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Funding the Future of Nursing

AdventHealth to Provide $1.7 Million for Polk State Program story and photos by PAUL CATALA ...
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The New You Experience

Winter Haven IV Bar Goes Far Beyond Hangover Remedies With a Focus on Wellness by ...
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Let’s Talk About Sickle Cell Disease

by TERESA SCHIFFER Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care Sickle cell disease may be a ...
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Pop Quiz!

What’s the Secret to Aging Gracefully? Everyone wants to put their “best face forward,” and ...
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Healthcare Boom

AdventHealth to Open New Hospital in Winter Haven; Orlando Health to Expand Into Lakeland by ...
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Expert Shares Top Nutrition Tips for Diabetics

by TERESA SCHIFFER Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with ...
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Fight the Temptation

Dietician Shares Tips to Help Diabetics Safely Enjoy Holiday Fare by TERESA SCHIFFER The holidays ...
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T1D Determination

Boy Takes Control of Diagnosis to Dream Big story by KRISTEN GUEVARA photos by TYLER ...
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Are You Really Boosting Your Immune System? The news has been filled with information concerning ...
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Men Aren’t Immune to Breast Cancer

While men may not be the first ones to come to mind when you think ...
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Saving Lives

AdventHealth Creates Test to Quickly Detect Deadly Amoeba Infections by TERESA SCHIFFER AdventHealth shared some ...
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Light From Darkness

Breast Cancer Survivors Share Stories of Perseverance Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care if ...
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Early Detection Goes a Long Way in the Breast Cancer Fight, Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care

by TERESA SCHIFFER Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness ...
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On the Cutting Edge

UCF Researchers Use Liquid Biopsies to Detect Cancer Earlier by GERARD JOHNSON The University of ...
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Learn the Signs to Help Prevent Suicide, Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care

by TERESA SCHIFFER Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care Every 11 minutes, someone in the ...
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Beat the Heat

School Guidelines, Practices Keep Student-Athletes Safe by TERESA SCHIFFER The temperatures in Central Florida can ...
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Training the Future

South Florida State College’s New Center for Nursing Excellence Takes aim at Nurse Shortage by ...
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Eyesight Is an Important Part of Your Child’s Back-to-School Kit As children gear up for ...
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Crucial Partnership

Winter Haven Hospital’s First FSU Psychology Interns Help to Expand Care to the Underserved Area ...
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Ease Into Routines to Beat the Back-to-School Blues / Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care

As summer wanes and the school bell starts to beckon, this is a good time ...
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Need a Mood Boost?

Supplements Make Big Claims About Mental Health, but Diet Much More Effective ...
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The Number to Know: 988

Suicide Prevention Hotline Adopts Simple Three-Digit Number ...
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Cultivating Hope

Initiative Hopes to Improve Access, Assistance for Farmers ...
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A Heartbeat Away

Man’s Aortic Dissection Brings Clarity, New Way of Life ...
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Are You Skin Savvy?

Protection and Detection Are Key to Skin Cancer Treatment ...
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All Skin Needs UV Protection, Not Just Fair Skin, Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care

by TERESA SCHIFFER   Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care   It’s summertime in Florida, ...
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Pop Quiz!

Which Type of Sunscreen Is Best Suited to You? ...
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Is There a Doctor in the House?

Healthcare Associations Look to Soften Impact of Physician Shortage ...
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The Lowdown on Low T

Understanding the Causes of Decreased Hormone Production ...
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Easing the Urge

Urologist Explains Treatments for Enlarged Prostate ...
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Say What?! These Facts About Hearing Loss May Surprise You ...
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More Nurses, Stat!

Central Florida Institutions Working Hard Today to Prepare the Nurses of Tomorrow ...
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Hail to the Chief Nursing Officer

Kristen Smith Talks About Her Plans for BayCare Polk and Why Nurses Are Indispensable ...
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Pop Quiz!

What’s the Root Cause of Your Back Pain?  ...
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Making Mental Health Matter

Peace River Center Teams With Polk Vision to Host Panel Discussions ...
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Pollenpalooza

Your Spring Allergy Survival Guide by SEAN JARVIS   If there is any doubt that ...
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The Hope of Hospice

Care When a Cure Is Not an Option by BRENDA EGGERT BRADER photos courtesy of ...
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Acknowledging Disparities in Health Care Is a Crucial First Step

Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care   by TERESA SCHIFFER April is National Minority Health ...
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Word to the Wise

Lakeland Octogenarian Shares How Structure, Fitness Have Factored Into His Golden Years story by TERESA ...
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Pop Quiz: Osteoporosis Can Sneak Up on You. Are You at Risk?

Breaking a bone is scary enough for anyone, regardless of age. So imagine how frightening ...
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More Than Man’s Best Friend

Maguire Schmid Finds Perfect Partner in Diabetic Alert Dog  by TIM CRAIG photos by MICHAEL ...
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Pop Quiz: Do You Know the Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis?

Pain and discomfort during menstruation are common symptoms women experience, but severe pain and other ...
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Defeat the Dander

Understanding and Treating Pet Allergies    by SEAN JARVIS   For thousands of people who ...
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Common Misconceptions About Service Animals

Rights, Best Practices, and Etiquette by CELÉSTE JO WALLS You have heard of them: guide ...
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Where Sleep and Mental Health Intersect

by TERESA SCHIFFER Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care   Sleep is often an underrated ...
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Teaming Up For Good Pediatric Oral Health

by TERESA SCHIFFER   Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care   Good oral health begins ...
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Listen to Your Heart

Man’s Experience Underscores Importance of Advocating for Yourself as a Patient   by TERESA SCHIFFER ...
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Know the Numbers: 1 in 4

Don’t Underestimate the Effects of Stress on Heart Health   by TERESA SCHIFFER   Heart ...
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Game On!

Polk Senior Games Return This Year With Outdoor Activities   by CATHERINE CERVONE   This ...
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Pop Quiz: Heart attack or Panic Attack: Which Is It?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s no wonder ...
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Are You Talking to Me?

Recognizing and Neutralizing Negative Self-Talk  by TERESA SCHIFFER   As the new year gets underway, ...
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Vaccination, Early Detection Key to Fighting Cervical Cancer

by TIM CRAIG Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care   January is Cervical Cancer Awareness ...
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Pop Quiz: Think You Know Thyroid Disorders? Think Again

Weight gain and weight loss are common occurrences in any adult’s lifetime, but unexplained weight ...
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Fostering a Resolution

 Fitness Club Tailors Training to Individual Needs by PAUL CATALA    Robin Chaddick of Lakeland ...
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Surviving the Season

Tips to Help Your Holidays Feel Less ‘Run Rudolph Run’ and More ‘Silent Night’ by ...
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The Changing Face of Aging

Combination Treatments Make for Minimally Invasive Modifications by TERESA SCHIFFER How we look and present ...
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Game-Changing Grins

You Don’t Have to Settle for a Less-Than-Stellar Smile by  PAMELA PALONGUE Have you ever ...
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Medications for HIV Have Come a Long Way: Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care

by TERESA SCHIFFER Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care   With World AIDS Day taking ...
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Pop Quiz: Stop Sabotaging Your Skin

Looking your best is an important consideration for most people, and the options for skincare ...
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Pop Quiz: Crash Course on Caffeine

Caffeine plays a big role in the lives of many Americans, with coffee, tea, caffeinated ...
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Touched by Type 1

Health Advocate Fulfilling Dream of Helping Youth With Type 1 Diabetes by TERESA SCHIFFER It ...
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Let Food Be Thy Medicine

A Dietician’s Guidance Can Help You Make the Best of Your Health by PAMELA PALONGUE ...
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Care Team an Important Part of Diabetes Care: Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care

by TERESA SCHIFFER An estimated 34.2 million Americans are living with diabetes, a disease that ...
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Overcoming Fear With Education

Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care by TERESA SCHIFFER Breast cancer is the most common ...
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Strength in Sisterhood

Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida Provides Resources, Support for Local Patients by PAMELA PALONGUE ...
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Home Run for Local Physician

 Haven’s Dr. Henne Receives Polk Emerging Leaders Award by TERESA SCHIFFER   In the four ...
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An Education in Fortitude

Breast Cancer Patient Discusses the Lessons Her Journey Has Taught Her story by TIM CRAIG ...
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Pop Quiz: ADHD Is On the Tip of Everyone’s Tongue, but What Is It?

There are few childhood conditions more discussed these days than ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It ...
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Determination & Dreams

Polk State Respiratory Care Student Works Hard to Reach Her Goals by PAUL CATALA Shaledra ...
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Pop Quiz: Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

It’s time for school-age kids, adolescents, and teenagers to say goodbye to summer and return ...
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Youths and Suicide: Spot the Warning Signs

by MATT COBBLE  Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care   Many health experts have noted ...
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New Doctors in a New Era

Pandemic Offers Unique Education for Medical Residents Starting Their Careers  by PAMELA  PALONGUE Dr. Akhila ...
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Deep Dive Into the Delta Variant

Lakeland Regional Health’s Dr. Haight Talks About the Latest Threat by TERESA SCHIFFER With new ...
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Make It OK!

 Peace River Center Campaign Aims to Quash Stigma Associated With Mental Illness  by TERESA SCHIFFER ...
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Decision Time: ER or Urgent Care?

Urgent Care Facilities Help to Ease the Burden on Emergency Rooms by TERESA SCHIFFER When ...
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Mission Possible

Homeless Outreach Center Cares for Body, Mind story and photos by PAUL CATALA Jason Garland ...
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Community Care: Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care

Identifying Barriers to Mental Health Care for Minorities ...
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Pop Quiz: Identifying Stress and Anxiety in Your Life

There’s no denying that we live in a stressful world, but stress and anxiety can ...
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Pop Quiz! Beware of Interactions Between Medications and Herbal Supplements

July is Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month, and it’s time to talk about some common interactions ...
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Vitiligo Vigilance

Protection Is Key During Florida’s Intense Summers by PAUL CATALA Not long after Tonja Johnson ...
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New Face at Winter Haven Hospital

Chief Medical Officer Brings Optimism, Drive to BayCare Facility by TERESA SCHIFFER BayCare’s Winter Haven ...
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Community Care Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care

Help for Uninsured Patients With Hepatitis C ...
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Hot Topic

Area Doctors Help Us Clear Up Common Summer Skin Care Myths by TERESA SCHIFFER Summer ...
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Why Detection Is Key

Prostate Cancer Very Treatable If Diagnosed Early by TERESA SCHIFFER  Prostate cancer is among the ...
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More Than Just a Headache

Do You Know What Migraine Really Is? by TIM CRAIG “It kind of feels like ...
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Tip-Top Shape at Any Age

Proper Focus and Mindset Can Help Men Stay Fit and Healthy Over the Decades By ...
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Pop Quiz: When Silence Isn’t Golden: Is Tinnitus What You’re Hearing?

Our hearing is an important part of our five senses, but we don’t often think ...
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Prime Time for Ticks

Learn How to Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease  by TIM CRAIG May is Lyme Disease ...
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A Hero’s Heart

Bartow Regional Nurse Talks About a Familiar Profession in an Unfamiliar Time by TERESA SCHIFFER ...
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A Growing Healthcare Challenge

Nurse Staffing Study Provides Insight Into Shortage Across U.S. and Florida by HEATHER MACHOVINA The ...
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Pop Quiz: With COVID-19 Vaccines Now Widely Available, Don’t Let Myths Deter You

COVID vaccines are being administered all over the country and the world as quickly as ...
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Sharing Is Caring

Central Florida Health Care Explains the Importance of the Health Information Exchange  by TERESA SCHIFFER ...
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No Regrets

Gessler Clinic’s Dr. Alan Gasner Approaches 50 Years of Medical Service by PAUL CATALA From ...
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Helping Hands

Adult Daycare Stimulates Minds While Offering Caregivers a Change of Pace by JULIE BUTTERFIELD It ...
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Pop Quiz! Do You Know the Best Ways to Prevent Falls in Your Home?

Falls are one of the leading causes of injury on the job, but did you ...
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Battling Obesity

Lakeland Regional Health Unveils New Weight Loss Institute ...
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Fact From Fiction

Dr. Haight Dispels COVID-19 Myths and Explains Why He Trusts the Vaccine ...
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Healing Paws

A Service Dog, A Veteran, and the Journey Back From the Edge ...
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Pop Quiz: Pet Allergies? Get the Facts on the Best Way to Cope

Pet Allergies? Get the Facts on the Best Way to Cope ...
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Dental Care Facts to Get You Grinning ...
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Teaming With Technology

BayCare to Implement Virtual Health Care Assistant in Hospital Rooms ...
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Medical Advances

Watson Clinic Launches Clinical Trial of Drug Treatment for Heart Failure ...
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Keeping Her Heart in the Game

Lake Wales Woman Works to Overcome Heart Disease ...
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Where Soul Meets Body

Yoga Can Increase Well-Being Through Meditation, Exercise, Spirituality By PAUL CATALA With roots dating as ...
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Pop Quiz! Celebrating Cervical Cancer Awareness Month With the Facts

Do you know what type of cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer ...
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A Nose for COVID-19

Central Florida Company Trains Canines to Detect Virus by JULIE GMITTER In 2020, many people ...
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Transformation

Winter Haven Operating Room Technician Opens Up About Her Weight Loss Surgery and Journey by ...
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Uplifting Experience

Thread Lifts Offer Less Invasive, More Affordable Option for Facial Rejuvenation by TIM CRAIG While ...
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Pop Quiz: Learn How to Fight the Signs of Aging

Everyone wants to look their best, and most agree that signs of aging are a ...
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The First Step

Right Mindset, Guidance Can Keep a New Exercise Program From Being Intimidating By PAUL CATALA ...
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The Quintessential Essential Worker

Demand for Respiratory Therapists On Rise Amid COVID-19 by TERESA SCHIFFER Inhale…exhale….  Many of us ...
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Mia’s Mission

7-Year-Old Uses Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis to Teach Others by TIM CRAIG photos by FOSTER’S ...
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Pop Quiz! Do You Know the Roles Vitamins, Minerals Play in Good Nutrition?

Did you know that micronutrient deficiencies affect billions of people worldwide? Micronutrients, also called vitamins ...
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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Health-Conscious Bakery Delivers Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, and Gluten-Free Treats  by  MARY TOOTHMAN You’ve got to love ...
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Full Range of Care

Bond Clinic’s Diabetes Clinic Goes Beyond Treatment to Education by TERESA SCHIFFER According to the ...
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Pop Quiz!: Fight Breast Cancer By Knowing Fact From Myth

Breast cancer is the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in the U.S. It is ...
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Early Detection

Hollis Cancer Center Doctor Trained in Breast Cancer Genetics by TERESA SCHIFFER Central Florida is ...
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Adapting to Change

Pandemic Doesn’t Hold Back ‘Making Strides’ Virtual Campaign  by TERESA SCHIFFER With October being Breast ...
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The Journey and Beyond

How One Woman’s Breast Cancer Brought Her New Perspective by TIM CRAIG photos by APRIL ...
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Body, Mind & Spirit

Why We Avoid Routine Medical Examinations By MARY JOYE, LMHC   Most of us do ...
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Back to School

Doctors Discuss Safety, Logistics of Education During Pandemic by TERESA SCHIFFER It’s back-to-school season again ...
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The Vaccination Question

Doctor Explains Why Immunizations Are So Critical, Even During Pandemic by TERESA SCHIFFER As we ...
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Get Trained, STAT!

Polk Schools Offer Array of Medical Programs to Prepare Students for Booming Healthcare Fields by ...
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Pop Quiz! Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the Power to Change

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, so it’s the perfect time to educate yourself about ...
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Staying Connected

Peace River Center navigates the ‘new normal’ through pandemic. By PAUL CATALA The fear and ...
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Harbingers of Hope

From ECT to TMS, Lakeland Regional Health Has Powerful Tools for Fighting Depression By TERESA ...
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Spotlight on Students’ Mental Health

New Law Seeks to Lower Number of Baker Act Incidents by MARY TOOTHMAN When state ...
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Pop Quiz: Are Your Protecting Your Eyes From Digital Eye Strain?

For the majority of Americans, screen time is all the time. We utilize computers, tablets, ...
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Skintelligence

Most Skin Cancer Is Preventable; Early Precautions Pay Off Later by TIM CRAIG Tom and ...
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Every Minute Counts

 Lakeland Regional Health Works to Make Sure People Don’t Delay Care Over COVID-19 Fears By ...
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Skin Smarts

Protect Your Skin From the Brutal Summer Sun by TERESA SCHIFFER Living in Central Florida, ...
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Pop Quiz: Prepare for Summer With Facts on Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion

Florida’s brutal summer is upon us, and that means heat exhaustion and heat stroke are ...
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Pop Quiz: Learn the Facts About Alzheimer’s

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is a ...
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So Much More …

Central Florida Health Care’s Efforts Go Above, Beyond by TIM CRAIG As the region continues ...
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Thoughts From the Front Line

BayCare Health System Heroes Open Up About Challenges, Change, and Keeping the Faith Carlos Felix ...
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More Than Medicine

Watson Clinic Urgent Care Treating Body and Mind in Trying Times by TERESA SCHIFFER As ...
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Feeling Proud and Valued

Lakeland Regional Health Personnel Rise to the Challenge by PAUL CATALA Since the first case ...
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Surviving COVID-19: One Man’s Story of Gratitude

Auburndale’s Keith Johnson Talks About His Journey and the Healthcare Workers Who Saved His Life ...
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On the Front Line

Charge Nurse Describes New Normal Caring for COVID-19 Patients by TERESA SCHIFFER As coronavirus deaths ...
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Care During Crisis

Virus Changes How Clinics Reach Patients by TIM CRAIG It didn’t take long for Central ...
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Pitching In

Florida Polytechnic University Using 3D Printers to Make Face Shields by PAUL CATALA When the ...
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Made With Love

 Residents-Turned-Seamstresses Help Fill Demand With Homemade Masks by MARY TOOTHMAN Before COVID-19 changed daily life, ...
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Keeping the Faith

Winter Haven Family Holds Tight to Beliefs While Recovering From Coronavirus by JESSICA WILCOX Danny ...
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Do you Know the Difference Between Coronavirus Facts and Myths?

The dangers of the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic are causing a lot of fear all ...
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Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Twenty-Six Deaths Related to COVID-19, Morning Update

TALLAHASSEE — To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the ...
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The State of Florida Issues Updates on COVID-19 April 15th

TALLAHASSEE — The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. In an effort to keep Florida ...
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Our Medical Community Responds

Healthcare Facilities Focus on Facts, Precautions by TERESA SCHIFFER There is a new “C” word ...
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Staying in the Game

Polk Senior Games Help Seniors Stay Active and Involved by PAUL CATALA During her younger ...
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Pop Quiz: Handwashing Is the Best Defense, but Are You Doing It Right?

Amidst the information being released concerning COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a gem ...
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Specialized Care

 Chapters Health System, Bartow Regional Medical Center Open Palliative Care Clinic by MARY TOOTHMAN In ...
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The State of Florida Issues COVID-19 Updates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. In an effort to keep Florida ...
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Paw and Order

Winter Haven Police Department Therapy Dog Winning Hearts by PAUL CATALA The Winter Haven Police ...
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The Doctor Is In

Winter Haven Hospital Therapy Dog Zora Is the Perfect Medicine Being in the hospital is ...
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Pop Quiz: Raise Your Shoe IQ for Healthy, Pain-Free Feet

Leonardo da Vinci said, “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work ...
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Feet First

 AdventHealth’s Dr. Narmo Ortiz Sheds Light on Foot and Heel Pain by TERESA SCIHFFER Oh, ...
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Courageous Voyage

Lakeland Man’s Journey Through Sickness and Transplant to Second Chance by MATT NORMAN, RN Heart ...
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Good for the Heart

Heart Walk Participants Explain Why Event Is So Rewarding by TERESA SCHIFFER According to the ...
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Convenient Care

Winter Haven Doctor Offers TAVR Treatment That Once Required Travel by TERESA SCHIFFER For patients ...
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POP QUIZ: Chest Pain: What Is Your Body Telling You?

Did you know that of the millions of Americans who visit the emergency room with ...
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Keep It Moving

Exercise Is a Must for Good Heart Health by GRACE BOGGESS HIRDES Do you have ...
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True Transformation

Doctor and Patient Explain Why Bariatric Surgery Is So Much More Than Weight Loss by ...
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Creature Comforts

Winter Haven Hospital Volunteer Crochets Octopuses to Soothe NICU Babies by PAUL CATALA Gabriele Robinson ...
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Revamp Your Resolutions

Frame Your Goals for the New Year in Positive Language by MATT COBBLE As the ...
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Expanding Care

Lakeland Regional’s Behavioral Health Center to Address Acute Need in Area by TERESA SCHIFFER Mental ...
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Pop Quiz: Yoga Is More Powerful Than You Think

Yoga has been practiced for at least 5,000 years, and with good reason. It’s good ...
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Chill and Relax

Cryotherapy a Quick, Holistic Option for a Wide Range of Ailments by MARY TOOTHMAN   ...
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Health Hero

Lisa Moseley’s Fundraising Prowess Brings New Visibility to Peace River Center by TIM CRAIG Lisa ...
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Open Enrollment

It’s Time to Evaluate Your Options and Choose the Insurance Plan That’s Best for You ...
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Pop Quiz: If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose! How Much Do You Really Know About Sleep Apnea?

A full night’s sleep is supposed to be restful and recharging, but for millions of ...
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Young Warriors

Twins Don’t Let Type 1 Diabetes Stifle Their Dreams by TIM CRAIG photos by CELESTE ...
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The 12 Days of Temptation

Simple Advice to Help You Control Your Blood Sugar Through the Holidays The holidays are ...
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Health Hero

Waiting on a Miracle Young Mother Remains Hopeful Through Battle WIth Chondrosarcoma by MARY TOOTHMAN ...
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Education Empowers

Prevention Program Helps Those at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by TERESA SCHIFFER Diabetes is ...
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Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About the Flu Shot

It’s that time of the year when the flu starts to rear its ugly head, ...
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Lost and Found

Winter Haven’s Chris Lonton Describes Her Journey With Breast Cancer and the People Who Keep ...
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Prepped for the Future

 Danielle Drummond’s Accomplishments Precede Her Term as Head of Lakeland Regional by MARY TOOTHMAN photo ...
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Protect Yourself, Loved Ones With a Flu Shot

As families begin to prepare for fall festivities, the Florida Department of Health recommends adding ...
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It Takes a Community

We Care of Central Florida’s Project Think Pink Helps Uninsured Women Get Screening, Treatment by ...
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Misinformation Is Contagious: Sort Fact From Fiction on the HPV Vaccine

Vaccinations are important shots that people need to get to protect against serious diseases.  You ...
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Health Savings Accounts Have More to Offer Than You Think

by MARY TOOTHMAN As the number of people with high-deductible health insurance plans continues to ...
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Filling a Need

Polk State College Program Fights Nursing Shortage by JULIE GMITTER photos PROVIDED BY POLK STATE ...
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Primed for the Future

Project SEARCH Puts Students With Disabilities on Track for Career Success by TERESA SCHIFFER photos ...
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Fore the Love … and for the Babies

 Fundraiser Benefits NICU at Winter Haven Women’s Hospital by MATT COBBLE photos PROVIDED BY WINTER ...
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Pop Quiz: Germs 101—A Crash Course for Parents

Back-to-school season is upon us, and that means your child’s chances of coming down with ...
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Tackling Mental Health Together

Establishing the West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition Recognizing the record number of suicide rates, ...
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Working Like a Dog

Reading with Bonnie the Therapy Dog by RACHEL CHRISTIAN Cassandra Banning and Bonnie, her 10-year-old ...
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Taking Action

State Mandate Calls for Mental Health Education in Florida Schools  by MARY TOOTHMAN   The ...
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Pop Quiz: Facts and Stats about Glaucoma

1.) Which of the following defines glaucoma? A medical condition in which the lens of ...
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Talking Skin Cancer Care and Prevention

by TERESA SCHIFFER Here in Central Florida, we are bathed in sunlight most days of ...
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Health Hero Spotlight

Central Florida Health News has always been all about telling stories and informing readers of ...
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New Pacemaker Technology Saving Lives

by TIM CRAIG Madeline Falardeau knew she had heart problems. The Winter Haven senior could ...
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Make Sure You’re Covered With these Sunscreen Facts

by ERIKA ALDRICH Summer is upon us, and amidst the yardwork, barbecues, days in the ...
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Tackling Prostate Cancer

Understanding the Risks and Preventative Options by TERESA SCHIFFER No one wants to hear “cancer” ...
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Raising Awareness About Skin Cancer

The month of May is recognized as Skin Cancer Awareness month, and although it just ...
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Running For a Cause

A Look at the 2019 Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K By MARY TOOTHMAN Why would hundreds ...
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Health Hero: Tonja Johnson Brings Support to Vitiligo Community

by TIM CRAIG   When Tonja Johnson first saw a spot on her skin in ...
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When Should Men be Getting their Checkups and Screenings?

by ERIKA ALDRICH It’s always important to see a doctor regularly and practice preventative care. ...
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Manual or Electric Toothbrushes?

Looking at the Pros and Cons of Your Main Oral Hygiene Tool by MARY TOOTHMAN ...
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A Tribute to Our Local Nurses

Celebrating National Nurses Week by Highlighting the Great Work of our Area Nurses Bartow Regional ...
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The Connection Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease

By Teresa Schiffer Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that many people suffer from as ...
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Wake Up to these Facts and Stats About Getting Better Sleep

A good night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold when it comes to your ...
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Pattie Johnson, LVIM’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year

When a patient makes an appointment at the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Lakeland, ...
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Keeping Seniors Safe: New Senior Protection Team Looks to Stop Elder Crime & Abuse

By MATT NORMAN Most seniors today live active, vibrant lives. Still, there are many factors ...
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Breath of Life: Local Nurses Provide Community with Valuable CPR Training

by TERESA SCHIFFER It is estimated that more than 359,000 cardiac arrests take place outside ...
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Staying Active During the Golden Years

How Exercise Can Help Senior Citizens Both Physically and Mentally by DAPHNE RENELUS There are ...
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Pop Quiz: Pain in the Back – Causes and Relief Methods of Back Pain

by ERIKA ALDRICH Anyone suffering from back pain knows that it can be one of ...
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Dr. Rosemarie Lamm Represents a Life of Learning and Giving Back

by TIM CRAIG A chat with Health Hero Dr. Rosemarie Lamm is a lesson in ...
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Lending a Helping Paw

Service Dogs Offer More Than You Might Think   by MATT NORMAN When you think ...
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Caring Canine

Meet Victory Ridge Academy’s Superstar, Dub the Service Dog by TERESA SCHIFFER If there’s one ...
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Riding for Therapy

Equine-Assisted Activities Offer Heartfelt Help for Vets, Children with Special Needs by Mary Toothman At ...
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Pop Quiz: Diabetes and Your Feet

Nearly ten percent of the U.S. population suffers from diabetes, and it’s the seventh leading ...
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Meet the 2018 FVMA Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Mitsie Vargas

by J.P. SMITH To be a hero it’s generally understood that a quality characteristic would ...
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De-Stressing 101

Stress Avoidance a Key Factor For A Healthy Heart By Mary Toothman Many people are ...
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Local Experts Weigh-In On the Fight Against Heart Disease

By Matt Norman It is a common misconception that heart disease is a men’s problem. ...
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Wake Up to Sleeping Disorders

Sleep Apnea Puts Your Heart Health At Risk by Catherine Cervone If you snore so ...
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Pop Quiz: Physical Activity Recommendations for a Healthy Heart

By Erika Aldrich Heart health is on a lot of people’s minds during the beginning ...
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Local Mother Achieves Degree Despite Health Challenges

by TERESA SCHIFFER Britainny Palmer may look like an ordinary mother, but she struggles with ...
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Tom Grothouse Working Passionately to Educate, Prevent Pediatric Drownings

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Finding the Right Plan and Support System Aids Local Weight Loss Stories

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Popular Places in Polk to Pump-Up Your Pedometers

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Kick off 2019 With These Healthy Physical and Nutritional Guidelines

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Healthy Foods for the Holiday Season

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Polk County Initiative Seeking to Instill Healthy Habits in Schools

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Facts and Statistics About Arthritis

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Local Medical Team Visits Kenya to Treat Patients with Heart Disease

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Strength in Numbers

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

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Phillip Williams Helping to Light the Way for the Blind

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Feel Good 5K Set to Support Local Mental Health Initiatives

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New Therapy Method Being Studied for PTSD Patients

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Local Behavioral Health Recovery Programs Offers Support

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Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on Improving Your Eye Care

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Local Medical Academies Preparing Students for Health Careers

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Pop Quiz: Facts and Stats about Immunizations

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Tips to Prepare for the New School Year

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Beating the Odds: Asher Camp Battles a Spinal Disease while his Mother Advocates for Others who are Suffering

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Pop Quiz: Facts and Stats about Firework-Related Injuries

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Tackling Allergies: Natural Remedies to Fight the Summer Sniffles

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Beating the Heat: How to Stay Cool When Temperatures Rise

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Local Physicians Discuss Skin Cancer Prevention

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Pop Quiz: Facts and Statistics about Alzheimer’s

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Pop Quiz: See How Much You Know About Tooth and Gum Disease

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Striking Out Cancer

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Taking Care of B(us)iness

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Spreading Smiles

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Keeping Retirement Real

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Writing a Will: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Estate

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The Science of the Shoe

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More Than Man’s Best Friend

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Pop Quiz on Plantar Fasciitis

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Pop Quiz: Heart Attack Versus Congestive Heart Failure

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When Neck Pain Shouldn’t Be Ignored

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Exercise Helps Keep Hearts Young & Happy

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Is It Cardiomyopathy or a Heart Attack?

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Seeking Individual Health Through Friendly, Congregational Competition

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The Factors of Effective Weight Loss

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Setting the dental record straight

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Getting in the fitness ring

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Charity Challenge aims to break world record

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New in healthcare around Polk County

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Keeping the golden years fresh

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Fall 2016 healthcare coverage update

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Mental health on the brain: Recent mental health reform brings more awareness

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The importance of UV-blocking sunglasses

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Parker plays his part to help his fellow man

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A survivor’s take on prostate cancer

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Mental Health Moment: Isolation is alienation

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Ask a PA Who Knows!: Indoor tanning myths debunked

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Take it from a patient who knows: Learning healthy habits in the classroom of life

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Pediatric unit opens at Winter Haven Women’s Hospital

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Q&A on stopping dental problems before they start

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Reason to say ‘Cheese’

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Chat and Chew group meets to address heart health and diet

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How Joan and Robert are conquering cardiac distress

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Have a Heart Gala to support free clinic for indigent care

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Mental health moment: Meditation is medication

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More than dieting and exercise: How Maryemma made a lifestyle change

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Common dieting pitfalls along the path to healthy weight loss

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Pop quiz on thyroid health and weight

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A pop puiz on arthroplasty (knee surgery)

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The what, when, and how of plastic surgery

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Family Health: Cold vs. flu

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Getting a roadmap to clarity on women’s breast health

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Making senior health a walk in the park

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Pop quiz on palliative care and when it’s needed

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Giving strength a boost and giving the ails of aging the boot

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Painting the town teal

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Samantha Haverty Wiemer shares the story of her fight against breast cancer

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Ask a Physician Who Knows! — Understanding your medical records

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Healthy Cook: No more procrastination with easy food prep and meal ideas

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Pop Quiz: Test your knowledge of managed-care plans

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Health insurance update: Who falls in the coverage gap and how can they get insured?

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Medicare and end-of-life care: What’s changing?

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The Golden Care Unit at LWMC

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

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Life after delivery: Q&A with Drs. Peter Alvarez and Diana Wilson on postpartum depression

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Top Docs Feature: Q&A with Delanie and Gordon Watson

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POP QUIZ … Sun exposure: What you don’t know CAN hurt you

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Take it from a pharmacist who knows!

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Life after coming off the reel of trauma

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Men’s health through the generations

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Something to spit at: All Children’s researchers to study saliva samples

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Answering the call of nursing

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Pop quiz on getting a nursing education

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Prevention: Senior Circle helps retirees stay active

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Take it from a nurse who knows!

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Pop Quiz: Preventing prescription drug abuse in your home

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Putting together the pieces of dementia

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Q&A: Weighing your risk for osteoporosis

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Medical Advice: Reminders during National Nutrition Month

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Debunking the myths of stroke

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Turning the tide of tooth decay with proper pediatric dental care

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Pop Quiz: Test your knowledge of oral cancer

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The dangers of gum disease

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Local dentist shares the rewards of giving

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How a life-saving transplant transformed my life

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Pop Quiz: Maintaining optimal optical health

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Celebrating Black History Month with a look at local African-Americans in medicine

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Heart disease warnings for women

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Pop Quiz: Are you feeding your feelings?

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Chat and Chew: The end of dieting and the beginning of a healthier year

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Supporting a cause that helps save lives

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Your allies on the road to weight loss

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Medical Advice: How to stop a fall before it happens

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Pop Quiz: Is your home fall-proof?

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What poses a greater threat to your health than Ebola?

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Partnering with patients and the community in prevention

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Workplace wellness for today’s modern workforce

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People who count in an Emergency

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When knowledge is more than power

Citizen CPR event and health fair provides training that can help save a life CPR, ...
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Pop Quiz: Pedestrian rules of the Road

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Knowing whether or not to call 9-1-1

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Local Health Update: All eyes on Amendment 2

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Pop Quiz: The reality of breast cancer in men

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How three fingers helped save my life

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Local Chat and Chew now offered after hours

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Beyond Breast Cancer Awareness

A look at prevention 365 days a year It’s time to lavish your pink frocks, ...
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Affordable Care Act Update

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Pop Quiz: What’s your Medicare IQ?

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Approaching health care with dignity, concern, and compassion

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Bringing hunger awareness to the table

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Davenport teacher named NFL Play 60 champion

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Pop Quiz: Are you a ‘good’ patient?

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Q & A: What it takes to work on the front lines of patient care

Paula Miller talks about the challenges and rewards of being a nurse There to get ...
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Healthcare workers in demand

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College Wellness 101

Making better choices for campus life now and the career ahead College can be an ...
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Tips for exercising while on the mend

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Preventing PAM: A rare, but lethal infection

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Getting motivated to move

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Just say NO to lazy days of summer

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Pop Quiz: Are you setting realistic fitness goals?

Nine questions to help you get on your way to success Diets, exercise, gym memberships… ...
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Word of Mouth: Myths About Implants Debunked, Part III: Are they Affordable?

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What you should know about lesser-known cancers

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Meet the father of Family Fun and Fitness at the Fountain

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Q&A: Facts vs. fiction of male ‘menopause’

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Pop Quiz: Knowing your heart disease and stroke risk

Are you controlling those health factors within reach? For men, heart disease and stroke together ...
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How chronic pain affects your mood

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Pop Quiz: Is your child at risk for cyberbullying?

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Good vs. bad stress at work

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Caring for your mental health

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Pop Quiz: How to alleviate mobility issues

Test your knowledge of mobility precautions to help keep your senior loved one active and ...
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Long-term health: Considering your BMI

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Aging gracefully

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Q&A on the most lethal form of dementia

Dr. Gordon J. Rafool shares the symptoms and treatment options of Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s disease ...
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Pop Quiz: Establishing a solid oral care foundation

Will your child have a future Filled with healthy smiles? Teeth add to your smile, ...
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To smile or not to smile

Dr. Karen Teston and other local experts on oral hygiene and your overall health Some ...
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Community outreach programs make check-ups more available

Free dental exams, preventative tooth care, and more Several outreach programs in Polk County recently ...
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Helping make the healthier choice, the easier choice

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The trouble with trigger finger

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Healthy Cook: The disease-fighting properties of red foods

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Pop Quiz: Is your teen at risk for dating violence?

A light push… A condescending statement… They may be just innocent moves by a person, ...
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Making African-American history in Polk

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Painting the town red with heart disease prevention

How Polk is taking steps to increase awareness and lower your risk Bill Mutz thought ...
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New year, New you!

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Pop Quiz: Could it be premature menopause?

Is it just the after-effects of the holiday rush getting to you, or are you ...
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Protecting your private information

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John Rodda on keeping it in perspective

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Pop Quiz: Are your halls decked with dangers?

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Antibiotics: Fact vs. fiction

Modern Wonder Drugs Not a Cure-All Since it was used in World War II, penicillin ...
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Pop Quiz: Is work-related stress affecting your health?

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Creative ways to say ‘thank you’ to the family caregiver

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Solutions for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Seven work-related issues that may affect your health

Disease saps our energy. Our productivity slips, we miss work or school, and our healthcare ...
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Trends and observations in child health

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New programs to help improve foster care

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Chris Hazelwood bares all

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Pop Quiz: Test your knowledge of a breast cancer self-exam

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Curtailing diabetes

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Warning signs of bullying

Putting a Stop to It Before It Causes the Most Damage When children complain about ...
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Replacing candy with better-for-you snacks

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Pop Quiz: Finding your child’s fitness level

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5 reasons your child should see a pediatric dentist before school starts

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Let’s get physical

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For him: Taking time to take care of yourself

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Outdoor safety tips for summer

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A campaign to help those with hearing loss

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Spring cleaning for your skin

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Put your body into it!

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Love the skin you’re in: Protect it from cancer

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Aural rehabilitation for improved volume and clarity

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Healing Polk’s communities

New Research Points to Health Disparities Among Certain Residents How a county thrives is based ...
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Pop Quiz: Is your kitchen a nutrition crime scene?

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Knowing is half the battle: Gynecological cancers explained

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Are you prepared to save a life?

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Educational (but cool) toys for my kids

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Survival of the fittest for the holidays

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Flu shot pop quiz

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Coping with cancer

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Putting out fires about diabetes

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Planning ahead for holiday meals

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It’s never too late to be a world champion

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How to recognize childhood obesity

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Survival at its pinkest

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Turning your home into a gym

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A healthier mouth means a healthier life

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Skip 5 common back-to-school sicknesses

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Run, act, jump – repeat

How actress Tanna Frederick fits exercise into a busy schedule Keeping fit requires commitment. Just ...

Taking the fitness fight to the moon

A Community initiative targeting obesity Polk County health officials are targeting obesity – and along ...

A hospital in a garden

Nemours Opening its Child-Friendly Doors This Fall Nemours Children’s Hospital will soon swing open its ...

Fun and fit vacation ideas for the whole family

Try these recreation suggestions for staying active while getting respite The many health benefits of ...

Pancreatic cancer: The next frontier

Developing treatments and therapies to fight this disease Pancreatic cancer research has proven the advantage ...

Different waters mean different dangers

Know the potential hazards and how to use caution Summer has arrived once again. It’s ...

Mommy makeover

Regaining your shape after baby After the excitement of birthing a baby, women face an ...

Exercise on the brain

How to keep your mind in shape You’ve heard the expression “use it or lose ...

Prevention and treatment for stretch marks

Are you spinning your wheels over striae? Ahhh, stretch marks. Those dreaded angry red, purple ...

One U.S. veteran and his life of service

Navy hero William D. Brinson honored by cornerstone SALUTES! Little did William D. Brinson know ...

Q & A on fertility problems for him

Dr. Sijo J. Parekattil talks diagnosis and treatment For a couple trying to conceive, the ...

Behind the wheel of a Fiat 500

Fine craftsmanship meets award winning safety features The Fiat was first manufactured in Italia in ...

Workout mistakes to avoid

Follow these tips to maximize your exercise routine When we exercise to lose weight, we ...

The key to staying young

Maintaining social ties is important for seniors’ health We are sociable beings. As we age, ...

Sweet tips for controlling candy consumption

Easter guidelines to keep kids from eating too many empty calories You were feeling generous ...

Running with purpose

Participants in the City-to-City 5k and One Mile Fun Walk On your mark, get set, ...

Eating wisely at work

Tips for increasing healthy food options Your work environment may be laden with temptation in ...

The holistic approach to weight loss

A method that gives hope Although most of us are aware that being overweight contributes ...

Fighting fair

Arguments can help resolve conflict It’s only natural for couples to occasionally butt heads when ...

Walk the talk of your workout resolution

Walking and Talking Can Encourage Exercise Routine Instead of sitting down to coffee and donuts, ...

Not just a matter of the heart

  How to Avoid a Date Night with Heart Disease We’ve all heard the stories. ...

Sweets and sour news for kids

Certain Candies Are as Acidic as Battery Acid on Kids’ Teeth Peering into kids’ mouths ...

Kristi Yamaguchi speaks out on influenza

Should you get a flu vaccine? Less than half of the U.S. population actually gets ...

Making choices that lower your risk

How African-Americans Can Avoid High Blood Pressure Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a heavy ...

Talking to your teen can make a difference

New Data Reveals Teen Pregnancy Rates Have Fallen in Polk County For the past decade, ...

Kicking the smoking habit for good

A resolution easier said than done, but not impossible With the holidays behind us, we ...
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When less is more in exercise

How to boost the health benefits of your workouts It’s easy to fall into the ...

Digesting the facts

Are you at risk for stomach cancer? There is really no way to know for ...
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Q&A on preterm labor

What are the facts about preterm labor and births? Preterm birth is defined as those ...

Why the HPV Vaccine?

Every two minutes, a woman dies of cervical cancer worldwide Cervical cancer and the HPV ...

What’s on your face?

A guide to choosing the safest, best skin care products High school chemistry is a ...

Not just blowing smoke

Preventing lung cancer: One of America’s most deadly assassins During the last decade, technologies in ...

Believe in pink. Believe in miracles.

What it Means to be a Breast Cancer Survivor I believe in pink. I believe ...

The gloves are on

Fighting back with risk assessment and prevention The greatest risk factors for breast cancer are ...

Mammogram memo

How often should I get checked? One in eight women will get breast cancer in ...
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Today’s breast conserving measures

The then and now of treatment and surgery Breast cancer is the most common cancer ...
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10 questions on radiation therapy

What is radiation therapy? Radiation Therapy or Radiation Oncology utilizes high-energy radiation that is closely ...
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When all signs point to prostate cancer

Q&A with Dr. Byron Hodge on cryotherapy Central Florida Health News (CFHN): How long has ...
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Bottoms Up

Fitness facts for firming up the backside Many individuals, especially women, are concerned with how ...
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High-Tech Hope

Advances offer prostate cancer patients many options for a cure “Every man dies, but no ...
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‘Ferris’ at 5?

How to tell if your child is playing sick Lyss Stern’s son was only 5 ...
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The technology behind a healthier smile

In the field of dentistry, two treatment options have made significant advances in the technology ...
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Put your dirty hands in the air

  Give Bad Bacteria the Stick Up with these Simple Steps Germs. The uninvited guest. ...

Young blood (pressure, that is)

Hypertension is an increasing threat amongst young adults Nearly one in five young adults have ...

The good, the bad and the ugly cholesterol

Q&A with Cynthia L. Ritter, CCRN, MSN, ARNP-C Central Florida Health News: Is there a ...

The key to staying young

4 Building Blocks of Senior Fitness Regular exercise helps maintain one’s health. Staying physically active ...

Here veggies come to save the day

New studies link certain produce to protecting from cancer and other health risks Most people ...

When animals attack

Q&A on how to prevent dog bites Now that the kids are out of school, ...

3 dangers of tooth loss and poor fitting dentures

Danger #1: Dentures increase your risk of heart disease and oral cancer While tooth loss ...

Kicking the soda habit, kid style

Help your children consume better beverages When a soda can is an appendage to a ...
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Fitness tips for pregnant women

Expert advice about why moms-to-be want to keep moving and the best ways to do ...

No idle hands this summer

Getting teens involved in a good cause IS a good cause Have you checked out ...
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7 safety tips for summer

Avoiding the season’s common health hazards It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy — but ...
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Don’t resist muscle-building resistance training

Weights are not just for getting ripped You, the Speedo and the beach no longer ...
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The tobacco talk

Two-Way Discussion Street to Steering Kids Away from Smoking The Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program’s ...

Fast-track to fit or dead end?

The Truth About Minute Fitness Plans Got a minute? That’s about the only amount of ...

Bone-up to avoid osteoporosis

Helping women (and men) maintain healthy bones Many people have heard about osteoporosis. However, experts ...

The Race of Life for Women

A Steady Pace of Health at All Ages Dr. Eva Salamon is proud of the ...

MBA in skin cancer protection

An education in preventing and recognizing the most common form of cancer Despite prolific media ...

Putting the pieces together

Recognizing, treating, and supporting those in need of autistic care As a young child, Jarrett ...

Take my advice, please!

The healthy way to handle uninvited counsel from friends and family The four simple, well-meaning ...

A new plan for the new you

Local spotlight on healthy weight-loss solutions “People who want to lose weight should consider going ...

Seeing the world through new eyes

Intra-Ocular lens implants Technological advancements in Ophthalmology continue to amaze me even after 25 years ...

The itching, sneezing, burning questions

Getting answers on allergy season Dr. George Lyle specializes in otolaryngology and head and neck ...

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