Stroke Prevention: How to Lower Your Risk

Every two seconds, someone in the world has a stroke, making it the second leading cause of death globally — more than 6 million people die from stroke every year. Stroke kills more people each year than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. In fact, stroke is more common than most people think: one in five [...]

The Difference Between Allergies, a Common Cold, and a Sinus Infection

Florida is known for its sunny weather, tropical plants, and warm temperatures. However, our perennially great weather comes with a downside; allergies can last year-round for many Floridians, putting us at the top of the list for the number of allergy sufferers nationwide. If you or your little ones are stuffy, sneezy, or just feeling [...]

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Your nose is stuffy, your throat is sore, you sneeze non-stop, and your body aches. How do you know if you have the common cold or the dreaded flu virus? What’s the difference between the two anyway? A cold is a contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus. More than 200 [...]

Your Role in Your Health

Your role in your health does not stop once you leave the doctor’s office. You are one of the most critical members of your own healthcare team, and proper self-management can help to reduce costs and improve outcomes. Niral Patel, M.D., founder of Windemere Medical Center and a board-certified internal medicine physician, believes when patients [...]

10 Alzheimer’s Symptoms and Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent type of dementia, causing a gradual deterioration of memory function, reasoning and other cognitive abilities that can hinder the normal activities of daily life. If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of the following Alzheimer’s symptoms, please consult your physician to find out what the [...]

Why is an Annual Physical Important?

Did you get a reminder that it’s time to schedule your annual physical, again? We know you are busy and may be tempted to just throw it out and worry about it later, but this would be doing your health a big disservice. Annual physicals allow for early detection and treatment if there is something [...]

Ear, Throat and Sinus Infections

Your ears, nose, and throat are all part of your upper respiratory system. They share anatomy and have similar mucus membrane linings, which means they are able to get similar infections. Understanding the anatomy of your ears, nose, and throat will help you know how to keep them in good health [...]

Protecting Your Skin from the Summer Sun

During the summer, you may to like to go to the beach, go to a water or theme park, enjoy a picnic outside or even just go for a stroll outside. While you’re outside soaking up the sun, you should be sure to protect your skin. Protecting your skin from the sun can help prevent the premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts and skin cancer. You can protect your skin by applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and staying in the shade.

Avoiding Injury in the Workplace

More than 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by employers in 2013, according to the bureau of Labor Statistics. There were also more than 4,500 fatal work injuries in 2013. Workplace injuries can cost both an employer and employee time and money. Whether it’s a minor injury such [...]

Lesser Known STDs and Treatment Methods

More than half of Americans will have some form of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in their lifetime, according to the American Social Health Association. In light of STD Awareness Month this April, we wanted to share some of the lesser known STDs. While STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital herpes are [...]