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Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle

By Myles Rubin Samotin, MD – Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fellowship Trained in Foot and Ankle – To understand foot and ankle arthritis and how it affects us, we must first understand the basic anatomy of the foot and ankle.  Amazingly, the foot and ankle are comprised of 28 bones and 30 joints! However, arthritis mostly affects a few specific …

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Do You Suffer With Dry Eyes?

By Dr. Todd B. Lang – Dry eyes affect over 20 million people in the US. It will usually start later in life, especially in women starting in the late 40s to early 50s. The symptoms start with a simple burning or dryness.  This can progress to an itchy sensation, stinging, gritty or sandy sensation, light sensitivity, blurry vision, night …

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Small Nutrition Changes Pay Big Dividends in Health

By Wayne Goffin, Physical Therapist – “If only I had taken better care of myself when I was younger; if I could just get this weight off I would feel so much better.” As a Physical Therapist if I had a dime for every time I have heard a comment like this from a patient in my office I would …

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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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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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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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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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God “Our” Father

By Terry Hoskins – On May 6th, 2010, my first born son was welcomed into this world with amazement and incredible joy. My wife and I just sit for hours watching our little baby eat, sleep, and every now and then we think we see a smile. There is nothing quite like the love and adoration we feel for him …

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