Region | Health and Fitness
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.
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.
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.
Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 04, 2013 12:00 am
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.
Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 20, 2013 10:17 am
Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, September 12, 2013 03:54 pm
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.
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.
Written by Advertiser Submission Thursday, September 12, 2013 02:52 pm
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.
Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:11 am
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 am
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.
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.
Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 10, 2013 04:29 am
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.”
Written by Advertiser submission Tuesday, July 09, 2013 04:07 pm
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.
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.
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.
Written by Dr. Gene DeMorat / Advertiser submission Thursday, June 13, 2013 01:10 pm
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.
Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, June 13, 2013 03:06 am
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.
Written by Advertiser Submission Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:00 am
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.
Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 12, 2013 07:05 pm
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.
Written by Advertiser submission Wednesday, June 12, 2013 02:07 pm
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.
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.”
Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, May 09, 2013 07:04 am
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.
Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, May 09, 2013 04:58 am
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.
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.
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.
Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 08, 2013 10:01 pm
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.
Written by Cindy Nevitt Wednesday, May 08, 2013 12:00 am
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.
- Doctor’s group marks a year in Seaville
- OCHS athlete on the road to recovery after serious injury
- CompleteCare to close current location and open three new offices
- Regular checkups needed to detect, fight glaucoma
- These doctors’ son is also a patient
- Jacob’s Ladder provides intense, low impact workout
- Pediatric sports injuries can be treated
- New approach may speed recovery in hip replacement
- Who needs vitamin D supplements?
- Ann T. Pasta clowns around at hospital
- Effective treatments available for dry eye syndrome
- Healthy Living - Winter 2013
- Internet is a de facto second opinion – or even first opinion – for many people
- Protect health with immune-boosting nutrition
- Spending time in the sun may be good for the teeth
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