• Active recovery


    Megan Carella


    Fitness instructor Vickie Reed never expected a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago. With no family history and a very healthy lifestyle, breast cancer was the last thing on the then 54-year-old’s mind. A mammogram and then a biopsy indicated stage 1 cancer. A lumpectomy and radiation therapy followed.

  • It’s a busy month for Nature Coast EMS


    By Katie Lucas

    October is breast cancer awareness month, so if you see Nature Coast EMS team members wearing pink shirts this month, please know not only did they purchase their own shirts, they also made a donation for breast cancer awareness.

    Cooterfest rounds out the month with festivities starting on Oct. 24 and at the Tri Cooter Spring Triathlon on Oct. 26.

  • Update on leukemia

    A 75-year-old woman was referred to me for persistent elevation of white blood cells or WBCs. She had several blood counts or CBCs done over the past few months and all showed increased WBCs.

    WBCs fight against infections and so it can increase when there is an infection such as pneumonia. But if it is high for a few months without any evidence of infection, the doctor needs to look for other reasons.

  • The many types of brain tumors

     Last week, we began a series of articles regarding tumors of the brain. This week, we will mention and discuss in some detail the more common types of brain tumors.

  • Outpatient surgery and anesthesia

    The passing of the comedian Joan Rivers has grabbed our attention. Headlines in the newspaper and on TV have likely also stirred some fears and concerns about safety of outpatient surgery.

  • Edema during, after treatment for breast cancer

    The lymphatic system is the part of the circulatory system that helps transport lymphocytes to fight infection and filter intracellular fluid that escapes from and returns it to the circulatory system.

  • Beat it, bacteria!



    Katie Hendrick


    You’re miserable, suffering from a litany of unpleasant symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, a fever, a headache, body aches and a sore throat. Before you curse your coughing co-worker for giving you the flu, you might reflect on what you ate last week. Maybe that chicken sat in your refrigerator a little too long before you cooked it.

  • Blood disorder can cause bleeding

    Mr. Smith is a 45-year-old white male who noticed some red spots all over his legs and some blood in his stool. He went to see his family physician. The doctor ordered blood work and he found extremely low platelet count, and so he referred the patient to me.

    There are three kinds of cells in the blood. Red blood cells (RBCs) that transport oxygen or white blood cells (WBCs) that fight against infection.

  • What causes cancer of the kidney?

    Today, at a reader’s request, we will cover the topic of kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma.

  • Options exist for dealing with missing teeth


    Q: I have all of my lower teeth and most of my upper ones. I am missing the first large molar on both sides up top and have a problem with the last tooth on the right. This tooth needs a root canal and a crown to be saved.

    I am afraid if I don’t save it, I will miss not being able to chew on that side, but the cost is a big concern for me as I am retired and on a fixed income. I have a little savings, but I am afraid to spend it on this. I enjoy reading your column and thought you might have some ideas for me.