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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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First dentist visit should be by 1st birthday

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, July 09, 2013 02:00 pm

It may surprise many parents to learn that recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggest that children should see a dentist by age 1. Believe it or not, even if your child has only a few visible teeth, he or she can still get cavities, according to the staff at CompleteCare Health Network.

“Scheduling an appointment with a dentist early on is a great way to learn about dental health and the best way to care for your little one’s mouth,” according to a statement from the group.

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Is shoulder pain keeping you up at night?

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Written by Dr. Gene DeMorat / Advertiser submission Thursday, June 13, 2013 01:10 pm

Dr. Gene DeMorat
  Dr. Gene DeMorat

 The shoulder joint is capable of tremendous mobility to assist in the essential activities of everyday life. It relies upon a group of muscles, known as the rotator cuff, to ensure its function for reaching over head and for lifting. Unfortunately, the rotator cuff is commonly associated with injury. Such injuries may occur from a simple fall on the shoulder, from the repetitive motion of house or yard work or even from the accumulation of simple lifting over a lifetime.

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Summer is the time for sunglasses

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, June 13, 2013 03:06 am

 Summer is the time for sunglasses Summer is the time for sunglasses

We know about the risk of skin cancer from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and the importance of using sunscreen. Are we just as aware of how to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful rays?

UV levels are highest in the summer, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reflected UV radiation from sand and water further intensifies exposure.

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DeNittis named ‘Top Doctor’

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DeNittis named ‘Top Doctor’  DeNittis named ‘Top Doctor’

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Dr. Albert S. DeNittis has been named ‘Top Doctor’ by U.S. News and World Report and Philadelphia Magazine for 2013.

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Two new healing clowns graduate

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 12, 2013 07:05 pm

  George Wasser and Dan Meenan recently graduated from a caring clown program at Cape Regional Medical Center.
George Wasser and Dan Meenan recently graduated from a caring clown program at Cape Regional Medical Center.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Bumper “T” Caring Clown Program at Cape Regional Medical Center has graduated two new certified “Funnyboneologists,” DR B. Happy (George Wasser) and DR Blarney Stone (Dan Meenan). “DR Gizmo” (Bill Smigo) officiated over the graduation as the newly-certified clowns promised to dedicate their time to providing humor that heals and to bring smiles to patients, visitors and staff.

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Understanding Balance Disorders

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 Virginia Millar
 Virginia Millar

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A balance disorder is a disturbance that causes an individual to feel unsteady, giddy, woozy, or have a sensation of movement, spinning, or floating.

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How to survive spring allergy season

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, May 09, 2013 08:00 am

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE –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 pollen, and kicks your immune system into overdrive,” explained Scott Reef of Reef Family Pharmacy. “It releases substances like histamine that actually cause allergy symptoms.”

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Upper Level Fitness offers surfing-inspired workout

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, May 09, 2013 07:04 am


Upper Level Fitness offers surfing-inspired workout Upper Level Fitness offers surfing-inspired workout

 SEAVILLE — Upper Level Fitness is introducing a new workout, called SURFSET Fitness.

“Are you ready to shake up your ordinary workout routine and see real results?” reads a statement from the fitness center.

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The truth about bunions

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, May 09, 2013 04:58 am

Podiatric surgeon Ira M. Fox, D.P.B, wrote this piece for the Healthy Living section. He’s a doctor at Shore Orthopaedic University Associates. 
Podiatric surgeon Ira M. Fox, D.P.B, wrote this piece for the Healthy Living section. He’s a doctor at Shore Orthopaedic University Associates.

 A bunion is the bump on the inside of the big toe. The complete picture is more complex. The first metatarsal drifts inward, causing the big toe to drift toward the small toe. There is an increasing space between the first and second metatarsal. The big toe can rotate.

A bunion deformity is a progressive problem. The longer it exists, the more the great toe moves toward the second toe and the larger the bump becomes. And the earlier the onset, the worse the ultimate deformity will be.

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Annual eye exams are vital

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, May 09, 2013 02:00 am

 "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," wrote Ben Franklin.

The staff at Coastal Jersey Eye Center ask that people consider these facts: Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in those over age 60, affecting 2 million individuals.

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Balance Center relocates to Cape Regional Medical Commons

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:00 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Balance Center at Cape Regional Medical Center has been caring for people who struggle with a variety of balance disorders since 2007.

With what medical professionals say is a growing need in the community for balance testing and treatment, Cape Regional has announced the Balance Center has recently relocated to its new office at Cape Regional Medical Commons, 223 North Main St., Suite 102, Cape May Court House, and will share office space with Cape Regional Physical Therapy.

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CompleteCare Health Network Recognized by national provider

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 08, 2013 10:01 pm

CompleteCare Health Network’s Pediatric and Family Medical Professionals office was recently recognized by a national health network. Shown from left are, Jennifer Kuhn, chief operating officer of United Healthcare Community Plan, Dr. Edith Calamia, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthCare Community Plan, Gil Walter, president and CEO of CompleteCare Health Network and Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, chief medical officer of CompleteCare Health Network.
CompleteCare Health Network’s Pediatric and Family Medical Professionals office was recently recognized by a national health network. Shown from left are, Jennifer Kuhn, chief operating officer of United Healthcare Community Plan, Dr. Edith Calamia, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthCare Community Plan, Gil Walter, president and CEO of CompleteCare Health Network and Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, chief medical officer of CompleteCare Health Network.

 In April, leadership from UnitedHealthcare, a nationally known provider of private and public health insurance, made a special presentation at the CompleteCare Health Network’s Pediatric and Family Medical Professionals office in Bridgeton to recognize the health network for its healthcare leadership in the community.

CompleteCare was honored for both its innovative patient-centered approach to meeting the area’s primary medical, dental and behavioral health needs and for providing affordable, high quality health services to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan members in Cumberland, Cape May and Gloucester counties for over a decade, according to information released from the group.

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South Jersey hospitals working to improve readmission rates

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Wednesday, May 08, 2013 12:00 am

AtlantiCare provides about 70 percent of the health care in Atlantic County at its AtlantiCare Regional Medical Centers in Atlantic City and Pomona and its Urgent Care centers throughout the county. AtlantiCare provides about 70 percent of the health care in Atlantic County at its AtlantiCare Regional Medical Centers in Atlantic City and Pomona and its Urgent Care centers throughout the county.

Dr. Mitchell Kaminski’s bucket list is a lot different than the average person’s.

Instead of wanting to travel to exotic locales and perform daredevil stunts, Kaminski – as medical director of AtlantiCare Physician Group Primary Care and Medical Specialties – has a wish list containing six specific items designed to reduce the rate of hospital readmissions.

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Doctor’s group marks a year in Seaville

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, April 09, 2013 02:05 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Dr. Jenny Lynn Cook and Dr. Diana Deignan are celebrating their first anniversary caring for the Upper Township community at Cape Regional Physicians Associates Seaville office.

The office opened in March, 2012.

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OCHS athlete on the road to recovery after serious injury

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, April 09, 2013 01:45 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It was a cold October day for fall soccer at Ocean City High School. It was an intense game of rivals: Saint Augustine Prep High School against Ocean City High School.

The ball was down the defensive end of Ocean City. Georgie Meyers was a fullback going full force for the ball in the air and, at the same time, a player from Saint Augustine was coming at him with the same intensity. Meyers got to the ball first and, as he followed through, he was kicked by the Saint Augustine player thinking he was kicking the soccer ball. The contact was like an explosion. It was a loud crack followed by a hurtful scream of agony. The crowd was in awe and knew right away that something was broken.

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CompleteCare to close current location and open three new offices

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, April 09, 2013 01:30 pm

Big changes are on the way for the CompleteCare Health Network in Cape May County.

Their health office at 410 North Route 9, which opened in 2005, will be closed in the next few months.

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Regular checkups needed to detect, fight glaucoma

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, April 09, 2013 01:15 pm

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in America, especially in older individuals. Loss of sight is preventable by early detection and treatment, according to the staff at Coastal Jersey Eye Center.

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve by increased pressure within the eye. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma causes no symptoms for many years. Annual eye exams especially later in life are the only way to diagnose the problem.

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These doctors’ son is also a patient

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Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, April 09, 2013 01:09 pm

From left, Rainbow Pediatrics patient Isabella Freund, Rainbow Pediatrician Dr. Ava Cavaliere (Freund), Rainbow Pediatrician Dr. Bill Freund and Rainbow patient Antonio Freund

From left, Rainbow Pediatrics patient Isabella Freund, Rainbow Pediatrician Dr. Ava Cavaliere (Freund), Rainbow Pediatrician Dr. Bill Freund and Rainbow patient Antonio Freund

Husband and wife say they can empathize with parents’ worries

CLERMONT – For Pediatricians Ava Cavaliere and her husband Bill Freund of Seaville, Rainbow Pediatrics is more than just their workplace; it’s where they bring their own children.

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