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  • Plantar Warts

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2018

    Don’t let them go untreated.

    Verruca plantaris, or plantar warts, can be painful and embarrassing. The most common breeding grounds for plantar warts are communal showers, floors in public swimming pools, even your shower at home. Breakouts can also occur among people who share gym or athletic facilities or in settings where bare feet are the rule. “Warts can occur on any compromised skin surface, but they are most common on the bottoms of the feet and on the hands,” explains board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM, who has offices in Melbourne and Palm Bay. “They tend to invade the skin through small abrasions or cuts, some that you may not even realize you have. “The plantar wart can be quite painful sinc...

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  • Hi-Tech Smiles

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2018

    Leading-edge technology allows for comprehensive dental care.

    Matilda Cox spent nearly 50 years serving a variety of physicians as a medical secretary. During that time, she regularly took advantage of the opportunity she was given to observe countless surgical procedures and operations. Matilda, 73, recently had those tables turned on her. This time, instead of being one of those observing a medical procedure, she became the star in an instructional video produced for post graduate dental studies. And it was all because of a strawberry seed. Matilda starred in her own dental restoration. “It was sometime last spring that I was eating strawberries, and one of the little seeds got stuck in the gap between my gum and one of my ...

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  • Back in Touch

    Edition: Brevard County, Indian River County, Published: Spring 2018

    Advanced technology creates a plethora of new soundscapes.

    After 20 years of working her way up the corporate ladder to the position of executive administrator of a large company, Diane Kaiser decided at the age of 55 to act on a longstanding desire to change careers and move into real estate. It was around that same time that Diane, now 66, also decided to make a major lifestyle change and get hearing aids. The latter was a change she had contemplated for a couple of years and one her grandchildren finally prompted her to act on. Diane is glad she can hear her grandchildren clearly on the phone “I knew for a while that I had been suffering from hearing loss,” Diane explains. “But when I could no longer hear my grandk...

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  • Modern Symfony®

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2018

    Extended range of focus helps people see close up and at a distance.

    Frank now has a clear vision of his retirement. Philadelphia native Frank Armstrong has worn contact lenses since he was 12 years old. Over the years, his eyesight progressively deteriorated, and his lens prescription became stronger and stronger. After his retirement two years ago, Frank noticed his vision was no longer sharp, even with his contacts. “It started getting bad, especially at night, when my vision was unclear,” he describes. “Seeing was a challenge, and I became less confident in my ability to see well enough to drive at night. “I saw halos, and the brightness of the headlights from the cars coming toward me would wash everything out. I c...

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  • The Root of the Problem

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2018

    Frustrated by non-healing leg wounds? It could be your veins!

    A year ago, Paula Gilland retired for the second time. She first retired at age 50 after 30 years as a Safeway® employee. She then went into the mortgage industry for 15 years before retiring again and relocating from chilly Denver to balmy Florida. Paula Gilland Paula was happy to finally retire for good and get off her feet after a 45-year career. She had issues with her legs that were aggravated by long hours of sitting and standing. “When I was fifty, I developed a blood clot, a deep vein thrombosis, in my left leg,” she recalls. “Back in those days, they didn’t have the medicine that dissolves clots quickly like they do now. My doctor put me on a blood t...

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  • Short Circuit Solution

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2018

    Model change solves hearing device shut-down dilemma.

    Phil Baker learned at an early age that sooner or later he would likely suffer from some degree of hearing difficulty. Hearing loss can be hereditary after all, and since his mother suffered from a hearing defect, it was inevitable that he would, too. New hearing aids are helping Phil fine-tune his music. What Phil didn’t expect was the struggle he had finding just the right hearing aid to correct the problem. An electrician by trade, Phil, 51, can do just about anything in his field, from fixing a broken light switch to re-wiring a house. When it came to preventing his hearing aids from shorting out, however, he was at a loss. “I work mostly outside, changing out ba...

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  • A Crown Jewel

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2018

    All-porcelain crowns look more natural, last longer than predecessors.

    As a young woman growing up under the communist regime in the Czech Republic, Zorka* had little access to quality dental care. So, whenever a problem arose, she had no choice of provider or influence on treatment decisions. “I grew up during the communist time, and the way they treated our teeth was horrible,” she describes. “When I was eighteen years old, I had an abscess in the front. They took the nerve out, and my tooth was black after that. So, I was an eighteen-year-old girl with a black tooth.” In 1979, Zorka left Prague and moved to New Jersey. There she found a dentist who began the process of rehabilitating her smile. He began by tackling that ...

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