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by Troy Josephsen The first mass manufactured car was the Model T from the Ford Motor Company. Each purchased car came with its own set of tools, as most times the owner wanted to drive, some form of mechanical work was necessary to get it started or keep it going. These cars were...

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By Eleanor Foerste, UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension The circle of life in nature is very complex.  We play an important role in the cycle in both our native ecosystems and in home landscapes.  One way we can help is by leaving dead trees as “standing snags” for cavity nesting...

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by Dr. Sheena Patel A smile is an integral part of one’s life. It is a gateway to a person’s inner self. A smile gives more clues about a person without using any words. It exemplifies confidence, positive self-esteem and happiness. After years of constant wear and tear that we put...

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By Dr. Scott Hannum, DO, Vascular Surgeon Summer tends to be a busy time of year for most people, especially moms with school out and vacations in full swing. With more time spent outside and on the go, busy women often brush off nagging leg aches and pains as nothing more than a long...

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by Michael Steppie, MD Overview on Rosacea Rosacea is a common skin disease with four subtypes based on characteristics.           Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea involves visible blood vessels with redness and flushing of the skin,...

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by Sheriff Bob Hansell Water safety awareness is something everyone should be concerned about all year long, but typically in the summer, children are not in school and outside, taking advantage of the warm and sometimes very hot weather. It takes only inches of water for a small child...

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Access to Life-saving Medical Care Just Got Faster  Trauma patients in Osceola, South Orlando and Polk counties now have faster access to trauma care closer to home with the addition of a new Trauma Center Provisional Level II at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee. The...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman Recognizing and assessing the severity of pain is a challenging and ongoing responsibility for pet owners and veterinarians.  Since animals can’t actually speak for themselves, we must rely upon subtle and not so subtle signs and symptoms.  The American Animal...

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by Maggie Josephsen The main facility already existed when it was acquired by Florida Hospital in 1993 with 40 beds and has since undergone a variety of expansions and upgrades resulting in the current 83 bed capacity. Whilecelebrating their 20th anniversary, the hospital conducted...

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by Maggie Josephsen     As Misty, Tiffany and Ivy Brown prepare to celebrate the first anniversary of their fashion boutique in downtown Kissimmee with a public reception on August 29th, we asked them to reflect on their experiences of this first year serving...

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by Sheriff Bob Hansell According to the Governor's Highway Safety Association, Florida ranks third highest in motorcycle deaths, only behind Texas and California. The Association indicated Florida had more riders on the road because of warmer weather and higher gas prices, making...

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Florida Hospital and UCF Health have joined forces in Lake Nona to create Gateway, a shared vision of innovation and access to the latest health care options. This exciting partnership raises the bar for medical services in Central Florida. Through collaboration in medicine, education and...

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By Michael Steppie, MD Skin cancer rates are skyrocketing in the United States, where more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. It is the most common form of cancer with more new cases than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and...

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By Dr. Sheena Patel Oral health plays an essential part in maintaining good general health. Regular dental visits are imperative in preventing tooth decay and ensuring periodontal health. Since men and women have different biological functions, dental care and management is catered...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman Okay, the above title is poor grammar at best, but it does quickly get to the point that canine mange is somehow associated with mites (microscopic parasites). Companion animal veterinarians seeing dogs of all ages in their office can expect to encounter two types of...

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By Eleanor Foerste April showers bring May flowers but hot steamy summers with kids home from school bring high electric bills. Follow these tips to get some relief on this monthly expense. 1. Free Energy Audit. Your local electric provider may offer free telephone assistance or send a...

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By Laura Royer Are you feeling the urge to update your wardrobe with new clothes but the bank account doesn’t support you? Well I can definitely relate. Often times I have to fight my budget and walk out of a store just so I don’t overspend on buying a bunch of new clothes, shoes,...

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For the past few years, the stock market has moved up fairly steadily, with no major “corrections.” But thus far in 2015, we’ve already seen periods of volatility — enough, in fact, to make some investors jittery. Nervous investors may be more prone to make decisions based on...

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By Troy Josephsen Although they don't travel quite as far, most cars today have more sophisticated computer systems than the one in the Apollo 11 spacecraft that rocketed Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Earth's moon in 1969. In order to run this complex equipment,...

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Children’s Advocacy Center Osceola Hosts Recognition Event     KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 2, 2015) – It’s a staggering statistic: Every 47 seconds, another child in the U.S. suffers from abuse or neglect1. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April,...

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By Sheriff Bob Hansell   Each year the Florida Legislature amends or creates new traffic laws.  The following are some highlights: Child restraint requirements- A change to FSS 316.613 now adds an age requirement for the use of car seats.  For children aged 4 through 5...

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By Michelle Feliciano   “No service”- these were the two words I read across the top of my cell phone screen when I arrived at Forever Florida.  Since this girl is from New York City and not used to being out in the middle of the woods, this was a lot to take in.  I...