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Abdominal Fat and Insulin Resistance

We all know what body fat means, but I would like to discuss two different types of fats and their health implications. Subcutaneous fat is found directly underneath the skin. Generally speaking and in moderate amounts, subcutaneous fat deposits on the thighs, hips, and buttocks do not cause severe health problems. However, the belly is a different story. The abdomen can have two different kinds of fats: subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.

We Care Jacksonville Celebrates Its 2015 Caring Awards

The name says it all. With the assistance of nearly 600 volunteers, area hospitals, and healthcare institutions, We Care Jacksonville provided 12,000 patient services valued at $25 million last year. By coordinating with physicians and hospitals, the group provides a full gamut of specialized care including surgery, oncology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, gynecology, and more.

The Health Benefits of Spicy Food

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- According to a seven-year Chinese study with almost a half-million participants, those who ate spicy foods one or two days per week reduced their risk of overall mortality by 10 percent compared to those who had a spicy meal less than once per week.

What is the Relationship between Sugar and Cancer?

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- There are plenty of rumors circulating about how sugar can fuel cancer cells, making them grow faster. I have even heard some stories about patients being advised to avoid sugar completely during cancer treatment. The truth is not so black and white.

The Mediterranean Diet, Supplemented with Olive Oil, May Prevent Breast Cancer

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- According to an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in September 2015, the Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra virgin olive oil, may reduce the incidence of breast cancer.

Introducing Ackerman Cancer Center’s MedFusion Patient Portal

Ackerman Cancer Center continually strives to improve our patients’ experience by offering the most effective, most efficient services possible. That is why we are pleased to introduce the MedFusion patient portal and online medical record system. The system is easily navigated and is designed to improve accuracy, enhance privacy, and provide better access to medical records for patients and their health care providers.

Male Breast Cancer: Aiming for Earlier Detection and Treatment

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- The pink ribbon is a welcomed symbol of breast cancer awareness and support that has led to many advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. While we have done a great job getting the word out about breast cancer in women, most people are not nearly as informed about breast cancer in men. 

New Pancreatic Cancer Test Could Lead to Earlier Detection & Treatment

By: Paul Ossi, M.D. -- Diagnosis of early-stage pancreatic cancer is virtually impossible due to a lack of screening tests for the disease, but a new British study offers hope it may one day be possible to detect pancreatic cancer through a simple urine test.

Buying Local, Organic Produce Can Reap Significant Health Benefits

Shopping in a farmer’s market can be a wonderful experience. The mixture of colors and scents in a relaxed and friendly environment encourages you to try new produce. Moreover, buying produce from a farmer’s market can benefit you and your community. Many dietary guidelines recommend eating mostly local, seasonal food in order to get all the antioxidants and phytonutrients you need to protect yourself against chronic disease.

6 Myths about Breast Cancer Survivorship

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- It is important for breast cancer survivors to learn all they can about their disease and to protect their health after treatment. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to sort the good advice from the bad. This column aims to set the record straight on six common breast cancer survivorship myths.

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