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Winter Itch

Winter Itch

By Patricia Spitzer, PA-C in collaboration with Dr. Thi Tran Village Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, LLC Ever feel like your skin gets dry in the winter? Well, it’s a real thing and we refer to it in Dermatology as Asteatotic eczema or Eczema Craquele. The particular type of eczema typically occurs …

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The Road to Brain Injury Recovery with Omega-3 Fish Oil

DHA given prior to the injury also promotes cell survival and function. A study from Sweden showed that resolvins – molecules naturally produced from omega-3 fatty acids – can improve nerve cell function when given within 24 hours of surgery. Why Do Omega-3s Protect the Brain? One of the primary reasons that omega-3s are crucial for the brain (and the rest of the body) is that these fatty acids fight inflammation. Now, inflammation serves an important purpose. If you cut yourself or twist an ankle, inflammation starts the healing process in the form of redness, swelling, heat, pain and loss of function. Normally, the inflammation response is self-limiting. But when there are not enough pro-resolution molecules lying around, inflammation continues to smolder and attack previously undamaged cells. In the brain, excessive inflammation can mean neuronal loss, which explains why the omega-3s’ anti-inflam- matory properties are so important for healthy brain function. The Road to Recovery Today, I am fortunate to report that my family member made a remarkable recovery. He is working again, more physically active than before, and has retained all the warmth and personality he had before surgery. He partially attributes his recovery to Omega Cure, and is faithful about taking his omega-3 oil every day. As for me, I feel grateful that I was able to provide him with the essential nutrition his brain needed to recuperate. About Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD, is the co-founder and president of Omega3 Innovations. Born and raised in the United States, Dr. Chalmers graduated from Brown University and completed her medical training at the University of Oslo in Norway. In Norway, Dr. Chalmers practiced emergency, family, and preventive medicine for many years. Her research and development work has included nutraceuticals (especially omega-3) and medical delivery device systems to facilitate ingestion of multiple medication combination.

By Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD One year ago, my family was in an uproar. A close family member needed brain surgery, which was scary enough. Then, a week after this major procedure, he contracted a life threatening form of bacterial meningitis. I visited him many times as he fought for his life …

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The Kitchen Table

the kitchen table

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but my mom is an incredible Monopoly player. I mean she is phenomenal. And one of the things I enjoyed growing up was sitting at the kitchen table. I’m not just talking about Mom’s …

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Staying Fit Through the Holidays

Staying Fit Through the Holidays

It’s that time of year!  The time of year where we make glorious memories with friends and family, and it’s also the time of year that we inevitably pack on the pounds. Although, that’s not necessarily the way that it has to go for you, because Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa has some …

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STROKE

STROKE

What is stroke? Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.  It causes death every four minutes and is responsible for reduced quality of life.  Stroke can either be ischemic or hemorrhagic in nature.  Ischemic strokes result from either a local clot occluding or preventing blood …

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Aging-in-Place Guide: How to Stay in Your Home in Later Life

Aging-in-Place Guide: How to Stay in Your Home in Later Life

The number of Americans who first grew up with rock ‘n’ roll, astronauts and McDonald’s is off the charts. The late 1940s through early 1960s were marked by a boom in the U.S. economy, suburban living and, especially, babies. Lots of babies were born during this time period—some 76.4 million …

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The Overlooked Dangers of Venous Insufficiency

The Overlooked Dangers of Venous Insufficiency

By Bryan Carter, MPA-C, Phlebology-Surgery Various forms of venous issues affect 25 million Americans.  Their legs are swollen, achy and they have a heavy sensation.  When our veins are working properly, they pump blood back to the heart.  Valves in the veins are made to open and close in one …

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Comfort Care: a growing trend in medicine

Comfort Care: a growing trend in medicine

By Carmel Quigley, MD, Medical Director, Center for Comprehensive Palliative Care Carmel Quigley, MD, is a Medical Director with the Center for Comprehensive Palliative Care and Hospice of Marion County. All of us deserve to live as comfortably as possible, right? But when an accident, sudden illness or chronic condition …

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Tired of Your On-Again, Off-Again Relationship with Reading Glasses?

Tired of Your On-Again, Off-Again Relationship with Reading Glasses?

Raindrop is an FDA-approved near vision inlay that helps correct age-related near vision loss, a condition called presbyopia. Near vision loss occurs in most people once they hit their 40s or 50s, and happens to everyone eventually as the eyes inevitably lose elasticity. Smaller than an actual drop of water, …

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American Diabetes Month

By Amy Freeman, RDN, LDN, CDE, ACE-HC Certified Diabetes Educator | Sodexo at Ocala Health Meet Paul*. Paul woke up three weeks ago, had his eggs and bacon for breakfast, brushed his teeth, took a shower, put on his favorite and most comfortable shirt and shorts and drove to his …

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Trigeminal Neuralgia A Complex Name for Complex Facial Pain

Trigeminal Neuralgia A Complex Name for Complex Facial Pain

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a potentially serious neurological disorder involving one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve that serve the face. TN is most often caused by compression of the trigeminal nerve by an encroaching facial vein or artery, but sometimes the cause cannot be determined. Whatever the cause, …

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The Diabetes and Heart Disease Correlation

The Diabetes and Heart Disease Correlation

High blood sugar and cardiovascular disease have more in common than most people are aware. In our country nearly 30 million people have diabetes, and a vast majority of our population unknowingly has what’s known as prediabetes, which quickly escalates into the disease within a short amount of time. The …

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Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin

By Patricia Spitzer, PA-C in collaboration with Thi T.Tran, DO Village Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, LLC How do I know if my skin is healthy or not? This is one of the most common questions directed at us in Dermatology. There are several questions to ask yourself when assessing the …

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The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Epidemic is Rising

It may seem unbelievable that the statistics for Alzheimer’s and Dementia are skyrocketing.  Will you be, or have you or a loved one already been diagnosed with this devastating disease state? Forgetfulness, agitation and frustration, social withdraw, difficulty with daily tasks, these are all symptoms of Dementia. Every 66 seconds …

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Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute’s Research Team Leading Innovative Research Study for Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute’s Research Team Leading Innovative Research Study for Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

Aresearch team at the Florida Hospital Orthopedic Institute is looking for people to take part in a trial for an innovative, nonsurgical, investigational treatment for knee pain and function loss caused by osteoarthritis. The trial will focus on people with osteoarthritis (OA) in one knee, and will study the potential …

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

If you were a European warrior or religious pilgrim on the way to Jerusalem during the Middle Ages, chances are you lodged at a “hospes house” on the arduous journey. The holy orders of knights such as the Hospitallers and Templars ran these travel lodges named after the Latin word …

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