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MEDICAID IMPOVERISHMENT: FINANCIAL TESTS OF INCOME & ASSETS

By The Law Offices of David L. Orosz – In our prior articles we have touched upon the possibility of using Medicaid benefits to help cover the costs of care if a patient requires Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility care. Today we will discuss how the financial requirements of Medicaid can affect eligibility for those benefits. Income Test: At …

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Pool safety – Keep kids safe!

By Charlotte County Health Department – The Charlotte County Health Department asks residents and visitors to be extra vigilant about water safety by adopting and practicing water safety procedures when children are participating in water activities. Children will spend the hot days of summer playing in pool areas and swimming, but despite the fun, pool safety is a serious subject …

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Ouch! My Eye Hurts!

By Dr. Todd B. Lang – According to the American Society of Trauma (ASOT), approximately 2.5 million eye injuries occur every year in the United States. Adult males 18 to 45 years of age are the most common age group to get injured in just under half of reported injuries. Approximately 25% of reported injuries occur in children under 18 …

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Community and Member Appreciation Day

Monday June 18, 2012 5:30 AM Free Food, Body Fat, BMI Screenings, Aerobics, Wallyball and more… In order to accommodate both our year round residents and our seasonal residents, we will be hosting two Community and Member Appreciation Days. Our first date will be Monday, June 18, 2012. The second date will be sometime in January 2013. We will kick …

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“ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT PARKINSON’S DISEASE”

By Ramon Gil, M.D. – Q: Why is important for residents of SW Florida to continue learning about Parkinson’s disease (PD)? A: PD is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder affecting 1% of the population over the age of 60 and 2% over the age of 70. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the year 2008, 12.8% of the population in this …

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Prevent and Manage Lymphedema with Physical Therapy

By Valerie Chouinard, Physical Therapist Assistant – Lymphedema is a common condition affecting millions of Americans. It is an abnormal accumulation of fluid that causes swelling and may be present in the extremities, trunk, abdomen, head and neck, external genitalia and inner organs. Lymphedema is a progressive condition and if left untreated it can cause long term physical and psychosocial …

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Dental Implications of Bisphosphonate Therapy

By Dr. Joseph Farag – In recent years some attention has been given to the osteoporosis medications called bisphosphonates and their complications with dental surgery, namely extractions and implants. Some recent research is helping doctors understand the relationship between some of these drugs and the dental complications that may be a result of taking them. Osteoporosis is the result of …

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Heart Palpitations & Preventative Care – Nadine’s Story

You’re going about your normal day, when suddenly you feel your heart skip a beat. You may even feel a little dizzy. What is going on? Is it life threatening? How do you know if it is or not? What is causing this? For Nadine Thomas, it was just another day at work when these same thoughts crossed her mind. …

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da Vinci© Surgery for Gallbladder Disease (Cholecystectomy)

Thanks to technological advances, doctors now have an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that allows them to offer patients the best of both approaches- da Vinci Surgery. With the assistance of the da Vinci© Surgical System, surgeons can operate through tiny incisions of 1/2 cm and with greater vision, precision and control than ever before. If your …

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Most Fatal Falls Occur at Home

By Bill Bambrick, Lexington Manor – “I have fallen and cannot get up!” We all have heard this line over the years with a slight chuckle based on its origin back in the 80’s and 90’s. Life Alert was the commercial that made us all aware of being safe at home. Is this the best solution or does it give …

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