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Alzheimer’s Awareness

Recognizing Early Warning Signs Can Improve Lives by CHERYL ROGERS Early warning signs can improve quality of life for dementia sufferers and their families. Here’s what to look for. As

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Health Facts: Obesity as a Disease

Obesity is a term commonly associated with being heavy or overweight.  Not many people realize that it also describes a spectrum of medical conditions that are associated with excess weight.

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Medical Advice: Keep vaccines between you and disease

“A NEW YEAR, NEW YOU” is the motto for many as they make their New Year’s resolutions. For some, this means changing their look or adopting healthier habits. These are

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Pop quiz on palliative care and when it’s needed

Learn more about when and why a patient might benefit from palliative care GOING THROUGH a serious illness can be difficult, but palliative care is one option that many patients

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Pop quiz on recognizing mental illness — and reaching out for help

Test your knowledge of warning signs and symptoms, plus how to address them THERE’S NO DOUBT that there is a stigma placed on mental health issues in the U.S., so

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Hospice Help: Protection from the flu

AS THE SUMMER MONTHS wind down and Labor Day fasts approaches, it is almost a rite of passage that we begin to notice the promotion of flu vaccine availability. But

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Medical Advice: Back-to-school tips and the 5-2-1-0 program

AS STUDENTS and families prepare to return to school, the Florida Department of Health in Polk County (FDOH-Polk) would like to take this opportunity to remind them to take the

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Healthy Skin: The most common reason people visit the doctor

DID YOU KNOW that skin conditions are the most common reason why people visit their doctor? If you think about it, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise. It is,

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Medical Advice: Swimming safety reminders for the water-bound

THE FLORIDA SUMMER is upon us, which means bathing suit and barbeque season is here. Summer swimming is the perfect way to cool off from the day’s heat. While playing

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Family Health: Five tips for healthier aging

LIFESTYLE CHOICES have a great impact on our overall wellness as we age. Below are five tips for making better decisions to ensure healthier aging.