• No incision, no recovery, no baby


    Katie Hendrick


    For women who want permanent assurance they won’t have any more children, there’s a new alternative to surgery or a life of celibacy.

    Essure is a nonhormonal birth control that involves soft and flexible inserts that morph to the shape of the fallopian tubes. Like tubal ligation, it is permanent and works by blocking sperm from coming in contact with the egg. This form of sterilization, however, requires no anesthesia or incisions.

  • Few options for quality, lower-priced dentures

    Q. I read your recent article regarding dentures.

    I wanted to share with you an unpleasant experience. My mother is 74 years old and needed to replace a set of dentures she had for the past 50 years.

    She worked until she was 72 and due to health issues — diabetes and dementia — had to stop. She is on Medicaid and her health maintenance group is called Florida Sunshine Tango.

  • Most testicular cancer is highly curable

    Today, at the request of a reader, we will cover the topic of testicular cancer. This year in the United States, approximately 8,800 cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed. The majority of cancers of the testicle are very highly curable with an estimated cancer death rate in this country this year of only 380 cases.

  • Impaired sense of smell in older adults a problem

    The prevalence of taste and sense of smell disorders in the United States is relatively unknown. But, approximately 200,000 to 300,000 visits are made each year to physicians for what we term as chemosensory complaints.

    We think about one percent of the population is being affected by this particular problem. In real numbers, about three million people see their doctors for this problem each year.

  • Exercise can reduce risk of breast cancer

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It affects almost one in 11 women in the United States. It is more common in post-menopausal women.

    The correctible causes of breast cancer include use of hormones like estrogen, lack of exercise, obesity and use of alcohol. Current research suggests that having more than one to two alcoholic drinks, including beer, wine and spirits, per day raises the risk of breast cancer, as well as the risk of having the cancer come back after treatment.

    How to cut down the risk of breast cancer?

  • Remember rules as school year begins

    Katie Lucas

    Special to the Chronicle

    School starts tomorrow and all of us at Nature Coast EMS remind you that more traffic on the road leads to more delays and, unfortunately, sometimes more accidents. Look and listen. Know the rules of the road concerning school bus stops and watch for children.

  • Can bike riding up prostate cancer risk?

    There is a nice group of what I will call “experienced” men who get together once a week to ride their bicycles from Inverness to Floral City and back on the trail. Several members of this group are good friends, and one contacted me and asked me to touch on the subject of whether or not riding a bicycle increases one’s chances of developing prostate cancer, and also, does riding a bicycle have any relationship to erectile dysfunction.

  • Age is no brain cancer treatment

    I saw a 96-year-old white female. She was diagnosed with myelodysplasia almost five years ago. At the time of diagnosis, she presented with anemia.

    In patients with myelodysplasia, bone marrow does not work well. Bone marrow makes blood cells. This is more common in senior citizens. These patients’ bone marrow makes fewer cells. The first cell line to be affected is usually red blood cells or RBCs. Therefore, the patient becomes anemic.

  • Protect your skin from sunburn, damage

    Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body and like everything else in our body, as we age it also ages and can be damaged?

    During summer in Florida, a lot of people are hitting the beaches, going out on their boats, golfing, playing tennis, etc. Sun is very good for us; it provides vitamin D, but it also can harm our skin in excess.

  • Denture problems and implants

    Q: I have been a denture wearer for more than 30 years. I am having a lot of trouble with my lower denture staying in place. I have been to my dentist and had only minor success. I went to someone else and was told I needed mini implants. I have had friends tell me not to mess with the mini implants and go right for the real implants. I am so confused. I love your article and wondered if you could help me make my mind up. Thanks so much.