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What is REAL Love in Marriage?

By Terry Hoskins, Director of Oasis Counsel – I have been doing marital counseling for years and I hear the same resounding sentiment from couples of all age spectrums that the love in the relationship has left. This explanation of “falling out of love” is usually espoused by one of the individual’s in the relationship. Other times both express that the …

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Age Management Medicine

By Timothy Blend, MD – Today’s healthcare challenges and tomorrow’s opportunity can only be met by those who search out deeper explanations of the body’s processes that generate health and disease. Life expectancy has increased due to advances in medical science. However, it has come with little progress towards quality of life or the length of disease-free years for the …

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Advances in the War Against Prostate Cancer

By Alan Miller, MD, FACS – Now that September has rolled around, men everywhere are deciding whether to participate in free prostate cancer screening events. For those less committed, here’s a primer on what you ought to know about prostate cancer. Facts About Prostate Cancer In the United States, more than 200,000 men are diagnosed each year, making prostate cancer …

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What is Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?

By James  A. Tiesi, M.D. – Every year, a significant number of  patients see a physician complaining of hand numbness, tingling and pain. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures, which are fractures involving the vertebral bodies that make up the spinal column. When a vertebral body fractures, the usual rectangular shape of …

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Safe & Effective Weight Loss Combination

By Gary M. Bunch, MD, F.A.C.S. – Chances are, right now you would like to (or need to) lose some weight, build some muscle and get in better shape, or maybe you just want to live a better, healthier lifestyle. Dr. Bunch of Bradenton Surgical Group will challenge the way you think about slimming down and shaping up, by introducing …

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LOW BACK PAIN, CAN WE TAME IT?

Low back pain is a major burden to society. It is one of the most common causes of seeking physician office visits, the second cause of sick leave and, because of high direct and indirect costs, it has great medical, social and economic impact for the individual, family and society. Low back pain is defined as pain and discomfort, localized …

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Healthy Aging and Foot Care

The human foot is a very complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. One of the most common ailments for aging Americans is sore feet. The Aging Foot Feet, like the rest of our body, feel the effects of age. Blood may pool in the veins which can cause feet and ankles …

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Physical Therapy Offers Effective Treatment of Low Back Pain

By Cheung Teav, P.T. – Next to the common cold, low back pain is the most common reason individuals visit a physician’s office, resulting in billions of dollars in medical expenditures and lost labor costs each year. Low back pain is also one of the most common reasons patients visit the emergency room in the U.S. In 2008, U.S. hospitals …

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Future of Urgent Care Treatment

By Joseph M. Soler M.D. F.A.C.E.P. – In a growing trend, more and more patients are turning to urgent care centers for treatment of minor ailments and injuries instead of trying to squeeze in an appointment with a primary care provider or waiting at a crowded emergency room. This shift and the rising prominence of urgent care centers is reshaping …

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Common Misconceptions About Childhood Vaccines

By Dr. Bindu Nair and Dr. Liliana Palacio – Misconceptions about vaccines have persisted for decades. There can be many reasons for fear of or opposition to vaccination. Some people have religious or philosophic objections. Some are concerned about the safety of vaccines, or may believe that vaccine-preventable diseases do not pose a serious health risk. Before reviewing some of …

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