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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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Is it Safe to Take Fish Oil Before Surgery & Medical Procedures?

Is it Safe to Take Fish Oil Before Surgery & Medical Procedures?

By Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD Last week a woman called me and said, “I’m having a colonoscopy, and I was told that I need to get off all blood thinning medication, aspirin and fish oil. What’s the deal?” These admonishments have been standard protocol before any medical procedure for many years. …

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Five Tips to Help Florida Residents Prepare for Open Enrollment and Save on Health Care Costs

Five Tips to Help Florida Residents Prepare for Open Enrollment and Save on Health Care Costs

Between October 15 and December 15, 2017 more than 235 million people will select or switch their health benefits plan during open enrollment. Now is the time to prepare for this important decision. While more than 70 percent of Americans say they are prepared for open enrollment, most people struggle …

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The Pastor, The Widow, and The Doctor

The Pastor, The Widow, and The Doctor

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church A pastor went to visit a widow. She greeted him with a warm smile. She invited the pastor in and offered him a cup of coffee. As they sat at the kitchen table in her modest home and talked the …

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Shoulder Joint Replacement Groundbreaking Procedures from The Advanced Orthopedic Institute

Shoulder Joint Replacement Groundbreaking Procedures from The Advanced Orthopedic Institute

Living in Florida provides abundant fair weather for all residents throughout the entire year.  By way of good weather, adults are staying much more active as they age.  In our sunshine state, older individuals are golfing, playing tennis, pickleball, kayaking, swimming and the list goes on and on; but with all …

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InterCommunity Cancer Center Promotes Lung Cancer Awareness Month By Recommending Screening For People At High Risk

InterCommunity Cancer Center Promotes Lung Cancer Awareness Month By Recommending Screening For People At High Risk

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and InterCommunity Cancer Center, a leading provider of advanced radiation therapy, is encouraging people who are at high risk for the disease to talk to their doctor about screening, as well as understand risk factors and preventative measures they can take to reduce their chances …

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Lose Weight Fast Without Exercise with Physician Assisted Weight Loss!

Lose Weight Fast Without Exercise with Physician Assisted Weight Loss!

By Compton Chiropractic Care Dr. Compton and his office in The Villages, FL is now the exclusive provider of the Ideal Protein weight loss system which provides you pre-packaged meals coupled with your own groceries that will have the weight falling off of you in no time.  Ideal Protein is a …

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