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May is Food Allergy Action Month!

May is Food Allergy Action Month

How Many People Have Food Allergies? • Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. • This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom. • The economic cost of children’s food allergies is nearly $25 billion per year. Food Allergies on …

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May is High Blood Pressure Education Month & Stroke Awareness Month – High Blood Pressure and Stroke

High Blood Pressure and Stroke

Blood pressure measures the force your blood exerts on blood vessel walls as it travels through your body. Your blood pressure reading has two numbers (for instance, 120/80). The first number is the systolic blood pressure, and measures the force your blood exerts on blood vessel walls as your heart pumps. The second number is the diastolic blood pressure, and …

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Smoking and Reproduction

Smoking and Reproduction

For many reasons, men and women who want to have children should not smoke. Studies suggest that smoking affects hormone production. This could make it more difficult for women smokers to become pregnant. Pregnant women who smoke or who are exposed to secondhand smoke endanger their unborn babies, as well as their own health. Babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy …

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How to Handle TMS. . . Tired Mom Syndrome

How to Handle TMS

By Nancy Jergins – iMOM.com If you’ve never heard of TMS, you’ve probably had it—Tired Mom Syndrome. I coined the phrase after laughing with my children about my late evening fatigue that sets in after long days of running around and doing the things mothers do. The symptoms? A higher level of irritability. The desire to sequester one’s self from …

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EXPLOITATION OF THE ELDERLY

EXPLOITATION OF THE ELDERLY

By James W. Mallonee I am frequently asked what someone should do if they are fairly sure that their loved one is being taken advantage of at the hands of a neighbor, son, daughter, sibling or care giver.  The simple answer is to call Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) hotline and report your suspicion of elder abuse.  Alternatively, …

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Walking Over Niagara Falls

Walking Over Niagara Falls

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church During one of our Easter Services at Bayside Community Church, Nic Wallenda (one of our members) walked a high-tension cable over the audience in our auditorium as an illustration for our Lead Pastor, Randy Bezet’s, message. As Nic climbed onto the high wire and began his walk over our heads, …

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Stem Cells Break 25-year Stalemate in COPD Options for Floridians

Stem Cells Break 25-year Stalemate

By David Ebner – Staff Writer     Since 1990, there have been a plethora of medical breakthroughs. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States even though death rates for heart disease have dropped by more than 35 percent since 1990. With the progress of cancer …

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Help For The Depressed

Help For The Depressed

According to NAMI (National Institute of Mental Illness) one in 10 Americans experience depression at some point in their lives yet only about 20 percent seek professional medical help—even though the condition is completely treatable. “May is National Mental Health Month,” says Jamie Seneca, Community Outreach Director for Nurse On Call. “Why not take this month to reflect on your …

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Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

By Kailee Witt, MA – Associate Director, Enrollment Management Systems & Communications at FSW Jessica Clark, APR – Public Relations and Marketing Associate at FSW Whether brought on by workplace stressors, a busy or changing home life, or genetics, mental health issues can impact anyone at any stage of life. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), “1 …

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Breeze Through Allergy Season with Proper Care

Breeze Through Allergy Season with Proper Care

By Eric M. Folkens, M.D., Family Medicine Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics April showers bring May flowers and pollen! For those who suffer with seasonal allergies, there is no need to announce that spring allergy season is upon us because you are likely already experiencing some of the unwanted symptoms. But don’t worry, there are ways to fight the …

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