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Ligament Laxity, the Missing Diagnosis in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Vaginal Pain

By Debra K. Brinker, RN It is estimated that approximately 24% of women suffer from at least one symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction. (1) Pelvic floor dysfunction involves spasm or discoordination of the pelvic floor musculature, which commonly manifests with the associated symptoms, including pelvic and vaginal pain, and a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. (See figure 1.)   As these …

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See Better, Live Longer Cataract Surgery May Prolong Your Life

By Jonathan M. Frantz, MD, FACS After learning she had cataracts in both eyes, Jacqueline Pearlman began researching cataract surgeons in her area of Southwest Florida. Today, she is beyond thrilled with how well she can see since having her cataracts removed at Frantz EyeCare last year. “My vision now is amazing,” said Jacqueline. “It’s amazing what you see now …

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GO TO BED AT THE SAME TIME EACH NIGHT

GO TO BED AT THE SAME TIME EACH NIGHT

Courtesy of Naples Fitness Lab Did you know that your body follows something called a circadian rhythm – a natural cycle that will signal your body when to go to sleep, wake up, eat, and even how to function optimally. The quality of your sleep is incredibly important- but did you know that you’ll be more likely to get higher …

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Man Up: Prevent the Top 7 Threats to Your Health

John Canterbury, M.D. The list of the biggest health threats for men is surprisingly short — and prevention pays off. Consider this top seven list of men’s health threats, compiled from statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading organizations to reflect men’s health risks in the United States. Then get serious about reducing …

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Gulf Waters and Open Wounds Don’t Mix!

Gulf Waters and Open Wounds Don’t Mix!

By Anne Marie Tremaine, MD Vibro Vulfinicus is a bacterium of legitimate concern in southwest Florida. Thankfully infection with V. Vulfinicus is rare (although underreported) but most cases in the U.S. are found in Gulf Coast states. According to the Florida Department of Health, since 2014, the counties with most reported infections include Brevard (7 cases), Duval (9), Hillsborough (9), …

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Have You Disclosed Your Foreign Assets to the IRS? If Not, you are Running out of Time.

Have You Disclosed Your Foreign Assets to the IRS

By Bonie Montalvo United States taxpayers holding financial assets outside of the United States have a financial obligation to report certain foreign assets to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Under current law, taxpayers must report foreign accounts in which they have “a financial interest in or signature authority over” if the aggregate value of such foreign accounts at any point in …

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GET UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE!

GET UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE!

By Linda Culotta, Mortgage Loan Officer New Construction/Renovation Loan Specialist When researching ways to find my purpose in accordance with the Blue Zone’s Project’s findings discussed in my past articles, I came across a book written by Steve Chandler, author of “100 Ways to Motivate Yourself” and also “Reinventing Yourself.” He brings to light many factors that make us tick. …

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Traveling Abroad?

Traveling Abroad

By Ulla-Undine Merritt (Dee) National Producer Number (NPN) 8853366 Possibly you are taking a summer vacation or maybe you’re retiring and plan to travel.  Congratulations! Many travelers believe their domestic insurance plan will be enough when they travel abroad but that might not be the case. Without the right plan, you may not be covered for an illness or injury.  …

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Spider Veins – Cosmetic Concern or Tip of the Iceberg?

By Joseph G. Magnant, MD, FACS, RPVI & Patrick A. Nero, MD, FACS, RPVI Spider veins are a common complaint in our vein practice here in Southwest Florida where we have sunny and warm shorts weather year round.  Most patients feel this is only a cosmetic concern though that is not true in every case.  In some cases spider veins …

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Herbal and Homeopathic Immune Strengtheners 101

Herbal and Homeopathic Immune Strengtheners 101

According to the CDC, Florida is one of the states with the highest records of influenza infections. This year, the flu has affected young and old alike and caused unprecedented amounts of hospitalizations and deaths. Adults 65 and over are more susceptible to the dangers of the flu, as their symptoms can quickly exacerbate into pneumonia or other disease states. However, …

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