• Tobacco and oral cancer

    Dr. Robert Brockett


    Editor’s note: Robert L. Brockett, DMD, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, and business partner Rushi S. Patel, DDS, Ph.D., both with Citrus Oral and Facial Surgery, will be contributing monthly columns to the Health & Life section. 

  • Alcohol and cancer risk

    Alcohol has been linked to several different cancers, some more strongly than others. Now a study adds a new type of cancer to the list, and it is not one that I would have expected. Recently, researchers from Brown University reported that drinking, even in moderate amounts, is associated with higher rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

  • Organ transplant research evolving

    Xenotransplantation is defined as grafting tissue from one animal species to another.  This procedure might not only be a lifesaver but also a cost- aver for patients who need organ donation. Currently, there are over 100,000 Americans who are awaiting some sort of organ transplant, and it is very expensive and there are not enough donors available.  

  • Enriching senior lives

    Jamie Stengle 

    Associated Press


    Hundreds of communities around the world — both big and small — are working to make sure people can live there from birth to old age.

  • Dr. David Raynor: Best Foot Forward

    Hematoma is a collection of blood in the tissues outside of the vascular system. Podiatrists often see hematomas in the foot, ankle or lower extremity usually as a result of trauma to the area. For example, a severe blow to the shin playing soccer in our youth or a fall in our seniors,  or a can of vegetables dropped on the foot are some reasons I have seen that result in a hematoma. Severe pain and swelling are hallmarks of hematoma.  It is important to have the hematoma evaluated if possible and definitely if you suspect fracture as well.

  • Dr. Sunil Gandhi: Cancer and Blood Disease

    I have a 70-year-old patient. She presented with a colon mass. A biopsy showed that it was diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or DLBL.

    Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or NHL, is a common form of cancer. It is cancer of the lymph nodes. It can involve the spleen, bone marrow and sometimes other sites. In general, we can treat most NHL. This can be low grade or intermittent or high grade.

  • Dr. Frank Vascimini: Sound Bites

    A few years ago, I had a consultation with you and found you and your staff very attentive and knowledgeable. I am hoping now for advice about my granddaughter who has just turned 6. Among other things, she has sensory processing disorder. She doesn’t like her hair or mouth touched, you can’t get near her with a hairbrush or toothbrush. 

  • Getting to the heart of the matter

    By Katie Lucas

    Special to the Chronicle


    It’s resolution time. (Cricket sounds.) It’s a chance to start anew, and as a favor I’m

    giving you the first resolution and how to accomplish it, but first I’m going to ask a question: Do you know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

  • Dr. Denis Grillo: Ear, Nose & Throat

    Everyone has had a cold; it is miserable. It comes with all sorts of symptoms that make life miserable for a few days and, as we all know, it is related to a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics. It is just going to run its course.

  • Debbie Selsavage: Coping with Dementia

    Most people caring for their spouse or family member living with dementia feel a strong obligation to provide the best care they can. This is good, but not when they believe they are the only one who can provide that care.