• Living with cancer: Pink Paper Day 2015

    Sadly, cancer is common — affecting more men and women every year. Fortunately, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. That means many people are living with cancer and must find ways to help survive and persevere.

    Cancer changes all aspects of a patient’s existence, from family, to personal, to work life.

  • Dr. C. Joseph Bennett, Navigating Cancer, 10/6/15 Pink Paper Day

    For any of you familiar with chemotherapy, you know there is a phenomenon known as “chemo brain.” Many women who complete chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer will tell you this is a real and impactful issue in their day to day lives. But now, a new study reveals that there are effective ways to treat patients with post-treatment memory loss, or “chemo brain.”

  • Dr. Sunil Gandhi, Cancer & Blood Disease, 10/6/15 Pink Paper Day

    Mrs. Smith is a 55-year-old white female. Eight months ago, she felt a lump in her breast. She had a mammogram and later on, a biopsy. She was diagnosed with cancer of the breast. She underwent surgery. She elected to go with removal of the whole breast, or a mastectomy. Unfortunately, cancer had spread to three different lymph nodes in the axilla or underarm.

  • Katie Lucas, Nature Coast EMS, 10/6/15

    Good morning and happy October! It seems as though high school seniors just graduated, yet here we are with Halloween almost upon us. October is a busy month for Nature Coast EMS with our third annual “Stock Up for Seniors” and our annual “Trunk or Treat” Halloween event.

  • Dr. Denis Grillo, Ear, Nose & Throat, 10/6/15

    Patients frequently ask why they have a random blockage of their nose and have no obvious reasons, such as an allergy or infection. They also relate that it can be first on one side, then the other and there is a sensation of liquid draining when it goes from one side to the other. We can attribute these symptoms to a normal phenomenon that is called the nasal cycle.

  • Dr. Denis Grillo, Ear, Nose & Throat, 9/29/15

    Hearing loss is something I have written about in the past. Many of my patient visits throughout the day concern hearing loss issues. 

    A frequently asked question is: “Why is it so difficult to understand the TV and movies?” Many patients have developed a theory that there is actually a problem with the soundtrack, and there is some truth to that.

  • Dr. Sunil Gandhi, Cancer & Blood Disease, 9/29/15

    Lung cancer kills more people in the United States than any other cancer. The most common cause of lung cancer, as we all know, is smoking. Tobacco in any form, including cigar smoking or cigarettes, increases the risk of lung cancer. What about those who have never smoked?

    Lung cancer rates are increasing in people who have never smoked, according to two new studies presented in Denver at the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer.

  • Dr. C. Joseph Bennett, Navigating Cancer, 9/29/15

    Today, at a reader’s request, we will discuss the topic of bladder cancer. Recent statistics released the American Cancer Society estimate that 74,000 cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States. These statistics also estimate that approximately 16,000 people will die of bladder cancer. 

    While the exact cause of bladder cancer is not known, many risk factors have been identified that place a person at a higher risk of developing this cancer. Today we will pursue an overview of this topic.

  • Honey buckets

    By Rachel D’Oro, Associated Press

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Flush toilets and running water are elusive dreams for Paul Dock and other residents of impoverished Alaska villages where indoor plumbing has historically cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to install in just one home.

  • FFRA group celebrates supportive community

    Families and Friends Reaching for the Abilities (FFRA) is a support group for persons with intellectual disabilities, and their caregivers.

    Over a period of almost 20 years, many families have come together as a group that addresses the problem of seeking more information from the federal, state and local levels of government regarding issues pertaining to persons with an intellectual disability.