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For Brighter Skin, Choose Microdermabrasion

Looking for more youthful, fresh, glowing skin? If you don’t have time to let your ...

How Are AV Fistulas and Grafts Formed?

Last month, I talked about why a patient might need to undergo arteriovenous fistula surgery. ...

August Is Children’s Eye Health/Safety Month

Children require clear and comfortable vision to be successful in school and extracurricular activities. ...

Kidneys and Your Vascular Health

Your kidneys remove excess water and waste products from your body.  When the kidneys start ...

Reducing the Need for Glasses at the Time of Cataract Surgery

by Damon Welch M.D. & Daniel Welch M.D.   Cataract surgery is an extremely successful ...

Are You Suffering From Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed. However, it has a ...

Actinic Keratosis: What It Is and How to Treat It

Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a skin condition that, when left untreated, ...

Key Steps for Preventing Amputations

More than 25% of American seniors have diabetes, and 10% to 15% of people with ...

Action Plan for Healthy Vision

By: Chelsea Hollier, O.D. Routine eye exams can help your eye doctor prevent, diagnose, and ...

Platelet-Rich Plasma Can Prompt Hair Regrowth

Alopecia, or hair loss, can leave men and women alike struggling to accept their changing ...

Cholesterol a Big Factor in Vascular Health 

This is the last part of the series focusing on lifestyle management for the prevention ...

Demystifying the Eyedrop Aisle

Many eye disorders can be treated effectively with eye drops and products found over the ...

The Role of Exercise in Vascular Disease Prevention

Spring is such a lovely time! We hope everyone has gotten used to the time ...

Doc, I Have Type II Diabetes. Will I Go Blind?

Patients who present with a diabetes history are worried about their vision.  If the patient ...

Itchy Skin? It Could Be Psoriasis or Eczema

Experiencing a skin condition can be a little unnerving, especially if you’re not sure what ...

Is It Melanoma? Learn the Warning Signs

Melanoma is a dangerous type of skin cancer that comes from cells known as melanocytes. ...

A Watery Dry Eye

A Paradox Gritty, sandy, scratchy watery? Can all those words be used to describe dry ...

The Link Between Obesity, Vascular Disease

Loving ourselves and taking care of our health to prevent or delay the onset of ...

Hypertension and Vascular Disease

In the previous two issues, we addressed smoking cessation and the importance of sugar control. ...

Common Vision Problems

There are many types of vision problems that can affect your eyesight. The focus of ...

You Have Options When It Comes to Treatment of Acne

Acne is known to be common among teenagers, but it can affect individuals for years, ...

Sugar Control and Vascular Disease

Happy New Year! This is the second part of our series focusing on lifestyle management ...

7 Ways to Save Money on Your Glaucoma Drops

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve of the eye. It ...

How Do Neuromodulators Fight Signs of Aging?

Time takes its toll on all of us, and it would be nice if we ...

Treatments Can Help Diminish Acne Scars

Many adults struggle with acne scarring, whether left over from their teenage years or as ...

What to Ask Your GYN at Annual Check-Ups

Your annual well-woman exam is crucial to your whole health. So, what should you be ...

“There’s a fly in my soup!”

“There’s a fly in my soup!” No wait, that’s not a fly. It’s a floater. ...

The Connection Between Lifestyle, Vascular Disease

I cannot really believe that the holidays are upon us already. This year has been ...

Diabetes — the Leading Cause of Blindness

October may be National Diabetes Month, but for me as an eye doctor, every month ...

Protect Your Joints and Help Your Golf Game

Many people injure themselves simply because they do not stretch. A survey showed that more ...

Diagnosis and Treatment of Shingles

Shingles is a contagious virus (varicella zoster) that results in a painful rash. The virus ...

Understanding Metastatic Bone Disease

Cancer is always a frightening diagnosis, and knowing that the disease can spread from one ...

Operative Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease

We’ve talked about what Peripheral Arterial Disease is in previous columns. Now, let’s look at ...

Breast Cancer Surpasses Lung Cancer as Most Common

According to new information released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), breast ...

What Is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

We’ve talked about what Peripheral Arterial Disease is in previous columns. Now, let’s look at ...

Revision Surgery After Total Joint Replacement

Pain and loss of mobility in the joints of the leg due to arthritis can ...

Mohs Micrographic Surgery for Skin Cancer

There are few things in life as scary as learning that you have cancer. At ...

Contact Lens Care

Contact lenses may look like simple pieces of plastic, but actually, they are medical devices.  ...

Robotics Help Refine Hip, Knee Replacement

As we move further into the 21st century, more and more of the amazing things ...

Unmasking the ‘Invisible Injury’: Knowing Concussion Signs Saves Lives

National Concussion Awareness Day is September 17. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the ...

Happiness Happens… in the Sun!

Despite the recent rain, we residents of the Sunshine State still make time to enjoy ...

Skin Cancer Screening a Necessity for Floridians

It should come as no big surprise that simply living in Florida puts you at ...

Diagnosis and Treatment Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Last month, I explained what an aortic aneurysm is, how it can be detected, its ...

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a “weakening” or “dilatation” in a part of an artery. An estimated ...

What Is Musculoskeletal Oncology?

Musculoskeletal oncology is a branch of orthopedic surgery that specializes in diagnosing and treating tumors ...

Reducing Your Health Risks With Vaccines

Vaccines are one of the best ways to reduce your risk of illness and the ...

August Is Children’s Eye Health/Safety Month

Children require clear and comfortable vision to be successful in school and extracurricular activities. They ...

Learn How to Spot, Treat Rosacea

Rosacea is a fairly common dermatological condition that can affect anyone of any age. It ...

Herniated Disks in the Lower Back

This is the last of our three-part back pain series. So far, we have talked ...

July is UV Safety Month

When we think of summer, images of beaches, theme parks, and outdoor sports and activities ...

Understanding Tailbone and Pelvic Pain

We’ve all heard it: “This is a pain in the butt,” right? As with most ...

The Dangers of Diabetes

Diabetes affects millions of people in the U.S. It is one of the most common ...

Get Ahead of the Class: Making the Most of Your Child’s Back to School Physical

Summertime feels a little bit different this year, and going back to school might feel ...

Enjoy the Summer Wisely

In Central Florida, we are blessed with sunny days for about two-thirds of the year. ...

Lower Back Pain and Sciatica: Where to Start

Lower back pain and sciatica can be a life-changing event.  There can be a lot ...

Understanding Hernias

June is Hernia Awareness Month and to help educate you on what a hernia is, ...

“Doc, I Was Told I Have Granulated Eyelids”

Once in a while, a patient will tell me that a previous doctor told them ...

Understanding Valvular Heart Disease

The heart has four valves that keep blood flowing in the correct direction. These valves ...

AdventHealth Heart of Florida Receives National Breast Cancer Accreditation

AdventHealth Heart of Florida is honored to have been recognized by the National Accreditation Program ...

Brain Attack (Stroke or Mini-stroke): Are You at Risk?

Approximately 700,000 strokes occur in the United States annually. Stroke or brain attack is a ...

Punctal Plugs

Many patients suffer from dry eye, and eye care professionals have many tools at their ...

Understanding Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

Last year, I wrote about heart failure. At that time, I had said that about ...

7 Ways to Save Money on Your Glaucoma Drops

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve of the eye. It ...

Stay strong with healthy hips

Expert care can get you there. We all hope to be able to walk, run ...

Colon Cancer: Knowledge is Power

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. If caught early, colorectal cancer is 90 percent ...

Varicose Veins and When to Seek help

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins ...

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Eye

Sleep apnea is a common but often undiagnosed disorder that has potentially serious general and ...

February Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, AMD, is a leading cause of vision loss in adults over the ...

Vascular Manifestations of COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc around the world, with 88 million confirmed ...

Smoking Can Lead to Amputations

While most people are familiar with the devastating consequences of smoking on their lungs (COPD, ...

Glaucoma and Dry Eyes

Eye doctors are excited this year with 2021 rolling in. It’s an excellent opportunity for ...

Understanding Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are the most treatable form of blindness worldwide. Millions of cataract surgeries are performed ...

Treatments That Help Lower Cholesterol

Last month I discussed the role of lipids in atherosclerosis. This month, I’ll talk about ...

The Role of Lipids in Atherosclerosis

Last time we spoke of the various factors that play a part in plaque buildup ...

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States in adults. November is ...

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis refers to the buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on your ...

Halloween Eye Safety

Knock knocktrick or treat A lot of your neighbors might be tempted to choose trick ...

A Closer Look at Cryptogenic Stroke

A cryptogenic stroke (CS) is defined as cerebral ischemia of obscure or unknown origin. The ...

HOW DID I GET THIS STYE?

Medically a stye is called a hordeolum.  If we look at the eyelid’s anatomy, particularly ...

Types of Strokes

A stroke is when blood flow to a part of your brain is stopped either by a ...

Vision and Learning

Children require clear, comfortable vision to be successful in school and extracurricular activities. We use ...

Are You Considering Cataract Surgery?

A cataract is where the normally clear lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. This is ...

Cardiac Testing in a COVID-19 World

In this column, I’ll talk about the varied tests done in cardiology in general and ...

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is among the most common conditions we see in our patients ...

Evidence-Based Strategies for Achieving Effective Results in Chronic Pain Treatment:

Chronic pain syndrome involves both the body and the mind, resulting in brain chemistry changes ...

Virtual Care for Cardiac Patients

The new coronavirus sweeping the world has changed life as we know it. While there ...

Health Impacts of Opioid Addiction on Patients

As a spine surgeon, I routinely see various life-threatening consequences of opioid addiction. These could ...

COVID-19 and the Heart

COVID-19 (coronavirus SARS 2) is obviously an infection that primarily affects the lungs. As we ...

Myopia Control in the COVID-19 Era

My weekends are admittedly different now. Before my weekends were filled with time spent with ...

Journey from Initial Opioid Use ???? Opioid Dependence ???? Addiction

There are 16 ounces in 1 pound; but it is true today, as it was ...

Atrial Fibrillation: What You Need to Know

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular rhythm from the upper part of the heart. It is ...

Refractive Surgery – What does it mean?

Refractive error is the term used to describe the need for glasses or contact lenses ...

Gaining a Better Understanding of Pacemakers and Defibrillators

Pacemakers and defibrillators have become so common. Everyone has questions and concerns about these. Here ...

Use of Opioids as First-Line Treatment a Slippery Slope

What do Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, and Chris Farley have in common? These are celebrities ...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, AMD, is a leading cause of vision loss in adults over the ...

THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: STILL A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

By Chukwuka Okafor, MD, MBA, CIME, FAAOS On Thursday October 26, 2017, the Department of ...

Living With Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure: the term conjures up visions of a death sentence. And, understandably so. ...

Glaucoma and Dry Eyes

Eye doctors are excited this year with 2020 rolling in. It’s an excellent opportunity for ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Oral hygiene and Heart Health

Heart health should be an aspect of personal healthcare that we are all concerned about. ...

Learn About LASIK and Other Refractive Procedures

As you decide on your new year’s resolutions and goals, you should also consider your ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Dental Implants Help You Look Your Best

Not everyone is blessed with perfect teeth. Sometimes things happen that detract from our smile. ...

Have a Heart Healthy Holiday

Though we love this time of year, it can be pretty stressful. Crazy schedules. Financial ...

How can my eyes be dry if they are watering all the time?

Dry eye is one of the most common conditions that we deal with in eye ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Dental Implants Can Help You Save Face

Losing your teeth can be a painful and traumatic experience, whether it’s due to age, ...

Whole-Person Health Care is Now in Polk County

Effective September 1, 2019, the 193-bed Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and the 160-bed ...

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States in adults. Over the ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Holiday Tips for a Healthy Smile

Holiday season is fast approaching, and with it all the treats and goodies that are ...

Floaters in Your Vision

Common visual symptoms of floaters present themselves in my office on a daily basis and ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Fall Treats Your Teeth Will Enjoy, Too

Now that the kids are back in school, autumn is just around the corner! Fall ...

Protect Your Eyes

While aging is a fact of life we cannot escape, there are certain measures that ...

Diabetes Mellitus: It’s not just about the sugar!

Diabetes mellitus is a well-known disease in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal. ...
Shiva Seethal

Lumps in the Neck – Should I be Concerned?

Very often I see patients who have swellings or lumps in the neck and their ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Back to School Oral Health Tips

It’s hard to believe August is already here. Where has summer gone? With family vacations ...

Children’s Eye Health

Children require clear vision in each eye and both eyes working together properly to be ...

Central Florida Health Care Hosts Teaching Kitchen Workshop

  On June 6, Central Florida Health Care held their Teaching Kitchen Workshop focused on ...

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Hair loss, baldness, or alopecia is often a concern raised by both male and female ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

When Summertime Sports Lead to Dental Dilemmas

By:  Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan With the nice weather of summer, school being out, and ...

Important Firework Safety Reminders

By: Daniel Smith, O.D. With the Fourth of July festivities quickly approaching, it is important ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Oral Hygiene Travel Tips

With Summer officially in full swing, that means hot temperatures, pool days, and family vacations! ...

Drowning Prevention

by DR. JOY JACKSON As the temperature begins to rise outside and the water begins ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Kickoff Summer with Clean Teeth!

By William Nerestant, DDS ...
Shiva Seethal

Cholesterol and Healthy Eating

By Shiva Seetahal, MD Cholesterol is a word everyone is familiar with but few can ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

A Cautionary Tale for Frequent Biting, Grinding, or Clenching

by GERALD V. CERDAN, DMD Biting and chewing your food.  It’s something we do every ...

Caring for Your Kid’s Teeth

by ARCHANA ANTONY, DDS It’s not easy, but somebody has to do it.  If you ...

Diverticular Disease

Dr. Trishanna Sookdeo Diverticular disease describes the formation of small pouches in the large intestinal ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Teeth Whitening

By William Nerestant, DDS With the weather getting hotter and hotter, the summer months are ...

Learn About LASIK and Other Refractive Procedures

By David Loewy, MD Refractive surgery is designed to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and ...

Is It a Virus or Allergies?

With one in every five Americans having some kind of allergy, it’s pretty common. There ...

The “Ripe” Time for Cataract Surgery

Whenever I tell a patient that he or she has cataracts they immediately ask if ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

A Cautionary Tale for Frequent Biting, Grinding, or Clenching

Biting and chewing your food.  It’s something we do every day and without thinking.  That’s ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

The month of April is considered National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society’s ...
Shiva Seethal

What Counts as Exercise?

Making the effort to exercise regularly is an admirable pursuit. Physical activity can play a ...
Dr. William Nerestant

The Importance of Regular Cleanings

We’re now three months into 2019, and if you can’t remember the last time you ...

Taking Care of Your Eyes

The gift of sight is one of our most valued senses and often not paid ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

The Facts About Whitening Your Teeth at Home

by GERALD V. CERDAN, DMD If the tint of your teeth has you hesitating to ...

Our Commitment to Providing Care for Migrant Patients and the Local Community

by KIMBER VASQUEZ, MD With our deep roots in the Central Florida community and with ...

Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

Did you know over 2 million Americans are affected by glaucoma? With proper treatment, the ...
Beatrice Celian

Minorities are at a Higher Risk for Heart Health Problems

Did you know that your race or ethnicity can put you at higher risk for ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Dental Care Reminders for Patients with Heart Conditions or History of Stroke

If you or a loved one struggles with heart disease, you probably already know that ...

Advice for Aging Eyes

While aging is a fact of life that one cannot escape, there are certain measures ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Love Your Oral Hygiene This Valentine’s Day

Investing in your personal health should always be one of your top priorities. For this ...
Shiva Seethal

Persistent Stomach Aches? You May Have Gallstones

In previous columns we explored the gallbladder and its role in digestion. What we have ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Are Dental Problems Hindering Your Weight Loss?

by GERALD V. CERDAN, DMD It’s the New Year and I’ve already spoken with many ...

It Takes a Community to Heal A Warrior

The holiday season is a time of catching up with friends and family and spending ...

Does your child struggle with reading or schoolwork?

The majority of vision problems that interfere with reading and learning are easily treatable. Even ...
Dr. William Nerestant

New Year, Healthy Mouth

As we say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the new year, what better time ...

Get Going Into The New Year

As we usher in the new year, many plan to make health and wellness a ...

It Takes a Community to Heal A Warrior

The holiday season is a time of catching up with friends and family and spending ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Three Reasons to Smile This Holiday Season

by GERALD V. CERDAN, DMD Since this is the Health & Beauty Edition and the ...
Shiva Seethal

Heartburn and the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and for many, it is a time of indulgence ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Oral Hygiene Tips for the Cooler Months

When it’s cold outside, exposed skin isn’t the only part of your body that can ...

Learn About LASIK and Other Refractive Procedures

Refractive surgery is designed to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism to effectively reduce ...

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 ...

Fighting the Flu

The flu season is here again and with it concerns for protecting not only ourselves ...

Oral Hygiene Routines

Yahira Ferrer, Dental Assistant October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an effort to celebrate the ...

Collaborative Psychology and Medicine

What happens when you get a few people around a table who are looking for a ...

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Having bad breath is something that is a reality for millions of Americans. Researchers estimate ...

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes is a disease that affects small blood vessels throughout the body. The retina is ...
Dr. Gerald V. Cerdan

Crowns in One Day? Yes, it’s Possible with CEREC Technology

by GERALD V. CERDAN, DMD Modern dental care has made some amazing advances in recent ...

Support Systems and Cancer

Breast cancer is one of those conditions which frightens everyone just by the mention of ...

Facts About Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. To honor that I wanted to discuss some facts ...

Avoid Stained Teeth with These Helpful Tips

Luz Cubero-Perez Dental Assistant, Haines City Dental Having a healthy smile is important for your ...

Macular Degeneartion (AMD)

By Neil J. Okun, M.D. Board Certified Ophthalmologist   Macular Degeneration affects one in five ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Don’t Let Your Teeth Get Scary this Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching meaning mounds of sugar-filled candy from trick-or-treating are soon to be ...

Health Hero: Kia Troutman

Heading Polk County’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign a Personal Crusade for Kia Troutman ...

5 Ways to Help with Smarter Nutrition

Polk County nutritionist at Central Florida Health Care shares how he helps patients make smarter ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Oral Hygiene and Your Mental Health

The connection between mental health and overall health is under-researched in the medical community, and ...

LASIK and Other Popular Refractive Procedures

Refractive surgery is designed to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism to effectively reduce ...

Bridging the Gap Between a Healthy and Unhealthy Smile

Bridges and crowns are both great tools to help improve your smile if you have ...

Diabetes Mellitus: Not Just About Controlling Your Blood Sugar

Ever too often, I encounter patient who are diabetic and practice blood sugar monitoring only. ...

Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

Here are some facts about the benefits of breastmilk from the medical staff at Central ...

The Difference Between a Sports Versus School Physical

Before you schedule your child’s back-to-school physical during Back to School Week at Central Florida ...

Back to School Checkups

It is almost that time of the year again, when children all over the country ...
Shiva Seethal

Accidents at Home – What Can I Do?

Accidental injuries in the home account for thousands of ER and office visits in the ...

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Children require clear vision to be successful in school and extracurricular activities. As children advance ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Manual, or Electric Toothbrush?

Brushing your teeth consistently is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a happy ...

A PEAK Annual Wellness Visit Preserves Youth

Are you living your best life? Staying youthful? Part of living your best life is ...

Mouth – Body Connection

To understand how the mouth can affect the body, it helps to understand what can ...

Eye Exams for Your Child

Does your child struggle with reading or schoolwork? He or she may benefit from a ...

Bleeding with a Bowel Movement

A concerning complaint from patients, that causes grave concern is that of rectal bleeding ., ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Tips to Keep Your Mouth Happy During 4th of July Celebrations

The Fourth of July is a time of great celebration, and no one wants the ...

Peak AWC: Your Personal Inspectors

You may have heard of the Annual Wellness Visit and wondered, “Is that something I ...
Dr. Julia King

Healthy Aging

While aging is a fact of life that one cannot escape, there are certain measures ...

Getting Back Your Smile

Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they see you and ...

Health Hero

Local Firefighter Named EMT of the Year After Heroic Actions by TERESA SCHIFFER Superheroes don’t ...

Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a disease that affects the GI tract, primarily the colon. It increases with ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Common Myths Regarding Oral Health

Oral health is of the utmost importance, but unfortunately, many people don’t understand the link ...

Annual Wellness Visit Provides Comprehensive Screening

Your yearly physical is an important part of your health care regimen, but that’s not ...

All about Allergies

Whether you call it seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis or hay fever, it affects millions of ...

Lake Wales Medical Center’s Golden Care Unit is filling a need for behavioral health care specifically aimed at seniors.

When an elderly parent starts hearing music that isn’t there, or seeing objects that aren’t ...

What is the Annual Wellness Visit?

by DR. JEFFREY EPSTEIN You may be wondering what exactly an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) ...

Benefits of CareCredit

By Heather Hafner, Patient Relations Coordinator, Haines City Dental Most of us have times when ...
Dr. William Nerestant

What Dreams About Your Teeth Falling Out Might Really Mean

by WILLIAM NERESTANT, DDS Dreams can be confusing and intense experiences, and those that involve ...

The “Ripe” Time for Cataract Surgery

by William Corkins, O.D. Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida Whenever I tell a patient that he ...

Recipe Spotlight: Lamb and Barley Soup & Easter Ham

by Trent Rowe, Food Editor This month’s Recipe Spotlight is focused on the Easter Holiday. ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Risk Factors for Cavities that May Surprise You

Everyone knows that cavities are caused by too much sugar and poor oral care like ...

Urgency Versus Emergency: Know the Difference!

When you are sick or injured, the last thing on your mind is the cost. ...

Three Great Reasons to Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit

You’ve had a physical, you’ve had your eyes checked, and your hearing.  You have gone ...
Shiva Seethal

The Thyroid Gland and Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy body weight can be frustrating – trying to balance sensible eating with ...

Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

Did you know over 2 million Americans are affected by glaucoma? With proper treatment, the ...

Dr. Narmo Ortiz Offers Advanced Treatments for Infected Wounds

A festering wound on the leg or foot can result in amputation, but advanced treatments ...

Tips for Helping Relieve Your Child’s Pet Allergy in the Home

Everyone loves the family pet, especially children.  Dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, fish, whatever the friend ...

A Reason to Celebrate: We’re Here to Help Seniors Lead Healthier Lives

As I write this column, our grand opening party is just around the corner, and ...

A Pain in Your Foot

Your feet shouldn’t hurt.  When painful feet prevent you from walking, running or wearing shoes ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Does Charcoal Toothpaste Really Whiten Teeth?

If you’re like most people, you want your smile to be as white as possible, ...

What You Need to Know About Pediatric Heart Murmurs

We all want our children to be healthy and active, so what do you do ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Wine: Good or Bad for Your Teeth?

Wine is a favorite beverage of many people, and the various studies indicating wine’s heart ...

The Four Killer ‘Bs’ of Health

Do you know your health numbers? There are four numbers that can help paint a ...
Shiva Seethal

Pilonidal Cysts— A Pain in the . . .

Pilonidal cysts and sinuses are conditions that occur from hairs growing downward into the skin ...

Exercise and its Benefits

Physicians assess patient levels of exercise at least once a year with the adult well ...
Dr. William Nerestant

Make a Resolution for a Healthy Mouth

This New Year’s, we want to switch it up a bit and challenge all of ...

Heart of Florida Adds Plastic Surgeon to Physician Group

Dr. Tutu Cheng Talks About the Rewards of Helping Patients Renew their Confidence Dr. Tutu ...

Medical Advice: National Nutrition Month challenge — ‘Put Your Best Fork Forward’

MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH, and The Florida Department of Health in Polk County is ...

Word of Mouth: How to know your mouth — and your mouthwash needs

NOT ALL MOUTHS are created equal, and not all oral concerns are the same. It’s ...

Family Health: How to beat peak allergy season in Central Florida

SPRINGTIME IN CENTRAL FLORIDA is beautiful. Temperatures are pleasant and the warm breezes carry the ...

Healthcare Buzz: Oral healthcare and your child — back to basics

FLOSSING is an important part of any oral care routine, and experts advise you do ...

Healthy Cook: A fresh look at meals for Easter time

EASTER IS A TIME of rejoicing for Christians all over the world. It’s a time ...

Health Facts: Tired … thinning hair . . . tearful? It may be your thyroid gland

THE THYROID GLAND is a butterfly shaped organ that sits in the lower front of ...

Senior Care: Oral hygiene and its importance for your senior loved one

DENTAL HEALTH is important at any age, but it’s especially true for our senior populations. ...

Editor’s Dose: Daily steps toward a healthier heart — so you don’t skip a beat

IN MY FAMILY, there is a history of a blood disease, which causes the person ...

Senior Care: Talking to your loved one about senior driving safety

DRIVING OFFERS freedom and self-sufficiency to us all, but there could come a time when ...

Senior Care: Improving the senior lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise

ONE OF THE BEST and easiest paths to good health is through healthy eating and ...

Healthy Cook: Three steps to make positive strides toward portion control

HERE WE GO AGAIN. It’s that time of year when we look at our waistlines ...

Publisher’s Note: Save the dates for these Central Florida Health Expo shows

ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, we hosted our inaugural Central Florida Health Expo. We’re pleased to ...

Family Health: Watch for these pneumonia symptoms

THE FLU is especially common during the winter months and can be a dangerous illness, ...

Mental Health Moment: Recognize and avoid narcissistic abuse

NARCISSISTIC ABUSE is one of the most prevalent reasons people seek counseling. Because we live ...

Health Facts: Break an old habit for the new year

RARELY DO WE have the chance to start over, but when it comes to health, ...

Editor’s Dose: If you take nothing else away from Amanda’s story, remember these three things

IF YOU’VE READ the fitness story in this edition of Central Florida Health News, then ...

Word of Mouth: Resolving to be better about dental care

YOU’VE LIKELY MADE resolutions to change bad habits when it comes to diet and exercise, ...

Senior Care: Signs of the season to watch for

THE HOLIDAYS are a joyous time when we visit senior family members who we might ...

Word of Mouth: Life impacts of dental implants

THE RESULTS are in: seniors who lead an active lifestyle are healthier, live longer, and ...

Senior Health: Exercise to ease arthritis pain

MORE THAN 50 MILLION adults suffer from arthritis, and there are 100 different types and ...

Editor’s Dose: This is diabetes

NOVEMBER is American Diabetes Month. It’s a time when the American Diabetes Association (ADA) works ...

Holiday tips to help keep the whole family healthy

AS WE ENTER THE HOLIDAY SEASON, the excitement of fall festivals, family gatherings, and holiday ...

Health Facts: The ABCs of bone health

For better bones, activity, bone density, and calcium intake are key BONES … The framework ...

Q&A on the continued care needed to combat childhood obesity

Jessica Maxwell, ARNP, offers insight from the front lines of the weight-loss battle LESS THAN ...

Family Health: Is it a headache or migraine?

WHEN A HEADACHE HITS, it can prove to be debilitating. Headaches often come with sensitivity ...

Editor’s Dose: A thank-you note to teachers and educators

AS A MOTHER, you experience so many emotions on the first day of school. You ...

Medical Advice: Drain and cover reminders to prevent mosquito bites

AS FLORIDA’S LATE-AFTERNOON showers continue to roll in, the standing water around our homes, schools, ...

Can giving a compliment impact my confidence?

IF YOU NEED CONFIDENCE, one of the quickest ways to achieve it is to look ...

Pedriatic Health: Healthy habits with 5-2-1-0

THE 5-2-1-0 CAMPAIGN was designed to curb childhood obesity by encouraging healthy habits. The message ...

Word of Mouth: The importance of being earnest about flossing

FLOSSING LIKELY IS NOT your favorite part of your oral routine, but it’s necessary for ...

Editor’s Dose: Tips for minimizing back-to-school stress

IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, then come early July you were already thinking about preparations ...

Making the choice to breastfeed

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH in Polk County (DOH-Polk) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program ...

Editor’s Dose: Keeping kids’ bodies and minds active this summer

WHEN I FIRST had the twins, my mom would say, “Have a schedule for them, ...

Family Health: Beat the heat with summer safety tips for health and wellness

FLORIDA IS NOTORIOUS for its hot, humid weather. During the summer months, take care to ...

Think of your vacation as a vaca-shun

THERE’S A REASON PEOPLE need vacations and recreation. Vacate and re-create! Think of it as ...

Health Facts: Getting to the heat of the matter

AS TEMPERATURES RISE in sunny Florida, so does your risk of developing heat exhaustion and ...

Word of Mouth: Facts and myths about wisdom teeth — what you need to know

WHEN IT COMES to wisdom teeth and myths, the tall tales rank right up there ...

Surgery Facts: Chronic acid reflux? You may have a hernia

MOST FOLKS associate a hernia with a swelling in the groin or belly, but the ...

Medical Advice: Five easy steps to preserve a man’s health

JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH MONTH. This is an important time of year to bring heightened ...

Healthy Skin: Seniors and the increased risk of skin cancer

OUR SKIN needs protection at any age, but it’s doubly important for seniors. As we ...

Word of Mouth: Myths About Implants Debunked, Part III — Are they affordable?

IN MY LAST TWO COLUMNS, we debunked some common myths about the practicality and effectiveness ...

Healthy Cook: Much ado about Mediterranean food

DIETS COME AND DIETS GO — South Beach, Grapefruit, Atkins, T-Factor, Cabbage Soup, Eat Just ...

Editor’s Dose: A thank-you letter to nurses

FROM MID-FEBRUARY to about mid-April, my family was at the doctor’s office a lot. The ...

Healthy Skin: May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

“C’MON, DOC. What’s a little sunburn?” is a question I frequently hear from the public. ...

Cautions for two of your favorite summer activities

SPRING IS THE TIME OF YEAR in Florida when temperatures begin to warm and the ...

The Heart of the Matter: Recommendations from the USPSTF for low-dose aspirin use

LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN has long been a therapy for those with a risk of cardiovascular disease, ...

Healthy Cook: Adding on calories when your senior loved one is too thin

BEING A FEW POUNDS overweight can be a pain in the patootie. That can often ...

Surgery Facts: Answering the question: ‘Doc, do I need my gallbladder?’

AS A SURGEON, I am asked this question all the time, usually right after I ...

Pediatric Health: Why your child should follow the immunization schedule

ALTHOUGH THE SIGNIFICANCE of vaccinating children is widely recognized, it is essential to understand the ...

Editor’s Dose: An allergy alert and chemosis cautions

WELL, I THINK IT’S SAFE to say that spring has most definitely sprung. It’s that ...

Stick to your ‘healthy lifestyle’ guns

THE CONNECTION between poor diet, obesity, and cardiovascular disease is not one that is hard ...

Senior Living: Understanding the difference, Part II: Memory care

LAST EDITION, I covered the distinct differences between independent senior living and assisted living. To ...

Word of Mouth: Myths about implants debunked, Part I: Are they practical?

DENTAL IMPLANTS are a viable option for most patients experiencing tooth loss. Fused with the ...

Healthy Cook: Serving up fresh fish that the whole family will enjoy

GETTING MY FAMILY to like fish was a hard sell. The youngsters were not too ...

The Heart of the Matter: The most life-threatening misconception of a heart attack

WHEN THE TOPIC of a myocardial infarction arises — commonly known as a heart attack ...

Medical Advice: ‘Savor the Flavor of Eating Right’ with these tips

MARCH MARKS the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is also the ...

Editor’s Dose: Tips for getting the little kids to eat seafood

WHAT IS IT that makes peanut butter and jelly, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and macaroni ...

Family Health: Three reasons to visit urgent care

YOUR HEALTH is your most valuable commodity. Although medical problems are inevitable, you can control ...

Healthy Smiles: Dental implants — a smile makeover solution

BEFORE THE DEVELOPMENT of dental implants, removable partial dentures or fixed bridges were the only ...

Senior Living: Understanding the difference

INDEPENDENT SENIOR LIVING ALSO KNOWN as retirement communities, independent senior living communities are designed for ...

Editor’s Dose: Four things to help you reduce anxiety

BETWEEN WORK AND FAMILY, I think you’ll agree when I say it’s easy to feel ...

Medical Advice: The keys to unlocking a healthy mouth

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL DENTAL HEALTH MONTH and a great time to remind individuals about the ...

Publisher’s Note: The busy person’s baby steps along the path to better heart health

WE’VE ALL HEARD about the seven things you can do to keep healthy and prevent ...

Healthy Cook: Fooling the senses for feeling full after a meal

WE EAT FIRST with our eyes, then aroma comes into play. Our brain says if ...

Healthy Smiles: Diabetes and your oral health

PEOPLE WITH DIABETES tend to have more serious cases of oral disease, which can trigger ...

Medical Advice: Keep vaccines between you and disease

“A NEW YEAR, NEW YOU” is the motto for many as they make their New ...

Healthy Skin: Give your body a gift after the holidays — inside and out

IT’S THAT TIME of year again. Huge dinners and parties with family and co-workers, and ...

Word of Mouth: Resolve to have better teeth this year

’TIS THE SEASON for resolutions, and the most common resolutions that people make is for ...

The Heart of the Matter: A heart-to-heart talk about genuine resolutions

WE’VE ALL been guilty of it at least once before. The New Year comes and ...

Family Health: Set some simple goals to prioritize your health

EACH NEW YEAR brings the opportunity for new beginnings. When crafting your resolutions, be sure ...

Healthy Cook: Nature supplies tasty potions and lotions

BOGO IS A GREAT WAY TO SHOP. Anything free is a bargain in my book. ...

Editor’s Dose: Five habits that will help you feel (and look) better

WHEN I START to feel sluggish and stressed, there are a few steps I take ...

Word of Mouth: All I want for Christmas is a better smile

A BEAUTIFUL SMILE brightens your look like a Christmas tree lights up a room. However, ...

Hospice Help: How to cope during the holidays

IT IS NOT EASY to deal with grief and loss at any time of the ...

The Heart of the Matter: Benefits of olive oil for stopping strokes

IF YOU LOVE the Mediterranean-style diet and are concerned about the dangers of strokes, rejoice! ...

Medical Advice: Resources available for people living with HIV and AIDS

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2014, 2,107 individuals were reported as “People Living With HIV and ...

Publisher’s Note: The most comprehensive medical directory for the region is here!

THIS MONTH marks a very special time of year for us at Central Florida Media ...

PCMA Letter: My last letter as your president

IN THIS EDITION of Central Florida Health News magazine, you’ll read about some of the ...

Word of Mouth: Good tricks to know and treats you should keep to a minimum

FROM HALLOWEEN to the New Year, it seems as though both our mouths and our ...

Hospice Help: Raising awareness about hospice

AN UNFOUNDED misconception by most people is the following: Hospice care only occurs within the ...

Healthy Smiles: Alternatives for missing teeth

THIS MONTH we are sharing some information on dentures. No matter the reason for missing ...

Medical Advice: Your flu prevention to-do list

AS YOU GATHER your “to-do” lists and prepare for the holiday season ahead, the Florida ...

Family Health: Flu shots for seniors

HE FLU is nothing to sneeze at. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ...

Word of Mouth: Your dentist is key to early cancer detection

IT SEEMS LIKE you hear about many different kinds of cancers these days, but one ...

Healthy Skin: Not forsaking the most common cancer

CAN YOU NAME the most common form of cancer? For your health (and information!), the ...

Healthy Smiles: Cautions for the smoker on the increased use of e-cigarettes

ACCORDING TO RECENT studies, oral cancer rates among women and young people have increased! Although ...

The Heart of the Matter: New study gives women one more good reason to get their mammograms

AS A CARDIOLOGIST who sees many female patients, I encourage all of them to receive ...

PCMA Letter: Getting the word out

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, to help educate the community about early detection, ...

Family Health: Steps for a breast self-exam

ABOUT ONE IN EIGHT U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of ...

Healthy Skin: Taking action against acne

IT’S TIME for back to school, and for teens with acne, this can be even ...

Hospice Help: The Big C word

THE BIG C WORD … unfortunately, in this day and age, we all know what ...

Word of Mouth: Guard your mouth this sports season

NO MATTER the season, there’s always a variety of sports for kids and adults to ...

Healthy Smiles: Preventive care can save your money and your health

PREVENTIVE CARE care can save you thousands! It sounds incredible, but it’s true! Brushing your ...

Don’t sleep on it! Tips for making the morning routine more stress-free

AS A MOTHER of four, I’m constantly looking for ways to make more efficient use ...

Publisher’s Note: An award-winning publication

AS PUBLISHERS of seven niche magazines and members of the Florida Magazine Association (FMA), we ...

PCMA Letter: Helping the insured, under-insured, and uninsured

IN THIS EDITION of Central Florida Health News, various organizations and medical experts talk about ...

The Heart of the Matter: Heart disease’s ‘partner in crime’

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE, or PAD, affects as many as 12 million adults and is closely ...

Family Health: Hormone pellet implantation therapy for women

WOMEN WHO ARE going through menopause or are post-menopausal often turn to hormone replacement therapy ...

Medical Advice: It IS worse than a dog’s bark — Preventing animal bite wounds

DOGS OFTEN ARE referred to as man’s best friend. Most are known to be loyal, ...

Healthy Cook: Can the right diet help with clinical depression?

SOME DAYS you just don’t feel like doing much. That’s normal. If most days are ...

Reducing stress during your back-to-school shopping

THE FIRST DAY of school for public schools in Polk County is August 24. By ...

Healthy Smiles: Time for a back-to-school smile that shines

SMILES ARE IMPORTANT. They can boost your self-image in a way that helps you focus ...

Healthy Skin: Protect your skin and keep healthy

DERMATOLOGY’S main focus is to protect your skin and to keep you healthy and safe. ...

Hospice Help: Protection from the flu

AS THE SUMMER MONTHS wind down and Labor Day fasts approaches, it is almost a ...

Word of Mouth: ‘Wise’ advice for back-to-school oral care

WHILE WISDOM TEETH don’t make you smarter, they do usually come in when you are ...

PCMA Letter: It’s always a good time to address mental health

IN THIS EDITION (August 2015) of Central Florida Health News, medical experts weigh in on ...

Publisher’s Note: Depression cases in our local Medicare population

MENTAL ILLNESS can refer to several afflictions that affect the state of our minds, but ...

Family Health: Urgent vs. emergency care

WHEN A SUDDEN illness or injury strikes, it can be stressful to decide where to ...

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 ...

Hospice Help: Hospice myth busting

WHEN MOST PEOPLE hear the word “hospice,” they immediately associate the provided care as being ...

First impressions of our daughter’s new specialist

WE HEARD IT growing up from our mothers all the time, but we didn’t quite ...

Word of Mouth: The warnings of sensitive teeth

Any doctor or dentist will tell you that pain is a warning sign your body ...

Healthy Smiles: From brides and grooms to dads and grads, we design beautiful smiles

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY or graduation day, the only thing that will stand out more ...

Healthy Cook: A superfood a day keeps the doctor away

Down on the plate … it’s a bird … it’s a grain … it’s s-u-p-e-r-food! ...

PCMA Letter: The most common of all cancers

DID YOU KNOW that skin cancer is the most common of all cancers? To give ...

Publisher’s Note: The Florida resident’s risk for skin cancer

IN THIS EDITION of Central Florida Health News, we bring to light the importance of ...

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 ...

The Heart of the Matter: Preventing the dangers of heart disease

AS AN INTERVENTIONAL cardiologist, I see many patients with heart disease. It’s unfortunate, but true, ...

Family Health: It’s time for back-to-school physicals

THE ARRIVAL of summer means it’s time for your child’s back-to-school physical. Since classes in ...

Medical Advice: New ‘Sun’s Up’ project to help residents and visitors stay safe from UV radiation

AS SCHOOL comes to a close and the thermometer begins to climb, it is a ...

Healthy Cook: Kid-approved summer snacks with blueberries

WE HAVE A PROBLEM. Too many of our children are overweight or obese. And that ...

Hospice Help: Wake up, guys! It’s Men’s Health Month

LET’S FACE IT, as men, we find time for a round of golf, making a ...

PCMA Letter: A look at men’s health and a save-the-date item

EVERY JUNE, Men’s Health Month is emphasized across the country with screenings, health fairs, and ...

Publisher’s Note: Putting our ‘safety’ cap on

BESIDES JUNE being Men’s Health Month, it’s also National Safety Month. How we hope to ...

Fishing safety tips to cast by

OUR SON has just turned four years old, and Daddy recently bought him a fishing ...

Healthy Smiles: How well do you and your partner sleep?

SNORING IS NO is no laughing matter. We all know someone who snores. Snoring can ...

Word of Mouth: The dangers of tobacco for your oral health

IT’S NO SECRET that smoking is bad for your lungs, but did you know that ...

Family Health: How a colonoscopy can save your life

THOUGH COLONOSCOPIES might not be the most pleasant of medical procedures, they are certainly one ...

Medical Advice: Swimming safety reminders for the water-bound

THE FLORIDA SUMMER is upon us, which means bathing suit and barbeque season is here. ...

The Heart of the Matter: The little-known fact of high blood pressure

IN MY FIRST column for Central Florida Health News, I wanted to get down to ...

Healthy Cook: Springtime treats with a tropic guava twist

What would a Cuban turnover be without guava paste? Bland! Guava is a New World ...

Hospice Help: Aging gracefully — it’s not just about your looks

IT SEEMS AS THOUGH wherever you look — driving on the highway, watching television, or ...

Pediatric Partners: Water safety reminders for summer

WITH SUMMER almost here, families will be spending more time at the pool or beach. ...

Medical Advice: The battle against HPV

A CHILDREN’S CARTOON from the 1980s used to end each broadcast with the phrase, “Knowing ...

Healthy Smiles: What does an oral exam include?

MANY OF US don’t think twice about the oral exam. Some people just assume that ...

Publisher’s Note: Don’t let yourself or someone you know become a stroke victim

MAY IS NOT ONLY a time we honor our nurses, it’s also National Stroke Awareness ...

Editor’s Dose: Top docs — a call for nominations!

DO YOU KNOW an area doctor who provides exceptional care and service, and has gone ...

PCMA Letter: ‘Thank you’ can make all the difference

AS WE ENTER the month of May, our thoughts often turn to Mother’s Day, the ...

Word of Mouth: More to lose than just a tooth

MANY ADULTS will lose a tooth or have one pulled at some point in time. ...

Healthy Cook: Keep memory sharp with the foods you eat

IF YOU SOMETIMES can’t remember where you put your keys, screw cup hooks inside a ...

Hospice Help: Preparing yourself for the final chapters

EACH AND EVERY DAY, we make hundreds of decisions. We decide what time to wake ...

Family Health: Five tips for healthier aging

LIFESTYLE CHOICES have a great impact on our overall wellness as we age. Below are ...

Publisher’s Closing Thoughts: Happy anniversary, Central Florida Health News!

APRIL MARKS the coming of spring, and with the new season, many of us think ...

Word of Mouth: How to ace your next dental cleaning

Wouldn’t it be great if your dentist only had good news for you during your ...

PCMA Letter: Staying healthy as you age doesn’t have to be puzzling

THIS EDITION of Central Florida Health News, the Senior Edition, addresses essential health conditions for ...

Healthy Smiles: Dental implants can be a solution for a smile makeover

Before the development of dental implants, removable partial dentures or fixed bridges were the only ...

Heathcare Buzz: New Central Florida Health Care clinic in Mulberry

THE CITY OF MULBERRY is buzzing with excitement as residents watch the new Central Florida ...

Hospice Help: Safe as a patient in your own home

ALTHOUGH WE USUALLY associate the month of March with the first bloom of flowers, falling ...

Healthy Smiles: Why is it so important to have a hygienist clean your teeth?

MANY PEOPLE often ask us why it is so important to have a hygienist clean ...

Pediatric Health: The decision to vaccinate

THE RECENT CASES of measles at Disneyland have sparked a nationwide conversation about the decision ...

PCMA Letter: Here to help you live a safe and healthy life

AS PHYSICIANS, we understand that healthy lifestyle choices are key to a long and fruitful ...

Word of Mouth: The importance of being earnest about flossing

Flossing likely is not your favorite part of your oral routine, but it’s necessary for ...

Healthy Cook: Food that helps keep teeth strong

WE EACH GET one set of permanent teeth. At least, we hope they are permanent. ...

Editor’s Dose: Adventures in Dentist Land

If you’re a parent and you’ve been to a pediatric dentist’s office lately, then you’ll ...

Publisher’s Note: Florida passes California in healthcare signups

According to federal statistics released on Wednesday, February 18, our state has surpassed California with ...

Medical Advice: What you need to know about the measles

IT SEEMS AS THOUGH infectious illnesses have led the evening news for the last several ...

Healthy Cook: Love a food that loves you back

BUGGS BUNNY had it right. He ate carrots because he liked them. But even if ...

Pediatric Health: How sick is too sick for school?

With flu season in full swing, it can be hard to know if your child ...

Hospice Help: Caring for ailing hearts

DO YOU OR A LOVED ONE find it increasingly more difficult to breathe? Ever have ...

Word of Mouth: How cavities develop

Cavities are one of the most common issues affecting our teeth. A mainstay of childhood ...

Does your child’s diet need to diversify?

Our Food Editor, Trent Rowe, makes a great point about carrots. Kids do love them, ...

Publisher’s Note: Where Florida stands on getting healthcare through the ACA marketplace

By the time this magazine hits the streets, we will be less than two weeks ...

PCMA Letter: Matters of the heart

FEBRUARY is not just known for cupid and Valentine’s Day, but in the medical community, ...

Medical Advice: Find your ‘inner quitter’

WE ARE WELL ON OUR WAY into the new year and, as usual, many have ...

Stay Fit Focused: Exercise tips for the New Year

THE HOLIDAY SEASON is special, but it is also a time when you can experience ...

Word of Mouth: How to get a great smile for the New Year

SMILES ARE IMPORTANT. They say a smile can look like a million bucks or can ...

Pediatric Health: Staying on schedule with your child’s vaccinations

VACCINATIONS PROTECT against many infections, including pertussis, mumps, measles, and even polio and diphtheria. Despite ...

Medical Advice: Influenza A (H3) strain update

WE DO NOT LIVE in a sterile environment. There are germs all around us. In ...

Publisher’s Note: Healthcare.gov open enrollment ends February 15

If you do not have health insurance, and you’re not sure how to get it, you ...

Editor’s Dose: Accountability is another ally with weight-loss goal

In this edition of Central Florida Health News, we talk about how your new year’s ...

Healthy Cook: Busting resolution diet myths

IN THE NEW YEAR I will … In the new year I won’t … Sound ...

PCMA Letter: The greatest reason to lose weight

AS THE NEW YEAR begins, many people make resolutions in hope that the next year ...

PCMA Letter: Taking offensive action for your health

This edition of Central Florida Health News magazine is full of valued insight on how ...

Editor’s Dose: All I Want for Christmas is… Less Stress!

Well, the Christmas season is here. Another year has come and gone, and we’re staring ...

Protect you and your loved ones this flu season

The Influenza virus causes symptoms such as fever, body aches, sneezing, and coughing. The flu ...

Healthy Cook: Fad foods that are actually good for you

Step right up ladies and gents and see what Dr. Doodad’s miracle elixir can do. ...

Word of Mouth: How to tell if dental implants are a good option for you

Having missing teeth affects more than just the aesthetics of your smile. Your teeth also ...

Publisher’s Note: The 2015 Central Florida Physicians Directory and Medical Professionals Guide is here!

It’s here! The fifth annual Central Florida Physicians Directory and Medical Professionals Guide is available ...

How to maintain oral health during the holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching with many distractions that might keep you from maintaining ...

The Dreaded Call: ‘Mom is on her way to the ER’

The immediate questions: Why? How did it happen? How long will she be there? How ...

Enterovirus D68: Symptoms, Severity, and Treatment

We are currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of the Enterovirus D68. Enterovirus D68 can cause ...

Editor’s Dose: One trip to the ER that made me think

The last time I was at the Emergency Room was for my four-year-old daughter. Since ...

Healthy Cook: An ounce of canning is worth a pound of preparedness

In the olden days, when our parents’ parents were new parents, “Putting food by” was ...

Publisher’s Note: Accidents, Emergencies, and Illnesses Happen Every Day

In this edition of Central Florida Health News magazine, we wanted to put the spotlight ...

Medical Advice: ESF8 Health and Medical Coalition: Creating bonds that strengthen disaster response

The world can be a dangerous place. There are natural disasters such as hurricanes, man-made ...

PCMA Letter: Counting our blessings

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches and swiftly thereafter we will be swung into the hectic pace ...

Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote

Thomas Paine, one of the fathers of the American Revolution, wrote in the year 1795, ...

The 50+ job landscape: The Good, the Bad, and the Promising

With the ever-increasing life expectancy and an improving job market, our nation’s experienced workers are ...

A healthier future for you and your children

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, while this disease is serious and at times ...

Steps for a breast self-exam

About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of ...

Healthy Cook: Awareness is served

Pink is the color of the day— every day in October— to raise awareness of ...

Editor’s Dose: The story behind Walt Hall Tribute Day at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

When people think of the Boys & Girls Clubs, some phrases that come to mind ...

Word of Mouth: When it’s NOT good to be sensitive!

Sensitivity is a desirable trait in many situations these days, but that’s definitely not the ...

Medical Advice: Addressing childhood obesity NOW to avoid disease LATER

Healthcare is becoming more expensive every year. In 2010, the United States spent 17 percent ...

Ask a Nurse: My final column in CFHN— But more to come online!

Hello my fellow Floridians. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all ...

Ask a Nurse: Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law to reform the healthcare industry by ...

Is an urgent illness or injury always an emergency?

Whether you’re suddenly stricken with a migraine or fever, a visit to your primary- care ...

Word of Mouth: Facts and myths about wisdom teeth— What you need to know

When it comes to wisdom teeth and myths, the tall tales rank right up there ...

The secret to age reversal may be hiding in our blood

Could the fountain of youth be flowing through the veins of our youth?  Dr. Amy ...

Editor’s Dose: A thank you note to the teachers

This school year, our twins have started first grade and our four-year-old has started pre-K. ...

Medical Advice: The four layers of drowning prevention

One of the many benefits of living in Florida is the beautiful weather nearly year ...

Publisher’s Note: Together – We can be a part of the solution

You may not be aware of it, but our region has a big problem. Here’s ...

PCMA Letter: Helping families in need

There are two things that— when found lacking or without— can put tremendous strain on ...

Healthy Cook: When stress is holding your eating habits hostage

Eating is soothing. It satisfies a primal urge. When life is getting to be too ...

Ask a Nurse: The evolution of modern medicine

Did you know that an anesthesiologist (the doctor that puts you to sleep and keeps ...

Medical Advice: Avoiding mosquitoes and chikungunya virus

I was first introduced to a disease known as chikungunya during my medical training.  Initially, ...

Editor’s Dose: Adventures with school physicals!

It’s school physical time already! Am I the only one who feels like summer went ...

Word of Mouth: What makes a good dentist: Qualifications to look for

Few people consider their dentist their favorite person, but your dentist should at least be ...

Healthy Cook: Getting all-day energy for work and play

It’s a rush, rush world. Even as a retired person, it’s hard to find time ...

Thinking outside the bubbles

You’ve heard the expression “now that’s thinking outside the box,” I’m sure. CFHN TIP! Check ...

QUIZ: How well do you know Americans 50 and up? [Home & Shopping]

How well do you know what Americans 50+ are buying and using around the home?  ...

PCMA Letter: A closer look at the health industry and avoiding mosquito mayhem

Inside this special edition of Central Florida Health News, we take a look at our ...

School physicals: What you need to know

Summer is in full swing and the new school year is quickly approaching, so if ...

What Is wisdom? Take this wisdom test and find out how wise you are!

A recent article by Phyllis Korkki of The New York Times illuminates a topic that ...

Editor’s Dose: Your local health connection

If you’d like to find more ways to stay plugged-in to your health community, then ...

Then & Now: How modern dentistry makes oral health easier than ever

We are certainly well past the ancient Sumerians’ belief in tooth worms or the days ...

A week in the life of a geriatric care management practice

What a week! We participated in two health fairs, sponsored and awarded medals at the ...

Publisher’s Note: Great results we’d like to share

I’d like to take a few moments to share results from an Online Reader Survey, ...

Healthy Cook: The truth about ‘negative calorie’ foods

Some things just sound too good to be true. You lose more calories eating a ...

Ask a Nurse: Popping pain pills?

Americans make up ~4.6 percent of the world’s population, yet have been consuming 80 percent ...

PCMA Letter: Don’t let an active lifestyle be a chore this summer

It’s fairly common amongst the general population to want to live a long, healthy, and ...

Publisher’s Note: Some of the healthcare legislation recently passed

Like any other year, the 2014 Florida Legislative Session saw a lot of action for ...

Ask a Nurse: Andropause → Male Menopause

Yes guys, you too have hormones and will eventually go through “the change” unless you ...

PCMA Letter: Men’s health reminders and your save-the-date

Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, educational, ...

Does having a sense of purpose help you live longer?

Published in the journal Psychological Science, the research from Patrick Hill of Carleton University in ...

Healthy Cook: Real men CAN eat quiche

Real men shouldn’t eat quiche! Quiche has eggs, bacon, and cheese in the filling and ...

Editor’s Dose: Take a little personal time

As moms, we often find ourselves putting our needs on the backburner in order to ...

Word of Mouth: Oral cancer: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Cancer can affect any part of your body, and the mouth is no exception.  While ...

Publisher’s Note: The importance of relay for life

There’s no doubt about it: when fighting a disease as devastating and life-threatening as cancer, ...

Editor’s Dose: Lookin’ out for new moms with my tips for the baby blues

If you’re a lucky woman who has just recently had a new baby, you might ...

PCMA Letter: Zooming in on your mental health

Mental illness, be it depression or any other behavioral disorder, effects millions of Americans daily. It ...

Medical Advice: Rabies report and safety reminders

Saint Hubert, who lived from 656-727 A.D., was the patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians, ...

Ask a Nurse: Genetic testing for mental health medications

We have all heard of, and some of us have even experienced firsthand, the tragedies ...

Healthy Food: Create good mood food

Ever get a day when nothing is going right? The kids are fighting. The pool ...

Don’t worry about getting older — worry about getting healthier

Age is a pretty sensitive topic, especially for us women. We can’t help it, but ...

PCMA Letter: Helping you do more than just live longer

As part of our continued efforts to raise awareness on important health topics in the ...

Healthy Cook: Culinary tips for the caregiver turned chef

There is no denying that our taste buds age with the rest of us.  They ...

Word of Mouth: Myths about implants debunked, part II: Are they effective?

Working like your own teeth, dental implants are imbedded in your jaw bone; they offer ...

Ask a Nurse: Alzheimer’s is Type 3 Diabetes!

In 1906, a German neuropathologist Dr. Alois Alzheimer first identified what is now considered Alzheimer’s ...

Publisher’s Note: Update on Florida Health Choices

In early March, www.myfloridachoices.org became live.  It is the website devoted to Florida Health Choices ...

Medical Advice: Awareness is key to stopping upward trend of STDs

Every year in April, we observe STD Awareness Month.  This is an opportunity for individuals, ...

Ask a Nurse: Dental plaque & arterial plaque

Have you ever wondered what the dentist scrapes off of your teeth when you go ...

Publisher’s Note: More options coming for Florida residents seeking health and dental coverage

You may or may not have heard already that there is an alternative option for ...

Medical advice: Poison help in the home

If you suspected that a member of your household had ingested a potentially poisonous substance, ...

Editor’s Dose: I’d Rather Be… at the Dentist

Okay, it’s confession time.  I used to be one of those people who was afraid ...

PCMA Letter: The big picture of your health

Everyone knows the old expression “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Well, in the ...

Healthy Cook: What to eat for dental health

For another easy breakfast meal that will help make your teeth stronger and put a ...

Word of Mouth: Myths about implants debunked, part I: Are they practical?

Dental implants are a viable option for most patients experiencing tooth loss.  Fused with the ...

PCMA Letter: An easy way to find the specialist you need

As you might already know, the 2014 Central Florida Physicians Directory and Medical Professionals Guide ...

Ask a Nurse: A closer look at Vitamin D deficiencies

As many of us swallow down one, two, three, or even four vitamins and supplements ...

Editor’s Dose: An important update on the Affordable Care Act

Like an afternoon soap opera we love to hate, we just can’t seem to stop ...

Publisher’s Note: The method behind the magazine

Last edition, we featured an extensive article on how our region is working towards tackling ...

Ask a Nurse: Weight gain and genetics

We have all heard the phrase, “I will always be overweight; it’s in my genes!” ...

Publisher’s Note: Inspiration for the present and encouragement for the New Year

With all the changes happening to the healthcare industry in 2014, Central Florida Health News ...

Healthy Cook: Sticking to diets that work

Okay folks.  The fun is over.  It’s time to get back to the real world. ...

Editor’s Dose: Real change vs. empty promises

Here we are, at the dawn of a new year, and we each have an ...

Signs & Symptoms

Q&A on how to recognize (and treat) an overactive thyroid An overactive thyroid can cause ...

PCMA Letter: Four resolutions that can change lives for the better

Another year has gone by. It is once again time to reflect and find new ...

Publisher’s Note: Affordable Care Act update

As 2013 comes to a close, we can expect major changes to our nation’s healthcare ...

PCMA Letter: A Letter of Encouragement

This edition of Central Florida Health News magazine is full of valued insight on how ...

Pancreatic Cancer update

National Research and Local Alliance Efforts Keep Hope from Being Blown Away John Rodda was sitting ...

Healthy Cook: Keep calm and cook on

There is too much going on . . . the holidays to cook for . ...

PCMA Letter: Working for your health

The Polk County Medical Association (PCMA), its members and affiliates, are constantly working for the ...

Healthy Cook: Healthy work lunch ideas that won’t break the bank

Get out the old Number 2 pencil and give the lead a lick. It’s time ...

Publisher’s Note: Update on HealthCare.gov and enrolling for health insurance

As I’m writing this in late October, HealthCare.gov is still suffering from significant malfunctions, thus ...

Ask a Nurse: Getting educated in wellness

As someone who considers herself a perpetual student, I’m a big proponent of the old ...

Editor’s Dose: Simple reminders from great women

As I read Chris Hazelwood’s Q&A for the first time (article on page 14), I ...

PCMA Letter: Looking at breast cancer in a different light

            It is unavoidable that illness effects many peoples’ lives, not ...

Healthy Cook: Cooking ideas for the cancer patient

 Cooking ideas for the cancer patient and her family Drugs can do miracles these days, ...

Healthy Cook: Enjoy good food without bad acid reflux

Some maladies don’t sound too bad. Heartburn could be something to do with affection. Some ...

Enjoying good food without bad acid reflux

Some maladies don’t sound too bad. Heartburn could be something to do with affection. Some ...

Healthy Cook: 5 school lunch ideas to satisfy kids’ hunger

School lunches have come a long way since I was a boy.If you didn’t go ...

PCMA Letter: One of the hottest months in Florida

Besides the fact that school starts up this month, August is also notoriously known as ...

Beware of ACA scams

  As of October 1 until March 31, 2014, uninsured residents will be able to ...

Signs and Symptoms: Helping a child with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a health condition that can disrupt behavior and impair ...

Publisher’s Note: The Central Florida Health News reader survey and what it told us about you

Earlier this year a third party reader survey was conducted by the Verified Audit Bureau ...

Editor’s Dose: Something a summer vacation should never be without

With four young, very excitable (and sometimes accident-prone) children, there is one thing that we ...

Healthy Cook: Dad’s special dinner, made healthier

Here we go again. It’s Father’s day. A tie he won’t wear? A fishing lure ...

PCMA Letter: Part of the responsibility of being a father

As doctors and parents, this edition of Central Florida Health News hits very close to ...

Publisher’s Note: A look at House Bill 9: Involuntary examinations under the Baker Act

As I’m writing this, the 2013 Legislative Session at our state’s capitol is still underway, ...

Editor’s Dose: Adventures with kids and vegetables

My twins are turning five this year, and they have officially reached the “vegetables are ...

Healthy Cook: What to eat to help that healthy glow

Beauty may be only skin deep, but it might be the skin on a cucumber. ...

Signs and symptoms: Q&A on preventing and reversing acne

Acne. By definition it is a condition, but by experience it is one of the ...

PCMA Letter: Covering more than just the surface of health

Do you know what the largest organ of the human body is?  If you answered, ...

A time to change for the better

Another year has passed. It is once again time to reflect on the 12 months ...

Get health STAT

  Weighing In On National Statistics   A Taxing Diet 52 Percent of U.S. adults say ...

Eating in or dining out: Realistic steps to keep your diet resolution

  Someone long ago said half a loaf is better than none. Half a loaf ...

Healthcare report

 Three Things You Need to Consider About the Affordable Care Act The next phase of ...

Publisher’s Note: Relevant topics for Central Florida

In this edition we have an article that discusses three things you need to consider ...

Your health for the holidays

This edition of Central Florida Health News provides some insight on the health concerns that ...

Healthy Cook: Smart shopping and preparation means a big feast without the big cost

    Surprise, surprise! Holiday dinner can cost more than Santa can afford. That budget-stretching ...

Delicious food and the diabetic’s diet

It’s in the Bag Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high glucose levels ...

Body, Mind & Spirit: Giving thanks by giving back

What it Means to be a Foster Family Foster parents provide a safe, nurturing home ...

Editor’s Dose: More than just comfort food

  Reading this article on food “made with love” for the sick really brought back ...

Body, mind & spirit

  Taking Care of the Caregiver: Managing Stress that can Lead to Health Issues Caregivers ...

Healthy Cook: Made with love

 Classic ‘go-to’ nutrition for the sick “I don’t feel good. I don’t want t-h-a-a-t. Don’t ...

A note to the parents

  This edition of Central Florida Health News focuses on various back-to-school topics that will ...

Editor’s Dose: Helping you get ready for a new school year

  In this special edition of Central Florida Health News, we’re taking a good, detailed ...

Healthy Cook: After school time (or any time) snack ideas

  “Mom, I’m home and there’s nothing to eat and I’m hungry.” The answer was ...

Body, Mind & Spirit: Curb the stress of school expenses

  When bills start piling up at the start of the school year, stress levels ...

UV ray eye safety tips to remember

  In addition to the article about how to avoid heat stress – or worse ...

Healthy Cook: How do I eat my protein? Let me count the ways

  “Make sure you get enough protein. Eat your meat. You need a lot of ...

Publisher’s Note: We are your reader advocates

In a former life as a newspaper publisher, we sometimes had a position in the ...

Body, Mind & Spirit: How to be a better health-nag

Most people don’t like a nag. So when it comes to important issues like physical ...

PCMA Letter: Be aware and take caution at the beach

  PCMA LETTER Title: Be Aware and Take Caution at the Beach   Besides the ...

Publisher’s Note: A quick look at the past and present

  Well, another month has come and gone and I can’t believe it’s already June! ...

Healthy Cook: Food safety for the outdoor cookouts

  Food Safety for the Outdoor Cookouts The sun is shining and the kids are ...

Editor’s Dose: My tips if you plan to do a ‘staycation’

  In my opinion, there’s nothing better than summer in Florida. You have the beaches, ...

Get healthy STAT!

  Weighing in on National Statistics Take a Shot 13 percentage of parents not vaccinating ...

My ‘double trouble’ story

  Being a mom of twins, I can relate to the percentage increase in twin ...

Planning your plate for Memorial Day

Memorial Day, May 28, is a time to remember those who have given their lives ...

Here’s looking at you, egg

  One of nature’s greatest inventions has to be the egg. Chickens (and chicken farmers) ...

Happy anniversary, Central Florida Health News!

  One year ago this month, we launched the official consumer publication for the Polk ...

Medical Advice: Rosacea

  3 Steps to Recognizing and Responding to Rosacea An extremely common skin disease that ...

When change is more familiar than constancy

  If you are a medical professional in the industry today, then you’re here at ...

Healthy Cook: Easy and delicious ways to cook fish

In the culinary world we find ourselves in today, it seems as though many unhealthy ...

More vaccine options make flu protection easier than ever

  Now you have more to choose from when it comes to getting a flu ...

Sweet recipe ideas for you and your sweetheart

  Roses are red Violets are blue Sugar is sweet And has calories, too.   ...

Editor’s Dose: We’ve got your back

  In this month’s Web Exclusive Feature, we’ve got your back covered – literally. The ...

On love and jealousy and keeping the relationship healthy

  We know we should be happy if our spouse has a regular paycheck or ...

PCMA Letter: Here to help you safely keep your admirable resolutions

  ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Everyone was eatingeven the ...

Staying positive amidst the great balancing act of life

  High gas and food prices, a struggling economy, real estate woes -– it’s pretty ...

Is there a polite way to avoid someone who’s sick?

  Only a few weeks before Christmas, my family and I had been battling the ...

Get Healthy, STAT! Fifteen to life

 15 The minutes of daily exercise that could reduce risk of death in inactive people ...

Healthy Cook: Going nuts for better nutrition and weight loss

  Being a health nut is a lifestyle people will want to embrace for the ...

A possible ban to talk about (except on the phone while driving)

  Here’s a possible ban for you to talk about (except on the phone while ...

Editor’s Dose: ‘Read Belly Up to Better Abs’

  It feels like just yesterday we were passing out kisses at the toll of ...

What does Medicare mean to you?

  For many Floridians, including our elderly and disabled citizens who depend on the program ...

Healthy Cook: Why dark chocolate is a healthier option

  Ahhhh, hot fudge sundaes. Cocoa with whipped cream. Creamy chocolate milkshakes. If you’re concerned ...

Signs & Symptoms: Understanding the warning signs of a stroke

A stroke requires immediate hospital care, but most Americans don’t recognize the symptoms of this ...

Medical Advice: 7 steps to living healthy with diabetes

I met a man once who said being diagnosed with diabetes saved his life. What ...

Publisher’s Note: Florida launches a pain-pill database

  With 2,710 deaths resulting in prescription drug overdoses last year, and after a bitter ...

Signs & Symptoms

  Seeing the Forest for the Trees with Prognostic Factor Testing Prognostic factor testing is ...

One of the many roles of physicians

  Physicians perform many functions in our society. One of the tasks physicians perform that ...

Breaking the mold of medical advertising

When asking, “What’s the standard of medical advertising?” That’s a simple question to answer: new ...

Editor’s Dose: Don’t miss out on this issue’s Healthy Cook article

As I spoke with various doctors and medical professionals on this month’s topic of breast ...

Body, Mind & Spirit: Restoring confidence while reconstructing the breast

Reconstruction of a breast that has been removed due to cancer or other disease, in ...

Beyond breast cancer: Looking after your health

You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and undergone the first phase of treatment: surgery, radiation ...

Publisher’s Note: Will the Medicaid overhaul favor certain FL-based HMOs?

 It seems only yesterday it was August 2, when hundreds of pages describing the Florida ...

September STATs

  A Prostate Pick Me Up 60% Percentage decrease in death from prostate cancer in ...

Healthy Cook: The cure for the common fruit (variety is key)

Follow nutrition headlines and it may be tempting to focus on one fruit that’s exciting ...

Don’t look, I’m exercising!

  The Challenge of Going to the Gym for the Body Conscious The locker room ...

Publisher’s Note: Fruits and veggies – more matters month

  Many may not know that September is national “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” ...

August STATS

  Minority Report 2 Number of adults (out of 10) that meet the suggested physical ...

Healthy Cook: Fill up, feel good, and get fit with a plum satisfying food

  Want a cheap, portable and healthy treat for the busy days of summer? Nutrition ...

Heard it through the grapevine

  Knowing when the ‘Organic’ Label is Worth the Extra Dollars Buying everything organic – ...

Children and obesity

Taking Steps to Reverse this Growing Epidemic If most parents knew there was an epidemic ...

Editor’s Dose: A little pill of insight on nutrition news you can use

  They don’t say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” for no reason. ...

Publisher’s Note: From the pyramid to the plate

  As of June 2, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and First Lady ...

Body, Mind & Spirit: How not to be your own worst enemy

  We’ve all heard it — that not-so-quiet voice in our head that says, “You ...

Caregivers: Our extended family

  Thursday, June 17th was the national observation of Nurse Assistant Day, which kicked-off a ...

Planning meals is key for the time and money strained

  For many modern parents, their children’s growth charts are climbing in an unhealthy direction ...

Serving the working family for a longer, healthier life

With retirement age on the rise, modern parents both working to support the family, and ...

Living a life of leisure amidst the chaos

  For some it’s packing the golf clubs in the car trunk and heading off; ...

To save or not to save?

  Cord-Blood Banking can have Life-Saving Benefits, but Local Doctors Advise Parents to do Their ...

Healthy cook: Save your summer diet with canned salmon

  If you had to pick up a precooked, trimmed and ready-to-serve protein at the ...

Medical advice: Essential but simple ways to help loved ones with Aphasia

  We tend to take for granted our ability to communicate, how effortlessly our words ...

Signs & Symptoms: Practicing safety & preventing the little known CMV Virus

  The Varicella-Zoster Virus causes chicken pox and the painful rash, shingles. The Epstein-Barr Virus ...

Common ground found regarding the 1099 rule

  It is very seldom that the two political parties of our country join together ...

Take these two pills of commentary and call me in the morning

  You Spoke, We Listened In our last online poll at www.CentralFloridaHealthNews.com, we asked what ...

Signs & symptoms: When your skin needs medical attention

  As a surgeon who often treats and cares for patients whose ailments of the ...

Body, mind & spirit: Integrating primary and behavioral care

  When you go to the doctor complaining of stomach pain, you probably don’t expect ...

Mediterranean diet for cardiovascular health

  Dr. Sean P. O’Rourke is a board-certified cardiologist at Watson Clinic. With a subspecialty ...

Medical advice: 8 simple tips to sounder sleep

  Sure, there’s plenty to worry about these days: The economy, job security and family ...

Publisher’s Note: Looking ahead for health

Let me be the first to welcome you to the inaugural edition of Central Florida ...

Healthy Cook: A better for you Easter with egg-citing meals

  For many families, a favorite spring pastime is coloring and decorating hard-cooked eggs to ...

Signs and Symptoms: Telltale signs of an alcohol problem

  The argument escalates into a full-blown fight . . . when you or a ...

Editor’s Dose: Getting your feet wet

  When it comes to the Internet pool, it’s not always easy to just jump ...

Associate Publisher’s Column: The business of health and you

  I’d like to join our Publisher and Polk County Medical Association (PCMA) President in ...