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PROACTIVE SCREENINGS AID IN CANCER DETECTION

John Devine, M.D., FACOG, is a board-certified gynecologist and fellowship-trained urogynecologist at Gulf Coast Medical Group.

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. It accounts for nearly one of every four deaths. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has identified some cancers where proactive screening can reduce the associated death rate, and others where the risks of screening can outweigh the potential benefits. “Updated guidelines …

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Using Omega-3 Supplements to Treat Dry Eyes

Using Omega-3 Supplements to Treat Dry Eyes

By Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD If you stare at a computer screen all day, have reached the plus-55-years-old stage of life and have had a cataract operation, it’s likely you have all the makings of a serious dry eye problem. And you are not alone. Americans spend an astounding $3.8 billion on dry eye symptom relief every year. Unfortunately, the majority of …

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Don’t Pursue Your Passion

Don’t Pursue Your Passion

By Alex Anderson There is a danger in pursuing your passion… it assumes that you can only have one. This drove me nuts in a reversed kind of way. I knew what my passion or calling was…to be a minister. The only problem was…so was being an entrepreneur, musician, writer, father and husband. The pressure to excel and become the …

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The Post Holiday Heart

The Post Holiday Heart

We all know the risk factors for Coronary Heart disorders, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, a poor diet, diabetes, stress and aging. But, did you know that there is a post holiday heart attack correlation?  For years medical researchers have been aware of the unfortunate uptake in coronary failure during the holidays and into the New Year. There have …

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Good Times, Bad Times: The Rolling Stones & The Rise of Stem Cells for COPD Treatment

Good Times, Bad Times: The Rolling Stones & The Rise of Stem Cells for COPD Treatment

   In the early 60s, America was given its first taste of the British Invasion. It was February 9th and a young British rock band named The Beatles had just finished a performance on the Ed Sullivan show to a crowd of screaming fans. The young men were a spectacle to see. Dressed to the nines in tailored suits, pristine …

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Are You Overweight? A New Advanced Procedure May be your Answer for a Healthier Life

Are You Overweight

By Dr. Rekkas Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy, especially this time of the year when there are so many temptations to eat high caloric foods, and to overdo it at get togethers and family dinners. For some individuals eating healthy and exercising, just isn’t enough. Obesity is a major concern for many health related issues. According …

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Prevent Surgery with Knee Injections

Prevent Surgery with Knee Injections

The knee is notorious for pain and injury, Knee pain can occur from an injury or a condition like osteoarthritis, and can impact activities of everyday life. There are many remedies for this condition, including rest, anti-inflammatory medications and using knee braces. For individuals whose knee pain progresses or does not respond to other types of treatment, injections may be …

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Compression Devices: Effective Treatment for Limb Swelling

Compression Devices

By Alyssa Parker – Many individuals attempt to manage their limb swelling through various treatments such as compression stockings, exercise, diuretics, and elevation with little or no results. Limb swelling, also known as edema, may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Some of the most common conditions where limb swelling is the first symptom include venous insufficiency, post …

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65 Years of Community Benefit Underscore Venice Regional’s Legacy

65 Years of Community Benefit Underscore Venice Regional’s Legacy

This holiday season, the auditorium at Venice Regional Bayfront Health will once again overflow with gifts contributed by hospital and clinical staff, and hospital volunteers to the Adopt-A-Family program. Last year, the hospital shared holiday happiness with nearly two dozen families in need. “Adopt-A-Family is just one of the community causes we support at Venice Regional. We are neighbors caring for …

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PHILANTHROPY – do you mean me?

PHILANTHROPY – do you mean me?

By Virginia “Ginya” Carnahan, APR.CPRC, Director of Marketing & Development, Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute This is the time of year when your mailbox (physical and virtual) gets filled with stuff.  Lots of stuff.  Stuff besides the usual bills. Believe it or not, there are still many companies that send out the tried-and-true printed catalogs of unique holiday …

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