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White patches on child’s skin could be vitiligo

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette I recently saw a 10-year-old patient for her routine physical. One of her mother’s concerns was that her daughter had “white patches” under both arms. Once I examined her, I told her mother that the “white patches” were actually due to Vitiligo, an acquired disorder of pigment loss. Vitiligo is caused by a reduction in functional melanocytes, the cells that cause pigmentation in

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  • Hospital introduces first residency programs

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A program three years in the making, medical the Osceola Regional Medical Center recently launched its first residency program. Not only a first for Osceola Regional, but also for Kissimmee, the program is the result of a partnership between Osceola Regional Medical Center, Orlando Veterans Health Administration Medical Center and UCF College of Medicine. Currently, the hospital holds residency programs for internal medicine, training students

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  • Remember to drain and cover

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Belinda Johnson-Cornett Osceola County Health Department Florida Department of Health in Osceola County advises the public to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. To date there has been four confirmed cases of imported chikungunya fever in Osceola County. Chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) fever is a virus spread by bites from an infected mosquito. In all four cases, the infected person traveled outside of the US and became symptomatic once they

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  • Do selfies spread head lice?

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard, For the News-Gazette Are teenagers spreading lice when they put their heads together to take a perfect selfie? This is a hot topic trending lately online. I’ve received emails and texts from parents who are fighting head lice in their homes and are wondering if this is possible! I was skeptical at first about the risk of transmitting lice during a selfie session. Lying on the

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  • Women must know what to expect from Social Security

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Robert Rosen Edward Jones Everyone needs to be aware of the financial resources they will have available in retirement. But if you’re a woman, you must be particularly diligent, for a variety of reasons. And that means you’ll need to know just what to expect from Social Security. Why should you, as a woman, pay extra attention to Social Security? For one thing, women often take time off from their careers to

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  • Partnership gives 80 foster kids healthy smiles

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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Local foster children were treated to free dental care on June 12 and 13 thanks to an event hosted by the Community Based Care of Central Florida and the Florida Dental Association Foundation.

    Local foster kids were all smiles on June 12 and 13 after receiving free dental care at a clinic hosted by Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBC) and the Florida Dental Association Foundation. Eighty children stepped onto two mobile bus units for private appointments during the third annual Project: Dentists Care clinic on during the Florida National Dental Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Foster kids

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  • ‘Super Fun Day’ set to raise awareness about genetic disease

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

    News-Gazette Photo/Tiffane Reynolds
During the June 12 St. Cloud City Council meeting, Peter and Dawn Grigsby speaks to City Council members and residents about second annual Super Fun Day event and “Gabriel’s Law,” requiring ALD screening for newborn boys in Florida.

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Peter and Dawn Grigsby are working again to increase awareness about Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), the disease that took their son, Gabriel. The second annual Gabriel’s Super Fun Day at the Church of St. Luke and St. Peter in St. Cloud will focus on Gabriel’s Law, a proposed bill that will require the state to conduct screenings for ALD on newborn boys. The bill was introduced earlier

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