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Protect your vision from effects of diabetes

If you have diabetes, regular eye exams are important to diagnose potential problems early, according to the medical staff at Coastal Jersey Eye Center. High blood glucose caused by diabetes increases the risk of eye problems. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness and impaired vision in adults ages 20 to 74.

There are a few simple steps that can help prevent vision loss:

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Rainbow Pediatrics welcomes Dr. Simona Dragos

Dr. Simona Dragos
 Dr. Simona Dragos

CLERMONT – Rainbow Pediatrics, a full-service pediatric care facility, recently welcomed Dr. Simona Dragos to their team of pediatricians.

Dragos, a recently board-certified pediatrician, joined the Rainbow team in July. She was drawn to Rainbow’s kind and friendly staff, and the comfort of knowing she would be working with a team of highly skilled professionals, according to a statement from Rainbow Pediatrics.

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Diabetes center opens in Marmora

Diabetes Center at Cape Regional Medical Center 
The Diabetes Center at Cape Regional Medical Center celebrated a ribbon cutting at the new diabetes center in Hope Medical Commons in Marmora. Mayor Richard Palombo, center, is joined by manager Cindy Kraemer as she cuts the ribbon.

MARMORA – Cape Regional Medical Center opened a new diabetes center in Marmora last month.

The new center is located in the Hope Medical Commons, 210 S. Shore Road in Marmora and is staffed by a team of healthcare providers who are trained in diabetes diagnosis, care and management. Both the Marmora and Cape May Court House centers offer day and evening classes and most insurances are accepted.  

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Local allergist to report results with new poison ivy allergy vaccine in Chicago

MILLVILLE — Since 2008, local allergist Dr. Robert Coifman has been collaborating with Catherine Yang, the chairwoman of Rowan University’s chemistry/biochemistry program to develop, standardize and treat poison ivy allergy patients with vaccines made from fresh, locally grown poison ivy leaves.

At the World Allergy Organization’s Immunotherapy Symposium this weekend in Chicago, Coifman will present the results of seven successful courses of treatment in patients spanning the full 130-fold range of pre-treatment sensitivity. Each of four unsuccessful treatments was in a low sensitivity patient given what is now known to be too low a dose for his degree of sensitivity.

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Flu shots still available on walk-in basis

Beginning in November, the Atlantic County Division of Public Health will provide flu shots to adults 18 years and over on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon in Northfield at the Stillwater Building, 201 S. Shore Road; and in Hammonton at 310 Bellevue Ave. on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Flu shots are available for $15, but there is no out-of-pocket fee for Medicare Part B recipients who present their cards. For more information see www.aclink.org/publichealth . For questions call 609-645-5933.

 
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New endoscopy technology at Cape Regional’s Same Day Surgery Center

Gastroenterologists Anthony Masciarelli, left, and Renjy Vattasseril with the new endoscopy technology.
 Gastroenterologists Anthony Masciarelli, left, and Renjy Vattasseril with the new endoscopy technology.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape Regional Medical Center has purchased state-of-the-art endoscopy technology for its Same Day Care Center.

“This cutting-edge medical technology provides our Same Day Surgery Team at Cape Regional Medical Center with advanced visualization, control and workflow,” stated Anthony Masciarelli, D.O., board-certified gastroenterologist at Cape Regional Physicians Associates. “In addition, it facilitates more accurate diagnosis and treatment, simplifies setup, improves workflow, and links patient and department information to the Medical Center’s information network.”

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Setting things straight is his business

Jeffrey Vecere of Vecere Orthodontics
 Jeffrey Vecere of Vecere Orthodontics

Dr. Jeffrey Vecere talks teeth

The bite is a complex system that includes teeth, gums, jaws, and facial muscles. A healthy bite has not just aesthetic impact but also health benefits, according to orthodontist Jeffrey Vecere of Vecere Orthodontics in Cape May Court House. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to tooth decay, wearing of tooth enamel, periodontal (gum) disease, and even headaches and jaw joint pain.

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Rainbow Pediatrics welcomes Dr. Mary Ellen Walder

 Dr. Mary Ellen Walder
 Dr. Mary Ellen Walder

CLERMONT – Rainbow Pediatrics, a full-service pediatric care facility, recently welcomed Dr. Mary Ellen Walder to its team of pediatricians.

Walder is a board-certified pediatrician with years of experience. She began her career in a private practice in Newton, Pa., where she practiced for nine years before moving to a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia outpatient practice for 15 years.

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Yoga helps the body inside and out

Yoga sometimes intimidates beginners.

It seems that in the opinion of a large amount of people in this country, yoga is weird, boring, religious, seems pointless, is too easy, and is just another form of exercise. Our constantly moving culture makes us believe that if we aren’t running around like a madman, pumping heavy weights, or doing the latest workout fad, we aren’t getting any benefit from the work.

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The impact of cataract surgery on lifespan

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed major surgery in the United States. This 10-minute, painless procedure is highly effective with success rates over 99 percent.  Along with the obvious improvement in the quality of life that comes with good vision, recent studies show that cataract surgery can dramatically increase lifespan.

One study followed 354 Australian participants over the age of 49 for 10 years. After adjusting for health factors, such as smoking, angina, cancer and stroke, the researchers found a 40 percent lower mortality rate in individuals who had cataract surgery.  Other studies have shown similar results.

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