By dr. Richard Chern, MD Testosterone shots for men have been used to treat testosterone deficiency for many years.  There has also been a lot of bad press about using “testosterone” in men because previously, many men abused testosterone and later faced consequences such as heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolisms,...
  QUESTION: It’s that time of the year. I know I need sunscreen to protect my skin from the sun, but I’m concerned about chemicals. What should I look for in a sunscreen? ANSWER: No one wants to think about skin cancer or premature aging of our skin (a.k.a. wrinkles!) But...
By Stephenie Craig, LCSW Last Spring brought a slower pace, uncertainty, space, and more time at home. This Spring has brought the return to many things that have been on indefinite pause including back to the office, back to the school building, back to sports, back to in person church....
Residents in need of lab testing will have a new and  convenient option in their neighborhood. Starting Tuesday, June 1, a new Lab Express - a collaboration between Ascension Sacred Heart and the Seaside Institute - will open at the Seaside Institute Assembly Hall, located at 168 Smolian Cir....
When Mike Maddux’s wife walked into the kitchen, she sensed something was not right. Her husband was leaning against the counter staring into space. She asked her son to go get their son-in-law for help. Once they sat Mike down, they noticed his left arm was not functioning, his face...
QUESTION: I have what my doctor calls a sluggish thyroid. She says it is not sluggish enough to require medication. Is there anything I can use that is natural that can prevent any worsening of my situation? ANSWER: • Are you often tired? • Do you have low libido? (Do I have your...
By Stephenie Craig, LCSW Do you find it complicated balancing your emotions while emotionally supporting others? Maybe you’re struggling with infertility and a sibling just had a baby. Maybe you’re grieving a heart-breaking loss/ending and a friend is celebrating a new beginning. You want to be compassionate and caring toward those...
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) in Okaloosa and Walton Counties have monthly prevention and awareness programs for the health and safety of children. Awareness, followed by prevention, are the keys to success. May is National Water Safety Month. Statistics show that Florida is ranked the highest in the...
Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast has been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade for the Spring 2021. The national designation recognizes the hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health...
By Dr. Richard Chern, MD Exciting news just in time for Mother’s Day.  A new study was published in the European Journal of Breast Health.  This study was performed over ten years and looked at the rate of breast cancer in women using hormone pellet therapy compared to women in...

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