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Spider Veins – Cosmetic Concern or Tip of the Iceberg?

Examples of legs with spider veins.

By Patrick Nero, MD, FACS – Vein Specialists Spider veins are a common complaint in our vein practice here in Southwest Florida where we have sunny and warm shorts weather year round.  Most patients feel this is only a cosmetic concern though that is not true in every case.  In some cases spider veins can be a manifestation of a …

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DIABETES & HEARING LOSS

DIABETES & HEARING LOSS

By W.L. “Hunter” Huntley, III, HAS., BC-HIS According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), diabetics are two times more susceptible to contract hearing loss than those without the disease. Of the 86 million adults thought to have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than those with normal blood sugar. In …

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How Heat Affects your Heart

How Heat Affects your Heart

August is “Safety Month” and while we take the time to consider all of the preventative ways to protect ourselves, we often overlook the negative effects that these hot summer months have on our cardiovascular systems. With weather approaching the upper 90’s and on some days, triple digits, the heat can be unbearable at times and downright dangerous, this is particularly …

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Independent Pharmacy Offers Unparalleled Custom-Made Services

Independent Pharmacy Offers Unparalleled Custom-Made Services

By: Justin Ceravolo, PharmD Selecting a pharmacy for your family’s needs can seem challenging, especially when there seems to be a drugstore on every corner. Although corporate pharmacies have several benefits, it is important to know that local independent pharmacies offer a distinct set of benefits – a focus on providing individualized attention and unique custom-made services. For more than 40 …

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Is your Dog at Risk for Canine Influenza?

Is your Dog at Risk for Canine Influenza?

The University of Florida has confirmed that the H3N2 dog flu strain is here in Southwest Florida.  This particular influenza strain originated in South Korea several years ago and has since then scattered through several states here in the U.S. The spread of the virus most likely is due to owners traveling with their pets, for example, it’s increased through …

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5 Critical Estate Planning Questions That Are Often Never Asked

5 Critical Estate Planning Questions That Are Often Never Asked

By Steven J. Gibbs, Esq. In the information age, it may be enticing to “do it yourself” when it comes to estate planning and elder law matters. Yet the reason for hiring an experienced estate planning elder law attorney is to have someone guide you you to consider questions that you would not think of asking. You’ve heard the expression, …

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BOTOX® for Overactive Bladder

BOTOX® for Overactive Bladder

Frustrated with your Overactive Bladder (OAB) medication not working?   Do the side effects pose more health risks than benefits? When you have Overactive Bladder, you learn to settle. To settle not only for the constant bathroom trips, but also for treatments that haven’t worked as well as you’d like or left you with unpleasant side effects. There’s another approach. BOTOX® …

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Early Cancer Detection Saves Lives

Early Cancer Detection Saves Lives

The development of improved screening tests for various types of cancer means that physicians can now identify and diagnose cancer at an earlier stage, many times, before any symptoms are present. Early detection is important because when abnormal tissues or cancers are found early, they are easier to treat. Some screening methods are quite simple, such as skin cancer checks …

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Adults with Disabilities: Physical Activity is for Everybody

Adults with Disabilities

Physical activity is important for all people but essential for people with disabilities. Life Care Center of Estero wants to help. We offer physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services along with state of the art facilities.  These therapies can help people with disabilities improve function and overall health through education and exercise programs. We would love to consult with …

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An Alternative to Surgery for Back Pain

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By Debra K. Brinker, RN The majority of us will suffer from a condition associated with back pain at some point in our lives. A common misconception is that if you have pain, you should first get an MRI and a surgical consultation. But back pain should not be an automatic indication that these drastic steps are necessary. The body has …

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