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Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin Cancer Screenings

Did you know that 1 in 5 people develop skin cancer? There are different types of skin cancer, and melanoma is, by far, the most harmful of them all.  Every hour a person dies of melanoma, and this year alone, it is estimated that over 132,000 new cases of melanoma …

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Calling Florida Families in Need of Child Medical Bill Support UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation offers grants to help cover medical expenses not covered or fully covered by health insurance

Calling Florida Families in Need of Child Medical Bill Support

South Florida families in need of financial assistance to help cover a child’s medical care costs have a new found friend with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation’s grant program. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to help pay for their child’s …

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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 …

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MaY is stroke awareness month – STROKES AMONG YOUNG ADULTS ON DRAMATIC RISE

MaY is stroke awareness month

By Frank Fraunfelter, MD, FACEP Medical Director, Emergency Services – Munroe Regional Medical Center While recent years have seen an overall decline in the number of strokes in the U.S., research published in the American Academy of Neurology Journal suggests the number of strokes among younger adults is actually on …

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Stop Overlooking Signs of Incontinence

Stop Overlooking Signs of Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence is a common medical condition that affects over 40 million Americans, yet it often goes untreated or unrecognized.  The reason for this trend is multifactorial, spanning from embarrassment to speak about this topic to dealing with more acute or morbid conditions that require focused attention. Nevertheless, it is a …

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Tips for Preserving Eye Health

Tips for Preserving Eye Health

With increasing pollution and levels of dust and grime our eyes need special care and attention. While we typically look after our skin, hair and other parts of the body, we tend to neglect eye care. As we grow older, it is common for our vision to weaken. Vision problems such …

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Diagnosing Arthritis

Diagnosing Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23% of American adults, or roughly 53 million people, suffer from arthritis, a disease encompassing more than 100 different types, all of which cause inflammation in one or more joints. Over 30 million adults suffer from the most common type, osteoarthritis, which …

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Head, Neck and Oral Cancers Often Found in Routine Exam

Head, Neck and Oral Cancers Often Found in Routine Exams

April is the national awareness month for Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal (Head and Neck) Cancers. While not as common as some other types of malignancies, these cancers can often be discovered during routine screening exams by a dentist, medical doctor, dental hygienist, or even by self-exam. According to the American …

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STRANGELY RELATED – The Link Between High Cholesterol, Hypertension and Diabetes in Medical Weight Loss.

The Link Between High Cholesterol

By Dr. Dean Lombardo – LIVE LEAN! Strangely Related Researchers have long known that there is a strong link between hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), and adult onset (Type II) diabetes. The complex relationship between them is still being studied, but we do know that patients with all …

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BLEPHAROPLASTY – A SAFE, EFFECTIVE SOLUTION FOR BAGGY, DROOPING EYELIDS

BLEPHAROPLASTY

Over time, gravity and certain health conditions can cause damage to the eyelids, making them sag or become puffy and baggy. These eyelid conditions are more than disfiguring – they can also cause vision problems. In a condition medically known as dermatochalasis, there is excess skin in the upper and/or …

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Effective Relief For Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel Syndromes

Effective Relief For Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel Syndromes

The median nerve is a major player in the movements of your hands.  This nerve travels from your forearm down into your hand through a narrow space in your wrist called the carpel tunnel. When injury, medical conditions (diabetes, arthritis, pregnancy) or inflammation occur, they can impact the carpal tunnel and …

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With Inner Engineering – Reducing Stress Isn’t As Hard As You Think

With Inner Engineering - Reducing Stress Isn't As Hard As You Think

Stressed out? If so, you’re not alone; the American Psychological Society reports that almost a quarter of adults in the U.S. are under extreme stress. The silver lining is that finding your way out—transmuting your stress into happiness; pain into peace—may be easier than you think. Perhaps you have explored methods …

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The Very Greatest: The Final Fight of Muhammed Ali and the Future of Stem Cell Therapy for COPD

Stem Cell Therapy for COPD

There isn’t much debate when it comes to the legacy of Muhammed Ali. He was, as he often claimed, “the greatest” boxer of his era, winning his first Olympic Gold medal at the age of 18. And, he was a rebel too. As a civil rights vanguard, he blatantly refused …

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What Exactly Is Omega-3?

What Exactly Is Omega-3

By BO MARTINSEN, MD When I started giving lectures about omega-3 for physicians 15 years ago, few health care providers had heard about these molecules. Some doctors thought I was preaching voodoo medicine, while others politely thanked me for sharing the information. Today, the situation is quite different. The majority …

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Right at Home’s Caregiver of the Year Award

Right at Home’s Caregiver of the Year Award

Going the extra mile in providing exceptional care for seniors and disabled adults often comes down to the everyday little things … the respectful help getting dressed … the favorite home-cooked meals … the encouraging nudge through therapy exercises … the seamless, on-time ride to doctor appointments … the engaging conversations …

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Women, Addiction, and Ongoing Recovery

Unique Challenges of Women Women, Addiction, and Ongoing RecoveryWhile addiction to alcohol and other drugs is an equal-opportunity disease, women are affected differently than men. Generally speaking, women progress faster in addiction than men, face different barriers to getting help, and recover differently. Recognizing these differences can be critical in identifying addiction and determining the most effective treatment options. Women and Addiction Historically Historically, men have a higher reported incidence of substance abuse and dependence, but women are rapidly closing that gap. Young women and middle-aged women, have an almost equal percentage of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence concerns as do men. Until recently, it was not uncommon for a woman to be diagnosed with a medical condition or mental health concern without being asked about her drinking or drug use. Or, if asked, she may have denied the problem. Today, addiction is more readily identified and directly addressed. Women Progress Faster in Addiction than Men The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous said years ago that women progress faster than men. Now science is telling us why, and it’s not because women are the weaker sex. Physiological differences accelerate the progression of addiction in women compared with men. The female body processes alcohol, and to varying extents other addictive substances, differently than does the male body. Women have less of a stomach enzyme that breaks down alcohol. This leads to greater blood alcohol concentration. Women also have more fatty tissue than men, so alcohol is absorbed better into the bloodstream. One drink for a woman can have twice the physical impact as one drink for a man. Therefore the brain and other organs are exposed to higher concentrations of blood alcohol for longer periods of time and more likely to be damaged. Women Face Different Barriers to Getting Help than Men The stigma attached to addiction can be stronger for women—mothers, in particular—than men. Denial, fear, and shame prevent women from looking honestly at their drinking and drug use, and from asking friends or family for help or consulting a professional. Other common barriers to help for women include child care responsibilities, lower wages/less income, substance abuse by a partner or other family members, fear of losing custody of children, lack of access to resources, or feeling unworthy of help. Women Recover from Addiction Differently than Men Recovery often happens fast for women. Recovery is a natural for women. That’s because women are wired for relationships, and recovery from addiction starts with connection. The female brain is very different from the male brain, and it starts in utero with the communication centers being different. Women are wired for connection and many women take their worth from the quality of their relationship. Addiction is an extremely isolating condition. Women lose themselves and their most important relationships to addiction. Much of the healing process of recovery revolves around connecting with others who share the struggle. If you are addicted, and you have the willingness to find help, the Twelve Step program is a tried and true system that has helped hundreds of thousands of people succeed in overcoming their addictions. To learn more about the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and addiction treatment options, call 800-257-7800 or visit us at HazeldenBettyFord.org/Naples. Brenda J. Iliff, MA is the executive director of Hazelden in Naples, Florida, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She has more than 20 years of experience in the addiction field, as both a clinician and health care executive, and is the author of A Woman’s Guide to Recovery. 877-429-5093 HazeldenBettyFord.org/Naples 950 6th Avenue North, Naples, FL 34102

Unique Challenges of Women While addiction to alcohol and other drugs is an equal-opportunity disease, women are affected differently than men. Generally speaking, women progress faster in addiction than men, face different barriers to getting help, and recover differently. Recognizing these differences can be critical in identifying addiction and determining …

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