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Ta b l e o f Co n t e n t s AUDIOLOGY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

PAIN MANAGEMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

CARDIOLOGY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

PODIATRY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

CHIROPRACTIC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

SURGERY

DENTISTRY.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

General. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

DERMATOLOGY.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Hand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

ENDOCRINOLOGY/DIABETES. . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Orthopaedic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

FAMILY PRACTICE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Spine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

GERIATRICS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Vascular. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

HEARING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 HOSPICE/PALLIATIVE CARE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

URGENT CARE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

INTERNAL MEDICINE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

VASCULAR MEDICINE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

OPHTHALMOLOGY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

WOMEN’S HEALTH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

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A R EA H OS P I T ALS Munroe Regional Medical Center 1500 SW 1st Avenue 351-7200 Patient Information 671-2123 www.munroeregional.com Ocala Regional Medical Center 1431 SW 1st Avenue 401-1000 Patient Information 401-1400 www.ocalaregional.com Emergency Center at TimberRidge 9521 SW Hwy 200 351-7500 The Villages Regional Hospital 1451 El Camino Real, The Villages 401-1000 www.CFHAlliance.org West Marion Community Hospital 4600 SW 46th Ct. (SR200), Ocala 291-3000 www.westmarion.com Leesburg Regional Medical Center 600 East Dixie Avenue, Leesburg 323-5762 www.CFHAlliance.org Citrus Memorial Hospital 502 W Highland Blvd., Inverness 726-1551 www.citrusmh.com


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CARDIOLOGY HIMA MIKKILINENI, M.D. F.A.C.C. Cardiology American Board of Internal Medicine Board Certified Cardiovascular Disease

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CARDIOLOGY DENISE RAYCHOK, A.R.N.P. Cardiology Board Certified: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner University of South Florida

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MANN P. SINGH, M.D., F.A.C.C. Cardiology - Minor Surgery/Invasive Board Certified Cardiology & Internal Medicine Medical School: Cardiology Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL

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PREM SINGH, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I. Interventional and Clinical Cardiology

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PAUL L. URBAN, M.D. Interventional Cardiology American Board of Cardiology - Interventional Cardiology - Internal Medicine, F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., F.S.C.A.I. Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University

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CHIROPRACTIC RENNY M. EDELSON, D.C.

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DENTISTRY THOMAS HARTER, D.M.D. TMJ Disorders & Chronic Pain

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DENTISTRY LANFORD T. SLAUGHTER, D.D.S. General Dentistry Dental School: Virginia Commonwealth University

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DERMATOLOGY ASHLEY CAUTHEN, M.D. Dermatology

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DERMATOLOGY MICHAEL J. FREEMAN, M.D. Dermatology Medical School: University of Arizona The Cleveland Clinic - Dermatology Fellowship

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Stay healthywhen the season of arrives T

he cold weather brings with it a season of smiles, the first snowfalls and, unfortunately, cold and flu outbreaks. While everyone else is suffering, there are ways you can make it through the season unscathed. It is estimated that a billion people across North America will succumb to the cold virus this year, says Medline. Considering there is no cure for cold and flu viruses, prevention remains a person’s best option at fending off cold and flu. There are different precautions to take that can help protect you against getting sick or at least reduce the frequency and severity with which cold and flu strikes. Although there is no magic pill to take that will prevent you from catching a cold or the flu, there are ways to improve your odds. Wash your hands the right way. sick people. KidsHealth.org states • Washing • Avoid your hands frequently remains the that flu viruses and colds can travel up to

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single-best way to keep viruses and bacteria that can make you sick from infiltrating the body. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds can effectively remove any dirt, grime and invisible invaders. Skip antibacterial products. Because colds and the flu are the result of viruses, which are different in behavior and structure from bacteria, they will not be killed off with the use of antibacterial products. What you may succeed in doing is killing off any beneficial bacteria on your hands as well as creating resistant bacteria that form with over-use of antibiotics and antibacterial products. Get the flu shot. There is no vaccination to prevent the common cold, but there are immunizations that can help reduce your risk of getting the flu or help minimize its severity. Doctors’ offices, clinics and even pharmacies all offer annual flu shots. Use sanitizer on items around the house. Surfaces that are frequently touched by all members of the household should be wiped down with a disinfectant product. A bleach-and-water solution is an effective sanitizer. Surfaces to sanitize include phones, doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, computer keyboards, faucets, toys, and countertops.

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12 feet (from a sneeze or cough). Steer clear of anyone exhibiting symptoms, especially someone who is frequently sneezing or coughing. Parents should keep children home from school if they are sick. Do so until symptoms subside so as not to infect others. Use a sanitizer product. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that when hand-washing is not readily available, a good way to kill germs is to use an alcoholbased sanitizer lotion. While not as effective as washing hands in warm, soapy water, sanitizing products can be used in a pinch while you’re on the go. Cough into your sleeve. Rather than coughing or sneezing into your hands, do so into the crook of your elbow since this area rarely touches anything else. Skip the buffet lunch. Buffet-style offerings are convenient and offer variety, but they are also a breeding ground for illnesses. These foods may have been sneezed or coughed on. Also, the serving spoons have been touched by dozens of people. There are many different ways to avoid getting a cold or the flu this season. Diligence is one of the keys to staying germ-free.


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Is chicken soup the ultimate cold medicine?

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here are many treatments for the common cold. Perhaps no solution is more utilized than a hot bowl of chicken soup. People have chased away chills and sniffles with rich broth and savory vegetables for centuries. But is chicken soup really the miracle medicine upon which so many rely? Chicken soup has long been touted for its ability to treat a cold. As far back as the 12th century, Jewish philosopher and physician Maimonides recommended it for colds. Although it would seem that chicken soup being good for colds is simply an old wives’ tale, there is really something substantial to the claims. Any hot liquid or beverage can soothe throats that are sore from coughing or a postnasal drip from colds. Liquids in any form can help prevent dehydration and slow down runny noses, which exacerbate congestion and sinus pain. In 1978, researchers published a study in the journal Chest stated that sipping chicken soup or even just hot water could help clear clogged nasal passages. Another benefit to chicken soup is its nutritional value. Most recipes for chicken soup include many different vegetables -- from carrots to celery to leeks to even leafy greens, like spinach. The inclusion of the vegetables helps increase the nutritional value of the soup, particularly the antioxidants in the meal. Antioxidants, such as vitamins and minerals in produce, can help improve the immune system response

of the body. According to WebMD, adding fruit and vegetables of any kind to your diet will improve your health. Some foods are higher in antioxidants than others. The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables -- especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues. Therefore, be sure to add these colors to your cold-fighting soup. Additional studies have shown that chicken soup is a great cold reliever. In 2000, researchers at the University of Nebraska exposed neutrophils, white blood cells that fight infections, but also may cause inflammation, to diluted chicken broth. These cells slowed their movement, which would help reduce some symptoms of colds. Although a family recipe was used for the study, other soups were tested, and most store-purchased chicken soups worked the same way. The majority of the symptoms from colds are caused not by the cold virus itself, but by the body’s response and fight against the invading virus. Many of these effects, like clogged noses and headaches, are some sort of inflammation. Therefore any food that can reduce inflammation may have cold-fighting benefits as well. Although chicken soup may not eliminate all cold symptoms, it has enough beneficial properties to alleviate many complaints from colds.

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PODIATRY UYEN DAO, D.P.M. Podiatry

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Why You Have Sweaty Feet and Other Weird Foot Facts Some people think that feet are gross. Some people don’t think about feet at all. Some people like feet a little too much. Whatever your foot preferences are, feet are a fact of life. Feet are ticklish, some of them smell awful and, without them, we could never walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. For the most part, they’re just... there. Our feet are amazing, though. They not only have to carry us wherever we go, they have to often do it quickly and under a ton of stress.

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• There are normally twenty-six bones per foot. Occasionally, one more will occur due to a genetic abnormality. This is called Accessory Navicular Syndrome, and the extra bone grows behind the big toe. Though this is not the only cause, Accessory Navicular Syndrome will often result in flat feet. • Those same 52 bones in your pair of feet account for one quarter of all of the bones in your body. • Though the United States measures a foot as being twelve inches, the average size of American feet are 10.5 (10.81 inches) for men, and 8.5 (9.1 inches) for women. • In the womb, babies start developing their feet and hands at about the eighth week of pregnancy, though the toes and fingers are usually webbed at this point. A child will not develop arches in their feet until they are between two and three years old. • Human feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, roughly 125,000 per foot. Human feet can also sweat up to a pint of fluid a day. • One of the reasons that feet are so ticklish is because there are more sensory nerve endings per inch than in any other place on the body. • Of all of the ailments involving feet and toes, ingrown toenails are the most prevalent. Foot fungus and

athlete’s foot are a close second and third. • As many as 90% of women in the United States wear a shoe size that is too small. This can cause many foot ailments, including corns, bunions and ingrown toenails. • Your feet are a good guide to your overall health, as they are one of the first areas of your body to show signs of illness. Hairless toes can be a sign of poor blood circulation and any indentations in your toenails can also be a sign of disease. Any changes you notice in your feet should be reported to your doctor. • Though many people consider feet to be ugly, many more spend big bucks to make theirs prettier. An estimated $6 billion is spent in the US every year on manicures and pedicures. This total only goes up when we add in the cost of jewelry, hosiery and designer footwear as well as the occasional foot tattoo. • Though many people love going barefoot, and some say this can strengthen feet, many others say that going barefoot can cause flat feet and other podiatry issues. Also, those who are diabetic should almost always wear shoes, since any cuts on the feet may not heal in a timely manner.


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SURGERY - GENERAL RAVI CHANDRA, M.D. General Surgery Board Certified in Surgery Medical School: Gandhi Medical College

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Fun Facts About Bones • You need calcium for your bones to be strong. You can get that from food - milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, dried figs. If you don’t consume all the calcium you need from your diet, you need to supplement. The recommend amount is 1000-1200 mg of calcium per day for adult men and women. Vitamin D is also important because it helps your body absorb the calcium. • Weight bearing exercise helps build bones - walking, running, dancing, soccer. Resistance exercise is also helpful - anything that uses muscular strength like weight lifting. Exercising two to three times per week is recommended. Avoiding smoking and minimizing alcohol is also beneficial. • Arms are among the most commonly broken bones, accounting for almost half of all adults’ broken bones. The collarbone is the most commonly broken bone among children.


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Did you know? • The vertebral column, also called the backbone, is made up of 33 vertebrae that are separated by spongy disks and classified into four distinct areas. The cervical area consists of seven bony parts in the neck; the thoracic spine consists of 12 bony parts in the back area; the lumbar spine consists of five bony segments in the lower back area; five sacral* bones; and four coccygeal* bones (the number of coccygeal bones can vary from five to three). (* By adulthood, the 5 sacral vertebrae fuse to form one bone, and the 4 coccygeal vertebrae fuse to form one bone.)

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How Men Can Cope With

s s e r t s A healthy activity like jogging is one way men can effectively cope with excessive stress.

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tress is a significant part of many people’s lives. Men and women experience stress for a variety of reasons, but the rigors of managing a career and a family are something many men and women point to as their biggest causes of stress. Though both men and women suffer from stress, how they respond to stress is vastly different. According to a report from the American Psychological Association titled “Stress in America,” only 52 percent of men say it is very important to manage stress. That pales in comparison to the 68 percent of women who recognize the importance of managing stress. In addition, the APA notes that roughly 25 percent of women recognize they are not doing enough to manage stress, while just 17 percent of men feel the same way. Such statistics are important, as men who underestimate stress could be unaware that stress increases their risk for depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease. Recognizing a problem with stress is a great first step toward reducing it and improving your long-term health. There are many ways men can reduce stress, but the APA again notes that men are far less likely than women to employ strategies to reduce stress. Fifty-one percent of women, for example, admit to reading as a means of relieving

stress, while only 31 percent of men say they read to relieve stress. Men who want to buck these trends can take several steps to cope with and ultimately reduce their stress.

Find the cause of your stress.

Recognizing the things that trigger your stress can help you avoid them or at least be more prepared for them going forward. Workplace stress is considerable for many people, and a 2012 study published in the medical journal Cardiology & Vascular Medicine found that people with job strain at work, which the authors defined as high demand on the individual and little to no freedom to make their own decisions as to how and when to do the work, had a 23 percent greater risk of heart attack. If work is the primary cause of your stress and you don’t address it, the impact on your health could be dire. When you find yourself stressing out, take a moment to write down the things that might have triggered the stressful episode. It might be a particular task at work or driving in heavy traffic. Once you have identified the things that trigger your stress you can work to avoid them as best as possible or you will be able to see them coming and might be able to respond more calmly. -Continued on page 29


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SURGERY - VASCULAR RAVI CHANDRA, M.D. Vascular Endovascular Board Certified in Vascular & Endovascular Board Certified in Phlebology Medical School: Gandhi Medical College

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-Continued from page 27 - Stress

Find a healthy response to stress.

How you respond to stress is essential to reducing it. As previously noted, many men do not even recognize the importance of managing stress, and those men might be more inclined to respond to stress in negative, unhealthy ways, such as by smoking or drinking. Such responses will only exacerbate the problem. Finding a healthy response to stress is essential. Some research has suggested that exercise enhances the body’s ability to deal with stress and provides the body with somewhat of a trial run at responding to stress. When the body is exercising, several of its physiological systems must communicate with one another, and those same systems must work together once again when the body is responding to stress. So exercise may not only relieve stress but also help your body become more capable of coping with stress. Discussing stress with others or a stressreducing activity like meditation are also healthy responses to stress.

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headaches Headaches are a common response to stress, but migraine headaches are a type of headache that seem to be a unique breed. Migraines cause significant pain and are often accompanied by other symptoms that make them particularly bothersome. What is a Migraine? Migraines are chronic headaches that tend to come and go, and often begin early on in life. But they are different from your run of the mill headache. For starters, they’re more painful and tend to be more severe. Many notice that if we do not stop our migraine right in its tracks from the beginning, we often feel like we’ve just gotten run over by a never-ending-train. Some migraine sufferers get visual warnings, such as zig-zag lines or blinking lights, before the onset of the headache. These warnings are called auras. Much is not understood about the cause of migraines, but environmental factors and genetics seem to play a role. According to The Mayo Clinic, migraines may be caused by changes in the brain stem and interactions between this part of the neurological system and a major pain pathway called the trigeminal nerve. Imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, may trigger the formation of neuropeptides, which travel to the outer covering of the brain known as the meninges, causing pain. The World Health Organization estimates that more than one billion people will get a migraine at some point in their lives. Both men and women get migraines, but women are three times as likely as men to have them. Migraines are often


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found in those with a family history of them. Women are more prone to migraines, possibly due to hormonal fluctuations. In fact, many migraines are triggered by certain situations or conditions. Menstruation is a common trigger of migraines. Here are some other common triggers: Stress: Stressful situations may cause both mental and physical responses in the body, which can trigger migraines. FOODS: Stressful situations may cause both mental and physical responses in the body, which can trigger migraines. ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES: Stressful situations may cause both mental and physical responses in the body, which can trigger migraines. SIGHTS, SMELLS, SOUNDS: Stressful situations may cause both mental and physical responses in the body, which can trigger migraines. MEDICATIONS: Stressful situations may cause both mental and physical responses in the body, which can trigger migraines. Symptoms of Migraines When a person has a migraine, he or she is likely to report a throbbing pain on one side of his or her head. But the pain may be on both sides of the head, too. Also, the pain may switch sides and doesn’t necessarily have to occur on the same side each and every time a migraine occurs. Many people report blurred vision, tunnel vision or a temporary blind spot as part of the symptoms of a migraine. Sensitivity to light is common, as is accompanying nausea. For some the nausea is so severe it leads to vomiting. TOP MIGRAINE Some people find they are able to predict when a migraine is coming. Seeing stars, zigzag lines or bright spots and colors called “auras” can often be Migraines can be a debilitating warning signs that a migraine is coming on. condition, but by reducing your Symptoms of migraines may linger after the exposure to these five triggers, you migraine has subsided. One may experience neck can help avoid the painful headache. pain, fatigue, loss of appetite and a feeling that you don’t have mental acuity.

5 TRIGGERS

Treating Migraines There is no one specific treatment for migraines. The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists a number of different medications and treatment options to alleviate migraines and subsequent side effects. Because serotonin is believed to play a role in migraine headaches, using certain SSRI medications normally prescribed for depression may help. Seizure medications and blood pressure medications may be prescribed as well. Triptans are prescribed very often for stopping migraine attacks. They constrict blood vessels in the brain and relieve swelling. Some doctors also use botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, to relax areas and reduce migraines. Nausea medications and pain relievers may be used in conjunction with other treatments. Stressrelief methods and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture or massage therapy, may help delay migraine onset as well. Keep in mind that migraine headaches could be a risk factor for stroke in both men and women. Call emergency services if the headache is extreme, starts very suddenly, pain increases in severity when lying down or if there are any speech, vision or movement problems that accompany the migrain

Source: Chris Iliades, MD; Brigham Young University; The American Migrain Study II


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LISTING INDEX Alexander, Miriam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Jaskaran, Bedi S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Boone, Rebecca J. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Cauthen, Ashley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Chandra, Ravi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27, 30 Companion, Eddice.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Croley, Thomas L. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Dao, Uyen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Dieguez, Eladio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Edelson, Renny M. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Effren, Steven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Eligeti, Ramulu.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Euribe, Cesar A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Freeman, Michael J. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gummadi, Siva .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Haase, Linda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Hamed, Latif .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Hart, Agda L. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Harter, Thomas .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Klingbeil, Stacey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Koka, Vijaya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Koti, Ravi K. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Kumari, Kriti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Lightfoot, Alene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Locker, Joseph R. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Lossada, Mery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Mahan, Bart .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Mahmood, Zakariah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Malnati, Rosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

McChesney, L. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mikkilineni, Hima . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Morgan, Matthew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Oliver, David . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Panchal, Jay .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Parasio, James J. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Pennington, Darryl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Rao, Srisha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Raychock, Denise .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Reisner, Frank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Richardson, Dickie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Richardson, Rickey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Riley, Michael K. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Rogers, Marc .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Seibert, David J. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Singh, Mann P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Singh, Prem .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Sinha, Biju .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Slaughter, Lanford T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Smalt, Jeff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Spencer, Roger W. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Swaminathan, Krishna .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Swaminathan, Renuka .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Tieche, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Townsend, Brian E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Urban, Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Vesely, Josef J. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Watts, Leigh Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

What kind of doctor is right for you? When you choose a doctor for yourself or a loved one, make sure to choose a primary care doctor you can trust. A primary care doctor can: • Help you make important decisions, like which screening tests and shots to get • Treat many health problems • Refer you to a specialist when you need more help with a specific health issue When you are choosing a doctor, look for someone who: • Treats you with respect • Listens to your opinions and concerns • Encourages you to ask questions • Explains things in ways you can understand You can choose your doctor from a variety of specialties, depending on your health plan. Some require your primary care physician to be an internist or family practitioner. All plans vary, so be sure to check. For instance, if you’re a woman, you might be able to choose an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), who specializes in childbirth and diseases of the female organs. If you have children, they may need a pediatrician whose patients range from newborns to teenagers. Or you may prefer one doctor who can treat the whole family. A family practitioner, whose training involves a multi-year residency, will be responsible for your entire family’s health needs and will refer you to specialists as necessary. No matter who you choose, there are some things you can do to help ensure the relationship between you and your physician is a good one: Be Honest and Ask Questions When you and your doctor work together as a team, you’ll get better health care.


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haracterized by widespread pain with no apparent cause, fibromyalgia is a condition that has had many people scratching their heads and desperate for answers. Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome where a person has long-term bodily pain, particularly tenderness in the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but some theories suggest it may stem from physical or emotional trauma or abnormal pain responses in the central nervous system. The U.S. Library of Medicine states fibromyalgia is most common among women ages 20 to 50, although it can be present in men as well. AfricanAmerican women are more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than Caucasians and other races. However, Caucasian women report significantly more pain over sufferers of different ethnicities. Doctors are unsure why this is the case. Symptoms of fibromyalgia are largely painful “tender points� over the body. Painful areas generally occur in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, and lower back. Pain may radiate out from these areas and can be a deep ache or a shooting, burning pain. Depending on the individual, pain may begin in the morning and ease up with daily activity. It may worsen at night. The pain may escalate when the weather is cold or damp or the person feels anxious and stressed. In addition to pain, fatigue and depression are associated with fibromyalgia, and these symptoms may stem from interrupted sleep patterns due to the pain. Other symptoms can include migraine headaches, difficulty concentrating, irritable bowel syndrome, and reduced ability to exercise. Sexually active women may experience pain during intercourse, and menstrual cramping may be more intense. WebMD says roughly 5.8 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia, while approximately 443,000 Canadians are believed to have fibromyalgia. Treatment options vary with symptom severity. Fibromyalgia treatments vary depending on the individual. Treatments for the condition typically involve medications and self-care. Exercise and alternative treatments also may be tried. Here is a look at some of the more common fibromyalgia treatments. Analgesics: Pain relievers are the first line of defense against fibromyalgia. Reducing pain can make activities tolerable. If over-the-counter pain relievers are ineffective, a doctor may prescribe a stronger medicine. Antidepressants: Certain antidepressants like duloxetine (Cymbalta(R)) have been approved for use in relieving pain and fatigue. Doctors may use a combination of antidepressants to help promote sleep and take away the pain of fibromyalgia. Anti-seizure medications: In some cases, drugs that are used to treat seizure disorders have been effective at relieving

pain caused by fibromyalgia. Pregabalin: This drug, marketed under the name Lyrica(R), is the first drug approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia. Lifestyle changes: Reducing stress, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly can help alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia. Also, consuming a healthy diet and reducing caffeine intake may help. Alternative therapies: Some people find that massage therapy, tai chi, yoga, and acupuncture promote relaxation and can relieve symptoms.

A 2010 report from CNN says fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat and only 35 to 40 percent of people with the chronic pain condition get relief from the available medications. Some have requested prescriptions from their doctors for medical marijuana to ease symptoms. Historically, marijuana has been used as a painkiller and to relax the body. While some doctors prescribe it where it is legal, many others prefer to wait for synthetic cannabis compounds to be studied and produced. Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects millions of people, a majority of which are women. Those with widespread pain should visit a doctor to develop a course of treatment.


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