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Oral Insulin Innovation

New Alternative to Insulin Shot Being Tested Some good news is on the horizon for those struggling with Type 2 diabetes. The FDA is moving closer towards the release of a new orally delivered insulin method. This revolutionary drug is expected to reshape diabetic treatment, as it makes insulin more easily accessible to a wide …

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Health Hero: Kia Troutman

Heading Polk County’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign a Personal Crusade for Kia Troutman Kia Troutman knows cancer. She knows how it killed her grandparents and a co-worker.  She knows what her 61-year-old cousin in Mississippi, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, is going through.  She knows how it touches the lives of African-Americans and …

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Unsung Heroes

Athletic Trainers Instrumental in Keeping Athletes Ready for Competition Year after year and season after season, sports and athletic competitions remain popular, both for participants and spectators. We root for our favorite teams and cheer athletes on to great victories. Playing a sport is an excellent way to stay in shape physically and mentally, and …

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Strength in Numbers

Breast Cancer Survivors Strong Support System Helps on the Journey Friends who have been there, family and, most of all God, help breast cancer survivors on their road to health. Michelle Faught, a self-employed household manager, didn’t let breast cancer keep her down. Two weeks after having a single lumpectomy, with her surgeon’s approval, she …

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Supporting Survivors

Annual Event Lifts Spirits, Offers Education & Cancer Awareness The 11th Annual Pampering Event at BELK, where cancer education and awareness blended with activities designed to pamper cancer survivors, was held on September 16. It was a Star Wars themed event, held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday at Citi Center. A good time was had by …

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A Heart for Helping

Florida Polytechnic University Conducting Research on Fetal and Maternal ECG Signals by MARY TOOTHMAN Florida Polytechnic University’s Dr. Muhammad Ullah, professor of computer engineering, is hard at work on a project that has the potential to save the lives of babies.  It would be difficult to find fault with a goal like that.  “The project …

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Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are the most treatable form of blindness worldwide. Millions of cataract surgeries are performed each year, restoring patients to functional visual status. Over the past 40-50 years, cataract surgery has advanced greatly from surgery performed with loops and multiple silk stitches with leaky incisions that required patients to lay in bed with sandbags for …

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Medical Memoirs

Dr. Michelle Henne is Giving Back to the Community Through Her Sports Medicine Expertise Michelle Henne, MD, CAQSM, is making a difference in the field of sports medicine. She has spent time providing medical services to the LPGA, the Kissimmee FireFrogs, the Washington Nationals, and numerous other athletic organizations. She was raised in Melbourne, Florida, …

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Fighting Opioids

New Opioid Law Limits Prescriptions for Acute Pain A woman in her early 20s had abdominal surgery. Afterwards, she was prescribed opiates for pain, which led to addiction and a cycle of repeat infection and hospitalization. About 15 years later, she died from an opioid overdose. Her story, and stories like hers, make the tragedy …

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