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Kidney Awareness Month: 10 Steps to Protect Your Kidneys

Kidney Awareness Month: 10 Steps to Protect Your Kidneys

1    Drink enough water. This is the most important step in keeping kidneys strong. At a minimum, it is recommended you drink one-half ounce of water for every pound you weight, so a 200 pound man would drink 100 ounces of water every day. Drink more after strenuous exercise or if you live in a dry climate. 2    Take daily probiotics. Probiotics …

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7 Myths about Omega-3 Fish Oil

7 Myths about Omega-3 Fish Oil

By BO MARTINSEN, MD Fish oil is now the most commonly used non-vitamin, non-mineral supplement in the USA, according to the National Center for Health Sta-tistics. But as omega-3 has grown in popularity, so has the misinformation and confusion about this powerful nutrient. Let’s clear up some of the most common myths about omega-3 supplements: Myth 1: Omega-3 coming from …

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Health Care Center, Doctor or ER? “Three Cs” to Consider: Condition, Convenience & Cost

While your primary care physician should always be informed about any medical conditions or treatments, when an unexpected ailment arises, other affordable options may end up saving you time and money. Condition, convenience and cost should be considered when choosing where to go and for which treatments.

By Dr. Mayrene Hernandez, Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare of South Florida If you start having chest pains or receive a head injury, you probably realize you should go to the emergency room (ER) right away. But for medical issues that are urgent but not an emergency – such as a sinus infection or an ankle injury – many people aren’t sure …

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Your Diet Plays a Huge Role in Your Heart Health

Your Diet Plays a Huge Role in Your Heart Health

Most of us are aware of healthy diet options.  We’re told to eat fresh vegetables and fruits, fish, poultry, nuts and healthy oils like olive oil. In addition to eating those healthy foods, a better understanding of a key offender that can wreak havoc on our cardiovascular systems might surprise you.  This little guilty pleasure is called—SUGAR. Why is sugar so …

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Health Care Center, Doctor or ER?

Health Care Center, Doctor or ER

”Three Cs” to Consider: Condition, Convenience & Cost By Dr. Mayrene Hernandez, Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare of South Florida If you start having chest pains or receive a head injury, you probably real ize you should go to the emergency room (ER) right away. But for medical issues that are urgent but not an emergency – such as a sinus infection …

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GENETIC TEST HELPS DETERMINE RISK OF GETTING BREAST CANCER

GENETIC TEST

By Eric M. Folkens, M.D., Family Medicine Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics Breast cancer is the number one cancer diagnosis among women in the United States and is second only to lung cancer in regards to cancer deaths.  One in eight women, or 12.7%, will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Last year, an estimated 232,000 people were …

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$3,000 Per Hour

$3,000 Per Hour

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church Every so often I’ll do a bit of executive coaching. I’ll spend a day with a medical, business or non-profit executive. We will end the day with very clear “take-aways” (actionable steps for an area of their life–business, family, or personal). It’s a lot of fun for me, but can …

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Cancer’s Early Detection Saves Lives

Cancer’s Early Detection Saves Lives

A cancer diagnosis changes everything; it is, perhaps, the most feared diagnosis a doctor can make Any patient in that situation wants to be assured they have access to the most advanced treatments, delivered by a physician who is both experienced and compassionate. And it helps tremendously if treatment can be administered in a community setting, close to home, so …

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The War On Lung Disease: Traditional Treatments vs Stem Cell Therapy

The War On Lung Disease

War is hell—particularly when the battleground is inside your own lungs. Unfortunately, for millions of Americans, chronic lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema seem to be winning that war. Across the U.S. 6.3% of the adult population (roughly 15 million people) have been diagnosed with COPD—a prevalence that is predominantly seen within adults older than 65. Worse …

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Your Happiness – What is the Cost?

Happiness Featured

Have you ever taken a moment to observe a child playing? With an empty box, or a metal pot, or some water and dirt they can create an adventure. They are naturally joyous. As we grow up, the cost of our happiness increases. We may route our happiness through earning an education, having a family, developing social relationships, or even …

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