Health

Put the lime in the coconut

Put the lime in the coconut

You will never look at a lime the same again after today. This sour little green citrus fruit can do wondrous things advanced medicines can’t. After months at sea without fresh fruits and vegetables, sailors found this out the hard way when they got scurvy which caused frequent infections, anemia, cracked lips and lip corners, […]

Erasing the effects of menopause

Erasing the effects of menopause

Along with hot flashes, irritability and fatigue menopause can cause a variety of symptoms, not the least of which is bladder control problems and vaginal dryness.  Vaginal health issues are commonly seen in postmenopausal women and breast cancer survivors, especially when using Tamoxifen, a medicine that blocks the effects of estrogen and is used to […]

Local programs for autism abound

Local programs for autism abound

In 1908, the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler first used the word “Autism,” employing it to describe a set of unusual symptoms in his patients. Thirty-five years later in a 1943 medical paper, Leo Kanner, M.D., described and recorded 11 cases of highly intelligent, socially withdrawn children. In the course of Kanner’s work, Donald Triplett, a […]

Andrews Institute Krutches for Kids Drive needs crutches

Andrews Institute Krutches for Kids Drive needs crutches

Helping athletes have success on their road to recovery from an injury is something the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze does well and its latest effort will aid in that recovery process. It’s called the Krutches for Kids Drive and people are asked to donate any gently used crutches that can be given to athletes […]

HIV awareness campaign urges testing for citizens

HIV awareness campaign urges testing for citizens

Driving through many parts of Escambia County, you might have noticed billboards with advertisements of a different kind. As part of an ongoing HIV awareness campaign, the Florida Department of Health has been putting up these large ads, urging citizens to get tested. Because of elevated numbers for HIV/AIDS cases in the county, the continuance […]

TBI injuries, PTSD treatable with new therapies

TBI injuries, PTSD treatable with new therapies

Don’t let anyone tell you nothing can be done for the migraines, brain fog, depression, vertigo, fatigue, insomnia and other symptoms after a TBI injury.  Armed with facts, you or a loved one who has been injured can bust through the naysayers and obstructive agencies who tell you just to live with it or not […]

Current State of Zika

Current State of Zika

Zika virus, a viral relative of yellow fever, West Nile and dengue fever, was first classified in 1947 within rhesus monkeys in Uganda. Named after the forest in which it was first discovered, in 1952, this virus was first observed in humans.  According to a 2015 article in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases by […]

Department of health receives national accreditation

Department of health receives national accreditation

The Florida Department of Health is the first in the nation to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. “As an agency, we couldn’t be more proud,” said Jennifer Tschetter, the department’s chief operating officer. “The accreditation demonstrates we have organizational systems in place to ensure the highest public health outcomes possible.” Read […]

Dit Dot: Joy’s story of communication in an Alzheimer’s world

Dit Dot: Joy’s story of communication in an Alzheimer’s world

Back in 2004 I met a crusty, disheveled man in our memory disorder clinic (West Florida Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic in Pensacola). His wife had called our clinic and asked for help dealing with his bizarre behavior. She told me about him locking her out of the bedroom and telling her to leave before his […]

Imported beef, pork will require no labeling

Imported beef, pork will require no labeling

It pays for consumers to read food labels but that is now a murkier quest because the concern about chicken now extends to beef and pork originating from other countries. Assertive consumers’ efforts to determine where their food comes from was further complicated recently when the president signed the Omnibus Bill in December 2015 which […]

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