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Swimming: The Perfect Full-Body Exercise

When Julie McLaughlin suggested that her husband, Mark McLaughlin, MD, join her for a swim class at the CentraState Fitness & Wellness Center, he couldn’t have predicted it would become one of his favorite ways to exercise. “I’m a wrestler and a runner, but these activities come with muscle and joint soreness,” says Dr. McLaughlin, ...

Boost Your Brain with Exercise

Exercise is good for your body, but did you know that those benefits also extend to your brain? “Exercise improves the function of your cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, skeletal and nervous systems, all of which support your brain’s health and ability to do its job,” says CentraState neurosurgeon Mark McLaughlin, MD. “But exercise can also directly ...

The Future of Medicine Starts with Clinical Trials

Without clinical research, medicine would not have cancer immunotherapy, cardiac angioplasty or the data showing that ulcers are caused by a bacterium and not spicy foods. Through clinical trials – studies that test new therapies, medications or medical devices in humans – researchers have investigated and developed breakthroughs that have saved countless lives and contributed ...

5 Signs Your Child May Need Speech or Occupational Therapy

While every child is different, some may need additional help to meet developmental milestones. CentraState speech-language pathologist Danielle DaCunha, MS, CCC-SLP, and occupational therapist Diana Cruz, MS, OTR/L, CSRS, share five signs that your child may benefit from a speech or occupational therapy evaluation. They have trouble meeting developmental milestones, such as saying their first ...

The Truth About Menopause: Debunking Myths, Embracing Relief

Menopause can feel like a rollercoaster of symptoms that turns your world upside down. But hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog and painful sex do not have to be your new normal. You can take steps to reclaim your life and feel like yourself again. Charlsie Celestine, MD, a women’s health expert and ...

How to Recognize, Remedy and Prevent Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

It seems like every year the summer weather hits earlier and hotter. Whether you’re gardening in your backyard, jogging at the track, or out and about running chores, when the mercury climbs, your body has to work harder to keep cool. “When pushed too far, your body can run out of energy and resources, resulting ...

If You Get Burned, What’s Next?

Summertime means fun, fireworks, and food cooked on the barbecue. It’s also primetime for burns, whether from grill flare-ups, sparkler mishaps, or barefoot walks on hot surfaces. If you have been burned, the first step is to assess it carefully, says CentraState’s chair of Emergency Medicine Jeremy Dayner, MD. “If the burn is on the ...

How to Release Tension with Somatic Stretching

When you roll your neck to release tension after looking down at your phone for too long, you are instinctively doing somatic stretching. It’s your body’s way of releasing sore, overworked muscles. Over time, muscles can become chronically tight due to stress, injuries and repetitive activities. This can negatively impact how you feel and move. ...

Treating Esophageal Cancer without Surgery

Esophageal cancer is highly treatable when found at an early stage. At the Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState, patients with early-stage esophageal cancer may be eligible for a state-of-the art, non-surgical treatment that allows for a quicker return to work, family, and daily activities. Board-certified thoracic surgeon Igor Brichkov, MD, has brought his expertise in ...

Can Cranberry Juice Treat a UTI?

While it can’t treat a urinary tract infection (UTI), natural, tart cranberry juice may help prevent recurrent UTIs by flushing the bladder of infection-causing bacteria. “If you have frequent UTIs, drinking natural cranberry juice certainly can’t hurt,” says CentraState OB/GYN Angela Markman, MD. “But it’s important to use proven prevention practices.” Her tips include: Drink ...

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