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Dogs can get the Flu too

Dogs Can Get the Flu Too

Several years ago, canine influenza hit Florida, and since it’s initial inception, it has morphed into two strains, H3N8 and H3N2. Over the past several years, Best Friend’s Animal Hospital in Naples has unfortunately seen the number of dogs with the canine flu sky-rocket so much that they’ve had to …

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New Year, New You: Amp Up Your Skin Care Routine & Your Life

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It’s that time of year again! A time for new beginnings. What are you going to do to make this year better? That’s what countless people are trying to figure out. Attempting diets, exercise routines, spending more time with loved ones, and setting personal goals are all essential in our …

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

By Digestive Health Associates Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the name given to several chronic conditions that involves inflammation in all or some parts of your small and large intestines. The intestinal walls become inflamed, red, swollen and ulcers (sores) may develop. The two most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s …

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Losing Weight To Get Healthy

Losing Weight To Get Healthy

Find out how Christine Lost 65 pounds, 40 inches and so much more Dr. Compton and his office in the Villages, Florida is now the exclusive provider of the Ideal Protein weight-loss system, which provides you with prepackaged meals, coupled with your own groceries that will have the weight falling off …

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Why Are So Many Adults Needing Rotator Cuff Repairs? What to Expect if your Shoulder requires treatment

Why Are So Many Adults Needing Rotator Cuff Repairs? What to Expect if your Shoulder requires treatment

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in rotator cuff injuries.  As we age, our bodies are subjected to more repercussions from normal wear and tear.  This is particularly the case with individual’s age 60 and older, but the same wear and tear is accurate for younger …

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Does Your Life Insurance Policy Measure Up?

Does Your Life Insurance Policy Measure Up?

What You Should Know Did you know that your life insurance plan might not be portable? What does that actually mean? Well, if your employer provides a group life insurance plan, those typically are written to move with you through your transitions. For example, if you make a career move, …

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Why You Should Get Your Omega-3 Index Measured

By Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD Have you heard about the omega-3 index? Since 2004, scientists have been suggesting it as a tool for measuring a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, in a similar way to how cholesterol levels are used today. The more research comes out, the more researchers believe that the …

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Medical Marijuana is a Viable Treatment Option: What You Should Know About it’s History & Progress

Medical Marijuana is a Viable Treatment Option

By Robert C. Goethe, MD Marijuana has been used as an effective and safe medicine for thousands of years in almost all civilizations including the USA. At that time, aspirin, opium, and cocaine were being discovered and touted as better drugs. There was also a financial incentive to outlaw the …

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Unpacking the Benefits of Omega-3s for Anxiety

Unpacking the Benefits of Omega-3s for Anxiety

By Bo Martinsen, MD How much omega-3 should you take daily? For those interested in the benefits of omega-3s for anxiety, one new study suggests a higher dose than you might expect. The study, published in JAMA Network Open in September, found that omega-3s helped reduce the symptoms of anxiety; however, …

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RAO’s Dynamic Duo of Women’s Imaging

RAO’s Dynamic Duo of Women’s Imaging

What’s missing at most women’s imaging centers? Women doctors, who provide a personal and compassionate approach to women’s diagnostic care. That’s why RAO is proud to introduce Dr. Amanda Aulls, a subspecialist in diagnostic radiology and breast imaging and the Medical Director of Women’s Imaging at RAO, and Dr. Janet …

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Microneedling Leaves Skin Feeling Healthy, Looking Rejuvenated

Microneedling Leaves Skin Feeling Healthy, Looking Rejuvenated

Microneedling has taken the world by storm in recent years (even though it has been around for over 50 years). Traditionally, it was a go-to therapy for dermatologists treating facial scars, but its popularity skyrocketed when medical spas nationwide began expanding its use to include a host of skin renewal …

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This Year’s Flu Season Is Upon Us: Get Vaccinated Now

This Year’s Flu Season Is Upon Us: Get Vaccinated Now

Although many people refer to the “flu” as other ailments like a stomach virus or sinus infection, influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory illness. Getting vaccinated against the virus is imperative, and getting the vaccination early will help to stave off your chances of becoming infected before you get …

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Weather Can Cloud Your Health – The effects of cold weather on your body

Weather Can Cloud Your Health

Florida’s population increases significantly during the winter months. A bulk of this population is northerners trying to dodge the colder temperatures. A drop in temperature can affect your health, no matter how cold. Research shows that cold weather can affect your heart, your skin, your immune system and your joints. While …

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Substance Abuse & Long Term Oral Health

Substance Abuse & Long Term Oral Health

Drug abuse is associated with serious oral health problems including generalized dental caries, periodontal diseases, mucosal dysplasia, xerostomia, bruxism, tooth wear, and tooth loss. Oral health care has positive effects in recovery from drug abuse: patients’ need for pain control, destigmatization, and HIV transmission. Health care systems worldwide deliver services for …

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Five Myths and Facts About the Flu

Five Myths and Facts About the Flu

Dr. Mayrene Hernandez, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Florida, explains why getting a flu shot now is important As the holidays approach, so starts the annual flu season. While flu – or influenza – is most serious for older Americans and people with certain chronic conditions, influenza can affect people of …

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