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  • Knee-Deep Relief With Regenerative Therapy

    Edition: Charlotte County, Sarasota, South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2023

    Renewing substances from patient’s blood restores injured joint and eradicates pain.

    Susan Jackman enjoyed a multidimensional career. It began at the Internal Revenue Service, where she worked for six years. Susan then joined the Hanes apparel company in its distribution division, where she enjoyed “the best years” of her career. Without knee pain, Susan can comfortably work in her yard. “I worked for Hanes distribution for 19 years,” Susan reveals. “I started out delivering L’eggs® pantyhose to stores but later became a supervisor and district sales manager. I had eight full-time employees under me and serviced a four-state area.” Susan, a Missouri native, eventually left Hanes. When she did, a close friend of her mot...

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  • Replacement Hormones From DNA Science

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, South Palm Beach County, Published: Winter 2022

    Recombinant genetic material creates safe, purified hormone replacement.

    As a boy, Craig* watched the birds in the air and was fascinated. He thought flying was the coolest thing and dreamed about soaring through the air himself. As a young man, the New York native attended college on a Navy scholarship and had the grades to go directly to flight school following graduation. “I got my wings, and the rest is 25 years of flying history,” shares Craig, 50. “I served as a Navy pilot from 1992 to 2002, and I started working in 2003 for an aircraft manufacturer that makes Black Hawks and other types of helicopters. I’m a test pilot for them.” Craig’s wife, Amber*, a Connecticut native, has her own career as a registered nurse. S...

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  • Dental Implants Keep Lower Denture Secured

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Winter 2023

    After a broken tooth, gum infection, extractions and loose denture, her two-year dental odyssey ends.

    Donna Wallace turned her affinity for numbers into a career. After earning a two-year degree in accounting from Oakland University in suburban Detroit, Donna held accounting positions at several companies in her native Michigan. After being fit with a full upper denture, Donna received lower implants and a temporary lower denture. “I chose accounting because I like numbers,” explains Donna, 82. “I like math and did very well in math in high school. I retired from the corporate office of a child care organization with a group of 357 centers across the country. “I was a cash management accountant there for 12 years. I moved ...

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  • Laser Therapy Kills Lingering Toenail Fungus

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Sarasota, Published: Winter 2023

    Painless PinPointe therapy is podiatrist’s “weapon of choice.”

    After winning her nearly two-year battle with cancer, Sally* celebrated in part by moving from North Carolina to Florida, where she and her husband recently found a waterside home that they fell in love with at first sight. Unfortunately, Sally resettled still bearing scars left by her cancer treatment. Though her hair grew back, a toenail that fell off during chemotherapy continued to give her fits. “It was the toenail on my left big toe, and just as it was almost done growing back out, it would fall off again,” Sally details. “At first, I was seeing a podiatrist in North Carolina about it, but after moving to Florida, I started to see a podiatrist in Bradenton.”...

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  • Some Meds Can Cause Hearing, Balance Woes

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Sarasota, Published: Winter 2023

    You likely haven’t heard of ototoxicity, a common auditory and vestibular disorder.

    In 1944, while discovering that a recently isolated antibiotic called streptomycin could wipe out tuberculosis, doctors learned that many of the patients who received the medication were left with irreversible cochlear and vestibular dysfunction. It wasn’t the first time a medication had been found to cause such damaging side effects. A century earlier, doctors found that high levels of aspirin in the body can have a toxic effect on hearing. Since those discoveries, more than 200 classes of drugs, including over-the-counter pain relievers, diuretics, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals used to treat heart disease and cancer have been found to c...

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  • Cold Feet? Therapy Puts Out Neuropathy Fire

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Winter 2023

    Treatments rebuild damaged nerves that cause feelings of cold and heat in extremities.

    Starry Starry Explosion Many an artist has attempted to recreate or put their own spin on a beloved masterpiece such as Vincent van Gogh’s, The Starry Night. Few have tried to recreate that treasure on a medium as unique as the one Eris Dietz chose. “I painted it on a conch shell,” Eris says proudly. “I call it, Starry Starry Explosion. I really wanted to paint something by Dali on a shell, but that’s really hard to do, so I chose The Starry Night by van Gogh. It turned out pretty well.” Painting shells is Eris’ favorite hobby. Most of the shells she’s painted have been dressed up with a unique blend of bright colors, but given the right...

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  • These Injections Can Resolve Your E.D.

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Winter 2023

    Erectile dysfunction with comorbidities requires treatment that optimizes sexual and overall health.

    Logan* attended college to become a construction manager, joining a field in which he long had an interest. His schooling included a degree in business and finance from Cornell University in New York. He then built a career as a real estate developer and established a construction management firm. “My company works on major projects,” Logan describes. “We’ve built apartment buildings and office buildings. We’ve constructed a couple of shipyards, a couple of restaurants and a few hotels.” A New York native, Logan twice relocated to Florida. The first time was many years ago. He made the move back because there were many const...

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  • Wound VAC Prompts Healing Of Hip Infection

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Winter 2023

    Specialized in-home treatments help close seeping pressure ulcer.

    More than a third of the 20 years that Judy* spent as an Air Force nurse were abroad, in faraway places such as Thailand, Turkey and Europe. Judy says she learned a valuable life lesson during those extended stays. “I learned that God doesn’t have favorites,” Judy reasons. “The whole world is beautiful, and everywhere you go, there are very nice, very funny people who care deeply for one other. Though we speak different languages, we’re all pretty much alike.” The daughter of a St. Augustine firefighter, Judy joined the service in 1964, four years after graduating from nursing school. She retired in 1984 at age 45 and continued devoting much of her time car...

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  • Multifocal IOL Options For Cataract Patients

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Winter 2023

    Latest intraocular lenses can make you glasses-free – even if you’ve undergone LASIK or PRK.

    In the first 10 months of 2022, the Flagler Humane Society returned 465 pets to their rightful owners and found homes for more than 1,500 other lost or abandoned animals. Amy Carotenuto can’t help but be proud of those numbers. Now in her 38th year in animal welfare, Amy is the executive director of the local nonprofit, which provides shelter, care and protection for more than 6,000 animals a year. “I started out by volunteering one day a week, but I always felt like I could and wanted to do more,” Amy shares. “It’s a challenging job, but it’s a job I absolutely love.” One of the challenges Amy faced in recent years was brought on by...

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  • Treatments For AMD Continue To Evolve

    Edition: Citrus County, East Volusia County, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, The Villages, West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2023

    Early detection of macular degeneration is key to avoiding severe vision loss.

    The retina, which is the light-sensitive layer of nerve tissue lining the back of the eye, is essential for vision. When light hits the retina, it triggers impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain, where the visual images are formed. “People’s sharpest vision is controlled by a small area at the center of the retina called the macula,” describes Jonathan A. Staman, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained retina specialist with the Florida Retina Institute. “The macula is responsible for a person’s central, most detailed vision. It’s what we use to read and identify facial features. “Macular degeneration is a common disease a...

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