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Tests and Early Diagnosis Can Save Your Life

By Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte – The topic of this month’s article changed radically the weekend before I sat down to write it. I had been planning to write on the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CAT scans for eye and dental work. However, this weekend I discovered that a friend’s child has had some serious issues; …

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Diabetic iHealth

By Cherra F. Pumphrey, M.D., HarborSide Internal Medicine – According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people in the United States (8.3% of  the population) have diabetes mellitus type II. While patients with diabetes mellitus are at increased risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma, the most common diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is retinal damage caused …

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FIBROMYALGIA: MYTH OR REALITY

By Robert J. Ycaza, MD – Once considered a pure psychological derangement resulting only from a patient’s imagination; the validity of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) as a disease entity has increasingly gained acceptance among clinicians. The fundamental problem seems to be how/why the pain is being processed in the brain rather than tissue damage or inflammation at the sites where the …

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Patient Care Navigator: An Empowering Resource for Patients

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was someone who could help you figure out the next steps in your health care journey? Someone who could answer your questions and help educate you on your options? At Blake Medical Center, there is such a person. Her name is Kelli Thompson Cox, and she is the Valve Institute Nurse Navigator. Patient care …

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I Think I Broke My Back

By Philip W. Tally, M.D. – Most of us, at some time in our life, have fallen down landing hard resulting in a sudden severe pain in the middle or lower back. This pain may be minor and only last a few days, or it may persist and gradually worsen. The outcome of a fall may include straining ligaments, slipping …

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Wellness from the Inside Out vs. Outside In

By Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic – A wellness approach to health is focusing on the underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption within the body and making interventions and lifestyle adjustments that optimize the conditions for normal function. The main difference between wellness care and standard conventional medical care is that wellness care seeks to turn on the body’s natural healing …

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Fat Is The New Cool!

Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery – So what is Coolsculpting? Coolsculpting is an FDA-approved noninvasive way to treat fat. There are no incisions, anesthesia, or medications required. How does it work? There is a medical entity called popsicle panniculitis that was first described in the 1970s where little children had popsicles placed in their mouths, but because they were so …

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MEDICARE vs. MEDICAID

By The Law Offices of David L. Orosz – Medicare and Medicaid, al-though they sound similar, are as different as night and day. Medicare is… Entirely a federal program. Your government-run health insurance plan, age 65 and above. Coverage for short-term (max. 100 days) “skilled” nursing home care with limitations. A program which expects you to pay a deductible amount (Usually covered …

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All About Earaches and Children

By Bindu Nair, MD and Liliana Palacio, MD – Ear problems are painful and all too common during childhood. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are 10 million new cases of ear infections in children and infants each year. Up to 35 percent of pediatric treatments are ear infection related, and almost two-thirds of U.S. children will have …

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Not Just A Swollen Limb

By Alyssa Parker – The field of medicine is growing rapidly as new treatments come into production. One of the most common misdiagnosed conditions is chronic swelling; edema. For those of you who experience swelling, or a feeling of heaviness, aching, or painful fluid retention in a limb on a daily basis, you should not overlook these symptoms as trivial. …

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