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Three Reasons to Smile This Holiday Season

by GERALD V. CERDAN, DMD Since this is the Health & Beauty Edition and the holidays are up on us, let’s switch it up a bit and talk about how


Heartburn and the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and for many, it is a time of indulgence as well as celebration. At such times, heartburn and acid reflux can become more of


Oral Hygiene Tips for the Cooler Months

When it’s cold outside, exposed skin isn’t the only part of your body that can suffer from a drier climate. Your mouth and oral hygiene can suffer as well, and it


Learn About LASIK and Other Refractive Procedures

Refractive surgery is designed to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism to effectively reduce dependency on eyeglasses and contacts. The most popular refractive procedure is LASIK, which stands for

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Healthy Foods for the Holiday Season

by TRENT ROWE, food editor Here’s to Uncle Harry. He’s your mom’s roly-poly brother who always plays Santa because he doesn’t need a pillow for padding. When it comes to


Polk County Initiative Seeking to Instill Healthy Habits in Schools

by CHERYL ROGERS   The Building a Healthier Polk School Health Team is teaching kindergarten through 12th grade students how to live healthier by making wise food choices and staying


Facts and Statistics About Arthritis

by ERIKA ALDRICH Florida may not be locked into a deep freeze during the winter months like the majority of the other U.S. states, but The Sunshine State can still


Tips for Maintaining a Healthy, Youthful Look

by MARY TOOTHMAN Things have changed a lot since the days when the primary beauty treatments were hair styles, nails, and facials — although those are still part of mainstream


Local Medical Team Visits Kenya to Treat Patients with Heart Disease

by MARY TOOTHMAN A group of local medical professionals traveled to Kenya earlier this year to provide instruction and medical care, and it seems likely there will be a return


Pre-Diabetes and the Type 2 Diabetes Struggle is Real— You Don’t Have to Manage It Alone

By DAWN C. HILL, DNP, ARNP, CDE Central Florida Health Care IF YOU ARE wondering whether or not you should be screened for Type 2 diabetes, then ask yourself these questions: