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  • Brain Trust

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Fall 2020

    Neurosurgeon repairs deadly bleeding disorder with catheter procedure.

    In late April, Alison* feared she had contracted COVID-19. She had good reason, based on her symptoms, which included a great deal of fatigue, fever and headaches. “I very rarely run a temperature, which is why I thought it must be COVID,” the 75-year-old says. “The other thing was that I was so dreadfully tired. All I wanted to do was sleep. And for two days, that’s pretty much all I did, which wasn’t very smart. “I probably should have gone to a doctor straight away, but I didn’t want to move because I was so tired and had this massive headache. Finally, after two days, I decided I had to go see someone because I couldn’t talk straight. I could speak, b...

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  • Impressive Decompression

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Fall 2020

    VAX-D, a nonsurgical vacuum therapy, eases neck and back pain.

    Sylvia Ecker thought her third trip to Florida would be just like her first two: short and sweet. From the beginning, though, her husband had something else in mind. His intention all along was to remain in Florida permanently. Sylvia, left, visitedDr. Aderholdt, center, after he successfully treated her son David for a painful ruptured disc. “We first visited Florida in 1949 and then again in 1951, but both times we went back home to Jamestown, New York,” Sylvia, 88, recalls. “After we came here again in 1956, we just decided to stay. My husband was planning to remain here for life.” In Florida to stay, Sylvia began looking for employment. She always enjoyed ma...

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  • Time Used Wisely

    Edition: Manatee County, North Tampa, Published: Fall 2020

    Once-a-week, slow-cadence workouts safe, effective during pandemic.

    They didn’t start dating each other until a few weeks after graduating from high school, so Jeanette and Karl Kudick never considered themselves high school sweethearts. They have been sweethearts ever since, though. Jeanette and Karl say their 20 Minutes to Fitness workouts are moreconvenient and more effective than traditional workouts. “There was a very popular song out when we started dating called Too Young, and that’s what everybody said about us,” Jeanette says. “They said we were too young to be together, too young to be married. And we were very young. But we made it work.” They’ve been making it work for 64 years. That’s how long Jeanette and Kar...

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  • The Case for Antioxidants

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Fall 2020

    High levels of oxidative stress have a negative effect on health.

    All people experience stress. But too much stress can have a negative impact on the body. That’s why stress management should be a routine part of everyone’s healthy lifestyle. Unlike mental and physical stress, the kind that people feel directly and is more conspicuous, oxidative stress and inflammation occur internally, at the cellular level. But just as it is with physical stress, too much oxidation in the cells is bad for health. “The good news is that the oxidation process can be neutralized by antioxidants,” asserts H. Gene Steele, DDS, who along with J. Terry Alford, DMD, practices general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry at Advanced Dental Cos...

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  • Perilous Position

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Fall 2020

    Stem cell therapy regenerates dentist’s neck and fingers.

    Tampa native Vivian Medina, DDS, has been interested in health care since she was a teenager. So when she got the chance, she attended Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska, then turned her education into a lengthy career. Dr. Medina, who chose dentistry over medicine, prepares to treat a patient. “The fact that dentistry allows more flexibility for home and children made it more appealing to me than medicine,” she explains. “Plus, dentistry is very detail-oriented, and I like that. So, I chose to go into dentistry and never looked back.” “I’ve been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for 29 years now. At my practice, we treat patients of a...

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  • Bundle of Joy

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Fall 2020

    Combo treatment brings long-sought relief, reduces need for opioids.

    Wayne Bloomberg, 68, is a native of western New York. When he was a young man, he didn’t have enough money for college, so his uncle got him a job repairing farm machinery. Wayne’s career as a heavy equipment mechanic evolved from that humble beginning. When CBD was added to Wayne’s treatment regimen,it helped relieve his chronic headaches, back and neck pain. “New York didn’t pay very well for farm equipment repair back then, so I packed up and moved to Florida in 1972 when I was 20 years old,” Wayne recalls. “In Florida, I found a job with more pay and more benefits working as a mechanic for Caterpillar®. “For 34 years, I served as a field mechanic and wo...

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  • Designer Eyes

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Fall 2020

    Advanced technology eliminates need for glasses following cataract surgery.

    Stefanie*, 62, began her career as a teacher, but before long she gave birth to four children. Unfortunately, raising her own children interfered with instructing other children, so she left teaching to concentrate on motherhood. When her kids got older, Stefanie returned to school, but this time as a student to pursue a passion for interior design. She earned certification in the field and worked for a small design company for 12 years before retiring recently. “We did residential versus commercial design,” Stefanie describes. “I worked with a lead designer who was wonderful. I was doing something I liked, so it wasn’t laborious for me to get up in t...

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  • Back to Normal

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Fall 2020

    Rehab device develops customized therapy to alleviate pain.

    If you want a truly traditional Italian-style pizza, the kind you would get at a trattoria in Florence, Rome or Milan, you won’t get it by ordering from any brand-name pizza chains. You can, however, get one at Cafe Sapori in West Palm Beach. Erik Pruneti Since it opened in 2017, Cafe Sapori has been serving up a taste of Italy so genuine you’d think it came from a ristorante bordering Venice’s Grand Canal. Even its management staff and executive chefs are full-blooded Italian. “We were all born and raised in Italy,” says Erik Pruneti, an assistant manager who hails from Florence, where he worked in restaurants from age 14 until a few years ago, when he traveled to t...

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  • Zap That Blob

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Fall 2020

    Noninvasive laser procedure answers distress call for eye floaters.

    Jack Genova’s career was like a season of CSI: Miami. For 22 years, he was a chemist for the Miami-Dade Police Department in one of the largest crime labs in the world. But Jack stresses that a real-life crime lab bears little resemblance to the one on the TV series. Laser vitreolysis dissolved the vitreous floaters that moved in and out of Jack’s vision. “What you see on CSI is entertaining, but it isn’t accurate,” Jack, 75, confirms. “It shows a glorified version of the job that we did. On CSI, one scientist knows everything about everything, from DNA to fibers, and that’s just not the case in the real world. “In our crime lab, there were about 50 scientist...

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  • The Root of the Matter

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Fall 2020

    Implant-retained denture restores stability, confidence.

    He needed the better part of 10 years to complete the task, but after losing his right leg in an automobile accident at age 18, Frederick Pauloz eventually turned a personal tragedy into triumph. The Joy of EatingSince he was fit with an implant-secured denture, Frederick can eat anything he wants, including corn on the cob. “I lost my right leg in 1983,” Frederick remembers. “After the accident, the doctors took the lower part, right below the knee, and for the next 10 years, I needed a lot of skin graft surgeries to get to where I could function normally with a prosthetic leg. “I was in and out of a lot of prosthetics during that period, but once I settled down, the ...

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