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  • Finding New Ways to Fight Diabetes

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2017

    Clinical trials available for people with diabetes.

    For Christa Wolfe, diabetes runs in her family. She seemed to be following in her parents’ footsteps when she developed diabetes in her mid 50s. Her mother and father had been diagnosed with diabetes at the same age. Christa learned how to stay healthy with diabetes after joining studies at Meridien Research. Christa is a native of Germany who moved to Pennsylvania with her American husband in the 1990s. The couple later retired to Florida, where Christa enjoys water aerobics and bicycling. Now age 71, she praises Meridien Research for keeping her aware of how to stay healthy with diabetes. Christa has Type 2 diabetes. It is the kind of diabetes that typica...

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  • Knee Pain Relief and More

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2017

    Innovative therapy relieves chronic osteoarthritis pain.

    Teresa Carlos has suffered from chronic pain for decades. A retired factory worker, she spent years lifting heavy boxes and cargo while living and working in California. Eventually, Teresa suffered damage to the discs in her back. The weakness in her back subsequently contributed to her developing osteoarthritis in her knees. Teresa can bend much easier now aftertreatment. “A chiropractor I was seeing for my back years ago in California told me that because of the weakness in my back, my knees had a hard time keeping my body upright, so eventually I developed osteoarthritis as well. My body is just a mess,” she says with a laugh. “I walked with a cane be...

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  • Want a Change?

    Edition: East Citrus County, South Palm Beach County Published: Summer 2015

    Facial cosmetic surgery gives a refreshed look and renewed confidence.

    As the owner of a beauty shop for 25 years, Mary Anne Smith understands the essentials of looking good. The now- retired Crystal River resident still wants to put her best face forward when she visits the local tea bar with her friends, but that was the last thing on her mind when her husband suddenly needed the services of a talented oral surgeon. Mary Anne is very happy with what she sees when she looks in the mirror. That brought them to the office of oral and maxillofacial surgeon Michael Hashemian, MD, DMD, of The Dentofacial & Cosmetic Surgery Institute, which has offices in Lecanto, Spring Hill and Land O’ Lakes. Mary Anne got the su...

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  • Strong Results in 20 Minutes a Week

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2017

    At age 55, Jan Girard knows what motivates her. Eleven years ago, she started working out at 20 Minutes to Fitness, where clients get stronger through a unique approach to exercise. Jan enjoys her favorite activities like kayaking. Strength-training sessions are finished in just 20 minutes under the guidance of a personal fitness coach on specialized equipment. What’s more, the workouts are scheduled only once a week. “I do not like going to a gym three days a week for an hour and sweating. I’ll come up with every excuse under the sun for I’m not going to go to the gym today, but I’ll go tomorrow,” admits Jan. “At 20 Minutes to Fitness, I have a coach whom I’ve worked with for years. I have a set appointment each week, which helps k...

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  • Saving Hearts

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2017

    Screening test detects hidden artery disease.

    Six years ago, Stewart Moon was feeling increasingly fatigued. He sought medical help to find out why, but initial testing didn’t reveal the answer. An exercise stress test didn’t show any strain on his heart. His cholesterol and blood pressure levels looked fine, too. Stewart lives an active lifestyle, including taking care of his horses. “I passed the exercise stress test and was patted on the shoulder and told that I was in great shape. Of course, I knew that I wasn’t – I couldn’t even carry a garbage can,” he shares. He had symptoms like shortness of breath, but feeling constantly tired was the most pronounced. “It went on for a long time, progressively for a year. I...

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  • Seeing 20/20

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2017

    Laser cataract surgery helps reduce need for glasses.

    Linda Hardy noticed she was having trouble driving at night. Glare from oncoming headlights made it difficult for her to see. “I would tell people, I can meet you for dinner, but we’re going to have to go early so I can get home before dark,” she shares. She is 66, a grandmother and works in a quality assurance department. The self-imposed driving restriction felt a little strange. “I felt like a young teen whose mom and dad are saying, You have to be home before dark!” says Linda. An eye exam by Linda’s optometrist revealed she had cataracts, the natural clouding of the lens that gradually obstructs vision. Cataracts are common with age; in fact, nearly half o...

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  • Bypass Blocked Arteries

    Edition: Hernando County Published: Spring 2017

    Improve cardiac circulation without surgery or stents.

    Eight years ago, John Gore, then 48, was awakened from a sound sleep at 1:00 a.m. by throbbing chest pain. He sat up on the side of his bed and contemplated what was happening to him. John is a breeder at his business in Brooksville. “I realized I was having a heart attack, so I got myself to the hospital and checked myself in,” relates John. “Around three o’clock the next day, the staff sent me to a different hospital, where they put in a coronary artery stent.” At that time, John met the physician who would manage his heart health, L. Amarchand, MD, a board-certified cardiologist and internist in Brooksville. John was still an active law enforcement offi...

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  • Just for You

    Edition: Hernando County Published: Spring 2017

    Customized vein treatment plans

    Native Floridians Durlene Johnson and her husband returned to the Sunshine State after traveling the country and the world during his time in the military. Still interested in traveling, they purchased a recreational vehicle and began exploring areas of America to which they had never been assigned. Now that the ugly, black spots are gone, Durlene is proud to show her legs. One journey the couple undertook was a six-month, cross-country trip to Alaska. On that excursion, an issue with Durlene’s legs started to become a serious problem. “We visited many places on the way to Alaska and back, and we did a lot of walking and hiking,” recalls Durlene. “I had quite a bit of discomfort in m...

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  • Same-Day Crowns Transform His Smile

    Edition: Hernando County Published: Spring 2017

    For years, Phillip Cole believed that he didn’t need regular dental care. In fact, he went two decades without visiting a dentist. Phillip praises Dr. Shuayb for giving him a natural-looking, healthy, new smile. “I had a good smile and thought that was good enough,” explains Phillip, who is 46. “But I started having some issues.” He made his first dental appointment in 20 years when he noticed an old crown was starting to fracture. It was on a molar toward the front of his mouth and could be seen whenever he grinned. Phillip was concerned that if he didn’t get it fixed, eventually there would be a visible gap when the crown broke entirely. In addition, Phillip had noticed bleeding and discomfort in his gums and thought he might have...

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  • Periodontal Perfection

    Edition: North Tampa Published: Spring 2017

    Karyn Zervos has a keen natural instinct, especially when it comes to her teeth and gums. A few years ago, Karyn began experiencing bleeding and inflammation in the area surrounding a dental implant that was placed years earlier. Karyn is happy to have healthy gums. “I think a piece of popcorn got stuck underneath it,” Karyn laments. “I eventually dislodged whatever it was and thought all was fine. I went for years never knowing there was an underlying issue. I brush and floss twice a day. I know I need to keep the area clean, and I was religious about doing so. “A few years ago, my gums started to bleed in that area after I brushed. It was sore, but only if you pushed on the gumline with the toothbrush. “I knew instinctively that ...

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