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Stem Cells Take Center Stage

Stem Cells

By David Ebner, Staff Writer Stem CellsThe world will never forget the fate-filled day when four young men from Liverpool, England walked onto the stage of The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. The bright stage lights and the squeals from the crowd rained down on the smiling group, and that …

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MRI – Providing a Painless, Up-Close Look Without Harmful Radiation Exposure


By Dr. Brian Cartwright When detailed information about internal tissues or structures of the head or body is needed, doctors often rely on magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to provide different or additional information than can be obtained from other diagnostic tests like x-ray, ultrasound, or computerized tomography. MRI utilizes …

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Rid the Stress Before Spring

Stress Before Spring

Stress is common year-round, but the winter season can be a particularly difficult time for many. The cooler temperatures, rainy days, and not as much sunlight as we are accustomed to are all potential stressors. With spring just around the corner, many people become overwhelmed with annual “spring cleaning” routines. …

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Florida Fresh Blueberry Wines Locally Grown and Blended

Central Florida’s blueberries are quickly becoming Florida’s version of Napa valley, and for good reason. Conveniently located, Whispering Oaks Winery is a short 8-10 minute drive from The Villages and a 20-25 mile drive from Ocala. Make the trip to the winery and you will find yourself surrounded by fields …

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Just Who Gets Prostate Cancer?

Prostate Cancer

By Virginia Carnahan, APR, CPRC Director of Development Just Who Gets Prostate Cancer?Most people are surprised to learn that more men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year than women are diagnosed with breast cancer! Think about that for a moment. How many women do you know who have battled …

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I found it — The Secret to Anti-Aging!

My cholesterol dropped by 73 points in 1 month, my husband’s morning blood sugar level dropped from 200 to 113 in 3 months, and we are feeling and looking so much YOUNGER! A few months ago, my husband’s blood sugars were out of control after years of controlling it with …

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Choose to Eat Heart Healthy — For Better or For Worse.

Eat Heart Healthy

Your heart will be a vital, beating part of you for the rest of your life. It’s up to you how you’ll treat it. Exercise? You know that’s a given. Practically every study since studies began touts the benefits of regular exercise on a healthy heart. What about nutrition? Eating …

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March is National Kidney Month

National Kidney Month

National Kidney MonthIn a popular 1970 song, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell asked, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”—a question that could have been aimed at people with kidney disease.  The kidneys play a crucial role in maintaining overall health, but are …

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National Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21

National Poison Prevention Week

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death …

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20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables

Enjoy More Fruits

As part of National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging all of us to eat a healthy diet that is customized to fit into our busy and sometimes complicated lives.  Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. It’s …

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March 2-8 is Sleep Awareness Week – What is Your Sleep IQ?

True or False? During sleep, your brain rests. False. While your body rests, your brain doesn’t. An active brain during sleep prepares us for alertness and peak functioning the next day. Sleeping just one hour less a night can prevent you from learning or functioning normally. True. Most adults need …

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Throwaway Kids Become World Changers

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church 2:38 p.m. February 12, 2015 Upper Room, Day Spring Episcopal Conference Center Parrish, Florida Dear Reader, My friend Ben Rodgers and I took an afternoon break from the day’s leadership development work we were engaged in and, while on our …

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Limb Swelling: Medicare Approved Treatment Options

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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What is Ablative Skin Resurfacing?

Ablative Skin Resurfacing

Ablative laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layers of skin to a predetermined depth to reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture, correct uneven pigmentation, reduce pore size, and generate new collagen to provide firmer, more youthful skin. It is effective at reducing acne scars, …

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month

It’s that time of year again! February is designated as National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). It is a time when emphasis is placed on promoting children’s oral health. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease according to the Academy of Pediatric Dentists. It is five times more …

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Prostate Cancer – Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Prostate Cancer

By Virginia Carnahan, APR, CPRC, Director of Development, Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute It’s February – heart month, Valentine’s Day and coincidentally Cancer Prevention Month.  While some cancers can be prevented, such as many skin cancers and lung, throat and mouth cancers, the cancer I address has not …

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