• Health Matters: How Sick are you?

    Fever, sore throat, and congestion, the symptoms of a cold can be similar to flu symptoms. “When people have a common cold, typically they have symptoms of a runny nose, sore throat, congestion, not so much fevers, but that can also be seen in the f

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    Health Matters: Protecting your Balance

    It’s an important question physical therapists ask patients who are struggling with balance. “Do you know if you can actually get up off the floor? We encourage them to practice so that they have a plan, so next time they fall it’s not a

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    Health Matters: Functional Nutrition

    It’s the news no patient wants to hear—and no physician wants to give. “Your mammogram didn’t come back right, or we need a second look,” said Dr. Bianca De Souza, a medical oncologist with Lee Health. But doctors say there i

  • Health Matters: Detecting Breast Cancer

    It’s the news no patient wants to hear—and no physician wants to give. “Your mammogram didn’t come back right, or we need a second look,” said Dr. Bianca De Souza, a medical oncologist with Lee Health. But doctors say there i

  • Health Matters: Stretch Before you Play

    Health experts say there are two things that can determine how well you do on the golf course. “One of the really great things that they need to be doing is warming up,” said Justin Klein, Healthy Life Center manager. It’s important for

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    Health Matters: Lowering your High Blood Pressure

    Your blood pressure numbers are affected by stress, food, and even alcohol. “Alcohol, what it does is when you drink it, it does tend to increase your blood pressure and dehydrate you,” explained Dr. Simon Grinshteyn, a hospitalist with Lee He

  • Health Matters: Child Anxiety, it's real

    It can start in children as young as six years old. Childhood anxiety is a common diagnosis—one, doctors say is important for parents to address. “It is a very real thing. For very young children, parents will need to model brave behaviors. Th

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    Health Matters: A Healthy Start to Nursing

    Their focus is taking care of others. But a new program is teaching nurses how to also take care of themselves. “New nurses actually, 60 percent of them within their first year quit nursing because of the stress,” said Anthony Wright, a reside

  • Health Matters: Your Diet and Breast Cancer

    One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime—of that number, studies show 85 percent of women don’t have a family history. “We know that physical activity makes a difference and we know that breastfeeding mak

  • Health Matters: What your Blood says about your Health

    For most of us, this is probably our least favorite part of our doctor’s visit. “You will be amazed at what the blood can tell about the body,” said Shaka Terrell, a lab assistant with Lee Health. For a healthy adult, health experts reco

  • Health Matters: Preventing Neuropathy for Cancer Patients

    It’s a new approach for patients receiving chemotherapy. “When patients are receiving taxol, which is a commonly used chemotherapy agent and a very common cause of neuropathy, we start using cryotherapy from cycle number one,” said Dr. F

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    Health Matters: A New Lee Health Facility in Coconut Point

    After years of planning and conversation, the new Lee Health facility in Coconut Point is in the final phases of construction. “We’ve had significant growth in this community. There’s a significant demand for health and wellness services

  • Health Matters: Integrative ways to help with Insomnia

    It’s a common problem. “I would say that 90 percent of people that walk in this door have some form of insomnia whether it’s chronic or acute, it really varies as to the reason,” said Dr. Heather Auld, an OB/GYN and integrative med

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    Health Matters: Helping you set Realistic Health Goals

    When it comes to setting goals—health experts say there are many things that can prevent us from being successful. “The word goals can be so intimidating because we always think of goals as a win or lose or win or fail,” said Sarah Mitch

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    Health Matters: The Dangers of Fad Diets

    It’s a quick fix to help you lose weight, but health experts say fad diets can be dangerous. “Is this going to improve my eating habits or improve my lifestyle? Is this something you see yourself sticking to lifelong and making it a lifelong h

  • Health Matters: Stretches to Improve your Golf Game

    Whether its leisure or competitive, health experts say to keep you at your best here, it’s important to stretch and warm up. “The more efficient you’re able to generate the power from the ground to the end of the club, the further and be

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    Health Matters: A Peaceful Place to Learn

    A group of volunteers at the Cape Coral Hospital are bringing peace and education to visitors in the form of a teaching garden. “There are a large banana circle and several other plants that are planted at the far end of this building,” said C

  • Health Matters: Keeping Mom's Calm During Labor and Delivery

    It can be one of the most exciting times for a family. But welcoming a new baby into the world can also be scary for new moms. “I think it’s really important to educate and empower moms. They have nine months to prepare on how they are going t

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    Health Matters: Controlling your Epigenetics

    Your genes can play a powerful role on your health, but new research shows there are ways to deactivate your bad genes. “You have a lot more control over your destiny then you think you do,” said Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina, system medical directo

  • Health Matters: Addressing your Pain

    Pain is a common reason patients visit their doctor. “First off I’m going to ask them as an acupuncture physician, is it chronic or acute? And where is it?” said Renee Sarra, an acupuncturist and massage therapist with Lee Health. Answer

  • Health Matters: Is your schedule causing you to gain weight?

    How many hours of sleep you get can play a big role in what you choose to eat. “Sleep is actually an important factor on your metabolism and how many calories you may burn per day, in how you feel and in how much weight you may gain or lose,”

  • Health Matters: When should you see a Medical Oncologist?

    During a patient’s cancer journey they meet with many different health experts, usually including a medical oncologist. “As medical oncologists, a big part of what we do is holding their hands sometimes,” explained Dr. Bianca De Souza, a

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    Health Matters: Keeping a close eye on your Feet

    Your blood sugar levels, your weight, even your feet—doctors say diabetes can affect your entire body. “Increasing podiatry care does decrease any complications with a diabetic, especially with diabetic feet,” explained Dr. Chelsea Viola

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    Health Matters: Taking Care of our Nurses

    They provide compassionate care to patients and their families. “There’s nothing harder than bedside nursing, whether it’s from the emotional stress, the physical impact, just transitioning from a nursing student and then transitioning t

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    Health Matters: When to Screen for Prostate Cancer

    It’s a health risk that increases with age. “I basically take all my patients around age 55 and introduce the concept of prostate cancer screening,” said Dr. Scott Caesar, a urologic surgeon on the medical staff of Lee Health. Doctors sa

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    Health Matters: Art Therapy

    They can be found in a patient’s room, therapy rooms, and waiting areas. “I’ve had people say; I’ve counted the holes in the ceiling tile before there were ceiling tiles painted. Well, why wouldn’t you want to look at a pictu

  • Health Matters: Don't Wait! Vaccinate for the Flu

    In just a few weeks, we will be in the midst of flu season. “It’s very unpredictable you don’t know,” said Dr. Peddade Silva, a pediatrician with Lee Health. It causes thousands of deaths each year. Doctors say when it comes to the

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    Health Matters: Regaining Confidence with Aqua Therapy

    From side to side and front to back—In the water Darshan Church can move without pain. “We do the high marches, the kicks; I do the squats in the water, multiple exercises,” said Darshan. Moves, she struggles to do out of the water. &ldq

  • Health Matters: What's Causing your Foot Pain?

    Depending on where your pain is will help doctors decide what’s causing your foot pain. “Arthritis pain is extremely common. That will either happen in the big toe joint, or it will happen in the mid-part of the foot,” explained Dr. Chel

  • Health Matters: The Teaching Garden

    Filled with more than 75 plants, the teaching garden near Cape Coral Hospital is a place where visitors and staff can come to escape. “It’s an opportunity for the community to come to this space here on the Cape Coral Hospital campus an see a

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    Health Matters: Helping you Sleep with Integrative Medicine

    Falling asleep and staying asleep--health experts say insomnia can be linked to many different causes. “Pain can cause insomnia. Having to get up in the middle of the night to urinate can cause insomnia. Not being able to get back to sleep, being on

  • Health Matters: Stop or Swap for your Health

    Your morning cup of coffee, your sandwich at lunch, and your afternoon soda--health experts say, these are the things that could be holding you back from your health goals. “The thing to think about with peanut butter is all of the ingredients it ha

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    Health Matters: Screening for Prostate Cancer

    There are no symptoms in the beginning stages of prostate cancer but as the cancer develops so do the signs. “Most of the symptoms patients present are symptoms from enlargement of the prostate,” explained Dr. Alejandro Miranda-Sousa, a urolog

  • Health Matters: A Healthy Pregnancy

    A doctor’s number one goal during pregnancy is to keep both mother and baby healthy. “Avoid processed foods, avoid fast foods, try to eliminate sugar as much as you can,” said Dr. Ravi Chokshi, an OB/GYN with Lee Health. Dr. Chokshi moni

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    Health Matters: Treating an Aggressive Skin Cancer

    It was a call Peter Jepson never expected to get. “I was very depressed because I knew how serious this was. That news changed my life forever,” he said. Just a few weeks after noticing a spot on his face, Peter went to see his dermatologist.

  • Health Matters: Identifying the Cause of your Pain

    “There’s no pill that’s ever going to take the place of taking care of yourself,” said Dr. Heather Auld, an OB/GYN and integrative medicine physician with Lee Health. When it comes to how you feel, doctors say you need to consider

  • Health Matters: Healing Ceilings

    Filled with paint brushes, paint cans, and ceiling tiles—it’s not exactly a room you would expect to find in a hospital. This is where volunteer artists like Annie Pritchard spend time helping patients. “I started volunteering as college

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    Health Matters: Cancer Survivorship Program

    Cancer can be a long and emotional journey. “When they are going through their treatment, it’s very active, and it’s very intense,” said Dr. Bianca De Souza, a medical oncologist with Lee Health. But after the cancer treatment is o

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    Health Matters: Diabetes and Foot Care

    “Are you having any numbness, tingling, or burning in your feet?” They’re common questions, Dr. Chelsea Viola, a podiatric surgeon on the medical staff of Lee Health, asks patients who are living with diabetes. “The biggest thing w

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    Health Matters: Benefits of Pilates Therapy

    “Now I can get up. I can get off that floor! It’s amazing!” It’s the little things that Lynne Lampila struggled doing after she had a double hip replacement. “Balance was of course at the top. I wanted to be able to get in an

  • Health Matters: Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Meals

    We all know it’s important to eat healthily, but health experts say how your food is prepared can make or break the health benefits. “When we’re looking to make these swaps we want to help lower the added fats, specifically the harmful o

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    Health Matters: Prostate Cancer Myths

    Each year more than 160,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. But when it comes to the understanding the disease, doctors say there are a lot of misconceptions. “One myth related to prostate cancer is that it’s an old man’s disease

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    Health Matters: Does Sugar Cause Cancer?

    Does sugar cause cancer? “I get that question just about every day, sometimes multiple times. Everybody wants to know if sugar really did cause their cancer,” said Taylor Lawless, a clinical dietitian with Lee Health. A debated topic that heal

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    Health Matters: What it Means to be a CNA

    From bathing to dressing, even eating, everyday certified nursing assistant Dershay Brown cares for patients by helping them with daily tasks. “My job is basically to provide patient care, to make sure they are comfortable, they have what they need,

  • Health Matters: The Healing Power of Art

    “It’s terrifying. You can only imagine if you are coming down that hall and you don’t know. I’ve seen patients pull the sheets over their face, turn their head away, I’ve seen them cry,” said Kelly Ross, a guest service

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    Health Matters: The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

    “My goal is to walk completely without a walker.” It’s a goal Darshan Church wasn’t sure she would reach in her physical therapy sessions. “Once you have a fall like this, you’re antsy, and you really have a fear of fal

  • Health Matters: HOPE for NICU Families

    There’s no agenda or presentation. “This group is called HOPE, which stands for helping our parents engage in life, and it’s a support group for parents who have a baby in the NICU,” explained Heather Payne, a bereavement coordinat

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    Health Matters: Exercise is Medicine

    Health experts say spending more time exercising can reduce your need for medication. “By incorporating exercise one can obtain positive health outcomes, such as lower blood pressure, control of diabetes and blood sugar, reduction of stress, anxiety

  • Health Matters: Preventing Neuropathy During Chemotherapy

    If a patient develops neuropathy during chemotherapy, doctors may have to stop or change their cancer treatment. But a new treatment is using ice to help patients continue their chemotherapy while lowering their risk for neuropathy. “It felt cold ri

  • Health Matters: Supporting Cancer Patients

    It may look like all fun and games, but the mission of designer purse bingo is to help patients through a difficult journey. “The funds that are collected are used for our cancer patients,” said Valerie Butram, oncology education coordinator w

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    Health Matters: Stop or Swap?

    It’s the little things that can make a big difference. Leigha Messner, a clinical dietitian with Lee Health, says what you’re adding to your meal can add on unhealthy consequences. “We’re not mindful of the tiny things that add on

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    Health Matters: What is a Medical Assistant?

    “You get a relationship with the patient, and they trust you the longer you are in an office. The patients feel very comfortable with the MA, and they trust them,” said Stephanie Whysong, a medical assistant with Lee Health. Her love for her p

  • Health Matters: Exercise and Physical Activity

    It’s a place where people can improve their health. Health experts say the Healthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch is also equipped to help people rehab from injury. “I see a lot of low back pain patients, but I’ve also been seeing a lot of

  • Health Matters: Support for NICU Families

    It’s a program that offers families hope when they need it most. “They can talk about their story and maybe even share their small victories day by day. It helps them. It validates how they feel, and it empowers them,” said Dinah Rose Cl

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    Health Matters: Giving Patients the Care they Deserve

    Debra McDonald has lived with COPD for years, so when she started having trouble breathing, she assumed she knew why. “Being diagnosed with lung cancer was unexpected,” she said. But the shocking diagnosis was immediately followed by support f

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    Health Matters: Back to School Physicals

    Regardless of the sport and regardless of the age, health experts say, before children can play sports, they need to be checked at their pediatrician’s office. “We do a full physical with attention to prior injuries, any issues they might have

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    Plant-based milk vs. cow's milk: What's the difference?

    What a registered dietitian wants you to know about all those "milks" in the grocery store.
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    Health Matters: Growing Cancer Care

    The recent expansion of the Regional Cancer Center is adding more resources for cancer patients in Southwest Florida. “Our sole goal is to deliver world-class care,” said Dr. James Orr, a gynecologic oncologist on the medical staff of Lee Heal

  • Health Matters: The Signs of Autism

    From eye contact to pretend play, these are just a few ways health experts screen children for autism. “It’s based on the age, the things that we try to do. It usually involves stacking blocks, pointing to pictures in a book and labeling pictu

  • Health Matters: Coconut Oil, Good or Bad?

    While it’s important to consider what you’re eating, health experts say it’s also important to know how it’s prepared. “When we’re talking about coconut oil, this is a fat. It’s important to know the different typ

  • Health Matters: Back to School Vaccines

    School is officially back in session, but doctors say many children still need to get their back-to-school vaccines. “It does get very busy this time of year,” said Dr. Piedade Silva, a pediatrician with Lee Health. Weeks before the first day

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    Health Matters: Your Role in Patient Safety

    It can be an overwhelming experience, but doctors say if you or a loved one has to come to the hospital, there are a few things to keep in mind. “I would like for families to feel that they are empowered when they come to the hospital and that they

  • Health Matters: Preventing Gestational Diabetes

    From doctor’s appointments to blood tests, during pregnancy doctors make sure mothers are screened for anything that could cause health concerns to the mother and baby. “There is undiagnosed diabetes in the general population that gets picked

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    Health Matters: A New Treatment Option for BPH

    These tiny little particles are smaller than grains of sand, but in a new procedure now being offered at Lee Health, these tiny particles are what doctors are using to help men who are living with BPH. “Prostate artery embolization is a new minimall

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    FDA approves generic competitor to EpiPens

    The approval sets the stage for cheaper competition that may lower prices.
  • FDA recalls 2 thyroid medications for contamination concerns

    The medications Levothyroxine and Liothyronine are being recalled in their tablet form in the 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg and 120 mg dosages.
  • Health Matters: The Benefits of Yoga Poses

    It’s a peaceful approach to exercise. Yoga uses different stretches, poses, and breathing techniques to benefit the body. “There are overall health benefits that are related to the entire practice of yoga,” said Gloria Reilly, a health s

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    Health Matters: A New Technology for Spine Surgery

    Spinal fusions are a common procedure for patients living with chronic back pain. “When the bones are unstable, where they are slipping, and sometimes a nerve is getting crushed, and the only way to fix that is to open the space,” explained Dr

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    Health Matters: ERAS, Helping Patients Recover from Surgery Fast

    What’s going to happen and when can I go home—they’re some of the most common questions patients have before surgery. Questions a new program is helping answer. “It’s what’s called the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery pr

  • Health Matters: Preventing Heat Stroke

    Last summer, tragedy stuck on a high school football field when a player collapsed from heat stroke. “My 16-year-old son was participating and conditioning with the football team at Riverdale High School, and towards the end of practice, he collapse

  • Health Matters: Physical Therapy for Vertigo

    It can cause dizziness and loss of balance; health experts say vertigo is a common diagnosis that many people have trouble identifying. “I want to give people hope that once they experience vertigo, it can definitely be helped,” said Nathalie

  • Health Matters: Helping Cancer Patients with Medical Bills

    Filled with silent auction prizes, bingo cards, and of course designer purses, the Designer Purse Bingo is a fun way to help those who need it most. “It’s so much fun. It’s such a fantastic idea. Basically, what it is, the Foundation has

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    Health Matters: Meatless Monday's

    How we start our day can determine our success, but studies show starting Monday off strong can benefit your health throughout the week. “It’s a campaign that believes in something called the Monday effect. You would choose one day a week, and

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    Health Matters: The Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care

    Keeping patients calm and comfortable during treatment of a serious illness—that’s the goal of palliative care. “Often patients are fearful when they hear the term palliative care because it’s often associated with hospice. We are

  • Health Matters: Diabetes and Pregnancy Risks

    It can be the happiest time of a woman’s life---but doctors say that joy can be overshadowed by a common medical condition. “It’s very common, unfortunately. As a society we are getting sicker, we are getting obese, and diabetes is on th

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    Health Matters: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Regional Cancer Center

    It provides patients with care, treatment, and education, the Regional Cancer Center was built in 2008; but as the population in Southwest Florida has grown, cancer diagnosis has gone up, creating a need for more space. “Cancer care is really a team

  • Health Matters: Snacking verses Three Big Meals

    When it comes to food, it’s important to focus on what you’re eating, but health experts say it’s also important to consider when you’re eating and how much you’re eating. “If you’re trying to cut back and you hav

  • Health Matters: Preventing Sepsis

    It starts with an infection. Doctors say while many are unfamiliar with sepsis, knowing the symptoms could save your life. “We’re asking patients not to ignore fever, not to ignore chills or fever associated with a skin infection or other soft

  • Health Matters: A Peek Inside Babcock Ranch

    Babcock Ranch is the first community of its kind. The Healthy Life Center in the community offers members a place to focus on their health. “On the second floor of our Babcock Ranch location you’ll find the majority of our cardio equipment, st

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    Health Matters: Caring for Children with Special Needs

    Filled with toys, games, and laughter, the Golisano Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care center looks and feels like a daycare. “Our goal is to have the center be a fun place for the children to come to, so we don’t want it to look like a medica

  • Health Matters: Cryotherapy Benefits

    Patients receiving chemotherapy are at risk for developing neuropathy. New treatment uses ice to lower that risk. “Patients are concerned about it being too cold and hurting a little bit. We do try to remind them what the purpose of this is,”

  • Health Matters: Aphasia, Remembering your Words

    Knowing words, saying words, even understanding words, Lee Health speech-language pathologist Lindsey Obermeier says, aphasia is a language disorder—and it’s more common than people realize. “Aphasia can occur when there is damage to the

  • Health Matters: Ketogenic Diet, is it for you?

    If you’re looking for ways to lose weight health experts say to use caution when looking at the ketogenic diet. “The ketogenic diet is really looking at a zero to very low carb diet, which is really difficult to do,” said Julie Hill, an

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    Health Matters: A Treatment Option for Women with Fibroids

    It can cause pain, pressure, and heavy bleeding, doctors say about one-third of women will develop uterine fibroids. “Many women have fibroids and don’t know they have them and have no symptoms, but other women can have symptoms and sometimes

  • Health Matters: Bringing Health and Wellness to Babcock Ranch

    It’s become one the most talked about communities, but Babcock Ranch is offering residents more than just a place to live. “With Babcock Ranch, we’re really making that to be the destination for health and wellness. What the Healthy Life

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    Health Matters: CPR and Water Safety

    It’s a skill that can help save lives. “When you are doing breaths and compressions, it’s 30 and 2—30 compressions and two rests,” explained Jamie Hoover, a child advocate with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest

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    Health Matters: Should you be Taking a Supplement?

    Before taking over-the-counter vitamins and supplements, pharmacists say it’s important to know why you’re taking them. “It really depends on your lifestyle, your diet, your health conditions, what you’re trying to treat, and the g

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    Increasingly prescribed drugs raise fears of hidden epidemic

    Doctors are prescribing benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Ativan, at skyrocketing rates. But most don't know about their debilitating, even deadly, effects.
  • Health Matters: Different Treatments for Congestive Heart Failure

    Heart palpitations and dizziness are just a few of the symptoms you may experience if you’re living with congestive heart failure. “If blood is not circulating effectively, it can build up in the lungs, and it can cause symptoms of shortness o

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    Health Matters: Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

    Breakfast is usually how you start your day. But how important is breakfast when it comes to your overall health? “It turns out there actually is some truth to the phrase--breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are a number of studie

  • Health Matters: Prevention for Neuropathy

    There are many side-effects to cancer treatment—and while some end after treatment, others can be permanent. “Neuropathy is usually a side effect of chemotherapy. There are certain chemotherapies that are used for cancer that can cause neuropa

  • Health Matters: Palliative Care

    A peaceful environment filled with a compassionate team. Palliative care is designed to treat patients diagnosed with a serious illness. “At any time when someone is facing a serious illness, we get involved at the request of the treating physician.

  • Health Matters: MRI Movie Goggles

    It can look scary to children. “It’s long. It’s loud. The most important thing is you can’t move,” said Kristin Brown, a child life specialist with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Kristin works with c

  • Health Matters: A Treatment for Brain Aneurysms

    While it’s scary to think about—doctors say brain aneurysms are more common than people realize. “They don’t even know it, and they can go their whole life without knowing it,” said Dr. Constantine Plakas, a neurosurgeon with

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    Health Matters: Addressing the Rise of Teen Suicide

    As the number of teen suicides continues to rise, health experts say there are signs loved ones need to look for. “Hey, I just want you to know, you can tell me anything. I am here no matter what,” it’s a conversation, Heather Payne, a b

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    Health Matters: Taking a Closer Look with an MRI

    From pain to an injury, to sudden onset symptoms, imaging technology at Lee Health can offer physicians an inside look to find the problem. “The most common reason is pain. They come in from injuries, sports injuries, working in the yard, then also

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    Health Matters: Safe Sleep for Kids

    Whether its bed time or nap time, health experts say there’s only one way to put a child in bed. “You always want to have nothing in the crib,” said Sally Kreuscher, a child advocacy program coordinator with Golisano Children’s Hos

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    Health Matters: How to Eat Healthy

    When it comes to being healthy, there are many options on how to eat, but dietitians say each diet comes with its own do’s and don’ts. “The Adkins diet, South beach diet, as well as Ketogenic diet, it’s kind of like a see-saw effec

  • Health Matters: Polycystic Kidney Disease

    Ronald Martin was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease when he was 30-years-old. “When you have polycystic kidney disease, the kidney is not the only organ that’s affected. Because of the genetic nature of the disease, other organs such as

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    Health Matters: Vitamins and Supplements, what you need to know

    The rows of choices are endless, but before you start taking over-the-counter supplements, pharmacists say, make sure you read the label. “A large misconception is because something is natural, that it’s safe which is not always the case,&rdqu

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    Health Matters: Advances in Knee Replacement

    When the aches and pains won’t go away, and you’re daily activities have become limited, doctors say it may be time to consider a knee replacement. “People still want to be active so when it starts disrupting your life to the point where

  • Health Matters: A Life-Saving Device for Congestive Heart Failure

    Sparked by an electrical pulse, the heart acts like a pump for the body, circulating blood. But if the blood isn’t circulating properly, patients are at risk for congestive heart failure. “There can be abnormal electrical events that can cause

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    Health Matters: Why you aren't Losing Weight

    You exercise and eat well, but when the weight doesn't come off, health experts at Lee Health integrative medicine work to find out why. “Weight is a huge concern for 90 percent of people, so when they come in we measure their muscle mass and fat ma

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    Health Matters: Honoring the Littlest Angels

    It’s a way to comfort for families who have endured the unimaginable. “These are for babies who have passed away, and we just want to honor them,” said Susan Crowe, director of volunteer services at Gulf Coast Medical Center. It’s

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    Health Matters: Preventing Firework Injuries

    From big to small, the Fourth of July isn’t complete without fireworks! But if you’re planning to host your own firework show, health experts say there are a few things to keep in mind. “The risk of firework injuries is more than twice a

  • Health Matters: What Patients need to know after Neurosurgery

    Whether it’s an open procedure or a minimally invasive one, health experts say it’s important for patients to know what to expect after neurosurgery. “In surgery, you are making an incision, so you are going to have some degree of pain a

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    Health Matters: Health Care at your Door

    After Marlene Wise was diagnosed with dementia, her husband James says getting her to all of her doctor’s appointments became difficult. “She couldn’t step down. She couldn’t pick her leg up.” So, the House Calls program star

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    Health Matters: 50 and Fit

    Whether you’re running, swimming, or bicycling, health experts say as we age it’s important to stay active. “You want to maybe increase your weight-bearing exercise because we are also leaching the calcium and vitamin D from our bones, s

  • Health Matters: Different Scans, Different Reasons

    It gives health experts a closer look. Whether it’s chronic pain, an injury, or a new lump, these types of imaging machines can help doctors determine the cause. “An x-ray would be your first primary line of attack. Then after that, if the pai

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    McDonald's says it is taking the precaution of removing salads from some restaurants after dozens of people in the Midwest got sick.
  • Health Matters: Alzheimer's Disease and Sleep Patterns

    Memory loss and confusion are the two most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. But doctors say the disease can also disrupt a patient’s sleep pattern. “Alzheimer’s disease really does have some impact on sleep. In fact when som

  • Health Matters: An Integrative Medicine Approach to Pain Management

    From cupping, to exercise, even acupuncture, health experts at Lee Health’s integrative medicine office in Bonita Springs say they have many options to help patients manage chronic pain. “Every new patient, brand new, always will be seen by Te

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    Health Matters: Stop the Bleed

    It’s a kit that can help you save a life. “You’re going to grab this out of the kit, and it contains a tourniquet, a large bandage, an ace wrap and a surgical pad. We need to start teaching everybody because you never know,” said S

  • Health Matters: Keeping you Healthy after Heart Surgery

    In 2014, Ronald Martin underwent heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. To help get him back on his feet after surgery, he participated in the cardiac rehabilitation program. “It’s a great system to help support him and encourage him and pu

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    Health Matters: Signs of an Ulcer

    Stress is one of the most common reasons people can develop ulcers. Health experts say an ulcer can develop in the esophagus, stomach or small intestine. “An ulcer is basically a compromised irritation to the liner of your stomach. It can be cratere

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    Health Matters: Understanding Lymphedema

    Kristine Damrill is an occupational therapist with Lee Health, certified in lymphedema treatment. “Lymphedema can be anywhere in the body, so we see a lot with the head and neck cancer patients, breast cancer, pelvic, ovarian, prostate cancer, even

  • Health Matters: The Best Time to have a Dietitian

    They can be found in and out of the hospital. “Lee Health offers access to its dietitians through various avenues: one is through our LPG offices, there’s another one with Lee Health solutions, and they offer outpatient dietitian services as w

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  • Health Matters: Mental Health First Aid

    Whether you’re a doctor, a teacher, or a parent, health experts say knowing how to respond to a mental health crisis is critical to keeping kids safe. “It’s very scary for our kids when they have an emerging mental health issue. They don

  • Health Matters: Foods that will Better your Mood

    Fruits, vegetables, even chocolate- Enza LoCascio, a registered dietitian with Lee Health, says focusing your diet on healthier foods and limiting processed foods can not only benefit your health, but it can also improve your mood. “There is a very

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    Health Matters: Are you Stressed?

    Unlike our diet and exercise, stress can be difficult to control. “Stress, especially the unexpressed stress, that we constantly have in our life that we sometimes don’t even recognize or can identify. It’s just that feeling of anxiety o

  • Health Matters: A Healthy Partnership with Babcock Ranch

    From the equipment to the health experts, the new Healthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch is starting the new town with a clear vision of health and wellness. “It’s part of our mission. Our mission is to be a trusted partner in empowering healthi

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    Health Matters: Checking your Balance

    It’s one of the leading causes of injury and death. But health experts say falls can be prevented. “There are a number of different reasons for people having balance issues and falls in general, some of those are behavioral things, like climbi

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    Health Matters: A Team Approach to Integrative Medicine

    Every morning before they meet with patients, integrative medicine and OB/GYN Dr. Heather Auld, naturopathic consultant Teresa Spano, and massage therapist Renee Sarra meet to discuss their patients’ health concerns. “Because we all come from

  • Health Matters: Five Things to Help you Recover from a Heart Attack

    A major heart attack can happen in one of three places in the heart. “You have the right coronary artery, which goes down the right side of the heart to the bottom of the heart. You have the LAD or the left anterior descending artery, which comes do

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    New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's

    A team led by researchers at New York's Mount Sinai Health System found that certain viruses - including two extremely common herpes viruses - affect the behavior of genes involved in Alzheimer's.
  • Health Matters: Metabolism Myths

    Green tea, coffee, even spicy foods—when it comes to speeding up your metabolism, these are some of the most common tricks people try. “There is that indication that specific foods out there increase our metabolism, help us lose weight, make u

  • Health Matters: The Most Commonly Asked Questions for Heart Valve Surgery

    For Lee Health Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, surgery is a normal part of his week. But for patients, the thought of surgery can be scary. “Before patients come in to meet with us, there’s probably a lot of anxiety about having to h

  • Health Matters: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

    Learning you have cancer can be overwhelming, and finding out surgery is part of treatment can be scary. “They are scared, and their families are scared,” said Bobbi Marino, a nurse navigator at Lee Health. Feelings Pat Durben understands well

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    Health Matters: Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

    It can affect a baby’s lungs, digestive system and pancreas, doctors say cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disorder that many parents have no idea they carry. “We recommend by the American College of OBGYN guidelines, that all pregnant

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    Health Matters: Overcoming your Genetics

    “By trying to be proactive, you give yourself better odds, and that’s all I’m trying to do is give myself better odds,” said J.L. Watson. Adopted at just three days old, she never knew her birth parents and could only guess what sh

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    Health Matters: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

    Tremors and uncontrolled muscle movements are some of the most common symptoms caused by Parkinson’s disease, but a procedure called deep brain stimulation is helping patients regain some control. “It’s a surgical technique that’s

  • Health Matters: Non-Surgical Ways to Manage Back and Hip Pain

    Every day physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, Dr. Donna Lanthier, sees patients who are living with chronic pain. “They come with complaints of low back pain, high back pain, neck pain. They want an answer to what’s going on? Where

  • Health Matters: Before you Have Heart Surgery

    Before you come to surgery, there are many steps patients need to take. “The first step in evaluating a patient is to make sure is it appropriate to have surgery or not, and is there anything we can do to lower their risk for surgery?” said Dr

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    Health Matters: Preventing Disease

    With chronic medical conditions on the rise, doctors say prevention is key. “Dementia, neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, and other vascular disorders, we know that most of those diseases are on the rise,&rdqu

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    Health Matters: A Safer Technique for Breast Cancer Treatment

    “For most women when they are diagnosed with breast cancer it’s a shock,” said Dr. Arie Dosoretz, a radiation oncologist on the medical staff of Lee Health. It’s a shock that can become overwhelming when doctors explain cancer trea

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    Health Matters: An Outpatient Shoulder Replacement

    Patients would typically spend days in the hospital recovering from a shoulder replacement—but new techniques are now allowing patients to go home hours after the procedure. “The thing that allowed us to do outpatient shoulder replacement were

  • Health Matters: Living with Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Keshia Bush is living with trigeminal neuralgia. “Every day; every day. Even if I’m not in pain, it’s still an everyday battle trying to take medication and take care of my child.” “Trigeminal neuroglia is a facial pain probl

  • Health Matters: Loosen the Joints and Lighten the Pain

    Managing your pain can start with identifying where the pain is. “A lot of times we wake up with aches and pains, or we have aches and pains after we work out or do something recreationally,” said Jan Chapple, a Pilates instructor at the Cape

  • Health Matters: Is there a Healthy Salt?

    Your mission to improve your health may start at the grocery store. “Eating more fresh foods and avoiding processed foods, being a smart shopper, and looking at your nutrition labels, and eating inside of the home a little bit more than dining out,&

  • Health Matters: Recognizing a Heart Attack

    How healthy is your heart? Doctors say that answer can be found in three ways, your blood pressure, your LDL and your HDL. “It’s very important that you know the difference between your HDL levels and your LDL levels. I like to think of HDL of

  • Health Matters: Treating Lymphedema

    It’s a common problem that can happen after an injury or cancer treatment. Health experts say patients who develop lymphedema need to know how to treat it. Three years after having an aortic valve replacement, Ronald Martin was participating in the

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    Health Matters: Overcoming Challenges with Speech Therapy

    Tasks like swallowing and speaking come naturally for most of us. But for Lance Berlovich every attempted swallow and every articulated word is nothing short of miraculous. “It’s amazing. It truly is amazing. It’s a journey that we go th

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    Health Matters: Signs and Symptoms of Hypertension

    When getting your blood pressure checked, health experts will read two sets of numbers: your systolic blood pressure and your diastolic blood pressure. “When your heart squeezes, it forces the blood through the arteries and through the heart into th

  • Health Matters: Bringing Health Services to your Home

    It’s a medical service brought straight to your front door. Every day Jennifer Cittadino, an advanced provider with the Lee Health House Calls program, visits patients who are unable to leave their home. “The House Calls program is a program o

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    Health Matters: Benefits of Tango

    They are steps Richard Mason and his wife Brenda appear to know by heart. “I love it. My wife and I used to dance a lot, years ago. Until we started doing this we have not danced for 15, 20 years,” said Richard. He says his sudden balance and

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    Health Matters: Spicy Foods Pros and Cons

    Mild, medium, or hot---whatever your preference, health experts say adding spice to your meal can benefit your health. “Sometimes adding different spices and herbs together can actually help the absorption of other nutrients,” explained Leigha

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  • Health Matters: Concussion Risks

    You see the hit. You see the fall. But when it comes to determining if a child has a concussion, doctors say you need to look for the signs. “They may report seeing stars or seeing double, and they may get severe nausea or vomiting,” explained

  • Health Matters: Is is a Cold or the Flu?

    Coughing, congestion, and sore throat—you know you don’t feel well, but how do you know if you’re battling the flu or the common cold? “We do see plenty of both and a lot of times the symptoms kind of overlap. So it’s very ea

  • Health Matters: Music Therapy for Children

    Every day Tracey Failla receives new calls from children who need a little distraction. “Maybe it’s pain management, maybe the patient has poor coping skills, maybe we help with bereavement and end of life situations,” said Tracey Failla

  • Health Matters: Start Anew, Steps Towards a Healthier You

    Whether you’re battling a chronic disease or simply wanting to get your health back on track, health experts have designed a new program to help get you started. “Start Anew program is designed to take someone who is interested in following a

  • Health Matters: Lifestyle Medicine Approaches to Sleep

    Lee Health sleep medicine Dr. Jose Colon says it’s one of the first things he checks when a patient complains of sleep problems. “Nutritional deficiencies can cause issues with insomnia and restless legs,” he said. Certain nutrient defic

  • Health Matters: Understanding Mental Health in Children

    Being a parent can have its challenges—but health experts say being a parent to a child with mental health disorders can cause families to have a lot of questions. “How do you discipline a kid who either understands the world differently or vi

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    Health Matters: Advances in Knee Replacement

    When the aches and pains won’t go away, and you’re daily activities have become limited, doctors say it may be time to consider a knee replacement. “People still want to be active so when it starts disrupting your life to the point where

  • Health Matters: Food is Medicine

    Obesity is more than just a weight concern; doctors say those extra pounds are putting added stress on your heart. “Your diet is something that’s habitual, and it’s something that most people have grown up with and have got accustomed to

  • Health Matters: PTSD Warning Signs

    It can happen after a violent event, a natural disaster, an accident, or after the death of a loved one, Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic event. “Some people if they develop it, it can last

  • Health Matters: Is your Relationship Harming your Health?

    What you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat can all be influenced by who we’re eating with. “Research shows that your environmental influences are huge. Lifestyle factors that you develop and habits in your adulthood, they can actually ha

  • Health Matters: Lean Care Track Process

    If you have to bring your child here, health experts don’t want you waiting in the waiting area. “Our goal is to see the children as quickly as possible so that we can start care right away,” said Mary Kay Silverman, director of emergenc

  • Health Matters: Tango for Parkinson's

    Bob Wood and his wife Janet appear to move effortlessly across the dance floor. “I feel a little more comfortable than when I started. Here there are multiple dance steps that, quite frankly, are really kind of difficult,” said Bob. But their

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    Health Matters: Lifestyle, Exercise, Improvement

    It may sound like basic knowledge—maintain physical activity, eat whole foods, get a good night sleep, manage your stress, and pay attention to your mental and emotional health—but health experts say if you don’t know why you’re im

  • Health Matters: Food to Fight Cancer

    It’s a growing health concern that studies show is more than just a weight problem. “The biggest risk factor for cancer is obesity,” explained Valerie Butram, an oncology education coordinator with Lee Health. The risk for obesity increa

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    Rate of teen suicide attempts has doubled since 2008

    New research shows a growing number of young people are thinking about taking their own lives, and the study suggests school stress may play a role.
  • Health Matters: Food for your Heart

    Is your meal harming your heart?  “Depending on how you eat it could either be beneficial to your life or it could cause you more health problems,” explained Heather Wayco, director of clinical nutrition at Lee Health. Health experts say, if your diet is high in sodium, sugar or fat, you could be at risk for cardiovascular disease.  “Butter is high is saturated fats. If you’re at home cooking, I would recommend sticking to those veggie oils, olive oi...
  • Health Matters: A Behind the Scenes Look at the New Coconut Point

    It was an idea that sparked a conversation that soon became drawings and is now becoming a reality. “We are probably 60 to 70 percent complete on this project,” said Alex Greenwood, Vice President of Lee Health at Coconut Point. A project that

  • Health Matters: Does Alcohol Affect your Blood Pressure

    It’s checked at every doctor’s visit but if your blood pressure is high doctors say it could be linked to what you drink. “A lot of people drink, and a lot of people have high blood pressure. It’s been shown that alcohol actually i

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    Health Matters: Sleep and Mental Health

    When we think of our health, we usually think of food and exercise, but health experts say sleep can be just as important. “One of the things I like to tell people is first to start off understanding their sleep patterns. If you don’t understa

  • Health Matters: Knowing your Body can Lower your Cancer Risk

    Each year more than 12 million people are diagnosed with cancer. Of that number 3 percent of people are diagnosed with head and neck cancers. “I think we would see a huge decrease if we could get people never to start smoking,” said Dr. Anthon

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    Health Matters: Strengthening your Genes

    Genetically, you may be prone to disease, obesity, even cancer, but doctors say a healthy lifestyle can help fight those bad genes. “When you talk about chronic illnesses, a lot of people will automatically say well it’s just my family history

  • Health Matters: Signs of a Concussion

    Doctors say sports like soccer, football, ice hockey, and bicycling are the most common reasons children suffer a concussion. “A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by some external force,” explained Dr. Guillermo Philipps, a pediatric neurologist with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Determining the significance of the injury starts with understanding the symptoms. “Sometimes you can find out right away because there are immediate ...
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    Health Matters: A New Treatment for Ovarian Cancer

    Ovarian cancer is a rare but devastating diagnosis. One, surgeons say, they are finding new ways to treat. And while the technology isn’t new, how it’s being used, is. “We have used it in the past for gastrointestinal tumors of very spec

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    Health Matters: Overcoming Pre-Diabetes

    Margaret Baugher can’t stop smiling. “One of my coworkers actually said, ‘Oh I wish I looked like Margaret.’ I’ve never heard that in my life. So that was new! That was new! So it’s been a great thing.” Just six m

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    Health Matters: Keep Living your Life with Parkinson's

    “Give Parkinson’s the fight of your life!” It’s an inspiring message of hope from Pearl Hernandez, an occupational therapist for Lee Health. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh I don’t travel anymore.’ But really you

  • Health Matters: Guns, Children and Safety

    The good news is doctors don’t see as many gun-related injuries in children. The bad news is they do see them. “No matter where you are if you are practicing pediatric medicine long enough you will see both accidental firearm injuries and inte

  • Health Matters: Cheers to Good Health

    From weight gain to memory loss, even anxiety, studies show alcohol can cause a long list of health concerns. But doctors say if done in moderation there may be some health benefits to drinking red wine. “There are some interesting studies that show

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    Health Matters: Understanding Different Cancer Treatments

    Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be difficult, but the type of cancer will determine the type of treatment. “Whether it’s surgery or radiation therapy or chemotherapy or other drug therapies, sometimes we have treatments that will complement o

  • Health Matters: Having Difficult Conversations with Children

    Tragic events can happen every day, and they can be difficult to explain to children. “Being able to talk about it and give them the language and the tools to process some of that is so important and so helpful,” said Dr. Siddika Mulchan, a pe

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    Health Matters: Screening for Throat Cancer

    A persistent sore throat, a lump in the neck, even voice change, doctors say all could be signs of throat cancer. While it can be a difficult diagnosis, ear nose and throat doctors use special equipment to screen patients for throat cancer. “We use

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    Health Matters: A Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

    Just one day after having a total hip replacement, Gary Coughlin is up walking, already anxious to get back to his normal routine. “I walked, actually right away. I was home the same day. I went in at nine in the morning, and I was home at four that

  • Health Matters: Screening for Heart Disease

    What you eat, how often you exercise and if you smoke—these are just some of the things doctors consider when determining a patient’s risk for heart disease. “Do you drink? Do you smoke? And those are so big. Smoking is the number one th

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    Health Matters: Healthy Turned Harmful, How Sauces Add Calories

    Whether it’s dipped, marinated or poured over our food, health experts say certain dressings and sauces can transform our once healthy choice into a high-calorie meal. “Condiments are actually very deceptive because most people don’t tak

  • Health Matters: Preventing Falls with Parkinson's

    It’s a disorder that affects the central nervous system. Parkinson’s disease is known for causing tremors, but as the disease progresses health experts say patients are at risk for more serious problems. “As the disease progresses there