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New Year, New You

Many of us were eager for the chance to spend gather with family and friends around the holidays given these trying times. But now that the New Year has arrived and resolutions are being made, many are switching their focus to their overall health and wellbeing. For those looking for a fresh start in 2022, a visit with a trusted skin care specialist should be on your checklist. In... Read More

Best of the Best 2021

It’s hard to say there was anything good to come out of the pandemic, but one of the consequences of spending so much time closer to home is that it made us truly appreciate all the many things Central Florida has to offer. From our favorite spots to grab a bite and the shops we frequent to the unique ways to spend an afternoon or the beauty treatments we couldn’t live without,... Read More

Family of the Heart

A family, at its core, is about  love. It’s a safe home, unconditional support and a built-in team who will always be there to take care of each other.  That’s why Melanie Stimmell, of the supportive, educational and advocacy nonprofit Florida’s Foster/Adoptive Parent Association (FAPA), says that loving an adopted child is no different than loving a biological one.  “The... Read More

Varying Vaccine Viewpoints

According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than six million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Over one million of those cases occurred this past September, as many schools reopened with in-person classes. While the likelihood of COVID causing severe illness or death is a much lower risk for children than adults, over 500 children... Read More

26Health

Patient-centered care. An idea often conceptualized in health care facilities, but often never fully realized until now. For the staff at Orlando-based 26Health, it is not enough to say it is their goal to treat the entire patient. They make it happen. “The organization truly takes a holistic view of the patient,” says Manny Carames, director of behavioral health and adoptions.... Read More

Diabetes and Your Eyesight

Diabetes is said to be one of the fastest-growing chronic diseases in the world, and in the United States alone it affects 34.2 million people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s roughly one out of every 10 of the population. Even more jarring is the fact that one in five don’t even know they have the disease.  What, exactly, does this have... Read More

Experts in Eye Care

The health and wellness of your eyes should never be overlooked. Proper care of your eyes and vision is a key component to your overall health. The physicians of Central Florida Eye Specialists understand this and are dedicated to excellence in ophthalmology. The practice has been tending to the eye care needs of Orlando-area patients for over 30 years. With six convenient locations... Read More

Connecting Hearts, Growing Families

For more than 20 years, Amy Imber has been a tireless adoption advocate, connecting families of all kinds to the children their hearts have chosen.  In that time, she’s noticed that a handful of stigmas and misconceptions have lessened their hold on public perception. These days, for example, adoption isn’t so readily dismissed as a second-best alternative, just as it’s recognized... Read More

Tapping into Personal Health: Look Better, Feel Better, Perform Better 

In today’s world, we want instant gratification, and nowhere is that more desirable than in the realm of health and wellness. To achieve these goals, we might increase our water intake or start taking more vitamins and supplements and even join a gym, but it can be months before we see and feel the results of that hard work. However, there is a way to start feeling better faster... Read More

All in the Family

Chris and Samuel Dixon are far from alone in the fact that they witnessed a loved one suffer dire financial consequences as a result of the Great Recession in 2008. What makes the brothers different from most, however, is that they were inspired to do something about it. Having seen their beloved grandmother lose a significant portion of the savings she had worked so hard to accumulate... Read More

A Clear Vision

Since opening its doors more than five decades ago, Magruder Eye Institute has steadily built a stellar reputation as a provider of world-class eye care in Central Florida. In fact, the practice’s highly impressive team of physicians treats roughly 100,000 patients each year at its six state-of-the-art facilities conveniently located throughout the region.  Of course, that type... Read More

An Eye on the Future

Diabetes is said to be one of the fastest-growing chronic diseases in the world, and in the United States alone there are 1.5 million new cases each year. The numbers for hypertension are even more alarming, with nearly half of all American adults experiencing high blood pressure and being in jeopardy of heart disease or stroke. What, exactly, does this have to do with the eyes?... Read More

‘Cancer Does Not Stop for Anything’

When she took on the role of CEO/President of the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) in January 2020, Tracy Jacim’s previous career as a broadcast journalist had prepared her to always brace for the unexpected.  So when COVID brought the world to a grinding halt two months later and upended everyone’s daily routines, she was ready to take on the all-new challenges of a... Read More

A Helping Hand

Any parent of a young child will tell you that while each day is its own adventure, what matters most to them is that they are raising a happy and healthy individual in a stable, loving environment. But for many families struggling with the complex challenges that arise in life, this is certainly easier said than done. When faced with major issues like poverty, food insecurity,... Read More

The Doctor Is In

Friends’ social media confessions, celebrities opening up about their troubles conceiving and popular entertainment increasingly addressing the very real struggles of trying to get pregnant have all, in recent years, helped diminish the taboo of talking about infertility.  But as helpful as it is to have more resources and avenues for connecting with others who understand that... Read More

Happy to Help

Asking for help isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Most people treasure their independence, and admitting that they can’t handle a problem on their own—even a medical one—can sometimes be a challenge. Whether it’s an issue they think they can put off until later, is embarrassing in nature or is just too scary to tackle head on, the consequences of not seeking assistance... Read More

The Mind-Body Connection

You don’t have to be a professional or even a casual athlete to benefit from the ways sports medicine is helping people from all walks of life get back to the lives and hobbies they love post-injury. While its name may conjure images of sidelined sports heroes clawing their way back to mobility, flexibility and recovery, the reality is that anyone can access the specialized, individualized,... Read More

A Perfect Fit

Like many young adults fresh out of school, Dr. Mitchell Salerno faced an uncertain future with no clear direction after his graduation from Wheaton College in the late 1990s. As he stared down the proverbial fork in the road, suddenly a path he had never even considered presented itself. It was a journey that led him some 1,300 miles from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,... Read More

On the Right Path

The importance of education is not lost on any parent. By selecting the right learning environment, parents allow more opportunity for their children to grow and develop inside and outside of the classroom. For many, the private school experience is the perfect way to solidify a child’s educational foundation. It provides children with invaluable tools that help prepare them for... Read More

Protecting The Skin You’re In

As the summer sun beats down on Central Florida, staying cool and protected from the abundant sunshine’s harmful rays should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. After all, one bad sunburn isn’t just a temporary inconvenience: Skin damage accumulates with time, and each burn increases your risk of skin cancer.  The 17-location, award-winning team at Associates in Dermatology,... Read More

Where Patients Become Parents

For those struggling to become pregnant, scrolling through social media can bring up mixed emotions. As you look at pictures of smiling babies taking their first steps or puckering at their first taste of a lemon, there is happiness but also a deep sense of yearning. But you keep scrolling until a post stops you in your tracks: a friend announced she is pregnant, and she says it’s... Read More