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HOW TO MINIMIZE YOUR RISK OF GETTING BREAST CANCER

By Michelle Haessler, M.D., Board Certified Radiation Oncologist As an oncologist, I have treated breast cancer patients from as young as 15 years of age to patients in their nineties. Breast cancer can affect anyone but is more common in women in their 50’s and older. Yes, I have treated men with breast cancer but it only accounts for about …

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Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

This Fall, your practitioners at Life Care Center of Estero would like to share a special month with you! National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated each October. The goal of the month long celebration is to raise awareness of the important role that physical therapists and physical therapy assistants play in helping people decrease pain, improve mobility, and engage in …

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Know Your Risks: Prevent Heart Disease

Know Your Risks: Prevent Heart Disease

By Erick E. Calderon, M.D., FACC, FSCAI Several health conditions, your lifestyle, and your age and family history can increase your risk for heart disease. These are called risk factors. About three quarters of all Americans (73%) have at least one of the seven key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol,  smoking, obesity, family history, diabetes …

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It’s not too late to vaccinate! Protect Yourself from this Year’s Flu Pandemic!

It’s not too late to vaccinate

When it’s after November and you see signs and banners in your community that advertise, “Get Your Flu Vaccine Here,” you might think, “Isn’t it too late for that?” The answer is, No! Flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The CDC encourages people who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated now. …

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Get Healthy, Wealthy, Wise – and Squeaky Clean

Because it can be so difficult to keep a house clean, it can be tempting to cut corners or just not clean once in a while. But that thinking assumes the most important reasons to clean are either: . Aesthetic – a clean home is pleasing to the senses, or . Social – people respect or like you more if …

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Living with Cataracts

Living with Cataracts

By Jonathan M. Frantz, MD, FACS Many of us feel that our eyesight is the most precious of all of our senses. How beautiful is it to look into the eyes of a child, to see the sunrise or sunset in brilliant color. Watching plays, movies, TV or simply reading a book are all things we value greatly. When a …

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – 3D Mammography

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - 3D Mammography

As technology advances, understanding medical exams and procedures becomes more complex. The quality of services provided is an important consideration. The American Cancer Society endorses mammography, along with yearly physical examinations and monthly self-examinations, as the most effective means of detecting breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage. Generally, mammography can reveal benign and cancerous growths before you …

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Q&A Women’s HEALTH

Q&A Women’s HEALTH

Q: I had a sling for bladder control problems, six months ago, but I still have urinary leakage. What can I do? A: Although technical or healing issues can play a role, other factors may have been involved with your leakage in the first place. A careful history and examination as well as computerized urodynamic tests and cystoscopy will help …

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An Omega-3 Strategy for Pain Relief

An Omega-3 Strategy for Pain Relief

By Bo Martinsen, MD More than 76 million Americans live with pain every day. That’s more than the number of people who have heart disease, diabetes, and cancers combined, according to a survey by the American Osteopathic Association. But what’s worse is that one-third of these people believe that medical treatment will not help, or feel that the treatment will create …

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Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery

Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery

Be Aware of the Risks Associated with Knee Replacement Surgery By Physicians Rehabilitation As with any surgery, knee replacement surgery carries risks. There is a chance with knee replacement surgery to experience the following post-surgical complications: . Infection . Blood clots in the leg vein or lungs . Heart attack . Stroke . Nerve damage . Allergic reactions to anesthesia …

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