Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

Health

Dreaming of a smoke-free society

Dreaming of a smoke-free society

A few weeks ago news media reported the death of Eric Lawson, the rugged Marlborough man in cigarette ads. Guess what he died of? From respiratory failure brought on by COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) caused by his years of smoking. What...
Published: 03/30/14

LeBlanc: Notable increase in Lewy Body Dementia

According to Dennis Dickson of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, the number of cases of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) diagnosed by the Florida Brain Bank has taken a sharp increase, even surpassing that of vascular dementia. Lewy Body is now the second mos...
Published: 03/30/14

Battling the obesity epidemic

Americans have battled obesity for years, buying into fad diets, quick-fix pills and kick-start weight loss programs. Yet, collectively we have a higher rate of obesity than many countries.
Published: 03/29/14
Former Hernando High cheerleader inspires hope as cancer survivor

Former Hernando High cheerleader inspires hope as cancer survivor

Cheri Carlson, a 1984 Hernando High School graduate and past operating room nurse at Bayfront Health Brooksville, is a colon cancer survivor.
Published: 03/26/14
Updated: 03/27/14
Comment period for Medicare's 2015 Advantage Plan cuts ends April 7

Comment period for Medicare's 2015 Advantage Plan cuts ends April 7

On Feb. 21, Medicare delivered its annual "call letter" to Medicare Advantage plans announcing the terms for plans submitting bids for the 2015 season. The big change is that now that Medicare's Star's program no longer is a demonstration project, on...
Published: 03/26/14

LeBlanc: Snowbirds and dementia

Are you familiar with the term "snowbirds?" If not, as a Florida resident let me inform you that this is how we refer to our winter dwellers. In other words, when people spend their summers up north and their winters in our warm Florida climate, they...
Published: 03/26/14
Weighing in on the obesity epidemic

Weighing in on the obesity epidemic

There is one reason the weight loss centers in this country are thriving. The number of overweight and obese people steadily is climbing, and they hope running to a weight loss center magically will shave off pounds from their bodies. But that may no...
Updated: 1 months ago

LeBlanc: How to initiate end-of-life conversations

It is impossible to overstate the importance of having that sit-down, dreaded conversation about end-of-life choices. This is usually something we all want to put off, but when it comes to dealing with a loved one with dementia, time is limited.
Updated: 1 months ago

Family ready to face challenges of raising child with Down syndrome

Timothy and Daniele Stokes have had challenges as parents. Yet when they speak of their 5-year-old son, Jesse Timothy Gunnar Stokes, there is little question they consider their parental roles a blessing.
Updated: 1 months ago

LeBlanc: K9 scent kits for wanderers

The statistics regarding the number of dementia patients who wander are quite disturbing. It is now estimated that six out of 10 people with dementia will slip away and get lost. What's even scarier is that if they are not found within 24 hours, 48% ...
Updated: 1 months ago

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