No cure, just treatment for rare skin disorder

DEAR DR. ROACH: My girlfriend has necrobiosis lipoidica. She suffers from this on her shins, as did her mother. She is not diabetic. We cannot find good information on how to rid her of this. The information we find is not about cures, but treatments that mask the symptom, such as steroids. We cannot even find a doctor that specifically […]

Use trusted agencies for vaccine information

Tallahassee — As the state’s consumer protection agency, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried are warning consumers of scams surrounding availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Joining warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute Presents 6th Annual Cardiovascular Symposium

PENSACOLA — Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute will present its annual Cardiovascular Symposium virtually this year in two fourhour sessions. The first session will be offered Friday, Feb. 26, with the second session set for Friday, April 23. Speakers include experts from Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute as well as other health care professionals in the industry. This free educational […]

Baptist Health Care Partners with Santa Rosa County to vaccinate residents of Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach and Navarre

Baptist Health Care partnered with Santa Rosa County to administer 522 vaccinations on Jan. 13 to residents age 65 and older from Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach and Navarre. “It was a great event that ran safely and smoothly from start to finish. Everyone who received a shot was clearly grateful and relieved to now have this layer of protection from […]

Nurse practitioner opens direct primary care practice in Gulf Breeze

CoreHealth Direct Primary Care is now open and seeing patients in Gulf Breeze. Larissa Coffey, NP, opened the practice, which offers low cost memberships for health care services. The benefits, Coffey says, include having access to your health care provider 24 hours a day, seven days a week, medications at wholesale prices and lab work at wholesale prices. Additionally, CoreHealth […]

SRIA to host Spring Break safety meeting Feb. 2

The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) will host a public meeting to discuss the 2021 spring break safety and law enforcement plans on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Beach Community Church on Pensacola Beach. The purpose of the meeting is to review the SRIA’s upcoming campaign to promote Pensacola Beach as a familyfriendly, safe and fun […]

Office test alone can’t diagnose Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 70-year-old woman. The only ­prescription ­medication I take is for dry eyes. I ­recently visited my new primary ­physician for the first time, and she had me do a breathing test, where I exhaled into a tube to measure airflow. I was told to breathe deeply and exhale ­completely into the tube three […]

Raynaud’s patient: can Viagra help cold fingers?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have scleroderma with Raynaud’s phenomenon, and friends and family members have told me that I might get help from Viagra. Frankly, I hadn’t read or heard that from either my rheumatologists or dermatologists. I already tried a short course of nifedipine over a decade ago (it just gave me a headache), so I just stick with […]

Proper technique is key to an accurate blood pressure reading

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have always read that when you are having your blood ­pressure ­taken, your arm should be ­elevated above your heart. When mine is taken this way, it is ­normal, around 120/70. When I go to the doctor, my blood ­pressure is taken with my arm hanging at my side. I often get a much higher reading […]

Learn how to use a cane correctly

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have Parkinson’s ­disease, and ­balance is an issue. I have been ­using a cane on the right side, my weak leg side. I have seen ­videos that say a cane should be used on a person’s uninjured side. I tilt to the right and catch my ­balance ­without cane ­support in most cases. Which side do […]

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