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New artificial disk procedure helping people with neck and back injuries

Updated: 02/16/2012 - A local doctor is now performing a new surgical technique that could help the millions of people suffering from neck and back pain. The new procedure repairs cervical spine damages. NewsChannel 7's Erica Rakow tells us about one of the first patients to undergo the surgery.

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Local Oncologist Giving New Hope to Cancer Patients

Posted: 07/28/2011 - New numbers released by the American cancer society, estimate more than one and a half million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year.113-thousand of those will be Floridians. That report also estimates more than 15-hundred people will die from cancer each day. A local oncologist stresses the need for education.

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New Test for Scoliosis

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Scoliosis is curvature of the spine most typically found in adolescents in their growing years. During those growing years scoliosis can progress. Certain types of scoliosis are more likely to progress than others. Now a local doctor is offering a first of its kind test called scoliscore that can determine who is at a higher risk.

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Cardiovascular Nurse Navigator at Gulf Coast Medical Center

Updated: 07/14/2011 - Last week Gulf Coast Medical Center announced the expansion of it's cardiology services. As hospital executives will tell you, it takes many departments coming together to make it work. Sometimes the toughest part of finding out you have heart disease is knowing what to do next. That's where Sommer Hoyt comes in.

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Gulf Coast Medical Center Expands Cardiology Services

Posted: 07/08/2011 - Gulf Coast Medical Center officials announced two big developments today regarding cardio-vascular care. The hospital is expanding it's cardiology services and has become the area's first accredited chest pain center.

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Local Clinical Trials for Prostate Cancer

Updated: 06/22/2011 - Prostate cancer is the most treatable form of cancer, if caught early. But it's also one that's tough to detect because there often aren't any symptoms. For men who don't catch it early there are some national trials taking place in Bay County using some new cutting edge treatment.

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1 in 13 U.S. children have a food allergy according to new study

Posted: 06/21/2011 - A study released Monday finds 1 in every 13 U.S. children has some type of food allergy. Researchers randomly interviewed more than 40,000 children. Local schools and daycares are already taking precautionary measures to manage food allergies among students.

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Prostate Cancer Very Curable

Updated: 06/17/2011 - June is men's health month.. And one threat to men's health is prostate cancer. It's also the most treatable. A local man got his cancer diagnosis just before a big Florida State / Miami game. He thought about putting treatments on hold for a while, but his doctor told him he didn't need to.

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Type 2 Diabetes on the Rise in Children

Updated: 06/08/2011 - Right now one in every seven Americans is diagnosed with diabetes. That number is on the rise with children and teenagers now outpacing adults in diagnosis.

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Education the Key to Managing Diabetes

Updated: 06/02/2011 - Research that came out last week predicts one in four Americans will have type two diabetes by the year 2050. One of the main reasons for the spike is the obesity epidemic. A local hospital is helping patients better understand their disease.

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Carotid stenting offering hope to at risk patients

Updated: 05/19/2011 - Panama City -- There are a couple of ways to open blocked arteries. One is time-tested surgery, the other is carotid stenting. It's a procedure that opens clogged arteries to treat or even prevent stroke.

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National Nurses Week Comes to an End

Posted: 05/13/2011 - The healthcare industry has been honoring one of its most important groups this week, during national nurses week. When you're sick, there's a good chance you spend more time with nurses than with doctors. We caught up with a Bay Medical Center nurse who just won a prestigious award for a job well done.

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Women's Pelvic Disorders

Posted: 05/11/2011 - It's estimated 15 million women in the u.s. suffer from urinary incontinence. By the age of 55 nearly half of the the nation's women have a pelvic floor disorder.

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How to Spot Skin Cancer

Updated: 05/05/2011 - Panama City -- May is skin cancer awareness month. With 3.5 million cases diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, it's also one of the most preventable.

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Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment Available in PC

Updated: 04/28/2011 - Panama City -- Most of us are familiar with heart disease, but you may not know much about Peripheral Vascular Disease. It has the same risk factors and can prove to be life altering.

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Help For Urinary Incontinence

Updated: 04/21/2011 - Statistics show one in three women suffer from urinary incontinence...but it's not just a problem for women. Incontinence is very common and distressing. But it's a problem you don't have to live with. There are treatments available that can help you get back to a normal life. Those treatments include everything from exercises to minimally invasive procedures.

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Beating Heart Surgery

Updated: 02/16/2012 - Panama City -- By-pass surgery has come a long way. A few years ago, Bay Medical heart surgeons added one more option for patients: It's called beating-heart surgery. During most by-pass surgeries doctors stop the heart. A heart and lung machine is used to temporarily divert the blood. Beating heart surgery is a way to perform the same type of surgery without stopping the heart.

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Senate Bill Threatens To Cut Funding to State Health Care Safety Net

Posted: 04/07/2011 - The Florida Senate budget proposes cutting Medicaid reimbursement rates to safety net hospitals by 10 percent and eliminating all hospital services under the Medically Needy program and the Medicaid for the Aged and Disabled program. Bay Medical faces cuts in the millions.

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