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Why the Helico Does My Stomach Hurt?

Why the Helico Does My Stomach Hurt?

By Toni Eatros, MS, Dipl Ac, AP Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a spiral-shaped bacterium that is found mostly in the mucous membrane layer of the stomach. More than 90% of duodenal ulcers and up to 80% of stomach (gastric) ulcers are caused by H. pylori.  Infected people have a 2-6 fold increased risk of developing stomach cancer and mucosal-associated-lymphoid-type …

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Untreated Hearing Loss DRAMATICALLY Increases Alzheimer’s Disease Risk!

Untreated Hearing Loss DRAMATICALLY Increases Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

By Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Services Hearing loss can have much larger consequences than just the frustration of misunderstanding friends and loved one. A number of studies have come to light over the last few years showing a link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. Specifically, a pair of studies out of Johns Hopkins found that hearing loss is …

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A Compounded Thyroid Medication Made Specifically For You

A Compounded Thyroid Medication Made Specifically For You

The thyroid is a tiny butterfly shaped gland in the neck that is made up of two distinct lobes. The thyroid gland predominantly produces thyroxine (T4) which is converted to the active form of thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine (T3), primarily in the liver. Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid is overactive in producing thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism can be brought on by …

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Health Insurance – Medicare 2018 Annual Election Period is Coming Soon!

Health Insurance – Medicare 2018

By Ulla-Undine Merritt (Dee) National Producer Number (NPN) 8853366 Medicare Beneficiaries who currently have Medicare Advantage Plan and Part D (Prescription Drug Plans) will be receiving their “Notice of Change” documents in September.   These notices compare any plan changes from your current 2016 to your new 2017 plan.  You will be automatically re-enrolled in your current plan if you do …

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The 2nd Most Common Cancer In Men

there has been recent debate on how to approach screening and treatment for prostate cancer. Organizations not affiliated with the American Urologic Association have made claims that limit Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening, a common screening procedure for prostate cancer that measures the level of PSA in the blood. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a volunteer panel of 16 …

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Premier Smiles Whitening and Brightening

Premier Smiles Whitening and Brightening

When some children start to get their permanent teeth, they may have more of a yellow hue than their deciduous teeth originally did.  This can be from illness, certain medications like tetracycline that stains the teeth from within, or their permanent teeth may just naturally be a darker color, but why do our teeth seem to darken with age? Our teeth …

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It’s Time to Give Aquatic Therapy a Try

It's Time to Give Aquatic Therapy a Try

Have you thought about aquatic therapy for strengthening weak joints and muscles? If not, it is time to consider getting in the water. The list of aquatic therapy benefits is impressive and patients consistently achieve their functional goals after completing a series of sessions. Aquatic therapy is gaining popularity as folks are realizing what an amazing tool water can be …

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What’s New In The World Of Venous Therapy

What’s New In The World Of Venous Therapy

By Dr. John P. Landi, MD, FACS, RPVI, RPhS, Diplomate of The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine Varicose veins, spider veins, leg swelling, venous ulcerations and phlebitis or clots in the veins are common conditions that affect over 30 million Americans and countless other millions worldwide. Up until recently venous disease was not recognized as a separate specialty …

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Local Patients Choosing Urgent Care Centers Over Hospital Emergency Room Visit

Urgent Care Centers

As the Florida health care system grapples with strained hospital emergency department capacity with extremely long wait times, primary care clinician shortages and rising health care costs, urgent care centers have emerged as an alternative care setting that may help improve medical care access and contain costs. Growing to nearly 10,000 locations across the nation in recent years, urgent care …

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Dry Eye Center of Excellence at Frantz EyeCare Offers Most Advanced Treatment in Southwest Florida

Frantz EyeCare

By Jonathan M. Frantz, MD, FACS The majority of the patients sitting in eye doctors’ waiting rooms today are suffering from some sort of dry eye issue. Over the last few years, researchers have discovered that “dry eyes” is much more than insufficient production of natural tears.  In fact, the majority of dry eye cases are now known to be …

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