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COUNTIES INSTALL SUNSCREEN STATIONS AT PARKS Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center and the parks and recreation departments in Orange and Seminole counties have installed sunscreen stations in 15 Central Florida parks, including multiple in West Orange County. “Since installing the sunscreen dispensers in several parks, we have had positive feedback from visitors,” said Matt Suedmeyer, manager of Orange County Parks and Recreation. “Thanks to Orlando Health, guests can have a little extra sun protection.” Park attendees now have the opportunity to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays as part of an initiative to help prevent skin cancer and other effects of extended sunlight exposure. Nine Orange County parks now hold a total of 18 sunscreen stations: Barnett, Cypress Grove, Downey, Dr. P. Phillips Community, George Bailey, Kelly and Moss parks; as well as Chapin Station on the West Orange Trail and Fort

Gatlin Recreation Complex. Most sunscreen products work by reflecting or scattering sunlight to protect the skin from UV rays. The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Be aware that sunburn and sun damage can occur even on cloudy days. Increased exposure to UV radiation increases during the summer months between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Cumulative overexposure to the sun leads to premature aging of the skin, including wrinkling and age spots and an increased risk for skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Repeated exposure to sunlight in the eyes can also result in cataracts and macular degeneration.

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Florida Department of Health in Orange County is urging parents to prepare their children now for the upcoming school year.  This free immunization event has been planned in the community so parents can vaccinate their children and obtain their DH680 form for school. Those eligible are OCPS students and children ages 2 months to 18 years of age entering, attending or transferring to Florida schools. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 23, through Saturday, July 28, as well as 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence, 701 W. Livingston St., Orlando. Parents and students must take the most recent im-

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REMEMBER ABC’s OF BABY SAFE SLEEP Every baby deserves a first birthday, and that is why Department of Health-Orange is raising awareness about Baby Sleep Safe practices in order to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome These are the recommended Baby Safe Sleep practices: Babies sleep alone, on their back and in a crib. No soft bedding and/or bumper pads in the crib. Don't overheat or overdress your baby. Parents, share your room but never your bed. According to National Healthy Start Association, one of the top five leading causes of infant mortality in the United States is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The 2017 Infant Mortality rate in Orange County increased to

7.2 per 1,000 live births from 6.4 in 2015. An increased has also occurred with the Black Infant Mortality rate (BIMR) the last four years. The number jumped from a low in 2014 of 8.4 to 12.3 per 1,000 live births in 2016 and up again in 2017 to 15.5 per 1,000 live births. There are several other risk factors that can contribute to infant mortality including late prenatal care, being overweight, smoking, substance abuse, poor nutrition, domestic violence, preterm labor and SIDS. To learn more about the Healthy Start, Mom Care or the Bellies, Babies and Beyond program, call (407) 858-1472.

CORNERSTONE HONORED WITH AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has received an Excellence in Program Innovation Award – Clinical Practice from the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) for its Nurse Onboarding Program.

It is one of six hospice agencies across Florida to receive Awards of Excellence at a recent forum.   The program was developed in April 2017 to help educate and acclimate new nurses to the hospice environment while familiarizing the new employees to Cornerstone Hospice’s internal processes and culture. The new nurses shadow an experienced Cornerstone Hospice nurse as he or she interacts with patients, family and other members of the Cornerstone interdisciplinary team, which may include home health aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and physicians.   “We had key objectives in developing the Cornerstone Hospice Nurse Onboarding Program,” said Nadia Soulouque, director of training and professional development. “We want to ensure new hires are comfortable working in a hospice setting and that they become proficient with the necessary documentation required by Cornerstone Hospice and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We also wanted to facilitate an early sense of camaraderie for


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the new hires and enhance job satisfaction.” “Since implementation of the Cornerstone Hospice Nurse Onboarding Program, turnover of nurses has declined 18 percent,” said Chuck Lee, president and CEO of Cornerstone Hospice. “Ultimately, these positive results mean our patients and family receive a higher level of care in all of our coverage areas.”   The FHPCA Excellence in Program Innovation Award recognizes services and programs provided by a hospice organization that demonstrate the power of creativity and ingenuity to impact the practice and the community.    Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care Inc. is a not-for-profit community organization that provides comfort and care to Central Florida families experiencing life-limiting illnesses.

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When it comes to dental care, resources are limited for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. The West Orange Dental Alliance aims to address that issue at no cost to its patients. Established by the West Orange Health Alliance in April 2017, the dental alliance was created to assist individuals who might not have insurance or the financial means to pay for dental care, said Tiffany Williams, WODA executive director. “(The West Orange Health Alliance) has been wanting to get a dental program going,” she said. “I know this is something that’s really needed. We’ve got lots of food pantries (and) lots of places to go for medical (needs), but dental is hard. Even people (who) are above … poverty level — even if they have dental insurance, dental is the last thing on their list.” Williams said a goal for WODA is to get patients out of pain. She added that many of the individuals WODA aims to assist typically go to hospitals for dental needs. “A lot of patients go to hospitals right now (for dental needs) because they ... don’t have dental insurance,” Williams said. “Patients are frequent fliers of the hospitals when they don’t have medical or dental insurance. … We’re trying to help those frequent fliers stay out of the hospital.” WODA offers services for extractions, fillings, crowns, cleanings and root canals. It even offers a program for patients to get their smiles restored. “A big thing that we’ve been doing is called our Jump Start program,” Williams said, “(For) somebody homeless or at poverty level … their teeth (might) have not been taken care of and they have a broken smile. We’d have them apply (to Jump Start).” Williams said the Jump Start program is aimed toward patients who are seeking employment or a better job. Patients who are interested are required to sign up with Career Source. “One of the very first (Jump Start) patients we did, he was working at a Circle K in Apopka — (he had) really broken teeth,”

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Services offered by WODA are only available to individuals who reside in the West Orange Healthcare District. Individuals who live in these ZIP codes are eligible: 32703, 32818, 32819, 32821, 32830, 32836, 34734, 34761, 34786 and 34787. Note: 32835 and 32809 are only partially located in the district.

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The Center for Advanced GI, a group gastroenterology practice specializing in colonoscopies, endoscopies and more, is moving to a new location in Maitland. The two-story building, located at 740 S. Concourse Parkway, has an operational clinic that has handled initial visits for a few months. But after more than a year of work, the business is almost ready to move its surgical center into the new facility.  “Downstairs is going to be the gem, it’s the jewel,” Dr. Raouf Hilal said. “It’s going to have four endoscopy rooms, one fully operational operating room; it’s going to be incredible.” He’s particularly excited about the new technology he and his partners will be using in the colonoscopies themselves. While Hilal used to have to pump light from a processor to light up his scope during procedures, Advanced GI will now use panoramic cameras with a built-in light to detect polyps and cancerous masses. It will provide what Hilal says is 330 degrees of vision rather than the old 170 degrees.  “The colon is like a winding road,” he said. “If you take your car at night and are driving, you’re not going to see your left, right or behind you. … We can now, with this technology.” The providers handle thousands of patients each year, but Hilal said not nearly enough people are getting their screenings. Colon and rectal cancer are some of the most common cancers found in Americans and the third-leading cause of cancer death. They typically are found in adults over the age of 60.  While the common wisdom has been to recommend people to receive checkups around 50 — about 10 years before the disease begins to exhibit itself — the American Cancer Society recently recommended having screenings at age 45 due to a sharp rise in rectal cancer




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The Advanced Center for GI, like many colonoscopy centers, gives its patients tried-and-true instruction to prepare for a procedure. But that doesn’t mean those patients always listen. “You’re not supposed to eat or drink anything within a certain amount of hours before the procedure,” Dr. Joseph Quagliata said. “That’s to decrease the risk of a complication while (the patient) is under anesthesia. … I think many patients think ‘I can get away with it; so what if the doctor has to get past some fried chicken on his way to my colonoscopy.’ It doesn’t make my life any more difficult, but it does put them at risk.” Patients are heavily advised to stick to clear liquids the day before the procedure. 


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Pain in the brain? What causes migraines remains a mystery to scientists, but doctors have managed to pinpoint effective treatments for migraine sufferers. GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR

Imagine having a massive headache that feels like there’s suddenly no space inside your skull for your brain – a pain that makes you shun the sun and cringe at fluorescent lights like a vampire while making you lightheaded, nauseated and dizzy. Now, imagine trying to function at work or in daily life with that same sensation. This is the monumental task that one in every 10 people who suffer from migraines has to manage on a monthly, weekly or, in some cases, daily basis. Migraines are characterized by recurring severe headaches, which are often accompanied by other symptoms that differ from person to person. The neurological illness is estimated to affect about 39 million people in the U.S. alone, and more than one billion worldwide, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.

“(Scientists) don't know for sure what causes it, but it’s thought to be related to pain substances in the brain called neuropeptides, and those neuropeptides are released in certain people at certain times.” — Dr. James Schaus

For many migraine sufferers, the thought of inadvertently triggering another attack is a constant fear. Although no cure exists yet, luckily there are ways to effectively manage the excruciating pain in your brain and research that pinpoints the most common triggers. “(Scientists) don't know for sure what causes it, but it’s thought to be related to pain substances in the brain called neuropeptides, and those neuropeptides are released in certain people at certain times,” said 35-year physician Dr. James Schaus, who also works as the medical director at the University of Central Florida’s Student

Health Services. “But there can be triggers, such as food or stress. Everybody has their own specific trigger, but a lot of people describe stress. Those people often get a tension headache that evolves into a migraine headache.” Although still painful, common tension-type headaches, otherwise known as stress headaches, feel like a dull ache or tight band wrapped around your head. They are often confused with migraines, and while people who experience tension headaches  have episodic headaches as well, tension headaches are usually not associated with the symptoms linked to migraines.

BY THE NUMBERS Migraine is the third most prevalent illness in the world: One in every 10 people suffers from migraines. Migraines are most common between the ages of 25 and 55. About 12% of the population suffers from migraine. Three times as many women as men suffer from migraine in adulthood. Migraine attacks usually last between four and 72 hours. 90% of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine. 25% of migraine sufferers also have a visual disturbance called an aura, which usually lasts less than an hour. More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine. More than four million adults experience chronic daily migraine – with at least 15 migraine days per month. More than half of all migraine sufferers are never diagnosed, and the majority of migraine sufferers do not seek medical care. American employers lose more than $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost workdays due to migraine. Source: Migraine Research Foundation



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FOOD TRIGGERS Migraine symptoms differ widely from patient to patient, but prevention methods and treatments tend  to be the same for migraines, with the exception of cluster migraines. Cluster migraines, which are mostly seen in men, are associated with tearing, eye irritation and multiple attacks that will cluster in a single day or over many days in a week “Migraines are basically broken down into two main categories: Migraine With Aura and Migraine Without Aura,” Schaus said. “And the aura is usually a feeling people get immediately before a  headache begins, and it's commonly  a visual disturbance, such as flashing lights or wavy lights or even areas of visual blindness in your visual field. The other things you  get with auras are abnormal sensations: pins and needles, numbness or weakness of extremities and other visual symptoms. And there are other subcategories, such as a hemiplegic migraine or an ophthalmic migraine.” Via surveys and observation, doctors have identified eight types of migraines, each of which has its own symptom complex and some of which have subtypes. The eight types identified, so far, are hemiplegic, ophthalmic/retinal, ophthalmoplegic, menstrual, basilar, vestibular, abdominal and chronic.  The go-to treatment options are generally prescription or over-the-counter medicines, but Schaus encouraged migraine sufferers to be conscientious of their lifestyle, diet, exercise and stress

Some people report consistently developing migraines after meals, which are believed to be triggered by food. Certain foods, such as alcoholic drinks, chocolate and caffeine, have been identified as common migraine triggers. Other triggers include apples; bananas; chocolate; corn; citrus fruits; cultured dairy products; nuts and nut butters; onions; tomatoes; aged cheese; and foods with certain additives, such as MSG, Aspartame and nitrates and nitrites. Source: WebMD

MENSTRUAL MIGRAINES As if periods weren’t already a painful affair for most women, about 7% to 19% of women also have the added misfortune of suffering from menstrual migraines. Menstrual migraines are attacks that occur up to two days before and up to three days after a woman’s period begins. These migraines are triggered by hormonal fluctuations involving estrogen. Menstrual migraines are generally treated with the same medications used for treating other migraine variants, but women who don’t respond to regular medication might be treated with hormonal contraception.  Some women experience fewer headaches with hormonal contraception, while others experience even more pain or are simply unaffected. The prevalence of migraine tends to decrease when a woman reaches menopause. Source: Migraine Research Foundation

levels to avoid potential triggers. Some individuals also report promising results with massage therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy that emphasizes positive thinking, he added. “Treatment falls under two main categories: Prevention is one of them,” he said. “If you're having more than a few every month, then it might be worth taking a prevention medicine. For prevention, there are a number of medicines we use. But the oldest one, which is still in use and proven to work, is an antidepressant called Amitriptyline. Another one is a beta blocker – they're actually blood pressure or heart medicines. Some others are used to treat seizures, such as Depakote and Topamax. “But if you get them pretty infrequently, then just treat them as they occur. Usually, the most effective class of medicine are Triptans. There are five different varieties of Triptans available, and they are medicines that affect the chain of events that lead to migraines. The most common one is Sumatriptan – it was recognized as a very effective medicine to treat acute attacks. It's best to take it at the early onset of a headache, so you don't wait until it's been established for hours.” Understanding the type of migraine you get, tracking how frequently you develop migraines and identifying your triggers are all a step in the right direction to combating migraine attacks. Usually, physicians and neurologists use a trial-and-error method to figure out which medication works best for you. 

MIGRAINES IN KIDS It is suspected that migraine is often undiagnosed in children and believed that about 10% of school-age children suffer from them. Because they are hereditary, a child with a parent who suffers from migraines has a 50% chance of inheriting them. If both parents are migraine sufferers, the chances rise to 75%. Research suggests about half of all migraine sufferers have their first attack before the age of 12. During childhood, boys are more prone to developing migraines than girls, but in adolescence, migraines are more prevalent in girls than in boys. Children who suffer from migraines are absent from school twice as often as children without migraine.

PREVENTION TIPS n Stay hydrated n Do not skip meals n Get good-quality sleep n Exercise regularly n Learn relaxation skills  n Eat a balanced diet n Manage stress levels n Avoid smoking  n Identify your triggers n Keep a ‘headache’ diary

COMMON TRIGGERS n Bright lights n Loud noises n Strong smells n Preservatives and sweeteners n Sleep cycle changes n Skipping meals n Hormonal changes n Physical exertion n Mental stress n Prolonged sun exposure n Highly processed foods n Alcohol and caffeine n Weather changes n Medications

MIGRAINE SYMPTOMS n Sensitivity to light n Sensitivity to sound n Sensitivity to smells n Changes in vision n Throbbing pain n Stiff neck n Pain one side of your head n Lightheadedness n Blurred vision n Nausea n Dizziness n Vomiting





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There are a lot of things that come with age, and that includes taking precautions about your health in and around the house. It’s a subject that folks like Dr. Ariel Cole — who, among her many jobs, serves as the medical director at Mayflower Retirement Community in Winter Park — know all too well. Throughout her years of medicine, where she has specialized in fields such as nursing home care and geriatric syndromes, Cole has seen a lot, but some healthrelated topics pop up more than others.


The No. 1 biggest health concern for the elderly — by far, Cole said — is falls. “Falls can happen out and about as well, but we spend most of our times at home, so most falls happen at home,” Cole said. “It’s important to stay active and maintain your strength and balance, but recognize that those things do decline with normal aging. Our ability to compensate for an irregular surface and rate yourself does decline, even in a healthy older adult.” And there are a lot of things that can cause a fall — from those irregular surfaces, to wet spots on the floor, to simply getting your feet tangled up with one another. Cole said the most common place for a person to fall is in the bathroom, where oftentimes water and soap can end up on the floor. The simple nature of falling itself is why it’s the leading cause of injury and death for the elderly, according to the Centers for Dis-


For many seniors, the dangers in and around the home can often have serious consequences, which is why those in the elderly community should take precautions.


ease Control and Prevention. And the statistics alone are jarring. In a study of people 65 and older, the CDC found that each year three million elderly people are treated in emergency departments throughout the country while more than 800,000 are hospitalized due to an injury sustained from the fall. Most injures are often head injuries and fractured hips. While fall rates have increased 30%, Cole said that there were some clear — and obvious — options to best avoid falls or protect yourself if you do fall. Some of the basic steps you can do to make your home safer is to simply get rid of possible trip hazards in the home, such as an old rug that curls up on the edges, and put grab bars inside and outside your shower and by your toilet. “Anybody who has that possibility (to fall) really ought to have a call button available and wear it and use it,” Cole said. “It won’t do you any good if it’s over there on the counter and it’s not with you in the garage when you fall. There’s a variety of them on the market, and many of them are quite affordable.”


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“Anybody who has that possibility (to fall) really ought to have a call button available and wear it and use it. It won’t do you any good if it’s over there on the counter and it’s not with you in the garage when you fall. There’s a variety of them on the market, and many of them are quite affordable.”


Another big issue that Cole has seen regarding senior health in the home is the accidental mismanagement of medication. Cole said many elderly people have to take a number of different medications to treat health issues that come with aging, which can sometimes see individuals juggling 15 to 25 prescriptions. The idea of balancing so many medications can be incredibly difficult and confusing, and that confusion can lead to serious health risks. The best way to deal with it, Cole said, is to use pill boxes and set yourself up with a daily routine. “We advocate for using pill boxes — so once a week or every two weeks you put a blood pressure pill that you take every morning and every evening and place them into (the box’s) date,” Cole said. “That way you know when to take which, and you don’t have to go through it every day — it’s all there.”

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Florida summers are hot and oppressive, and for many — especially seniors — that can be a huge issue. Older adults tend to be much more prone to heat-related health issues for a variety of reasons — from the simple fact that they cannot handle such sudden changes in temperature to the specific medications they take — and it’s why the elderly must be mindful of their time outside, Cole said. The most common issue is heat stroke, which has a number of symptoms, including: heart palpitations, headache, nausea and vomiting. “You’ve got to get fluids, and if you’re sweating a lot, replacing it with just water isn't enough — you’ve got to get sodium, so replace it with a sport drink or


While there are precautions to take inside the home, there are also some to take while outside as well — especially during this time of the year.

eat some pretzels, because you’re sweating out that salt,” Cole said. “It can drop their sodium, and that can get very dangerous pretty quickly.” Finally, Cole offers up the simplest solution — be aware of the time of day, as well as how much time you spend outside. “Go out first thing in the morning or late in the evening, not during the heat of the day — 10 to 2 is forbidden, and for me it’s 10 to 4,” Cole said. “And take breaks every 10 to 15 minutes — sit down, evaluate how you feel and go back inside. I never want someone to not participate in their favorite activity, but also maybe do what you love to do best and pay somebody else to mow the yard.”

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West Orange County. She wants to start a Brain Fitness Club.. She hopes to bring more Seniors First Meals on Wheels delivery routes to this area. She would like to start a program similar to Seniors Helping Seniors — which pairs volunteer drivers with senior citizens needing transportation to medical appointments. Talbot said the office manager became certified in CPR so they can offer classes to the public. WGSHC participates in community programs six times a year, serving on a panel to provide guest speakers who discuss topics of interest to the elderly. “We’re excited about that, any time we can hold classes or open discussions,” Talbot said. Both women stress their compassion for the older generation and a commitment to their wellbeing. “We’ve aligned such very similar passions, (and) we both are incredibly committed to this community,” Lanterman said. “We have many seniors who are in assisted-living and are happy, but we … want people to know that there is an option to stay at home,” she said.



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CONVERSATIONS WITH CARE: SUMMER SAFETY Noon Saturday, July 14, at Florida Blue Winter Park, 434 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. Learn how to avoid and care for bites, stings, enjoy water and recreational sports without injury and more. (321) 441-2020. EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCE FAIR 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14, at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Parents and caregivers of children up to age 5 are invited to learn about the community resources available that promote kindergarten readiness and help with early childhood development. Various organizations will offer activities for children and information for caregivers about child health, child care, parenting, community programs and more. Orlando Shakespeare Theater will present a special story time. Featured groups include Amerigroup, KinderCare, Girl Scouts of Citrus, WUCF, Publix and Orange County History Center. (407) 835-7323.


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FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL PHYSICAL 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Vista Clinical Diagnostics, 10101 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. The Ocoee Shepherd’s Hope Health Center is partnering with Nemours Children’s Health System to provide the physicals and other medical services for local uninsured and underinsured families. Children must be younger than 18 and uninsured. Appointment must be scheduled in advance by calling (407) 8766699, Ext. 243.


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BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, on the first floor of the medical library at Winter Park Memorial Hospital, 200 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park. This is a “men-only” class. The one-time, three-hour class provides hands-on realistic experience, and participants learn how to calm a crying baby, how to change a diaper and more. The relaxed “locker room meets nursery” setting allows dads the chance to get answers to of their questions from “veteran” fathers who are navigating their way through fatherhood. Along with knowledge, confidence and fun, participants will also receive a copy of “Crashcourse for New Dads.” Cost is $25. Visit



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