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Over 15,000 KILLED by Physician Prescribed Opioids! If you suffer from Neck, Joint, Back pain, or Neuropathy, you could be next…

Over 15,000 KILLED by Physician Prescribed Opioids

The CDC reports that nearly half of all opioid related deaths are due to the narcotic being prescribed for pain related circumstances such as lower back pain, nerve and joint disorders, arthritis and spinal injury.  *15,000 deaths are equivalent to 75 commercial airline passenger planes crashing in one year.  The number of casualties from prescription opioids in the United States is …

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Shopping for Health Care It pays to do your Homework

Shopping for Health Care It pays to do your Homework

By Dr. Efrem Castillo, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement As a family practitioner for nearly 20 years, I know firsthand every senior’s medical needs are as unique as they are as individuals. The Medicare coverage plan that works best for you may not be the one that is right for your neighbor. So why do 60 percent of seniors …

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Ovarian Cancer: Silent but Deadly

Ovarian Cancer: Silent but Deadly

Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, approximately 14,270 women will die in the United States from this disease. It is estimated by the World Health Organization IARC department that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide. …

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THYROID CANCER INCIDENT RATES ON THE RISE

THYROID CANCER INCIDENT RATES ON THE RISE

Located at the front of the neck, on both sides of the windpipe and just below the Adam’s apple, the thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that affects your body a lot more than most people think. The thyroid produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate, as well as some heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development …

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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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IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy to Treat Chronic Migraines and Other Intractable Headaches

By Dr. Steven Reichbach Chronic migraines can be one of the most challenging diseases to treat.  It affects 1% of the population in the United States and can be severely debilitating as well as  negatively impact the quality of life in those who suffer with them.  Medications such as opiods, antidepressants, antileptics, beta blockers, triptans and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are commonly …

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BLUE SEPTEMBER

BLUE SEPTEMBER

By Virginia “Ginya” Carnahan, APR.CPRC, Director of Marketing & Development, Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute The summer is gone, although it is still hot!  Kids are back in school and school buses are clogging the roads.  School supplies blew your monthly budget.  You didn’t get to take a vacation.  Everybody else did.  No wonder you are blue. In my …

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Venice Regional Offers Life-Changing Surgery for People with Diabetes

Lena Cooper was able to stop taking diabetes and heart medicines immediately after having metabolic surgery at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

At 240 pounds and on medication for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, Lena Cooper’s health and self-esteem were seriously impaired. “I didn’t like myself very well; I was miserable,” said Cooper, 67, who retired to Florida 12 years ago with her husband after a 30-year career at General Motors in Michigan. Finally, in 2015, the Parrish resident had …

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Tips for Life After Metabolic Surgery

Tips for Life After Metabolic Surgery

You’ve had metabolic (bariatric) surgery, and your diabetes is gone. Now what? For people who have struggled with unhealthy weight for much of their lives, surgery provides a new starting point. It’s not an end to the challenge. Kim Slominsky, a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator with Gulf Coast Medical Group in Venice, offers the following tips for life …

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HOW TO SURVIVE AUGUST

HOW TO SURVIVE AUGUST

By Virginia ‘Ginya’ Carnahan, APR, CPRC Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute It’s hot; it’s steamy; it’s rainy; it’s boring.  It’s August!  The summer is 2/3rds gone and what have you done? For many folks the month of August is their last chance to get a vacation in before children return to school.  Theme parks are crowded.  Highways are …

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