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March 2012

10 Best Beauty Trends

Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful technique that softens wrinkles, improves skin tone, eliminates age spots and repairs sun-damaged skin. Fraxel laser treatments are in high demand because of their minimal discomfort and downtime. Sandra Day, co-founder of NeoDerm Aesthetics, says she’s seeing “terrific results with Fraxel in reducing lip lines. The improvements are remarkable […]

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March 2012

Gathering The Tribes

My brother, Brian, raises goats on our family’s farm in Nokomis. Last fall he sold two especially tasty youngsters to the St. Saba Serbian Orthodox Church in North Port. They were the highlight of a festival the church puts on every year to raise money for its building fund. Now the Rev. Dragan Zaric calls […]

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March 2012

Plastic Surgery Trends

How Not to Look Your Age I’m one of the nearly 40 million American women who were born between 1946 and 1964. Once upon a time, we women of the baby boomer generation burned our bras, shunned our mothers’ make-up, celebrated free love and overturned sexist stereotypes—or at least tried to. Now, alas, time has […]

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February 2012

You Can Count on Me

“Who will take care of you when you are unable to take care of yourself?” That’s the most important question you can ask when planning your future, according to gerontology experts. And whether it’s a spouse, a sibling, a child or even a close friend, those who commit to caring for a loved one face […]

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January 2012

Neuro Challenge Foundation Resource Handbook: Living With Parkinson’s

Click above download the Neuro Challenge Foundation’s resource guide, and watch a special video on the Foundation, below. {^YouTubeVideo|(url)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxNVXSKb92E|(width)425|(height)264|(fs)1|(rel)1^} Related Articles: Neuro Challenge Foundation Cause 4 Fashion Noisemaker: Meklit Hadero Video: See Nik Wallenda’s Sarasota Skywalk

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December 2011

Vacation Basics

Staying Safe From sun protection to swimming, a few simple rules. Sun protection: It’s no longer cool to broil on the beach. Just a few hours in our intense sun can result in an immediate burn—and long-term skin damage, Protect your skin from skin cancer (and wrinkles and aging spots) by keeping sunscreen on exposed […]

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May 2011

Body Talk

Food for Thought Sarasota’s favorite fish, grouper, contains up to a third more Omega-3 fatty acids than an equal serving of canned tuna. The benefits of those added Omega-3s—including lower triglycerides and blood pressure—can become evident in a matter of weeks. (Just be sure to mind your mercury.) The FDA’s newest dietary guidelines recommend upping […]

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April 2011

Body Talk

  Indulge Yourself Manis and pedis and facials, oh my! Spa Week, April 11-17, unites professional pamperers from around the nation in a singular mission: to give you an indulgent spa experience for just $50. Participating spas offer a select menu of services, from haircuts to deep-tissue massages to chemical peels, at deep discounts. Venice’s […]

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March 2011

Senior Moments

LILLETTE 87 When six-year-old Lillette Jenkins Wisner began visiting a neighbor and spending hours playing her piano, the neighbor offered to give the family the piano if they’d give Lillette music lessons. Trained as a classical pianist, Wisner, now 87, branched out into jazz and toured the world during World War II playing to the […]

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March 2011

Shock of Gray

We may live in a youth-obsessed culture, but the aging of the human race is actually the biggest story of our time. The world’s population—not just America’s, but the world’s—is rapidly aging. By the year 2030, one billion people will be 65 or older—and for the first time in history, the number of people over […]

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March 2011

Body Talk

Eat This At just 140 calories, these tasty snacks have eight grams of protein—enough to stave off hunger until your next meal—helping you to maintain a healthy blood sugar level throughout the day. Cook them in a casserole dish and cut into bars, or use a 12-muffin tin for quick and easy portions. Variations might […]

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February 2011

10 Best

Get Gorgeous 1. Before the aestheticians at Mandala Med-Spa treat your skin, they use VISIA Complexion Analysis to evaluate it. According to spa director Dr. Marguerite Barnett, this data creates a personalized skincare regimen without guesswork. “VISIA allows us to identify skin types, pinpoint problems, and track improvements in an objective way,” she says. 1715 […]

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February 2011

In Recovery

On my birthday in 1999, a year and a half after my divorce from the man I had adored and fought in equal measures since I was 22, my daughter, Lindsey, phoned me from college in Baltimore. She was in trouble and called the one person she thought could help her—the mother she’d been battling […]

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January 2011

Body Talk

Smart Cookie Finally, a baked good that’s good for you. The Omega Cookie, made by Venice-based Ambo Foods, delivers dessert-quality flavor with no high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats or artificial preservatives (it’s gluten-free, too). Made with only all-natural sweeteners (think honey, applesauce, banana purée and fruit juice), the Omega Cookie actually has less sugar than […]

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November 2010

Body Talk

Big Bands Before your run, try on the latest workout accessory for long-haired athletes: SweatyBands. The fashionable sport headbands help keep sweat out of your eyes while wrangling those annoying flyaways that break free from your ponytail. Their secret is a non-slip underside that keeps them comfortably in place all workout long. Plus, they come […]

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October 2010

Body Talk

  Laser That Pain These days, medical lasers are used for more than incisions and eye surgery: The high-powered class 4 laser can penetrate well below the skin to treat neuro-musculoskeletal pain. “For our patients at IMG Academy who have shoulder and knee pain, or seniors with spinal stenosis and diabetic neuropathy, laser has worked […]

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February 2009

10 Best Beauty Trends

Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful technique that softens wrinkles, improves skin tone, eliminates age spots and repairs sun-damaged skin. Fraxel laser treatments are in high demand because of their minimal discomfort and downtime. Sandra Day, co-founder of NeoDerm Aesthetics, says she’s seeing “terrific results with Fraxel in reducing lip lines. The improvements are remarkable […]

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June 2008

Top Doctors 2008

Even in our little slice of paradise, we have to watch our health—and we need good doctors to watch it with us. Fortunately, as in so many other things, we’ve got choices. Many world-class physicians have come here to enjoy the same sunshine, arts and lifestyle we do. They’re also drawn by our demographics, which […]

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April 2007

More Than a Pretty Smile

The good news first: You don’t have to be born with a perfect smile to have one—not anymore. Like most things these days, you can buy it. You, too, can flash a celebrity smile after only a few hours in the dentist’s chair, thanks to what’s informally called “cosmetic dentistry.” The not-so-good news? If your […]

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February 2007

You Must Remember This

If you’re a baby boomer, chances are that you’re losing more than your hearing, hair and skin elasticity. You’re also losing brain cells. Scientists (who really use—and need—their brain cells) already knew this. “The human brain reaches its maximum volume by the age of 20 and then slowly starts shrinking,” says neuropsychologist Cheryl Luis, Ph.D, […]

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