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The impact of cataract surgery on lifespan

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Written by Advertiser Submission Friday, November 15, 2013 01:30 pm

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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Cut your rehab time, not your muscles in total knee replacement

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Written by Advertiser Submission Friday, November 15, 2013 01:29 pm

Knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which a diseased or damaged knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. Made of metal alloys and high-grade plastics, the prosthesis is designed to move just like a healthy human knee joint. 

Today greater than 90 percent of patients undergoing knee replacement have a complication-free result that relieves pain and restores mobility. 

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Plantar Fasciitis – Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

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Written by Advertiser submission Wednesday, November 13, 2013 08:34 am

 Plantar Fasciitis  Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a very common disorder, characterized by pain and inflammation in the bottom of the foot; usually back by the heel bone. This condition is a result of overstressing the plantar fascia, the soft tissue under the foot that helps maintain the arch. For most patients afflicted by this condition, the pain is at its worst with the first few steps in the morning. Other activities that can aggravate this condition are climbing stairs, prolonged walking and rising up on your toes.

By doing this, your body weight places force on your foot that wants to flatten out the normal arch. This stress can cause micro-tears in the plantar fascia. Your body heals these micro-tears, in part by laying down scar tissue. The amount of scar tissue is very small, but it can accumulate over time, creating a significant amount of scar tissue. This has a dramatic effect on the normal elasticity of the plantar fascia. The pliable nature of the plantar fascia allows it to act as a shock absorber. When the plantar fascia is more rigid, it transfers that stress directly to the heel bone.

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New diabetes center opens in Marmora

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 12, 2013 07:32 pm


Cape Regional’s Diabetes Center of Excellence is opening a second center in the Hope Medical Commons, 210 S. Shore Road, Marmora, staffed by a team of certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, registered and advance practice nurses, a clinical exercise physiologist, and doctors of pharmacy. Call 609-463-2547 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
  Cape Regional’s Diabetes Center of Excellence is opening a second center in the Hope Medical Commons, 210 S. Shore Road, Marmora, staffed by a team of certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, registered and advance practice nurses, a clinical exercise physiologist, and doctors of pharmacy. Call 609-463-2547 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape Regional Medical Center expanded its Diabetes Centers of Excellence to a second location in Marmora in the Hope Medical Commons, 210 S. Shore Road.

Hospital officials say the Marmora center is staffed by an exceptional team of certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, a clinical exercise physiologist, and a doctor of pharmacy. Both the Cape May Court House and Marmora Centers offer day and evening classes and most insurances are accepted.

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Fitness center cites health benefits of proper breathing

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, November 12, 2013 07:00 pm

 Stressed out? Frazzled all the time? Want it to stop? Want to slow down and enjoy life without all the stress?

When most of us start feeling this way, we head to the medicine cabinet or the coffee pot, not realizing that sometimes the solution is already right inside us.

Our breath.

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Cataract surgery may lengthen life expectancy

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, November 12, 2013 06:25 pm

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, according to staff at the Coastal Jersey Eye Center.

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.

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Local pediatrician brings first-time mom experience to new practice

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, November 12, 2013 02:30 pm

 
Dr. Veronica Gonzalez-Rivera Dr. Veronica Gonzalez-Rivera

Pediatrician Dr. Veronica Gonzalez-Rivera began seeing patients at CompleteCare Health Network in September, just a few months after becoming a new mom. Although she has been practicing for a few years now, the new addition to her family has brought her new perspective into her patients’ questions and concerns.

“It’s completely different to see parents and their children now that I am a mom,” said Rivera. “I understand them more, I feel their pain more. I try to be even nicer than I was before to my patients, because I personally know how it feels to have a child and what it’s like when they are sick.”

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Older adults invited to take modern dance

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 10, 2013 04:48 pm

GALLOWAY – The Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) invites older adults to take a basic modern dance class with Jon Lehrer, artistic director of LehrerDance, a professional dance company from Buffalo, N.Y. from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in Meeting Room 5 in the Campus Center.

Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

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Anterior approach speeds recovery in total hip replacement

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Written by - ADVERTISER SUBMISSION Thursday, October 10, 2013 04:47 pm

Nine years ago Larry underwent a hip replacement through a traditional surgical approach.  Several years later, he underwent hip replacement through the tissue sparing, direct anterior, surgical approach.

“I went home the next day with no restrictions and returned to all activities, even a full 18-holes of golf eight weeks after surgery,” he said.  “I was amazed at the fast recovery compared to my traditional hip replacement”.

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Tilton Fitness offers swim lessons for all ages

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Written by - ADVERTISER SUBMISSION Thursday, October 10, 2013 04:46 pm

The Tilton Fitness clubs in Northfield and Galloway have announced their fall and winter schedule of swim lessons in the club’s heated, indoor pools. You can register for fall sessions now through Oct. 11.

The lessons are available for adults and children and are offered in group sessions or private lessons. All swim instructors are Red Cross certified.

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Cataract surgery improve motorist safety

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Written by - ADVERTISER SUBMISSION Thursday, October 10, 2013 04:44 pm

In today's complex society, maintaining the ability to drive has a profound impact on a person's independence, quality of life, and even access to health care; however driving with cataracts can be problematic.

Visual difficulties like cataracts can compromise driving safety. Drivers with cataracts are 2½ times more likely to be involved in at-fault motor vehicle accidents. 

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Healthcare providers excited to build practice in Cape May County

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Written by - Advertiser submission Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:28 pm

 Dr. Ali Cheema and nurse practitioner Shawn Denning at the Wildwood CompleteCare Location.
 Dr. Ali Cheema and nurse practitioner Shawn Denning at the Wildwood CompleteCare Location.

 WILDWOOD – When speaking with Dr. Ali Cheema and nurse practitioner Shawn Denning, it is easy to see why these two young men were chosen as feature practitioners for the CompleteCare Health Network’s expanding presence in Cape May County. They radiate the energy of two men embarking on a new adventure while maintaining the gentle compassion that is prized among health care providers. It’s also clear that both men like a good challenge.

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Yoga can reduce stress, improve well-being

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Written by - Advertiser submission Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:22 am

 Yoga classes start this week at Studio SKY in Upper Level Fitness on Route 50 in Greenfield.

 Yoga classes start this week at Studio SKY in Upper Level Fitness on Route 50 in Greenfield.

GREENFIELD – Your lifestyle can greatly affect your mortality rate, whether positive or negative.

Some studies show that stress has a major impact on mortality as well. High levels of stress can even increase the chance of dying so keeping stress to a minimum is the key to a longer, relaxed life.

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Dr. James Petrucci named EHT school district’s physician

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Written by - Advertiser submission Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:16 am

Dr. James Petrucci
  Dr. James Petrucci

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The start of a new school year also marks the start of school sports seasons for many student athletes. To oversee their health, safety and well-being, Dr. James Petrucci, Rainbow Pediatrics’ sports medicine specialist, was recently named Egg Harbor Township School District’s physician.

Petrucci’s sports medicine expertise brings a new level of care and knowledge to the students and athletes in the district. In addition to making weekly visits to schools within the township and performing onsite sports physicals and medical consults when needed, Petrucci will be on the sidelines for every home varsity football game Egg Harbor Township plays this year. He will quickly address any injuries with his sports medicine expertise, according to a press release.

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MFit opens in Seaville

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Written by - Advertiser submission Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:00 am

 
Red Sky Café owner Jeff Schwartz was on hand Saturday, Oct. 5 for an open house for the new fitness facility Mfit. During the open house Sensei Joe Walters was on hand along with his son Joey to sign copies of the recently published book, “Strength in Numbers,” which Walters’ son wrote about him. Walters trained Sensei John T. McCray to his Second Degree Black Belt in Judo.


 Red Sky Café owner Jeff Schwartz was on hand Saturday, Oct. 5 for an open house for the new fitness facility Mfit. During the open house Sensei Joe Walters was on hand along with his son Joey to sign copies of the recently published book, “Strength in Numbers,” which Walters’ son wrote about him. Walters trained Sensei John T. McCray to his Second Degree Black Belt in Judo.

SEAVILLE – MFit, a new fitness center at the American Martial Arts Academy complex on Route 50 in Seaville, held an open house last week.

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Tilton Fitness offers swim lessons for all ages

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:00 am

ATLANTIC COUTNY - The Tilton Fitness clubs in Northfield and Galloway have announced their fall and winter schedule of swim lessons in the club’s heated, indoor pools. You can register for fall sessions now through Oct. 11.

The lessons are available for adults and children and are offered in group sessions or private lessons. All swim instructors are Red Cross certified.

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Anterior approach speeds recovery in total hip replacement

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Written by - Advertiser submission Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:00 am

Nine years ago Larry underwent a hip replacement through a traditional surgical approach.  Several years later, he underwent hip replacement through the tissue sparing, direct anterior, surgical approach.

“I went home the next day with no restrictions and returned to all activities, even a full 18-holes of golf eight weeks after surgery,” he said.  “I was amazed at the fast recovery compared to my traditional hip replacement”.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Written by - Advertiser submission Tuesday, October 08, 2013 04:10 pm

A healthy lifestyle decreases cancer risk and increases survival

MARMORA – Obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers, including breast cancer.

"If you watch your diet, exercise, and manage your weight, you could not only prevent your risk of getting many lethal forms of cancer, you could also increase your chances of doing well if you should get almost any form of cancer," said Edward Benz, president of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

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Cataract surgery improves motorist safety

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Written by - Advertiser submission Tuesday, October 08, 2013 04:10 pm

In today's complex society, maintaining the ability to drive has a profound impact on a person's independence, quality of life, and even access to health care; however driving with cataracts can be problematic.

Visual difficulties like cataracts can compromise driving safety. Drivers with cataracts are 2½ times more likely to be involved in at-fault motor vehicle accidents.

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Sufferers of OCD have treatment options

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Written by - Advertiser submission Tuesday, October 08, 2013 04:10 pm

By DR. WILLIAM HANKIN

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – One of the more difficult problems in psychiatry is the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The reason for this difficulty is, first, it is hard for sufferers to get to treatment. They are embarrassed by their symptoms and doubt that anyone would understand them. Many of them are reclusive and stay-at-home and avoid social contact.

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VIM and state Commission for the Blind partner for free eye screenings

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 08, 2013 04:10 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Volunteers in Medicine and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind will offer free Eye screenings from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 18. There is no fee for the service and you do not need an appointment. Space is limited and patients will be seen on a first come first served basis.

Volunteers in Medicine is a free clinic for residents of Cape May County who have no access to health insurance and earn no more than 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (approx. $28,000 for a single, $38,000 for a couple). For more information about the clinic, to donate, volunteer or become a patient, visit www.vimcmc.org.

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How to survive fall allergy season

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Written by - Advertiser submission Tuesday, October 08, 2013 12:00 am

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

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 04, 2013 12:00 am

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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Healthy Living - Fall 2013

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 20, 2013 10:17 am

Healthy Living

Healthy Living
Fall 2013

   

Time is the biggest obstacle to keeping in shape

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, September 12, 2013 03:54 pm

  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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A physical therapist's guide to osteoarthritis of the shoulder

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, September 12, 2013 02:57 pm

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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Cape Regional’s gastroenterology service expands

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Written by Advertiser Submission Thursday, September 12, 2013 02:52 pm

 
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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Tips for students with asthma as they return to school

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:11 am

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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Atlantic Eye Center celebrates 25 years

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:54 pm

 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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Use care when it’s time to rake

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:40 am

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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