teen is getting out of school or work late and they are too tired to drive, make sure they have a safe ride home. For more information on teen driving risks visit


Look for the monthly Provider Newsletter on our blog. October will feature an article from our North Franklin primary care provider, Macy Nelms, FNP-BC on the differences in COVID and the flu. This is new content available only on our blog and direct from your provider. Check it out at

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