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What should my blood pressure numbers be?
July 18, 2017 - The News Press
There are two parts of a standard blood pressure reading: the systolic (top number) and the diastolic (bottom number). The systolic is the pressure when the heart is pumping and the diastolic is the pressure when the heart is resting. The current standard definition of hypertension is three blood pressure readings, done on different days, greater than 140 systolic or 90 diastolic. read more

When should my child start seeing an adult primary care physician?
June 6, 2017 - The News Press
Pediatricians are well-trained specialists who take care of newborns, children, adolescents and young adults, often until they finish college (age 21). Once kids reach 18 years old, legal young adults, they can see an adult primary care physician like an internal medicine doctor, general practitioner or a family medicine doctor. read more

Child Advocacy Award Winner
May 26, 2017 - The River
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida recently awarded John Ritrosky, Jr., MD, a pediatrician with Physician's Primary Care, the 2017 Prendergast Family Child Advocacy Award. read more

Women's Health Week reminds us to care for ourselves
May 16, 2017 - Florida Weekly
In the spirit of Women's Health Week, May 14-21, it is important to not only address the health of women in general, but to also examine the care we are providing for ourselves. Current research shows that over half of the mothers of young children now work outside of the home. But the work does not stop when she gets home. That is when the job of wife, mother, housekeeper and cook just begins. The “to do” list can easily get overwhelming, but there are a few things that can help keep yourself and your family happy and healthy. read more

BE CREATIVE You can use your treadmill for more than a boring walk
April 5, 2017 - New Press
Just because it’s too cold for your normal 3-mile outdoor run doesn’t mean the treadmill has to be a monotonous exercise in staring at a blank wall. Los Angeles-based trainers Jeanette Jenkins and Massy Arias offer the following tips for getting out of the treadmill rut. Vary the speed and incline, add arm weights and use the treadmill when it’s not running for circuit training moves. read more

Five Cape Coral physicians named 'Top Doctors'
April 4, 2017 -
Six physicians with Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida have been named “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York. read more

Six PPC physicians recognized as top doctors.
April 2, 2017 - News Press
Six physicians with Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida have been named "Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York. read more

Walkers trampling goals step by step in Healthy Lee Million Mile Challenge
March 29, 2017 - Florida Weekly
Skin-to-skin contact is when you place your newly born baby directly on your chest without a blanket or any clothing between the two of you for the first hour or so after birth. Then a warm dry blanket can be placed over the two of you to keep heat in. This allows your body heat to keep your baby warm, while keeping your baby with you instead of under a warmer. read more

Mantra spurs Lee County School District to surpass goal in Million Mile Movement
March 28, 2017 - The News-Press
It has become a mantra around the Lee County School District. “One more mile.” Started by human resource members and actively backed by Superintendent Greg Adkins, the school district has logged in more than 60,000 miles in the Million Mile Movement. That’s more than twice as many miles it pledged when the Healthy Lee initiative kicked off on Jan. 9. read more

Skin-to-skin contact important for newborns, moms
March 28, 2017 - The News-Press
Skin-to-skin contact is when you place your newly born baby directly on your chest without a blanket or any clothing between the two of you for the first hour or so after birth. Then a warm dry blanket can be placed over the two of you to keep heat in. This allows your body heat to keep your baby warm, while keeping your baby with you instead of under a warmer. read more

How to get a picky eater to eat.
March 6, 2017 - SWFL Parent & Child
My child is a picky eater. What can I do to get my child to eat healthy food? read more

How can I get picky eater to eat healthy?
December 27, 2016 - The News Press
People are intrigued by this question because many have encountered a child fitting this description. Maybe you have a child who plays this role. Perhaps you are one of the parents I see who has pleaded, begged, bribed, or bargained with their child to eat the food you have prepared. You might have even made airplane or train sounds trying to get one bite of food into your child’s mouth. I have been there as a parent and I see many of you in the same predicament every day. read more

How does physical therapy treat back pain?
June 21, 2016 - The News Press
In physical therapy, we obtain a detailed history and assessment. From the evaluation, we work on patients’ impairments. For instance, if a patient has a restriction with bending forward, we would provide possible soft tissue work to the muscles, stretching exercises for motion, strengthening exercise to stabilize the area and patient education on injury prevention. read more

When pregnancy brings depression
March 8, 2016 - The News Press
Feds want to diligently screen how giving birth affects mood. The joy and excitement Jenn Blosser felt for the birth of her first child disappeared almost as soon as she sat alone with the boy in her arms. He was healthy and beautiful — everything she had ever hoped for. But in that moment, and for all of the early weeks of her son’s life, Blosser saw only dark clouds. read more

Can social media be harmful to teen’s health?
December 8, 2015 - The News Press
With the growing popularity of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, our teens have a variety of ways of social networking. According to recent studies, 93 percent of teens either own or have access to a computer or laptop. read more

The teenager and the pediatrician
October 5, 2015 - The News Press
At 5 feet, 10.5 inches tall, my teenage boy sits next to me in the pediatrician’s office, an arm’s length away from the table where I used to plop him down for his monthly, then yearly, exams. Is this the same boy who used to grab at the little zebra on the doctor’s stethoscope and flash big blue eyes at the nurse? Is he too old to go to the pediatrician? read more

Newlaser treatment offers hope for survivors, postmenopausal women.
October 1, 2015 - The News Press
Breast cancer survivors and postmenopausalwomenmighthave somethingin common: vaginal atrophy. Spurred from a lack of estrogen during and after menopause—or in breast cancer survivors who experienced early onset menopause — the condition often thins the vaginal wall and causes dryness, painful intercourse, incontinence or frequent urination. It is estimated to affect up to 50 percent of postmenopausal women, according to a 2010 study on vulvovaginal atrophy, published by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education andResearch. read more

How can I control borderline hypertension without medication?
August 18, 2015 - The News Press
The Eighth Joint National Committee released recommendations on blood pressure control in the spring of 2014. They recommended blood pressure in the general population younger than 60 years old be controlled to achieve blood pressure less than 140/90 and in the general population older than 60 years old be controlled to achieve blood pressure less than 150/90. read more

Sex after menopause
July 21, 2015 - The News Press
I experienced menopause three years ago and have developed vaginal dryness and sex is painful. Is there any connection? read more

New laser treatment restores women’s health
June 16, 2015 - The News Press
It’s a painful topic that most older women don’t like to talk about. It’s called vaginal atrophy or thinning of the vaginal walls leading to dryness, painful urination, burning, painful intercourse and lack of muscle tone. About 40 percent of women over the age of 50 have vaginal atrophy which also affects breast cancer survivors and women who have undergone hysterectomies. read more

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May 1, 2015
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Itchy skin? Here’s what to do
April 28, 2015 - The News Press
As our skin loses moisture, itching can become a worrisome condition. One of the ways this is treated is with topical steroid creams. While in small doses and for short periods of time, these steroid creams can provide relief. read more

Are there any foods to eliminate completely from a healthy diet?
April 21, 2015 - The News Press
There are many ways to eat healthy, and it’s best to pick a diet that works for your tastes and lifestyle. In general, most healthy diets are plant-based, with smaller portions of lean animal proteins, usually not more than 3 ounces per meal. Whole grains, vegetables, and fruit are encouraged, and processed foods, especially those with white flour and sugar, are discouraged. read more

Health beat - Physicians’ Primary Care physicians honored
April 21, 2015
Four physicians with Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida have been named “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York. read more

How can I restore moisture to dry skin?
April 7, 2015 - The News Press
Applying lotion to the arms and legs within three minutes of showering will help to keep moisture in the skin. Try to use a skin lotion that does not have dye and perfume added to it. Yes, it smells nice but it is usually based in alcohol which can dry your skin. read more

Why do some people bruise extremely easily?
March 10, 2015 - The News Press
This is one of the questions I usually hear every day. Typically, the patient is older than 60 and has many dark purple bruises over both forearms. “I don’t even remember hitting my arm,” they say. read more

NEWSMAKERS - Foley joins physicians group
December 31, 2014 - The News Press
Sara Jo Foley has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. read more

When should child see adult primary care physician?
December 30, 2014 - The News Press
Pediatricians are well-trained specialists who take care of newborns, children, adolescents and young adults, often until they finish college (age 21). Once kids reach 18 years old, legal young adults, they can see an adult primary care physician like an internal medicine doctor, general practitioner or a family medicine doctor. read more

What are ‘well child’ check-ups?
December 9, 2014 - The News Press
Well child check-ups are an important part of your child’s or adolescent’s health care. It is at these points-of-care with your physician that you are able to discuss all of the important aspects of your child’s health and well-being. The well child visit is a good time to bring up questions regarding your child’s development and behavior, to check on how much they have grown since the last visit and to receive scheduled vaccinations. read more

What is the best method of contraception?
December 2, 2014 - The News Press
Certain methods are better for particular situations in a woman’s life cycle. Young women who want to put off pregnancy for several years but are in monogamous long-term relationships are encouraged to use long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as IUD’s or implanted birth control devices. read more

Why does my child need “Well Child” check-ups if he’s not sick?
December 2, 2014 - Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida
Well child check-ups are an important part of your child or adolescent’s health care. It is at these points-of-care with your physician that you are able to discuss all of the important aspects of your child’s health and well-being. read more

How important is fluoride in dental health?
November 25, 2014 - The News Press
Fluoride is an important part of dental health and preventing cavities and tooth decay, especially for children. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by protecting the tooth enamel from damage by bacteria. Fluoride can be ingested, such as in drinking water, and is then incorporated into the teeth when they are developing. It can also be applied topically, both in fluoride applications at your dentist or doctor’s office and in toothpaste used at home. Fluoride toothpaste is now recommended starting when infants get their first tooth, but should be used in tiny amounts (the size of a rice grain) in children who are too young to spit it out. read more

Why do I have to finish my antibiotic?
October 14, 2014 - The News Press
Some patients say: I am feeling better after taking them for three or four days, so why should I finish taking them? read more

Dr. Mary is a Powerful Woman!
October 8, 2014 - Fort Myers Florida Weekly
First, I am a mom, striving to keep my kids moving forward. As managing partner, I help guide our practice in the changing world of health care, to, first and foremost, take excellent care of our patients, and second, keep up with the continual government-mandated health-care changes. I am also a member of Saint Cecilia’s Catholic Community and several other small groups. read more

How do I increase my metabolism?
September 16, 2014 - The News Press
The best way is to consume whole foods and whole grains and stay away from anything processed. All the processing strips essential minerals and vitamins from the food. What we are left with appeals to our taste buds, but leaves us starving for nutrition. read more

How do I know if I am allergic to bee stings?
August 5, 2014 - The News Press
Not all reactions to insect stings are severe or allergic. Generally speaking, there are three types of reaction to insect venom — normal, localized, and allergic. Many people believe they are allergic to bee or wasp stings, confusing normal or localized reaction with allergic reaction. The truth is that severe allergic reaction to stings is quite rare. read more

What are some easy ways to eat healthy?
July 15, 2014 - The News Press
To have a more healthy living mentality, we all should go back to the basics of eating natural and unprocessed foods. As an example, I would encourage using regular sugar rather than the artificial sweeteners such as Splenda, Equal or Sweet ’N Low. The key to improving our taste buds with sugar is to use it in moderation and in small portions. read more

Will garcinia cambogia help me lose weight?
July 8, 2014 - The News-Press
Also known as brindal berry and acide hydroxy citrique, garcinia cambogia has been taken orally at a dose of 1,000 mg daily for weight loss. It is reported to interfere with fat formation or lipogenesis. Garcinia is often used as a seasoning in Thai and Indian food. read more

Is an antiinflammatory diet right for me?
June 24, 2014 - The News Press
The anti-inflammatory diet, so named by Dr. Andrew Weil, is right for everyone. Inflammation is the cause of most serious illness including heart disease and stroke, many cancers and arthritis. Our diet is one of the leading sources of these chronic illnesses, and changing that diet is the key to prevention and cure. read more

Is licorice good for digestion?
June 14, 2014 - The News-Press
That’s just one of its uses! Black licorice (glycyrrhiza glaba) has long been used to treat ulcers — especially those caused by aspirin — and heartburn, as well as upper respiratory infections. Research has found it to be very effective against methicillin resistant staph aureus or MRSA. read more

How can I keep my children safe around the water this summer?
June 10, 2014 - The News-Press
Children are involved in many recreational activities during the summer, allowing for fun new experiences. Water activities are a favorite among many children in Southwest Florida. Ensure adequate adult supervision while swimming in the pool or playing at the beach. Enroll your children in swim lessons available for all ages, from infancy survival swim through adulthood. Utilize life jackets while boating. And don’t forget the sunscreen! read more

Is butterbur for allergies or migraines?
June 3, 2014 - The News-Press
Butterbur is an herb with many uses, but primarily it is used for treating the symptoms of hay fever and preventing migraine headaches. Studies have shown the butterbur leaf extracts are comparable to prescription antihistamines in reducing allergy and asthma symptoms by blocking mast cells, as well as leukotrienes, the inflammatory causes of the runny nose. read more

What’s all the hype about coconut oil?
May 6, 2014 - The News-Press
Coconut oil, primarily used in cooking, is alleged to be good for just about everything. In use for thousands of years, coconut oil is touted for its potent antifungal and antibacterial properties, and in one study it inhibited cancer cells in the laboratory. read more

How do I decrease my sugar cravings?
April 22, 2014 - The News-Press
Substitute apples, cherries and berries because these sweet fruits do not cause the spike in blood sugar that is associated with refined sugar. Try eating bitter foods such as green olives, curly endive or cooked greens to balance your craving for sweets. read more

What is the benefit of Co Q-10?
April 15, 2014 - The News-Press
Coenzyme Q-10 is found in most plant and animal cells, particularly in the mitochondria. It may help people who suffer from rare mitochondrial diseases. read more

What are the health benefits of marigolds?
April 1, 2014 - The News Press
Marigolds — calendula officinales — are those pretty but unpleasant smelling flowers we plant in our gardens to deter insects and rabbits from invading our vegetables. But like so many other plants we love for their beauty, marigolds have significant medicinal properties. read more

What is epigenetics?
March 25, 2014 - The News-Press
We all know that our genes play a major role in our health. Some people appear to be genetically programmed for health, while others seem predisposed to disease. Some serious health issues, such as Type II diabetes, seem to run in families, but this does not have to be the case. Type II diabetes is almost completely avoidable. read more

What else is good in my garden?
March 18, 2014 - The News-Press
Tomatoes! This time of year tomatoes abound in Southwest Florida. We all know that eating tomatoes is healthy, but what exactly are the health benefits? read more

What healthy steps should I take before becoming pregnant?
February 18, 2014 - The News-Press
Women of childbearing age should develop a reproductive health plan. The major time for organ formation occurs between week three, before a period is missed, and week 10 of gestation. read more

What makes for a quality supplement?
February 11, 2014 - The News-Press
Supplements are a huge industry in this country. Recently, a random sampling of these products was tested, and approximately 6 out of 10 fell short of their advertised claims. Some did not contain the dosage stated on the package, while others contained fillers, and one was even lacking any trace of the herb on the label. It is important to check the country of origin for these items. Herbal medicines from Europe, and Germany in particular, were found to be excellent, as they apply the same oversight in production for supplements as they do for prescription medications. read more

Physicians' Primary Care Living a healthy lifestyle includes exercise
February 6, 2014 - The News-Press
How do you feel? Energetic or tired? Limber or achy and stiff? Happy or depressed? read more

What are the benefits to breast-feeding?
February 4, 2014 - The News Press
Breast-feeding is a wonderful gift a mother can give her child. Research continues to support the benefits of breastfeeding, including the increased bond between mother and child and fewer infections and allergies. read more

Physicians' Primary Care earns honors
February 4, 2014 - The News Press
Seven offices of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida have earned national recognition for providing patient- centered health care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. read more

What thyme is it?
January 28, 2014 - The News-Press
Thyme-thymus vulgaris is a lonely spice is our cupboard. Besides the rare recipe that calls for this ingredient, thyme has wonderful medicinal properties. Thyme is an effective treatment for cold symptoms, asthma, and upper respiratory conditions, reducing inflammation in the bronchial tubes and decreasing mucus production. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiprotozoan characteristics. read more

Can vitamin E delay Alzheimer’s?
January 21, 2014 - The News-Press
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin with antioxidant effects. It is found in numerous foods including oils, meats, eggs and green leafy vegetables. vitamin E deficiency is not common, due to an abundance of tocopherols (vitamin E compounds) in the diet. There has not been read more

What are some portion control guidelines?
January 14, 2014 - The News-Press
A lot of New Year’s resolutions are about weight loss, so the first thing to do when trying to figure out portion sizes is to invest in measuring cups, spoons and a kitchen scale. One serving of peanut butter is 2 tablespoons, but that is 15 grams of fat and 190 calories. One slice of bread is usually about 70 calories, but one of those big bagels from the deli can weigh up to four times as much as the bread. read more

What is integrative medicine?
January 7, 2014 - The News-Press
Integrative medicine is a healthoriented approach that takes into account the whole person by using both traditional and alternative approaches to promote the body’s natural healing response. In other words, integrative medicine endorses both conventional medicine and alternative therapies that. read more

Is marijuana better than narcotics?
December 31, 2013 - The News-Press
This is a tricky question. Marijuana has been used as medicine for more than 3,000 years and only in recent decades has it been removed from our pharmacies. It has been widely used for pain, sedation, seizures and inflammation, and cramps. The American Medical Association supported the use of marijuana and its use in research but was voted down in 1942 by Congress, which favored the use of opioids and barbiturates instead. read more

What natural ways can aid sleep?
December 17, 2013 - The News Press
Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis, is also called the “gladdening herb” for its ability to alleviate melancholia. Lemon balm is the tender cousin of mint, but smells and tastes like lemons. It can be added to iced tea for a refreshing twist, and its essential oils are used in furniture polish and perfumes. The leaves are edible and may be used in salads, baked goods or in bath water as aromatherapy. read more

Do I need to get a tetanus shot every 10 years?
December 3, 2013 - The News-Press
It is highly recommended to keep your tetanus immunization up to date to prevent an infection of the tetanus bacteria, which can enter the body through a cut or scratch. A puncture wound is even a higher risk for this infection, which can cause a very serious neurologic illness and has a very high risk for being fatal. read more

What is the best over-the-counter remedy for a headache?
November 19, 2013 - The News-Press
Many people suffer from headaches on an occasional basis. The most common types are muscle tension headaches, caused by spasm of the muscles around the outside of the skull. But there are also many people who suffer from headaches caused by dilation of the blood vessels in the head. These “vascular” headaches are given names such as “migraines” or “cluster headaches” by physicians. Sinus problems are another common cause of headaches. Usually, sinus headaches and vascular headaches will need evaluation and treatment prescribed by a physician. read more

How does soy relate to breast cancer?
November 12, 2013 - The News-Press
There may be an inverse relationship between soy consumption and breast cancer, especially if soy is eaten during childhood and puberty. Other foods such as peanuts, peas and lentils have similar properties to soy. All are plants that contain their fruit inside pods and are in a class called legumes. Legumes are converted by the gut flora to extremely weak estrogens called phytoestrogens. read more

Does healthy diet prevent breast cancer?
November 4, 2013 - The News-Press
Many risk factors for breast cancer are not modifiable, but consuming a colorful variety of whole plant-based foods may significantly lower modifiable risks of breast cancer up to 38 percent! Eat a rainbow of different plant foods. The more colorful your plate, the more diverse the phytochemicals will ward off disease. Avoid a single supplement for this reason. read more

Pink Eye Is it Contagious
November 1, 2013 - ask the expert
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What is pink eye and can you catch if from someone?
November 1, 2013 - The News Press
In order to answer your question, it's important to have a good understanding of what pink eye, or conjunctivitis, really is. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the membrane covering the inner eyelid and most of the eyeball. read more

Breast Cancer and Diabetes
October 22, 2013 - The News-Press
Unfortunately, yes. The reason is that insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes leads to high insulin levels. High insulin levels in turn act like a growth factor for all cells. read more

Doctor joins Primary Care in Lehigh
October 22, 2013 - The News-Press
Dr. Michael S. Verwest has joined the family practice of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida in the new Lehigh Acres family practice office at 3507 Lee Blvd. He is accepting new patients and is board certified in family practice. He has been a physician for more than 25 years. read more

What is ‘pink eye’ and can you catch it from someone?
September 17, 2013 - The News-Press
In order to answer your question, it’s important to have a good understanding of what pink eye, or conjunctivitis, really is. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the membrane covering the inner eyelid and most of the eyeball. read more

Should I shun genetically modified food?
August 27, 2013 - The News-Press
This is a hotbed of controversy fueled by lobbyists on one side and environmentalists on the other. read more

How do I know if I need to take a supplement?
August 20, 2013 - The News-Press
Whole fresh food is the best supplement in the world as our body miraculously deciphers which nutrients to assimilate and which to discard. But even people who eat well may have problems getting full nutritional value from foods that are sitting on the store shelves for weeks. read more

Lice Remedies
August 1, 2013 - Southwest Florida Parent & Child Magazine
Back-to-school time is often lice season. We asked Dr. Celebrado to share the best remedies and prevention tips. read more

Is high fructose corn syrup bad for you?
July 30, 2013 - The News-Press
Probably. We used to think that high fructose corn syrup was just an indicator of poor quality food. By 2000, 42 to 55 percent of added sweeteners to food were from high fructose corn syrup. In fact, it is quite a challenge trying to avoid it because it is added not only to candies but other foods. read more

What causes high blood pressure?
July 9, 2013 - The News-Press
There are some definite lifestyle choices that can cause hypertension. Among these: excess alcohol consumption, smoking, using too much salt, obesity and lack of exercise. All of these are modifiable. read more

Blood pressure: When should I get concerned?
June 25, 2013 - The News-Press
There are two parts of a standard blood pressure reading: systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom). The systolic is the pressure when the heart is pumping; the diastolic is when the heart is resting. read more

What’s treatment for hypertension?
June 11, 2013 - The News Press
The first treatment should be lifestyle modification. If overweight or obese, weight loss should be pursued. All of us should exercise at least two to three hours weekly.We should limit our salt intake to less than 2,000 mg daily (read those labels!). Additionally, smokers should quit and alcohol intake should be decreased (or eliminated). read more

What are the latest guidelines about Pap cancer screening tests?
June 4, 2013 - The News-Press
Congratulations to women in America. Since the 1980s you have achieved a 75 percent reduction in cervical cancer, making the Pap smear one of the most successful cancer screening programs ever. This result was, in large part, due to the acceptance and adherence by women of the annual Pap smear. read more

What are bio-identical hormones?
May 21, 2013 - The News-Press
Bio-identical or natural hormones are extracted from either soybeans or wild yams. They are further processed in the laboratory to manufacture hormones that are biochemically similar to those the human body produces. Pharmaceutical estrogens may be bio-identical or not, synthetic or from a natural substance like mare’s urine. read more

Is there anything I can do to decrease my risk of breast cancer?
May 14, 2013 - The News-Press
Breast cancer is a complex disease with both genetic predisposition and environmental factors. There are definitely risk reduction behaviors women can adopt. Exercising daily, eating an anti-inflammatory diet rich in cruciferous vegetables, and adequate sleep definitely help. read more

Are there any natural remedies for the symptoms of menopause?
May 7, 2013 - The News-Press
Seventy percent of menopausal American women may have hot flashes-while only a fraction of Japanese women eating a traditional diet experience symptoms. The answer may be that the Japanese have a diet rich in soy and unprocessed food. read more

Are there natural ways to prevent osteoporosis?
April 30, 2013 - The News-Press
Yes. The same healthy living that may protect you from heart disease, diabetes and depression is also good for your bones.Walking 35 minutes five times a week has been proven to increase bone mass. read more

What’s all the fuss about vitamin D deficiency?
April 16, 2013 - The News-Press
Researchers may declare vitamin D the vitamin of the decade. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that works with other minerals, vitamins and hormones for bone health. But did you know that vitamin D is extremely important for our immune system and cardiovascular system, as well as our neurological system? read more

Can certain medical tests be overused?
April 9, 2013
Choose your tests wisely. Many medical tests and interventions are unnecessary, potentially dangerous, and add to the high cost of health care. These services are not rooted in evidence-based medicine and can lead to other interventions that cause complications. read more

What Do the Locals Eat? We Got All the Delicious Dish
April 1, 2013
Whether it's shore-side shrimp, a family friendly meal or a special request for the chef, these locals know how to eat. read more

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What kind of treatment can help with menopausal symptoms?
March 5, 2013 - The News Press
Some women have mild symptoms, but treatment is recommended for moderate to severe symptoms. Prescription medication is available to treat hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. read more

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Should My Baby Be Circumcised at Birth?
February 12, 2013 - The News Press
The American Academy of Pediatrics' position on routine circumcision has changed over the last year to reflect a slightly more "pro-circucision" stance, which give insurance companies more incentive to pay for the procedure. read more

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What can women do to reduce chances of heart disease?
February 5, 2013 - The News Press
More than half of females with acute coronary syndrome do not have the traditional risk factors such as elevated LDL or "bad cholesterol." The LDL can be further tested to see if it is small and dense, which is more likely to cause heart disease or large and fluffy, which is not as serious. read more

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Should I take zinc?
January 29, 2013 - The News Press
Zinc is a leading trace element in the human body, second only to iron. Zinc deficiency has been well-documented in people with liver diseases. However, supplementation with zinc protexts agains alcohol-induced liver injury in all people. read more

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why is it a good idea to fast before lab work?
January 22, 2013 - The News Press
Whether one should fast before lab work depends upon the study being ordered. The common lab work fasting has the greatest impact on is blood glucose and triglycerides. Eating a short time before these labs are drawn can elevate their values and lead to a misdiagnosis of diabetes or high triglycerides as opposed to norally elevated levels after eatiing. read more

After 50: Do ya think I'm sexy?
January 15, 2013 - The News Press
Southwest Floridians over 50 are likely to experience changes in their lifestyles, relationships and libido. How do they handle their love lives? Experts tell. read more

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How can I find a new doctor?
January 8, 2013 - The News Press
There are several avenues to use to find a new physician. Referrals from friends or colleauges are helpful, and this will increase the chances of getting a doctor with a good bedside manner. read more

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do any supplements prevent or limit colds?
January 1, 2013 - The News Press
The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that causes a runny nose, sore throat and general malaise. read more

My doctor refuses to schedule my c - section before 39 weeks
May 1, 2012
"My doctor refuses to schedule my c - section before 39 weeks. If 38 weeks is full term, why would she do this? I want the best for my baby, but I also think I'm going to go crazy if I'm pregnant much longer. Should I get a second op inion?" read more

What is Human Papillomavirus or HPV?
January 1, 2012
HPV refers to many different strains of a particular virus. There are over one hundred different strains (types) of the HPV virus. Some strains cause cervical cancer. These are referred to as "high risk strains". Some strains cause genital warts. The majority of the strains cause no identifiable problems. read more

How to stay healthy when you're expecting
October 1, 2011
I just found out I'm pregnant and seem to be hungry all the time and have strong cravin gs. How much should I be eating? Should I be exercising, too? read more

Jaundice and bilirubin - Yellowish skin on a newborn needs monitored
September 1, 2011
The doctors and nur ses are monitoring my newborn for jaundice. Is this dangerous? read more

Preparation is Key When Traveling This Summer
July 1, 2011
We have lots of family traveling to do this summer, and I know traveling with kids can be tricky. Any tips on making family travel easier? read more

Solid Foods Introduction
June 1, 2011
A common question we receive as pediatricians, "is how and when to start solid foods in infancy?" read more

April 1, 2011
Urinary incontinence, or the loss of bladder control, is a common but treatable problem. Symptoms can range from mild leaking after coughing or laughing, to uncontrollable wetting. read more

What You Should Know About the Finger - Sucking Habit
March 1, 2011
It has long been recognized that non - nutritive sucking is a normal, pervasive method of self - soothing in infancy. In one stud y , 31 percent of the children at 1 year of age engaged in finger - sucking and by 4 years of age, only 12 percent still suck their fingers . read more

Too young for menopause
January 1, 2011
I'm experiencing some symptoms that sound like menopause, but I'm too young (43), aren't I? read more

Healthy Holiday Eating Is For Kids Too!
October 1, 2010
My kids are excited about Halloween trick or treating, but I'm concerned that they'll eat too many foods that aren't good for them now and during the holidays. What can I do ? read more

4D Ultrasound Offers First Glimpse of Baby
September 1, 2010
My husband and I are expecting our first child and have been told that we can get a picture of the baby still in the womb through 4D Ultrasound. What is this? read more

Treatment of Excessively Heavy Periods
July 1, 2010
Excessive menstrual bleeding impacts one - third of all women at some point in their lives. Only 5 percent of reproductive - aged women seek treatment annually. This can result in anemia a nd a decreased quality of life. read more

Sleep problems (addendum)
June 1, 2010
It can be a frightening experience for parents when their child is experiencing a night terror. read more

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month How Much is Too Much During Pregnancy?
April 1, 2010
I just found out that I am pregnant. I am not a heavy drinker, but I do like to have an occasional glass of wine. Will this hurt my unborn baby ? read more

Pediatric Sleep Issues Can Produce "Night Feeders"
February 1, 2010
My 9 - month - old Amanda wakes up at 3 a.m. every day . I fe e d her a bottle of formula and she goes back to sleep, but she was sleeping 11 hours straight through the n ight at six months. I'm exhausted, help! read more

The ?H' word
December 1, 2009
My doctor recommen ded I get a hysterectomy. But I still remember the long recovery my mother had with that surgery some years ago. Are there other options now? read more

December 1, 2009
The field of gynecology is changing rapidly and the gynecologists at Physicians' Primary Care are at the forefront of this trend. Particularly with all the recent health care news centered on health care reform, the OB/GYN's at Physicians' Primary Care are committed to finding more efficient and better methods of care for their patients. "We want to make patients aware of the less invasive options that are available" says Dr. Rex Stubbs. read more

Head Lice Aren't Dangerous and Can Be Treated
November 1, 2009
Parents often ask me questions about head lice, which can be a problem for children. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. read more

Bottle feeding Infants Can Be a Nutritional Alternative to Breastfeeding
September 1, 2009

But I'm Not Sick ! Why a Healthy Child Needs to Visit the Doctor
August 1, 2009
When my son was a baby, we always took him to the doctor for well - baby exams, but do we really need to keep doing this for him now that he is in school? read more

Breastfeeding Is a Natural Process
June 1, 2009
Breastfeeding is a natural physiological process. In certain culture s, there is no need to ask a pregnant l ady if she is going to breast or bottle feed. It is assume d she will be breastfeed ing because this is the natural thing to do and is best for mother and child. read more

How to Guard Against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
June 1, 2009
HPV is an extremely common virus that typically infects the male and female genital tracts. There are many types of HPV. Some typ es of the virus cause genital warts. read more

Permanent Birth Control With No Incision
May 1, 2009
My husband and I do not wish to have any more children. Are there any new options for us? read more

An ABC for Dr. Seuss
March 1, 2009
March 2 nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday. It is Read Across America day, and a day to celebrate children's literature. read more

Headaches Are Normal Part of Adolescence
February 1, 2009
My 14 - year - old child seems to have a lot of headaches. Is this anything I should be worried about? read more

4D Ultrasound Offers First Glimpse of Baby
December 1, 2008
My husband and I are expecting our first child and have been told that we can get a picture of the baby still in the womb through 4D Ultrasound. What is this? read more

Helping Children Manage Their Weight Requires Small Changes Over Time
November 1, 2008
My 11 - year - old daughter is putting on a lot of weight. I try to help her eat healthy, but she doesn't get much exercise. What can I do to help he r? read more

HPV Vaccine 101 - 80% of adults will a c quire HPV before the age of 50
September 1, 2008
I've heard I should get my daughter the HPV vaccine. Can you tell me more about it? read more

"Walk Your Child To School Workout" Helps Parents and Children
August 1, 2008
I just don't have enoug h time to spend with my child, though I seem to skimp on everything, even on taking care of myself. Any suggestions? read more

School Suggestions and First Day Fears
July 1, 2008
My child will be entering school for the first time . W hat do I need to know and do? read more

Advantages of Breastfeeding
August 1, 2006
I've heard breastfeeding is hard to do. What are the advantages of breastfeeding my infant? read more