Category Archives: Healthy Living

Pre-Pregnancy Health: Dental Hygiene and Folic Acid

By: Alex Franz, MD, OBGYN [caption id="attachment_7697" align="alignright" width="150"] Dr. Alex Franz, OBGYN at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare[/caption] We all know that smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs poses a severe threat to the prenatal period, but it turns out that the minor act of brushing your teeth bears a weighty role in ensuring a resilient…
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Save a Life with CPR

By: Akash Ghai, MD [caption id="attachment_7267" align="alignright" width="150"] Akash Ghai, MD is a board-certified cardiologist with Tallahassee Memorial Physician Partners, Cardiac & Internal Medicine Specialists, Services provided by Southern Medical Group, P.A.[/caption] While statistics show that 80 percent of those who experience cardiac arrest are at home and frequently have family present during the crisis,…
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Allergy Issues Heat Up in Summer Conditions

Summertime means loads of fun at picnics, festivals, and other outdoor events, but uninvited guests ranging from grass pollen to stinging insects can ruin the fun for millions of Americans with allergies and asthma. [caption id="attachment_7029" align="alignright" width="100"] Ronald Saff, MD, is a board certified allergist who has been practicing in Tallahassee, Florida for 19…
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Exploring Natural and Artificial Sugar Substitutes

[caption id="attachment_6844" align="alignright" width="150"] Dr. Nancy Wright is Co-Director of the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center and board certified in pediatric endocrinology.[/caption] By: Roberta Stevens, RD CDE, Diabetes Nutrition Educator & Nancy Wright, MD What do we know about alternatives to sugar as a sweetener?  Many are concerned about the safety of sugar substitutes, and it…
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How to Deal With the (Sinus) Pressure

By Joe Soto, MD [caption id="attachment_6694" align="alignright" width="150"] Joe Soto, MD is an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare with a board certification in Otolaryngology[/caption] Sometimes, the pressure is just too great.  I’m not talking about pressures we face in our work lives or family lives, but the sinus pressure that…
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Ooh… Ahh…Oww! – The Do’s and Don’ts of Fireworks Safety

By: Sam Ashoo, MD, Medical Director Bixler Emergency Center [caption id="attachment_3027" align="alignright" width="100"] Dr. Ashoo is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and serves as Medical Director of the Tallahassee Memorial Bixler Emergency Center.[/caption] With Independence Day just around the corner, many families will be stocking up on sparklers, fountains and spinners to set off in…
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High Cholesterol Increases Your Risk for Stroke

By: J. Orson Smith, MD, FACC and Nancy T. Smith, RD, CDE, CLS Tallahassee Memorial Lipid Center [caption id="attachment_6506" align="alignright" width="150"] J. Orson Smith is a board-certified Lipidologist at the Tallahassee Memorial Lipid Center. Lipidologists are physicians with training in cholesterol management, cardiovascular risk assessment and intervention. He is also board-certified in internal medicine and…
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Stay Cool as Summer Heats Up

By: Edward Forster, MD [caption id="attachment_6338" align="alignright" width="150"] Board Certified in Family Medicine, Edward Forster, MD, has been a faculty member of the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program since 2008. Having worked in urgent care settings in Tallahassee and underserved settings in South Florida, he has been recognized as Physician of the Year by…
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A Crash Course on Work-Life Balance around the Holidays

By: Linda Young, PhD and Melvina MacDonald, MS, KMHC, CEAP [caption id="attachment_3007" align="alignright" width="150"] Linda Young, PhD and Melvina MacDonald, MS, KMHC, CEAP are licensed therapists with the Tallahassee Memorial Employee Assistance Program, a program designed to address family and workplace needs. Together they have more than fifty years of clinical experience.[/caption] Do you ever…
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Adult Day Care Offers Respite for Caregivers during the Holidays

[caption id="attachment_2936" align="alignright" width="200"] Donald Loucks, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and has been the Medical Director and attending physician at the Tallahassee Memorial Rehabilitation Center for more than 30 years. He attended medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he completed his residency training as well. Dr. Loucks is also…
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