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Posts By: Stephen Quaning, M.D.

You know that feeling you get when your thyroid is bothering you? No? Don’t feel bad. There are currently 15 million people in the U.S. with some form of thyroid disease and they don’t even know it. So, with January being Thyroid Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to talk about it because, once it’s…


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Categories:  General Health

When you hit your sixties and seventies, there’s no shortage of friends and family who want to share their advice with you on how to improve your health and live longer. And a lot of it is probably good advice encouraging you to eat better, get some exercise and reduce your stress. As it turns…


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For many people, there is a common misperception that urinary incontinence (UI) is an inevitable part of aging. Fortunately, adult diapers and pads are not the only way to deal with UI. In fact, it’s possible to prevent this condition – or at least minimize the problems it causes – before symptoms present themselves. Millions…


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According to the National Council on Aging, victims of elder financial abuse lose more than $2.6 billion each year as a result of these crimes. Unfortunately, financial scams are all too common — regardless of the victim’s age. But now a new study suggests seniors may be especially vulnerable to financial scams because of biological…


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Categories:  MetroHealth News

There’s arguably nothing more important to a person’s health than the relationship you have with your doctor. Now, a recent study is proving this point. In the study, published in the journal BMJ, researchers from the Health Foundation in London reviewed anonymous health records from more than 230,000 seniors age 62 to 82. They discovered…


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Categories:  MetroHealth News

Introducing Our New Physician

The MetroHealth family is proud to welcome a new member to our team of health professionals — Magda Ghabras, MD, DO. Dr. Ghabras joined our East Orlando office in August and comes to MetroHealth from New Jersey, where she had practiced since 2008. Dr. Ghabras, who has more than 10 years of experience working in…


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Categories:  MetroHealth News

It’s October, which means flu season is here. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people 65 and older who should be getting the flu shot aren’t making the effort. The CDC recently held a news conference where it urged Americans to get the flu vaccine. There are new formulations this…


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Your home should be your sanctuary, but it also can be filled with hidden dangers that may increase your risk of injury. From falls and tripping hazards to fires, here are some things seniors should look out for and precautions you should take: Eliminate Tripping Hazards According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),…


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There are more than 908,000 doctors in the U.S., and this figure is almost evenly split between primary care physicians and specialists. Geriatrics, which specializes in caring for older adults, is one such specialty. Often, elderly patients and their caregivers think seeing a primary care physician on a regular basis is adequate to maintain a…


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Since the outbreak first began last summer, dozens of countries in Central and South America has reported cases of Zika, a mosquito-borne illness linked to severe birth defects. There have been several travel-related cases of Zika in the United States, after residents traveled to Zika-affected countries and returned home. Florida actually has the most Zika…


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