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  • Oral Health Can Help Lead To A Longer Life

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Summer 2022

    Required homework for a first-class smile: daily care, regular dental visits.

    “Dr. Fatmi is the best dentist I’ve ever had, and I’ve happily referred friends to him.” – Dr. Varsalona In 2005, when Jack Varsalona, EdD, stepped in as the third president of Wilmington College, the private, nonprofit, doctoral research institute was still in its infancy. That place of higher learning grew in a hurry under his direction. During his first two years in office, Dr. Varsalona orchestrated the transition of the small New Castle, Delaware, academy into Wilmington University. He then watched as the campus expanded and its enrollment doubled to more than 20,000 students. The expansion of the school was the highlight of Dr. Varsal...

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  • BioDensity Program Battles Bone Loss

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Summer 2022

    Weekly, 15-minute exercise sessions reverses osteoporosis without meds.

    Over the past year and a half, Sue Toth has moved ever closer to scratching off one of the items near the top of her bucket list. If she succeeds, it will be thanks to Andi, the third of three Dalmatians she’s raised. “I’ve always been a big fan of dog shows and have always been very interested in competing in one,” Sue explains. “Unfortunately, when I was living and working in Ohio, I just never had the time. Now that I’m retired, I have the time.” And the dog. “Andi is 17 months old now, and he’s the first dog I ever thought I could compete with,” Sue adds. “I’m training him in rally and agility, and he’s doing really well. He’s enjoying it, so maybe in...

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  • A New, Safe Medical Weight-Loss Program

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Summer 2022

    Safely shed 15-25 pounds over two months with recently approved semaglutide injectables.

    While Debra Leonard lived in her native New York, she served as a representative for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., better known as MetLife. Debra is already more than halfway to her goal of losing 15 pounds. “They offer life and health insurance, as well as annuities and other products,” Debra describes. “In 1999, I went into property and casualty insurance with another company. I also work in the travel industry booking trips for guests. I have my own business and work with other companies.” Now 65, Debra left New York and resettled in Florida in 2008. In the years since, she has put on a few extra pounds that she couldn’t lose ...

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  • Advanced Corneal Surgery Treats Fuchs’

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Summer 2022

    Transplant of cornea’s inner lining followed by PRK procedure to correct vision.

    Like the sports cars he tinkers with, Charles Boggess has a few parts that aren’t original. The 61-year-old Florida native and tractor-trailer driver was given a new kidney in 1998. Sixteen years later, he received two corneal transplants to correct a series of vision problems that began years earlier. Charles is seeing clearly under the hood. “I started using reading glasses when I was pretty young,” Charles relates. “And I’ve worn regular eyeglasses for nearsightedness since I was 30. Around 2014, my vision became really blurry. I kept getting new glasses prescriptions, but they didn’t clear up my vision. I eventually went to a new eye d...

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  • MCU A ‘Miracle’ Tool For Neck, Back, Leg Pain

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Summer 2022

    Nonsurgical Multi-Cervical Unit uses evidence-based medicine to build muscle strength.

    The years of neglect that would eventually cripple Haiti’s infrastructure and spark the demise of the Duvalier dictatorship were just beginning to take their toll when Emmanuel* packed his belongings and departed for a better life in the US. “I left Haiti and came here in 1980,” Emmanuel details. “I came mostly because I wanted to get a better education. I knew that I would have more possibilities for that here, and it’s worked out very well for me.” After earning a master’s degree in psychology, Emmanuel spent several years working for the Florida Department of Children & Families before returning to his first love: teaching. “I fel...

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  • Replacing Partials With Dental Implants

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2022

    IV sedation keeps anxious patient relaxed during procedure.

    “I could not be more pleased that I found DeLand Implant Dentistry.” – Fran When Fran Malinowski was 2 years old, her mother plopped her down on the back of a pony for a short ride around a stable. Fran still has a picture of herself from that moment, which sparked a unique bond between Fran and horses that remains strong. “My mother once asked me, What is it with you and horses? because she and my dad were city people and I grew up in a subdivision,” Fran remembers, “I told her, I think it goes back to that day you put me on a horse for the first time. “Something must have clicked there because, as my mother used to say, It’s horses, horses, horses with you a...

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  • Venous Disease More Prominent In Women

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2022

    Hormonal changes give women a higher risk of varicose veins.

    Varicose veins are bluish, bulging veins visible in the legs. Both men and women can develop them, but women have a greater risk for venous disease, of which varicose veins are the most prominent sign. “Of those affected by varicose vein issues, about 60 to 65 percent are women, compared to 35 to 40 percent men,” observes Charles I. Stein, MD, RPh, FACOG, a vein specialist at Vascular Vein Centers. The main reason women are at a higher risk is the hormonal changes they experience due to menstrual cycles. “Each month, women’s bodies produce high levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone,” Dr. Stein informs. “Progesterone is a muscle relaxant that relaxes the ...

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  • Balloon Procedure Clears Sinus Infections

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2022

    Breathe easier after minimally invasive dilation procedure.

    In the 25 years that it’s been developing young athletes, the Essence Girls Basketball program has produced more than 250 Division I college players, more than 40 professionals and four Olympic gold medalists. Kimberly Davis Powell But those are just some of its achievements. “Some of the girls we’ve coached have gone on to become doctors,” says Essence founder Kimberly Davis Powell. “One became a judge; another is a successful music writer. Our girls have used their educations to further themselves in many ways.” The nonprofit travel basketball program was designed to help girls earn college scholarships and succeed in life, not just in athletics. Kimberly foun...

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  • DRX9000 Improves Cervical & Lumbar Injuries

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2022

    ATV lover’s crippling back pain quelled through spinal decompression.

    With 189 miles of trails that have been designed to test every skill level, the Ocala National Forest has become one of the best sites in the state for ATV riding. Michelle Snyder hopes to discover that firsthand one day. Michelle Snyder Michelle’s family received four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicles for Christmas last year, and while her son and husband have been riding them in and around the forest, Michelle has yet to take a meaningful joy ride there. A back injury is the reason. “As best I can tell, I hurt my back in early February while we were cleaning out our garage,” Michelle explains. “I wasn’t doing any heavy lifting; I was just putting light ...

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  • Sitting In Chair Halts Urinary Incontinence?

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2022

    Pulsating BTL Emsella protocol strengthens pelvic muscles, improves bladder control.

    The daughter of a western Nebraska wheat farmer, a young Melinda* traveled with some friends to Valentine, Nebraska, seeking work. She found a position as a legal secretary to the county attorney for Cherry County, of which Valentine is the county seat. She also met her husband, Nathan, there. “I worked for the county attorney for about four years, then I got married,” says Melinda, now 83. “When I gave birth to our first child in 1960, I decided to stay at home with the baby. I had two more children after that.” Eventually, Nathan and Melinda relocated from Nebraska to Colorado. The move was precipitated by the weather — and the landscape. ...

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