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Why Immunize?

By Charlotte County Health Department – Most of us have never seen anyone with polio, diphtheria, or other vaccine-preventable diseases due to the protection that vaccines provide. Because of our high immunization rate in the U.S., vaccine-preventable disease levels are at or near record lows, but if people stopped getting vaccinated, we would once again see epidemics of diseases that …

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Teacher Bullying: Stop School Violence

The following story is an example of a child being bullied by his teacher: Aconcerned mother emailed her son’s teacher to see if the teacher would be willing to allow the child to have a little more time to complete an assignment. The child wasn’t doing well in this particular class, and unfortunately he had been under an extreme amount …

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Knee Pain: Does It Mean a Knee Replacement?

By Nancy McCarron, Physical Therapist Assistant     – Knee pain can be as irritating as low back pain as it can hurt when you walk, hurt when you stand, and hurt when you sit. As we put stress on our knees with activity, with inactivity (yes, with inactivity), and with extra weight bearing (those 10 pounds you swore you’d …

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Top 5 Foods and Lifestyle Changes to Help Lower Cholesterol

By Gino Sedillo, MD, FACC, CardioVascular Solutions Institute   – Understanding Cholesterol Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in all of your cells and has several useful functions, including helping to build your body’s cells. It’s carried through your bloodstream attached to proteins. These proteins are called lipoproteins. There are two kinds of lipoproteins: Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) – These …

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What to Consider when Choosing an Assisted Living Community Seven Things you NEED TO KNOW

By Ed Hill, Lexington Manor – In a perfect world there wouldn’t be a need for doctors, hospitals or nursing homes. Unfortunately, that is not the case and there may come a time when you, or a loved one, is in need of some help from others. When it becomes questionable if you can safely live in your current living …

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“Snakes on a Plane OR… PARKINSON’S DISEASE PSYCHOSIS”

By Ramon A. Gil, M.D. – In the summer of 2006, the blockbuster “Snakes on a Plane” depicted Samuel L. Jackson as a courageous and smart FBI agent dealing with a true nightmare for the passengers of a plane from Honolulu to Los Angeles: snakes on a plane. It is perhaps difficult for most of us to think that some …

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A Great Alternative to the Emergency Department?

Try Millennium Physician Group’s Walk-in Medical Center Feeling sick on a weekend or during the evening and need treatment? There’s a new alternative to the busy Emergency Department! Millennium’s Walk-in Medical Center is a wonderful alternative to a busy Emergency Department for life’s minor health problems. This particular Walk-in Medical Center is unique to the area because it will be …

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Leg/Limb Swelling Causes and Treatments

By Patrick Rich – One of the most common issues among older patients is chronic limb swelling; swelling in the feet, ankles, calves, and arms. Any limb swelling whatsoever is often indicative of an overloaded lymphatic system (Lymphedema affects approximately 140 million people worldwide) or a weakened Venus return system (commonly known as CVI or Chronic Venus Insufficiency). While Insurance/Medicare …

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STRATEGIES TO AVOID NURSING HOME SPEND-DOWN POVERTY

By The Law Offices of David L. Orosz – Last month we discussed how the financial requirements of Medicaid can affect eligibility for Nursing Home Medicaid benefits. Now that you have separated your assets into the three columns, Countable, Non-countable and Inaccessible, the total value of your Countable Assets is what we will address here. If you are single, Medicaid …

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Prostate Cancer Screening: The REAL Scoop!

By William M. Figlesthaler, M.D. – Prostate cancer screening and PSA have received a great deal of press over the past couple of years, and it is time to set the record straight. Consistent with most years, in 2011 there were 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States and 33,720 U.S. men died of prostate cancer …

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