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  • Care for All

    Care for All

    United Way’s Community Wellness Initiative Helps Polk’s Uninsured and Underserved by RYAN MILEJCZAK One of the biggest struggles Americans face is the cost of healthcare, particularly for underserved populations. Here in Polk County, many of our residents face this very challenge, due to factors like low income, lack of access to health insurance, and more.…

  • A Survivor’s Tale

    A Survivor’s Tale

    Hap Hazelwood on Early Detection and Unwavering Faith in the Face of Prostate Cancer by REBEKAH PIERCEphotos by JESS McDONALD In a world where health often comes into focus only after it starts to fade, stories like that of Hap Hazelwood are worth paying attention to.  Hazelwood, along with his wife, Chris, have both navigated…

  • Podiatrist Explains Why Foot Care Should Be Top of Mind for Diabetics

    Podiatrist Explains Why Foot Care Should Be Top of Mind for Diabetics

    by RYAN MILEJCZAK Sponsored by Central Florida Health Care Here in the U.S., diabetes is a major health issue, with approximately 11.6% of Americans suffering from type 1 or 2 diabetes and another 38% falling in the pre-diabetes range. Diabetes can have major, wide-ranging effects on various parts of the body, including the feet. We…

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  • Visual Wellness in the Workplace: A Prescription for Proper Home Office Ergonomics

    Visual Wellness in the Workplace: A Prescription for Proper Home Office Ergonomics

    by Daniel Smith, O.D. In the realm of visual health, the significance of proper workplace ergonomics cannot be overstated. Technological advancement, especially in cloud computing, has led to many industries adopting remote work. Modern professionals spend a significant portion of their waking hours in a home office setting, immersed in the glow of computer screens,…

  • What on Earth Is Ischemic Optic Neuropathy?

    What on Earth Is Ischemic Optic Neuropathy?

    by EDWARD ATTAWAY, O.D.  Ischemic optic neuropathy may seem like a complex term, but it describes a condition that poses a serious risk to vision by decreasing blood flow to the optic nerve. The optic nerve serves as a cable, transmitting visual information from the eyes to the brain. When the circulation of blood, which…

  • Lower Extremity Swelling May Be Linked to Venous Insufficiency

    Lower Extremity Swelling May Be Linked to Venous Insufficiency

    The abnormal buildup of fluid in the body is called edema. Edema is commonly seen in the feet and ankles, because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations. Common causes of edema are prolonged standing, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, being overweight, and increase in age. Swelling in one of your legs…

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