The Lifeline Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community. Navigating Troubled Waters and a Bumpy Road Ahead By Sydney Dillehay When the ocean of life is turbulent, what can make navigating the waters so much easier? Would you prefer to be in a luxurious ocean liner, one that is strong and true and well-cared-for, or a tiny dingy with a rusty hull and troubling leaks? 3D Mammograms Bring New Dimension to Cancer Detection By DR. LEENA KAMAT 3D mammography allows you to scroll through multiple levels and see if a potential problem spot is regular tissue or, possibly, a tumor. The Danger of Federal Pacific (FPE) Circuit Breaker Panels By David Pruitt Your circuit breaker panel protects your home from problems caused by external power surges, circuit overload, and short circuits. An Unwavering Commitment to School Safety By Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma Parents across our community, state, and nation have recently faced tough decisions and questions. Peter Ponders... Face Masks By Peter Reilly They have the power to keep a global pandemic at bay AND spark a viral supermarket brawl. That’s impressive. SCPS Emphasizes School Safety for Students and Parents By Captain Rick Francis The SCPS District has made school safety a priority even before the state and federal school safety mandates. The district is focused on our mission to safeguard the safety and security of our students, staff, and property. Five Easy Ways To Help Boost Your Immune System By Justin Bedor With all that is going on around us every day with concerns about our health and safety, it is important to keep your personal immune system strong to help your body defend itself from illness and disease Preventative Care for Seniors By ROB HOFFMAN Take a look at preventative steps that seniors should not skip. “Eye Vitamins” and You By Dr. Alexander Barnes Whether shopping online or walking through your local pharmacy, the number of products advertising various health benefits can be overwhelming. So, do you need to be taking any vitamins for your eye health, and if so, which ones? Dry Eye and the Modern World By DR. ILYA SLUCH Dry eye – or the more technical ocular surface dysfunction syndrome – plagues the lives of over 16 million Americans and is likely under-diagnosed in many others. Color Gardening for the Fall By Kaydie McCormick One of the benefits of living in Florida is the ability to grow a colorful garden year-round. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! With the Seminole County Public Library By Sara White Over the past couple months, the Seminole County Public Library (SCPL) has launched a wide variety of Zoom-based and virtual library programs for all ages. Do You Have Mold? By Joe Dalton If you live in Central Florida, the answer is yes. The ambient humidity alone creates a substantial amount of mold spores throughout our environment. We track it in on our shoes, our pets bring it in, and even the wind can push it into our homes and businesses. The real question is: Do I have a mold problem? Come Fly With Me By Lauren Rowe My family loves to travel, especially during the holidays. We also love to participate in other celebrations from cultures that differ from ours. Have Bike, Will Travel By Lauren Rowe Lauren Rowe is director of communications at Orlando Sanford International Airport and was an Emmy award-winning news anchor. Put Up A Fight By J. Matthew Knight, MD How to tackle the skin cancer epidemic Teaching Little Hands to Make a Big Difference By Sabrina Boesch In today’s world, it is important to take purposeful steps to help children grow up to be compassionate and generous human beings Are You College Ready Already? You’ll wish you’d have read this before your child started the college-application process By Allison Slater Tate Think you don’t need to start thinking about college yet? You might want to start earlier than you assume – sometime in middle school, perhaps, when the classes your child chooses to take begin to affect what they can take in high school. Taking a Bite Out of Pet Obesity By by Nichole Crainick, DVM Pet obesity is a growing problem in the United States, just like the obesity epidemic in humans. Get Ready for Running Season By Don Calpe There are countless reasons why people choose to run, including personal goals, stress relief, camaraderie, or competitive racing. The Role Specialized Breast Surgeons Play in Improved Patient Outcomes By Anu Saigal, MD By the end of 2019, the American Cancer Society estimates 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women across the United States this year. What Is Macular Degeneration? By Dr. Steven Houston Today with modern advancements in treatment, macular degeneration can often be treated and vision stabilized. School Safety in Seminole County Public Schools By Dr. Walt Griffin The safety of our children and staff has and will always be our top priority. “A Universe of Stories” – Let’s Explore It Together By Sara White Special summer events at the Seminole County Public Library Don’t Take Your Spine for Granted By Dr. Pedro M. Ramirez A wide range of care options provides relief for neck and back pain. Documenting the Lives of Six We’ve Lost By Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma There is no greater duty that we have as law enforcement officers than to pay respect to those who have fallen in the line of duty. Get Ahead of the Class! By Kashif Qureshi, MD If you’re like most parents, you probably greet the end of summer with a mixture of emotions. However, summer will be over before you know it – which means back-to-school time is just around the corner. Are you ready? Peter Ponders... What’s Funny and What’s Not By Peter Reilly In which Toy Story’s Tim Allen has the last laugh The Scoop on Canine Nutrition By Nichole Crainick, DVM It is well-known that DCM in cats can be caused by dietary factors. Generally, we have not considered this to be an issue for dogs, at least not until recently. Duke Energy Urges Storm Preparedness for 2019 Hurricane Season By Patty D'Alessandro Hurricane season began on June 1, but Duke Energy prepares for massive storms year-round and urges you to be prepared, too. What You Need to Know about a Health Care Surrogate By Shivon Patel There might be a time when you need someone to step in and take care of your health care decisions. A Unique Look at Family Travel By Lauren Rowe As well-traveled parents, we are always looking for ways to expose our girls to the great big world out there. Why Everyone Needs a Primary Care Physician By Dr. Perri Dumbacher A doctor who knows you can be much more effective in keeping you healthy. Resolutions You Can Keep at the Seminole County Public Library By Sara White Seminole County Public Library offers a wide range of programs to help you meet your goals. So You Want to Hire a Contractor... By Chad Olson Things to consider when choosing a contractor in Florida.- Chad Olson, Mr. Handyman Three Ways Yoga Can Help with Back Pain By Chetan Patel, MD If you’re like millions of people in the world, then you probably suffer, or have suffered, from lower back pain (LBP) at some point in your life. - Dr. Chetan Patel, AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health Seminole County Public Schools: A Source of Community Pride By Dr. Walt Griffin SCPS is focused on our mission to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be productive citizens. - Dr. Walt Griffin, superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools. Colon Cancer: Knowledge Is Power By George Nassif, Jr., DO If you’re 45, it’s time to get screened. - Dr. George Nassif, Jr., AdventHealth Medical Group Get Your Style On By Roxane Mann Must-have spring fashion trends for 2019. - Roxane Mann, Walk on Water Boutique Honoring Commitments Near and Far By Sheriff Dennis Lemma Sheriff Dennis Lemma shares 2018 State of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Spring Is in the Air By Jemima Desir, MD, MBA Spring cleaning starts with safety first. - Jemima Desir, MD, MBA, Florida Poison Information Center Welcome to Modern Root Canal Therapy By Peter Chen, DMD Specialized training and advanced technology are making root canals faster and better. - Dr. Peter Chen, Advanced Endodontics How Preventable Global Blindness Affects Us All By Kevin M. Barber, MD Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness on our planet today, yet we possess the cure for this blinding condition. - Dr. Kevin M. Barber, Central Florida Eye Specialists Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer By Ashley Kolniak It is hard to imagine that summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about summer programs for your kids. - Ashley Kolniak, J. Douglas Williams YMCA in Lake Mary Think Like a Bear By Diane Hirth Bears have a schedule, just like you do. - Diane Hirth, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Early Swimming Gives Kids an Edge By Kelly Whittemore Did you know that children who learn to swim at an early age have significant advantages over those who don’t? - Kelly Whittemore, Swim Life Peter Ponders... Old-School Games By Peter Reilly Are your children too cool for old school? - Peter Reilly Prep Your Home for Allergy Season By Dr. Timothy Hendrix Allergy season is kicking into high gear! - Dr. Timothy Hendrix, AdventHealth Centra Care. Right-Sizing Your Home By Laura Diss Make your home fit your lifestyle. - Laura Diss, Q Boutique Specialty Realty, Inc. Happy Hour at the Bar(re) By Rachel Woodward What a barre class can do for you. - Rachel Woodward, The Bar Method Lake Mary Adventures in 3D Printing at the Seminole County Public Library By Sara White Ever been curious about 3D printing, or wanted to see how it works for yourself? - Sara White, Seminole County Public Library.