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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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Neuromodulation: An Option for Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Neuromodulation: An Option for Chronic Neuropathic Pain

By Michelle Heine, PA-C, MMS – Ocala Health Neurosurgical Group The perception of pain is highly complex not only physiologically but the difference of pain perception between individuals is of great variance. Pain originates primarily from noxious stimuli such as touching a hot stove, being involved in a car accident …

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InterCommunity Cancer Center Focuses on Education During Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

InterCommunity Cancer Center Focuses on Education During Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Approximately 110,000 people are diagnosed with oral, head and neck cancers every year in the United States. Fortunately, many of these cancers are preventable and can be successfully treated if caught early. InterCommunity Cancer Center (ICCC) is encouraging people to learn more about these potentially life threatening diseases during Oral, …

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Women and Heart Disease

Women and Heart Disease

Did you know that Heart Disease is the number one killer of women, taking 1 out of 3 women’s lives each year?  With so much focus on other diseases that affect females, like breast cancer and autoimmune diseases, heart disease is often overlooked and underestimated.  One woman dies every minute …

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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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Declutter Your Heart

Declutter Your Heart

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church I’m not a packrat (I’m in denial) but I do tend to pile stuff in my study at home.  After a few weeks have gone by I start feeling sluggish when I sit down to write. I look around the room …

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UROGYN SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA – LADIES, YOUR GYNECOLOGY VISITS just keep getting better.

UROGYN SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA - LADIES, YOUR GYNECOLOGY VISITS just keep getting better.

Not only is society and the media less apprehensive to talk about vaginal health issues, but advancements in medical technology are helping countless women who have been suffering for years – mostly in silence.  Indeed, you can’t watch television these days without a spokeswomen talking about such things as leakage, dryness, …

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Compression Devices: Effective Treatment for Limb Swelling

Limb Swelling A Search for New Treatments

By Alyssa Parker – Pneumatic compression devices are one of the most highly recommended treatments for limb swelling and are a Medicare approved treatment option. Dating back to the 1960’s pneumatic compression pumps have been used for the treatment of limb swelling due to acute and chronic conditions. In most …

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GENERAL EYE CARE

GENERAL EYE CARE

Vision is such a natural and integral part of our lives that we seldom think about it until something goes awry and we lose clarity or comfort to the point where it impacts our lives. Most people are born with or develop vision that is less than 20/20, and there …

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March Towards Healthier Cholesterol Levels with Food

March Towards Healthier Cholesterol Levels with Food

Because March is National Nutrition Awareness Month, along with a good exercise routine and regular check ups with your physician, cholesterol levels can naturally be lowered with the proper foods. A big part of lowering your LDL or low-density lipoprotein is through adding soluble fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, monosaturated …

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Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer Saves Lives

Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer Saves Lives

By Vipul Patel, MD – Medical Oncologist at Florida Cancer Specialists As an oncologist, I know how a cancer diagnosis changes everything – not only for the patient, but also for his/her family and close friends. That is one reason why I want to spread the word that finding cancer at …

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