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How to survive fall allergy season

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Itchy eyes, stuffy nose and constant sneezing. If you’re suffering from allergies, you’re not alone. More than 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, their bodies reacting to triggers from pollen to grass, and more.

“When you have allergies, your body reacts to a trigger like ragweed and mold spores, and kicks your immune system into overdrive,” says Scott Reef of Reef Family Pharmacy. “It releases substances like histamine that actually cause allergy symptoms.”

Symptoms include runny nose and post-nasal drip, nasal congestion, sinus inflammation, coughing, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, and itchy ears. While allergies typically surface during childhood, symptoms can begin at any age and may appear for the first time during adulthood.

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Healthy Living - Fall 2013

Healthy Living

Healthy Living
Fall 2013

 
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A physical therapist's guide to osteoarthritis of the shoulder

Shoulder osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that occurs when the cartilage that lines the sides of the shoulder joint is worn or torn away. It may be caused by injury or dislocation of the shoulder, or “wear and tear” of the shoulder over time.

Shoulder OA develops most often in people in their 50s and beyond. As people misuse or overuse their joints over time, more cases are seen with each advancing decade of life. However, shoulder OA can also develop in younger people after trauma or surgery to a joint. The condition occurs more frequently in women than men. Physical therapists treat shoulder OA with hands-on therapy and individualized exercise programs.

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Tips for students with asthma as they return to school

Asthma news Asthma news

American Lung Association recognizes asthma-friendly schools and offers back-to-school checklist for students with asthma

 As summer winds down, families across New Jersey are beginning to prepare for the new school year. A new school environment can sometimes be difficult for children with asthma. This back-to-school season, the American Lung Association in New Jersey highlights tips for families of children with asthma and stresses the importance of crafting a plan to properly manage asthma in a school environment.

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Use care when it’s time to rake

Low back pain can be a problem in the fall

Fall is a beautiful time of year but it also brings about work that is very physical. It is time to rake the leaves, put the patio furniture away and pull out the summer flowers. This can be demanding for the low back muscles that may not typically be required to do this type of work on a daily basis.

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Eye Health Tip of the Week : Don’t be in the dark about night vision

Night Vision.

Pupils enlarge at night, so any slight blur on the retina becomes exaggerated. Get a thorough eye examination to make sure you are seeing clearly.

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Time is the biggest obstacle to keeping in shape

  The staff at Upper Level Fitness say they can help with training and nutrition tips to help you get in shape. 

The staff at Upper Level Fitness say they can help with training and nutrition tips to help you get in shape.

 The staff at Upper Level Fitness, on Route 50 in Seaville, have a few tips to help you get back into your regular fitness routine this fall. They include planning each day ahead and setting aside a specific time to exercise, setting realistic short-term and long-term goals, and staying positive through your fitness lifestyle.

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Cape Regional’s gastroenterology service expands

 
Dr. Anthony Masciarelli Dr. Anthony Masciarelli

 Dr. Renjy Vattasseril Dr. Renjy Vattasseril

 In October, two new board-certified gastroenterologists, Anthony Masciarelli D.O., and Renjy Vattasseril, M.D. join Cape Regional Physicians Associates, an affiliate of Cape Regional Health System.

These two high-trained and experienced physicians will be in private practice and will perform procedures at Cape Regional Medical Center’s Same Day Surgery Care Center, according to a prepared statement from Cape Regional.

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Atlantic Eye Center celebrates 25 years

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – On July 5, 1988, Dr. Michael Caruso set up an eye care center on Village Drive in Cape May Court House. It was not even a week after his June 30 graduation from the ophthalmology residency program. But he had heard that south Jersey was in need of an eye doctor, and he had fond memories of the shore from his childhood. It seemed a good place to start his ophthalmology career.

Now 25 years later, Caruso is a leading name in ophthalmic and surgical eye care in South Jersey, offering services at three locations in Cape May and Atlantic Counties: Atlantic Eye Center, EyeMax Lasik Center, and Cape Cataract Center, according to information from the business.

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Cape Regional auxiliary awards $20,000 in scholarships

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 23 students from area high schools that are pursuing studies in the healthcare field.

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