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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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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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Cape Regional auxiliary awards $20,000 in scholarships

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 17, 2013 06:42 pm

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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Cape Regional opens “Quick Care” in Emergency Department

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 am

 Dr. Teresa Bridge-Jackson and the Emergency Room nursing team at Cape Regional Medical Center prepare for patients at the “Quick Care” unit in the emergency room.  
 Dr. Teresa Bridge-Jackson and the Emergency Room nursing team at Cape Regional Medical Center prepare for patients at the “Quick Care” unit in the emergency room. 

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape Regional Medical Center has opened “Quick Care” in the emergency department to handle the increased number of patients seen during the busy summer.

Upon arrival at the emergency department, patients will be asked several questions by a nurse to determine if “Quick Care” is an option for treatment. Typically, patients who may be treated in “Quick Care” include those who present with minor lacerations, bumps and bruises, sprains, minor coughs and earaches, sunburn, rashes and insect bites.

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Technological improvements have changed cataract surgery

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Written by Advertiser submission Wednesday, July 10, 2013 08:35 am

Cataracts are virtually universal as we age. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed major surgery, with more than 2 million performed annually.

Huge strides in technology over the last 15 years have resulted in a procedure that now takes 10 minutes, is performed in out-patient surgery centers rather than hospitals and has a remarkably high success rate.

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Seaville teen delivers homemade get well cards

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 10, 2013 04:29 am

 On July 3, Sarah Ford, 19, of Seaville, visited Shore Medical Center to deliver more than 80 homemade get well cards from area schoolchildren. Ford, who will be competing in the Miss Cape May County/Miss Cape Resort Pageant on July 13, has a pageant platform of “Smiles Save: Healing Through Hospital Volunteerism.” 
 On July 3, Sarah Ford, 19, of Seaville, visited Shore Medical Center to deliver more than 80 homemade get well cards from area schoolchildren. Ford, who will be competing in the Miss Cape May County/Miss Cape Resort Pageant on July 13, has a pageant platform of “Smiles Save: Healing Through Hospital Volunteerism.”

SOMERS POINT – On Wednesday, July 3, Seaville teen and Miss Cape May County/Miss Cape Resort Pageant hopeful Sarah Ford visited Shore Medical Center to help lift patients’ spirits by delivering homemade get well cards from area schoolchildren.

“The human spirit is vitally important to the healing process,” said Ford, 19, who attends the University of Pittsburgh and will participate in the Miss Cape May County/Miss Cape Resort Pageant on July 13. “You can tell the patients are genuinely appreciative of these cards. It just makes their day.”

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What is tendonitis?

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, July 09, 2013 04:07 pm

Dr. Gene J. DeMorat
  Dr. Gene J. DeMorat

First, we must answer the question - What is a tendon? A tendon is a rope-like structure that connects muscle to bone. When a muscle contracts the tendon provides an attachment point to assist in movement. Unfortunately, just like ropes we use to lift and pull objects in everyday life our tendons are susceptible to becoming frayed and damaged.

Regardless of the cause, a tendon that is not working properly will become swollen and painful. This is typically the result of an inflammatory process called “tendonitis.” Causes can be sudden - from a fall, or chronic - from repetitive activities.

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Technique improves scar tissue removal

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, July 09, 2013 02:26 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Graston Technique is the use of several specialized instruments to locate and remove scar tissue and adhesions from soft tissue throughout the body.

Scar tissue can form in the body for many reasons. The most obvious is surgery. However, the body also forms scar tissue from repeated “micro-trauma,” which can be anything that stresses the soft tissue of the body, from sports such as running or lifting to everyday activities like carrying your children. When your body repairs these micro-traumas, it uses small amounts of scar tissue to facilitate the repair. When these activities are repeated over a period of time, the scar tissue accumulates and can total as much as if someone sustained a major trauma.

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