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Advance Directives — Any Age, Any Stage

It’s no surprise that medical terms can confuse or even frighten patients. When you hear “advance directives,” what comes to mind? To many, it may sound like a higher level of treatment, or planning for the long term, which is a bit stressful. Patients who have questions may be unsure…

Prime of Your Life – When Life Hands You Lemons Recap

Our January Prime of Your Life event, hosted at the UF Health North campus, was focused on navigating life’s challenges personally and as caregivers. Dr. Phyliss Taylor, medical director of UF Health Jacksonville Psychiatry, had a compelling presentation, filled with helpful advice,…

Shorter days could be trigger for winter blues

Some people believe that seasonal affective disorder, often called the “winter blues,” is unlikely in Florida where winter temperatures hover around 65 degrees. However, the change in temperature has very little to do with SAD. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs around the same time every…

Helpful tips to deal with holiday stressors

‘Tis the season to be jolly. That sentiment may be a popular holiday tune, but in reality, this time of year can be very stressful. The holidays are stressful for a lot of reasons: money problems and having to buy gifts, dealing with difficult family members, having lots of parties…

How a healthy lifestyle affects diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is related to insulin resistance, meaning the body either does not produce enough insulin or the insulin is ineffective and unable to regulate blood glucose levels adequately. The disease is typically diagnosed based on blood glucose levels and is often related to family history, unhealthy lifestyle, weight,…

How to handle heel pain

If you ever experience pain and stiffness in the bottom of your heel then you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis — a condition where the tissue between the heel bone and the toes becomes swollen or inflamed. Sometimes heel pain can be entrapment of the nerve, sometimes it can…