• Fuzzy vision


    Katie Hendrick


    When you hear the word “cataracts,” you might think of George Burns and his Coke bottle glasses that were so thick he developed tunnel vision.

    “He couldn’t look at another actor and his feet at the same time, so he shuffled when he walked across a stage,” said Dr. John Rowda, an ophthalmologist at the West Coast Eye Institute in Lecanto.

  • Iron for heart failure patients

    Mr. Smith is a 77-year-old Caucasian man who has multiple medical problems. He has a history of heart problems. He has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure CHF).

  • Ugly front tooth causes concern in job search

    Q. I was just to the dentist for an exam because I wanted to find out what was needed in my mouth.

  • Different considerations for prostate surgery



    By Dr. Udaya Kumar

  • Hospital psychosis can interfere with recovery

    A hospital visit for outpatient surgery or overnight stay can result in a type of disorientation that is scary to both the patient and family members.

  • Learn to manage stress naturally



    Dr. Cheryl McFarland-Bryant

    In this fast-paced, hectic world, most of us face a lot of tension and may be suffering from emotional and physical stress.

  • 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.