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Health

  • Fit for visitors

    By Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press

    FORT LAUDERDALE — Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room. The hotel industry is moving beyond basement gyms and basic spa menus to accommodate guests’ growing requests to stay healthy while on the road.

  • Dr. Frank Vascimini, Sound Bites, 2/9/16

    Question: My dentist asked me if I grind my teeth. I really don’t think I do.

    My husband doesn’t tell me that I grind my teeth in my sleep.

    Can you elaborate on this issue with regards to dental health?

  • Dr. Sunil Gandhi, Cancer & Blood Disease, 2/9/16

    Mr. Smith is a 55-year-old gentleman who was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago. He had stage III colon cancer and needed chemotherapy after curative surgery to reduce the risk of his cancer coming back. In spite of all modern therapy, he has a high chance of cancer recurrence.

    He came to see me recently. He wanted to know what he can do to reduce the risk of his cancer coming back. This is important because if his cancer recurs it is, most of the time, incurable.

  • Dr. David Raynor, Best Foot Forward, 2/9/16

    Gout is an arthritic condition. The hallmark symptoms of gout are swelling, redness, heat and pain. 

    It is caused by a chemical manifestation of uric acid metabolism. Uric acid is a byproduct in the utilization of foods we eat. 

  • Well-Being Index

    By Mark Thiessen and Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press

  • Debbie Selsevage, Coping With Dementia, 2/2/16

    What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? 

    This is one of the most frequent questions I hear. Dementia refers to a group of symptoms that includes memory loss, reduction in sensory perception such as vision and hearing, loss of motor skills and loss of cognitive ability. 

  • Dr. Denis Grillo, Ear, Nose & Throat, 2/2/16

    There are many types of care you can receive from health care providers. It includes care in the emergency room, care in the operating room, ICU, etc., but a little-known type of care has become popular and developed for a number of reasons including people living longer and having more complicated medical problems, necessitating customized care to address all their needs, not just their disease. 

    Palliative care is relatively unknown; most of the patient population is unaware that it is an option to regular care. 

  • Yai Yai, Life ‘N’ Style, 2/2/16

    Hello again and cheers to 2016. As we are all making those new year’s resolutions, here are some tips to guide you into an amazing new year. 

    First, make a list of things that you wish to improve on and new things you wish to accomplish. Make sure that your goals are achievable so that you don’t throw the towel in before you even get started. Goals need to be set in stages of achievement so that you can see your progress along the way. 

  • Dr. C. Joseph Bennett, Navigating Cancer, 2/2/16

    Over the past several months, I have written on multiple occasions about screening for cancer, and the importance that this process serves. Screening allows us to detect cancers at earlier stages, and therefore provide patients with more successful treatment. Now, scrutiny is being given to the recommendation of starting colorectal screening at the age of 50. 

  • Katie Lucas, Nature Coast EMS, 2/2/16

    Good morning! Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and February is Women’s Heart Health Month, so it’s a wonderful time to review possible symptoms of a heart attack for men and women.