September 26, 2017
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  • The Importance Of Leaving A Legacy

    By Jason LaBarge
    One of the most difficult conversations that I have with clients is about death and what will happen after they die. Of course, we leave the philosophical part of that question to more learned and religious people, but someone like me can address the practical part.
    Planning for death, and the...
  • Don’t Be In “Flea”Nial! Know The Risks Of Fleas And Ticks

    By Dr. Cathy DeJesus
    It is that time of year again — cooler evenings, shorter days and kids are back in school. That also means it is primetime for ticks and fleas as the weather conditions become more favorable. Don’t be caught off guard, and don’t stop using flea and tick preventatives on your pets...
  • Protecting Yourself Against Influenza And The Common Cold

    By Dr. Florence Jaffa -- UM BWMC
    As fall begins, we begin to see symptoms associated with the common cold and influenza (flu). But while you may think you are suffering from either a cold or flu, you may be suffering from the other illness. Knowing the difference between the cold and the flu and their symptoms can help determine...
  • HPV And Oral Cancer

    By Dr. Jeffrey Cranska
    If you are a smoker or if you abuse alcohol, you should be concerned about these traditional risk factors for oral cancer. We are now faced with an epidemic: A common viral infection is causing oral cancer to develop in young non-smokers and casual drinkers.
    Research now shows links between human...
  • News From The Department Of Health

    Website Provides Parent’s Guide to School Health

    Parents and guardians in Anne Arundel County can visit the “Parent’s Guide to School Health” at to find information on school health services for the 2017-2018 school year.

    The page provides information on safe backpacking, immunizations and nutritious easy-to-prepare school lunch ideas. There are also recommendations to help parents decide when children should stay home because of illnesses. Other topics on the site include treatment of head lice, bullying and keeping kids smoke-free. The webpage also links to a directory of school nurses in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. To access...
  • Tackling Concussion Head On

    By Dr. Alan Sokoloff
    “When In Doubt, Hold Them Out”

    Concussion is not new. Sports-related concussions are often associated with immediate and transient symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here is a more common definition: A type of mild traumatic brain injury that usually occurs as a result of a bump, blow or jolt to the head. But there is nothing mild about traumatic brain injuries, and each one should be taken seriously, as should a fall or blow to the body that results in the head and brain moving quickly back and forth.

    Not all concussions are caused by impact to the head. All concussions are serious, though most people recover quickly and fully. Concussions can occur without loss of...

    Are You Making The Most Of Medicare Part D Open Enrollment?

    By Mike Bochniewicz
    Are you making the most of Medicare Part D open enrollment? Sadly, the answer to this question, for most people, is “no.” Recent surveys show that more than 80 percent of Medicare Part D patients pay more than they have to, some as high as hundreds to thousands of dollars more than...

    Partnering With Families To Provide Quality Vision Care For Aging Adults

    By Dr. Samuel Boles - Anne Arundel Eye Center
    As we age, our eyes age right along with us. It’s a natural part of getting older, but that doesn’t make it any less scary. We all fear losing our independence, but there comes a time when we find ourselves relying on another person, often an adult child, to help with day-to-day...

    Palliative Care? But I’m Not Dying!

    By Elyzabeth Marcussen
    Somewhere along the way, the term “palliative care” picked up a scary reputation. Should a medical professional bring it up as a treatment option, many people will think it a death sentence.
    Nothing could be further from the truth. Palliative care is all about living.
    The field is...

    What The Cups?

    By Samantha Shaver
    If you watched Baltimore native Michael Phelps swim in last summer’s Olympic Games, you’re probably familiar with those circular markings seen on his shoulders prior to a big race. The big question of 2016 was without a doubt, “What in the world did Michael Phelps do?” The...

    Recovery Is A Reality

    By Jennifer Wheeler
    Recovery doesn't happen alone. Treatment is an integral piece for recovery from substance abuse because it empowers the individual to select the path for change.
    According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, “Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of...
  • Recently Archived

    See The Eclipse Safely

    By Dr. Allan Rutzen - Rutzen Eye Specialists and Laser Center
    Because I am an ophthalmologist, people have been asking me how to view the upcoming solar eclipse safely. By taking some simple precautions, you should be able to enjoy this rare celestial event.
    As you have heard by now, the solar eclipse will be visible on Monday, August 21. People in a narrow...

    What You Can Do At The First Sign Of A Heart Attack

    By Dr. Ratnakar Mukherjee - UM BWMC
    When you think of someone having a heart attack, what images enter your mind? Most people think of someone older, usually male and out of shape, clenching their chest in excruciating pain. However, heart attacks can occur in anyone, at any age, and women are just as likely to suffer a heart attack...

    Stop Sports Injuries By Wearing Mouthguards

    By Dr. Jeffrey Cranska
    Football and soccer seasons are here, which means that sports-related oral and dental injuries are commonplace. School-age children are the most likely group to suffer injuries to their mouths and teeth.
    By wearing athletic mouthguards, children can protect their teeth and the surrounding bone...

    Are Your Eyes At Risk?

    By Dr. Brian Woolf - Woolf and Woolf Optometrists
    If You Stare At Screens, The Answer Is Yes
    If you’ve noticed lately that your vision is blurring, you’re getting more headaches than you used to, your eyes are dry and your neck hurts, you could be suffering from a 21st-century health problem: computer vision syndrome.
    One in three...

    Medical Cannabis

    By Dr. K. Clarke-Bennett - A Better You Medi Spa and Wellness
    Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine being a physician who would one day recommend the use of cannabis for any reason. However, after hearing anecdotal stories from patients who have benefited immensely from the use of cannabis, learning about the current state of emergency associated with...

    Don’t Ignore The Ringing In Your Ears

    By Gregory S. Wilson- Hearing Specialty Group
    Do noises in your ears make it difficult to concentrate? Do these sounds make it difficult to fall to sleep at night? Do you feel that these noises make it difficult to enjoy your life? These are all common reports from people with persistent tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
    Relief from these...
  • Pets And Loud Noises — Not A Good Combination

    By Dr. Christine Calvert
    Is your dog scared of thunderstorms or loud noises? Does he or she hide or pant and pace at the sound of fireworks? Have you ever come home to find that your dog has chewed a hole in your wall?
    Behavior problems are one of the most common causes for pets ending up in shelters or, even worse, being...
  • Dental Implants Are Not Teeth

    By Dr. Jeffrey Cranska
    Modern technology has given dentists more ways to replace teeth. For example, dental implants can replace teeth and secure dentures. What is best for the patient? What are the benefits and risks?
    Q: How can I have my missing, broken and diseased teeth replaced to look like and function like my...
  • Sun And Water Safety

    Did you know that exposure to the sun during childhood and adolescence plays a role in developing skin cancer in the future? And did you know that drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death among children ages 1-9 in the United States?
    Summer is here and with it comes pool parties,...
  • Chesapeake Life Center Announces Grief Support Schedule

    Chesapeake Life Center will offer a variety of grief support groups through the end of this year on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus at 90 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena. Registration is required for all groups and can be completed by calling 888-501-7077 or by visiting

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