By Dr. Kimberly Hood, M.D. Decreased libido is a complicated women’s health issue that requires a thorough conversation of social, psychological, and physical factors in order to treat it.  Libido can be hindered by depression, kids, finances, bad job, perception of intimacy, insomnia, health issues, hormonal alterations, pain, poor body...
Ascension Sacred Heart has named Henry Stovall as regional president to lead Ascension Sacred Heart hospitals serving the Emerald Coast and Gulf County. He will replace Roger Hall, who will retire as president of the two hospitals on July 5, after 18 years of service that produced a steady growth...
By Dr. Richard Chern M.D. Many of my patients have been told by their doctor that hormones are bad. I used to respond by calling to inform them of current treatment recommendations. I once had a cardiologist tell me testosterone caused elevated cholesterol until I had him read an article...
Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart has opened a new healthcare facility in the Watersound Origins community in South Walton County. The 6,700-square foot outpatient office offers primary care and Ob/Gyn services, with the ability to expand in the future to offer additional specialty care services. Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart...
Social distancing has become a daily part of life…spacing out 6 feet, groups of 10 or less, wearing masks. While such practices can feel exhausting and isolating, they are designed to create a healthy sense of boundary between you and others for the sake of collective well-being. As you...
By Melanie Stewart, Yum Tum Nutrition Life in the age of Covid19 can have us feeling fearful and unsure of how to protect ourselves. Would you believe me if I told you that a virus is not a living thing? It has no nucleus, no respiratory or digestive system, and...
By Chris Ellis A plant-based diet can transform your life, but this transformation is more complex than a good vegan recipe; it’s about real life. It’s about making promises to yourself and doing the work. I am a 56-year-old mom and wife. I am a real person who has done...
QUESTION: I have been cooped up in my house for so long because of our “new normal” during the pandemic. I limit my trips outside the house to a bare minimum. Only for really urgent trips for food or medicine. But I’m getting a little stir crazy. Do you have...
Ascension Sacred Heart has initiated the use of a treatment for COVID-19 that takes plasma from people who have recovered from the viral infection and infuses the antibody-rich plasma into very sick patients who are fighting the virus. The treatment, also called convalescent plasma, has shown significant potential for...
By Stephanie Craig A few short weeks ago, I woke up, took a beach walk, got the kids off to school, went to work to counsel people in person, and stopped on the way to a baseball game to pick up a few things from the store including toilet paper...

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