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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By James J. O’Mailia, M.D., Gastroenterologist Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, is a symptom based gastrointestinal disorder, which is often challenging for patients and their health care providers. It is characterized by abdominal discomfort, cramping, bloating, and a change of bowel habits. Irritable bowel syndrome affects 10 to 20% of the population and it affects nearly twice as many women than …

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Open Enrollment for 2016 has ended. Need Health Insurance know your options!

Need Health Insurance know your options

By Ulla-Undine Merritt (Dee) National Producer Number (NPN) 8853366 There are Special Election Periods for eligible individuals to purchase creditable health insurance coverage.  Most life change events have a maximum of 60 days to make that change. The majority of the time you’re earliest effective date is the 1st of the month following your application. Medicare and Under 65 Medical …

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PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME AWARENESS – Still hungry for a cure.

WHAT is Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS)? PWS is a complex genetic disorder affecting appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior. It is typically characterized by low muscle tone, short stature, incomplete sexual development, cognitive disabilities, problem behaviors, and the hallmark characteristics—involuntary and uncontrollable chronic feelings of hunger and a slowed metabolism that can lead to excessive eating and life-threatening obesity. Those …

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

By Joseph Gauta, MD, FACOG Until recently, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) was rarely addressed because women were reluctant to discuss the embarrassing symptoms. POP is one of the most common disorders women will face in their lifetime. Today, many gynecologists and primary care physicians routinely screen women for symptoms, and a new surgical specialty of urogynecology has arisen to treat pelvic …

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Safety first: Caution is Key to Preventing Sports Injuries

Safety first: Caution is Key to Preventing Sports Injuries

By Dr. John C. Kagan, M.D. Spring is here, and with this time of year come many of the popular sports activities that we know and love. The great advantage  of living in Florida is the endless opportunities to get outside and remain active, but with this opportunity comes the responsibility to ensure that we are taking care of our …

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Q&A  with Hazelden in Naples, Executive Director, Brenda J. Iliff, MA Q: Why is the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation enhancing the treatment of opioid dependence? A: As a leader in the addiction industry, The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation continues to respond to the national epidemic of addiction to opioids, including prescription painkillers (OxyContin, Vicodin, Demerol, etc.) and heroin, and a …

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2016 Parkinson’s Disease Patient’s Forum

2016 Parkinson’s Disease Patient’s Forum

By Ramon Gil, M.D. As scientists and medical researchers continue to make progress searching for the cause(s) of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and ways to eventually “cure” this illness, the treatment has become not only more effective, but more specialized, requiring from both:  patients and treating neurologists, a more comprehensive understanding of the different aspects of this complex disease. The amount …

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Why Down- sizing Your Estate Is A Long Term Medical Care Issue?

Why Down- sizing Your Estate Is A Long Term Medical Care Issue

By Steven J. Gibbs, Esq. Hello Friends & Colleagues! It is common knowledge among estate planning professionals that reducing the size of larger estates is a key component of limiting the Federal Estate Tax exposure.  Estate reduction may be accomplished through gifting to individuals and other entities, such as Irrevocable Trusts, or pursuing other “spend down” strategies. However, not always …

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Staying a Step Ahead of COPD

Staying a Step Ahead of COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has grown in prevalence over the last decade and is now the third leading cause of death in America. When diagnosed with an incurable chronic illness, people tend to search for alternatives to traditional medicine. The quest for treatment options can leave a patient feeling overwhelmed. Anxiety and depression can exacerbate symptoms, creating a vicious …

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Parkinson’s Disease: A Brief Overview

Parkinson’s Disease: A Brief Overview

By Joseph Kandel, M.D. When I see a patient for the first time and mention to them I feel they may have Parkinson’s or a related condition, that is the last thing the patient hears. They think that their life is over, they won’t be able to get out of the bed or the wheelchair, and won’t be able to …

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