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Holistic Veterinary Medicine for Fido and Fluffy

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Holistic veterinary medicine is becoming an increasingly popular choice among pet owners who are willing to entertain alternative treatments for illnesses that strike their beloved fur ball, such as diabetes, stress, pain, arthritis, and other ailments. Holistic care is defined by Webster-Merriam Dictionary as: “relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather... Read More

Special Update on Special Needs

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Autism Diagnosis is Rising? According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1-in-68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. The number of U.S. children with ASD has soared approximately 30% in the past 2 years. ASD is almost 5 times more common... Read More

Tips for Healthy, Happy Travel

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Using discretion and common sense, I eat and drink whatever I like when I’m on the road. By following these basic guidelines, I never once suffered from Tehran Tummy or Delhi Belly.   Take precautions on the flight. Long flights are dehydrating. I ask for “two orange juices with no ice” every chance I get. Eat lightly, stay hydrated, skip coffee or alcohol,... Read More

Certified Midwives Deliver In-Home or In-Hospital Birth Options

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When Shauna Nobile became pregnant with her son Miles, now 3, she decided to pursue a natural homebirth with a midwife. The Port St. Lucie teacher had recently watched The Business of Being Born, a documentary comparing various childbirth methods, and, despite having received fertility treatment from an obstetrician, she sought care from Angela Love, a Treasure Coast certified... Read More

The Change: Female vs. Male Menopause

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The Change: Female vs. Male Menopause It is commonly known that females undergo a “change” in hormones with a typical onset that occurs later in life. This transformation usually ensues rapidly and may continue over the course of a few years. Recently, scientific interest surrounding the possibility of a male form of menopause has increased. Could men experience similar “changes?”... Read More

The Buzz on Mom and Booze

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Whether it’s at a weekend barbecue or a mommy’s night out with girlfriends, many of us like to relax with an occasional glass of wine, beer, or other alcoholic beverage. Drinking in moderation ─ one drink per day of 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor ─ for women (who aren’t pregnant) can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Some research... Read More

PetSaver CPR & First Aid

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Following an appointment at the pet groomers, Sue Carpenter expected to see her freshly trimmed, 5-pound poodle, Raven, playfully wagging her tail. But, within minutes of arriving to pick her up, the dog collapsed on the floor. Sue frantically jumped into her car with the lifeless pup and sped toward the animal hospital. An employee of the groomers attempted to revive Raven while... Read More

New Brain Mapping Technology at Florida Hospital for Children Creates “Roadmap” to Neurological Disorders

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MEG (Magnetoencephalography) is the first non-invasive functional brain imaging technology in the state of Florida Patients in the state of Florida will now have access to incisionless brain mapping that will precisely target irregularities due to epilepsy and other lesions. The only one in the state, Magnetoencephalography, or MEG (www.FloridaHospitalForChildren.com/MEG), provides... Read More

“It Doesn’t Hurt, Doc!”

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Always Smile At The Dentist With This Expert Advice… Even though I’ve heard it all before, I must say that I thoroughly enjoy dentist jokes and funny stereotypes about dentists. If you can’t laugh at yourself, what can you laugh at? But one thing that still makes me scratch my chin is when patients tell me, “It doesn’t hurt, Doc” with a sparkle in their eye, implying... Read More

The Mommy Makeover

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Cosmetic Surgery Trends and Options The physical demands of pregnancy can take a toll on a mother’s body. Winter Park based, board certified plastic surgeon James Baker, MD, FACS, explains that “the abdominal muscles separate and the skin stretches to allow the uterus to grow. The mom is often left with loose or sagging skin that is frequently attributed to the relaxation of... Read More

Keep Pets Healthy, Cool During Hot Weather

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Summer is for relaxing – for pets too. Many pet parents indulge their animal companions with vacations, special meals, hotel stays and trips to the spa. In fact, an estimated $53 billion were spent on pets last year. Yet many families with pets may not realize the longer, hotter days of summer require pampering around their health and safety. “During hot summer months, it’s... Read More

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Heart Surgery Program at Florida Hospital for Children Opens

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The Johns Hopkins Children’s Heart Surgery Program at Florida Hospital for Children recently launched to provide comprehensive cardiac surgery care. The program draws on the expertise of Johns Hopkins, a pioneer in the field of heart surgery, and will give Florida children access to a top-notch surgical team and the newest treatment approaches. Dr. Constantine Mavroudis, a world-renowned... Read More

Wellness Warnings: Statistics Parents Need to Know

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Drug Bust! More than 3.1 million teens ages 12 to 17 report abusing prescription drugs. 70% of children who abuse prescription drugs get them from family or friends. Prescription drugs are the #1 drug choice among 12-13 year olds. Florida has the highest rate of prescription painkiller sales in the country. InformedFamilies.org VIIIth city for HIV Orlando ranked 8th on the Centers... Read More

Crohn’s Disease & Family Planning

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In the middle of a chilly night in January 2009, then 26-year-old Beth Smith awoke with a severe, surging sensation in her lower abdomen. She assumed that her appendix had burst, but upon arrival at the hospital, a scan revealed that Beth had Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition involving the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) describes... Read More

Expecting Moms, Unexpected Skin Conditions

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Tips for Minimizing and Treating “Pregnancy Mask” For every mother-to-be, pregnancy brings an abundance of expectations. With a sense of excitement, a woman anticipates her growing belly, feeling that first kick, and hearing her newborn cry in the delivery room. But she doesn’t expect hormone-related skin conditions that can change her appearance and create a sense of self-consciousness. Unfortunately,... Read More

Surge in Surrogacy

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Motherhood is one of life’s greatest gifts. Yet, pregnancy can be a challenging journey filled with morning sickness, swollen feet, and stretch marks. Wouldn’t it be amazing if babies really were delivered by a stork or perhaps another carrier? Celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Elton John, and Giuliana Rancic have all expanded their families with the... Read More

Is Co-Sleeping a Healthy Habit?

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Making sure your newborn has the safest sleeping environment is essential to helping him/her grow up strong and healthy. Sleep habits are a prevalent topic of conversation among new moms and dads, as optimizing the quantity and quality of sleep is vital to an infant’s wellbeing (and mom and dad’s, for that matter). Unlike their exhausted new parents, babies sleep or drowse between... Read More

Nemours Children’s Hospital Makes Care A Family Affair

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The grand opening of Nemours Children’s Hospital on October 22nd will unveil a transformed hospital experience made possible through a “for families, by families” philosophy. By partnering with patients’ families, Nemours aims to ensure that physicians and medical teams care for the whole child, not just a child’s illness, plus the entire family unit. The backbone of this... Read More

Calling All Pink Recruits: The Pink Army Wants YOU!

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Pink dog tags are truly making a fashion statement. No, this trendy tag isn’t for your pet; it’s for you and your loved ones. The Florida Hospital Pink Army is recruiting, and you are needed to fight the battle! The Pink Army is not about military recruitment either, nor is it a club with an affinity toward the color pink; it’s about saving lives from breast cancer. One out... Read More

Getting the Family You Want

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If you could wave a magic wand and have the family you want, what would it be like?  Would you eat more dinners together, go to church together on Sundays, or spend Saturdays volunteering at a local soup kitchen? We often get so busy in our day-to-day routines that we forget what is really important. We go from one activity to another and never stop to spend quality time with the... Read More

Caregivers Need Care, Too

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Married for more than 50 years, Sandra Fuchs’ parents were used to relying on each other. When her mother developed multiple health problems in her later years, Fuchs, a mother of three, said that “Dad became Mom’s main caregiver.” But after her father developed brain cancer, Fuchs suddenly found herself assumingcare for both parents. “It’s quite a juggling act when... Read More

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