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Best Doctors


The health care world is constantly changing, and in Greater Orlando, it’s one of the fastest growing industries as local providers seek to stay on the cutting edge of the field. That means local doctors have to stay ahead of the curve so they don’t get left behind. That’s good news for Central Floridians, who regularly seek out the best medical care they can find. In order... Read More

Medically Speaking…


Doctors provide insight into their world. Dr. Julie Wei Pediatric Otolaryngology “I wish I could tell myself early on to not be so self-assured. Early in a physician/surgeon’s practice, one is naturally focused on one’s abilities and believes that we can ‘fix’ anything. The longer I practice and more experience I have, I am much more humbled by all the factors that influence... Read More

Comfortable in Your Own Skin


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which might not mean much to you—until you consider how widespread the disease really is. “Skin cancer rates are skyrocketing, both in the U.S., where more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and around the world,” says Dr. Michael Steppie, president and medical director of the Orlando-based Associates in Dermatology. “In... Read More

Learning the Hard Way


For children and adults alike, a learning disability presents a serious challenge—and regardless of whether you realize it, someone in your family could be coping with one right now, no matter how smart, strong, stable or supported he or she might be. “Learning disabilities are more common than many people think,” says Dr. Charlene Messenger, a school psychologist since 1978... Read More

Sick of the Zika


As infection rates rapidly increase across the globe, the Zika virus is raising alarms in the medical community—not for its symptoms but for its link to congenital microcephaly, miscarriages and other adverse fetal outcomes for pregnant women. Orlando physicians, as well as the entire medical community, are on high alert for signs of the virus, yet they advocate calm, as there’s... Read More

9 Natural Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immune System


Flu season has cleared up, but chances of catching a common cold still remain elevated during springtime when compared to summer months. So, what can you do? Try simple, natural strategies to help keep your family healthy and strong. These tips can also help the body fight illness more efficiently. Eat the colors of the rainbow Fruits and vegetables get their color from naturally... Read More

Helping Your Overweight Child


The percentage of overweight children in the U.S. is growing at an alarming rate, with 1-in-3 kids now considered overweight or obese. From fast food to electronics, quick and easy is the new normal for many people; and preventing your kids from becoming overweight might mean changing the way your family eats, exercises, and spends time together. Helping kids adopt healthy lifestyles... Read More

Don’t Miss a Beat in Seeking Treatment


Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack? In a survey reported by the CDC, 92% of respondents recognized chest pain as a symptom of a heart attack. However, only 27% were aware of all major symptoms ─ chest pain or discomfort; upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach; shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats ─ and... Read More

Teen Cosmetic Procedures Are On The Rise


There were more than 76,000 cosmetic surgery procedures performed on teens in 2011 ─ a possible reflection of recent findings that cosmetic procedures have risen 30% over the last decade, specifically among teen bullying victims. As more teenagers alter their appearance to make themselves look better with the goal to feel better, some professionals are warning interested children... Read More

Oh Baby! Can a Postpartum Doula Help?


Corey Engmann never imagined hiring a postpartum doula until she learned she was expecting twins. Feeling overwhelmed and worried about how she would handle two newborns, along with the pressing needs of her two-year-old, she turned to Teresa Marshall, a certified birth and postpartum doula, for help following the twins’ birth. Marshall spent five nights a week for four months... Read More

Local Medical Heroes (Even Little Ones) Lead the Way to Future Healing


Anyone who is a parent knows how challenging ─ yet rewarding ─ raising a child can be. But, when a child experiences mood or behavioral problems, the challenge can turn overwhelming. One local resource is readily available, yet many are unaware of it: Clinical trials, also referred to as research studies, are opportunities where advanced medical discoveries are in the making.... Read More

November is American Diabetes Month


Orlando Family Magazine Supports American Diabetes Association Mission: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  Vision: Life free of diabetes and all its burdens. Stay connected at What is the American Diabetes Association? Life free of diabetes and all its burdens… that single purpose drives what the... Read More

Risks Involved with ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Teeth Straightening Products


Adolescents and adults alike who could benefit from proper orthodontic care might long for a short cut ─ to save time and money. After all, many are already accustomed to achieving physical improvements with ‘do-it-yourself’ techniques, such as boxed hair dye, manicure kits, hair removal products, and so on. However, consumers considering DIY orthodontic treatments should... Read More

Head Lice 101


The head louse is a small, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice (the plural of louse) are a common problem among kids. They’re contagious, annoying, and sometimes tough to get rid of, but they aren’t dangerous, although lice bites can make a child’s scalp itchy and irritated, and scratching... Read More

Healthy Mompreneur Inventions


Moms are problem solvers… and some create their own innovative solutions! In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re spotlighting awesome healthy living inventions by mothers. Log onto to WIN one of these “mompreneur” products. For the Hygiene Queen… Jennifer Jackson Martin, mother of two, created the Ring Ching Ching collection for college-bound... Read More

5 Allergy Myths and the Facts that Refute Them


You sneeze when a cat walks by, wheeze through spring and summer, and can’t even get close to a Christmas tree. As one of the 60 million Americans who suffer from allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Association, you may think you’re already aware of everything there is to know about allergies and the allergens that trigger them; but you may actually “know”... Read More

E-cigarettes: A New Addiction for Kids?


Recently, consumers have been exposed to an influx of promotion for electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). Though advertising is presumed to be aimed at the general adult population, e-cigarette use among middle and high school students doubled in one year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), equating to more than 1.78 million kids experimenting... Read More

Health & Wellness Products


Looking for the right tools to help you get healthy? Click Here to enter to WIN one of these products. 4id Glow Gear Various fitness products, such as headphones, shoe laces, and arm bands, are customized with light-up settings (flash, constant light, or off) to maximize safety while exercising outdoors. $7.95-$24.95 | BURG Smartwatch This technology fashion-forward smartwatch... Read More

Heart-Healthy Family Fitness


Get Your Kids Moving and Check Some Chores Off Your List! With 1-in-3 kids being overweight or obese, staying active is more important than ever to American families. When you think about activities to get children moving, don’t forget to spread the love with chores — from dusting to mowing to walking the dog. Your kids may not exactly thank you, but their hearts will! Here... Read More

Making the Most of Your Workout


Looking for a way to burn more calories in less time with your workout? The fitness community is talking about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). HIIT is effective, fun, and growing in popularity and experts forecast that this trend will stick around. HIIT is designed for any level of fitness and results happen quickly! The... Read More

Reignite Your Sex Life After Baby: 10 Back-To-Sex-Tips For New Moms


Gulp! Your doctor has given you the “all clear” to resume sexual activity after birthing your baby. Now you just need the libido, the energy, and a good night’s sleep to go with it and maybe sex would sound remotely interesting again. To alleviate some of the worries that you may have about sex after pregnancy, here are ten no-pressure, back-to-sex tips for new... Read More

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