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  • Brotherly Love

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Strange behavior a sign of substance abuse.

    Unsure why it happened, Jackie* felt helpless as she watched her younger brother Stephan* deteriorate before her eyes. He went from a happy, energetic man who loved to build furniture and go dancing to a moody, lethargic person with no interest in woodworking or social activities. She thought he was depressed and would eventually snap out of it. Christian Sicignano, RN “But he didn’t snap out of it,” Jackie recalls. “Instead, he got worse. Stephan went for days without showering or shaving, and he started staying up all night. He stopped eating well and lost twenty pounds. But he was drinking excessively. “Stephan gave excuses to avoid attending family functions and refused to al...

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  • Size Does Matter

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Traditional dental implants restore proper function, enhance confidence

    An adage dating back to the 16th century that says the shoemaker’s son wears no shoes suggests the family of a person with a favorable skill set or occupation is always the last to benefit from that person’s expertise or position. Millie smiles with confidence now. That adage held true through the 22 years Millie Conard spent running her own travel agency. Though the opportunity to travel was often presented to her, Millie was seldom in a position to take advantage of it. “My daughter was little then, so that prevented us from traveling, and a lot of times when those perks were offered, you had to go right then and there or in the dead of winter,” Mil...

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  • Dry Eye Syndrome

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Clinical study investigates treatment for dry eye disease.

    Everybody sheds tears, and not just when they’re sad. Healthy eyes produce tears constantly, and when a person blinks, tears spread across the surface of the eye, lubricating it. Tears also clear the eyes of debris and protect them from infection. But there are factors that can interfere with this natural process, and these factors can lead to a distressing condition called dry eye disease. “Dry eye is a very common disease, sometimes referred to as an ocular surface disease,” notes Lee Shettle, DO, a board-certified ophthalmologist at Shettle Eye Research who conducts clinical research in partnership with ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. “It’s a condition in w...

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  • Making Waves

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Safe nonsurgical alternative to drugs erases erectile dysfunction.

    When Esteban* married his wife 48 years ago, the native of Barcelona, Spain knew he was entering into a lifelong romantic partnership. What he didn’t know was that he was also entering into what would eventually become a business partnership. “My wife is from Portugal, and after we moved to Florida some thirty-five years ago, we realized there was a business opportunity here for us translating legal and medical documents from Spanish and Portuguese into English,’’ Esteban explains. “We’ve been doing that for more than thirty years now, and it’s been a good business for us. It’s something we can do out of our home, which is convenient, and there’s enough de...

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  • Surgery Circumvented

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Synchronize speech in both ears with Binaural Spatial Mapping.

    For ten years, Joyce Conner suffered a progressive loss of hearing. She remembers seeing at least ten audiologists; six ear, nose and throat physicians and two ear specialists, all of whom tried but failed to preserve and improve her hearing. Joyce Conner “I’ve had quite a few different hearing aids, and none of them helped me hear better,” Joyce reflects. “I couldn’t decipher words because I have a reverse-slope hearing loss. It’s not really a normal hearing loss.” Joyce’s hearing loss was having a huge impact on her personal life. She stopped going to lunch with her friends and stopped shopping on her own. She noticed people would sometimes become irritat...

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  • Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    Retiree’s smile reconstructed using implant-secured fixed bridges.

    Riccardo Billi, 55, left his native New Jersey to pursue business opportunities in Florida. He followed his relatives’ example and purchased a mobile home community, which he sold last year when he retired. He didn’t give up property ownership entirely. He simply scaled down his involvement to suit his retirement lifestyle. Retiree’s smile reconstructed using implant-securedfixed bridges. “Two of my uncles moved from New Jersey to Florida about ten years before I did,” Riccardo states. “They started buying properties and did very well. They owned one mobile home community together, sold it and doubled their money. Then they each bought their own co...

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  • Born Again

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Fall 2019

    New smiles created with Dentures in a Day.

    Ralph Johnson On July 12, 2014, Ralph Johnson, 64, was born again. On that warm summer day, the Brooklyn, New York native received a life-saving liver transplant. But Ralph’s new life was quickly threatened again when he developed graft-versus-host disease, a condition that is typically a death sentence for liver transplant patients. “The graft is my new liver and the host is my body,” the retired law enforcement officer explains. “With graft-versus-host, my body’s immune system recognized that there was a graft in my body and immediately began attacking it. This occurred even though I was taking medication to suppress my immune system. “But I was able to overcome the gr...

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  • Correct the Cause of Pain

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Fall 2019

    Stretching protocol relieves neck and back pain, restores flexibility.

    Lori Falcone Two years ago, Bronx, New York native Lori Falcone, 55, and her business partner expanded their company to include a power washing and paver sealing division. Being a business owner can be stressful, and Lori tends to hold stress in her neck and shoulders, which caused severe neck pain and intense headaches. Lori also believes her genetics are partly to blame for the pain in her neck, shoulders and head. “I’m short and I’m Italian, so I have no neck to begin with,” she states. “That’s always been a joke with me. I went to a chiropractor regularly, and every time I went, I asked them, Can you please pull my neck out of my s...

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  • Visualize Your Outcome

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    iTero® Scanner simulates results for orthodontic and dental patients.

    Jimmy (After) When meeting someone for the first time, many people say their smile is the first thing they notice. Serving food and drinks at a country club, Jimmy* comes face to face with numerous people for the first time on a regular basis. However, greeting them with a smile is not something he’s always felt confident about. “I was a bit self-conscious because my front teeth were crooked and I had a bit of a gap in my teeth,” Jimmy shares. “I had braces when I was younger, and I didn’t wear my retainer like I was supposed to, and that caused my teeth to shift.” All through college, Jimmy was bothered by his lackluster smile, so when he retur...

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  • Goodbye Toenail Fungus

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    While serving in the United States Armed Forces, Chet Young did three tours of duty in Vietnam. At some point, during at least one of those tours, Chet was exposed to Agent Orange, a hazardous material that can cause diabetes, kidney disease and many other chronic conditions. Years later, when he first learned he had indeed contracted Type 2 diabetes, the diagnosis came as no surprise to Chet, who more recently thought a problem with toenail fungus was being caused by his diabetes. He soon found out differently. “I have my feet examined on a regular basis because diabetes can cause circulatory issues and problems with the feet,” he explains. “When the fungus appeared, I assumed the two were connected, but they’re not.” After moving to...

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