Surviving Spring Allergies

Learn how to survive spring allergies!

Seasonal Allergies, also known as hay fever and allergic rhinitis, can be particularly challenging this time of year. In this video, Allergist Dr. Jordan Heath, discusses the symptoms, triggers, and treatment options for spring allergies. If you're struggling with allergies, SIMEDHealth is here for you. Our team of experienced allergists can help you identify your specific allergy triggers and create a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms. Don't suffer through another spring season with allergies, visit SIMEDHealth Asthma & Allergy today!


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What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer Awareness with Dr. Larissa Lim

Colorectal cancer is a disease that develops in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women worldwide, but is one of the most preventable types of cancer, and often treatable when diagnosed early. Family practice physician, Dr. Larissa Lim, discusses the symptoms and preventive screenings for colorectal cancer.



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Preventing Cancer with Dr. Floegel

Preventing Cancer with Dr. Floegel

Family Care Physician, Dr. Antje-Mareike Floegel, talks about the most preventable cancers, ways to prevent cancer, and the importance of cancer screening tests.
Lower your risk of cancer by making healthier choices, and getting the recommended screening tests and vaccines. Making healthier choices like maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco, alcohol moderation, and protecting your skin, affects your chances of getting cancer. Getting screened early for cervical, colorectal, and breast cancer offers better treatment results. Vaccines like HPV (human papillomavirus) help prevent most cervical cancers To make an appointment with Dr. Floegel, click here.
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National Caregivers Day

February 17th is National Caregivers Day!

SIMEDHealth Psychologist, Dr. Bensadon discusses the physical and emotional toll it takes to be a caregiver. 





What defines a caregiver?

A caregiver is someone who provides direct care to someone else. Types of care vary and often depend on the health status, condition, and needs of the care recipient. The United States health care system is generally an acute and sub-acute model even though our aging society has led to significant increases in chronic, incurable conditions. As a result, many Americans must self-manage their chronic conditions and this generally requires efforts from both patients and informal, non-professional/unpaid caregivers, who are often family members. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


What are the challenges a caregiver faces?

Caregivers often face the same challenges as those for whom they provide care. Caregiver burden is a well-established concept that encapsulates these challenges. It can be broken down into objective and subjective burden. Objective burden is a measure of the amount of duties and tasks required in the caregiving role, while subjective burden is the degree to which the caregiver feels and perceives their role as burdensome. In truth, people vary in what they consider burdensome. What one person perceives as a burden another may perceive as a privilege.   

Why is self-care important for a caregiver?

Caregiving can be rewarding but can also be draining. Caregivers often perform duties which are not acknowledged by others. This lack of recognition can result in caregivers feeling they are in a thankless position. Perceived lack of appreciation for one’s efforts can accelerate frustration, deplete energy, and lead to emotional exhaustion, a core component of burnout. No one is immune to burnout. This applies to professional caregivers (e.g., doctors, nurses) and non-professional caregivers (family, friends) alike. Self-care can help caregivers preserve themselves and buffer burnout. Ultimately this can help caregivers remain in the caregiver role longer, and with fewer negative consequences. Care recipients and caregivers each have needs. Balance is vital. Without it, it is not uncommon for caregiver health to deteriorate more rapidly than the health of their care recipients.  

How can a caregiver support their mental health?

Fortunately, many of the challenging psychosocial realities of caregiving are amenable to psychological intervention. Caregivers need and can benefit from support just like anyone else. A key challenge, however, is caregivers often focus more on care recipients’ needs  than their own, and as a result may have difficulty prioritizing or even acknowledging their own needs. Caregivers often feel they cannot afford (emotionally, financially) to take the time to focus on themselves, and if they do, they often feel guilty about doing so.

What are some resources available for caregivers?

The National Alliance for Caregiving

Caregiver Action Network

Family Caregiver Alliance

National Alliance on Mental Illness


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Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room

Chest pain, respiratory difficulties, stomach pain, broken bone; Do you visit the ER or an urgent care center?


Urgent Care Physician, Dr. Calvin Martin discusses your options when seeking emergency medical attention.

SIMEDHealth Urgent Care is located in Gainesville, Florida. We offer walk-in, in-person and virtual appointments.

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Achieving A Healthy Weight

Dr. Gupta's tips to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.


Family care physician, Dr. Anubha Gupta, discusses the benefits of a healthy weight, and body mass index (BMI). A healthy weight depends on factors such as sex, genetics, body frame, medical history, and lifestyle habits. Hear Dr. Gupta's tips to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through diet, physical exercise, and mental health! To schedule an appointment, click here




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Healthy Holiday Tips with Dr. ​David Lefkowitz

Many holidays focus on family & friends, but it's important to take time for oneself. Read Family Medicine physician, Dr. Lefkowitz's Healthy Holiday Tips.


The holidays tend to be a time of joy, abundance, and long-awaited social gatherings. However, this can come at the cost of over-indulgence, stress, and unhealthy lifestyle choices. The key to this is balance. Here are a few tips to help you and your families stay healthy this holiday season.



  1. Plan ahead. Trying to coordinate travel plans, often with multiple different family members, can be quite stressful. Try to do this well in advance of your planned get-togethers. Having one (or two) “trip coordinators” can help minimize confusion between groups. Pick someone who wants the position, has the time to plan, and will be respectful of people’s requests. And when all is said and done, don’t forget to thank that person for helping to make everything a success!
  2. Be aware of your food and drink intake. The key here, again, is balance. If breakfast is very heavy, then make sure lunch and dinner aren’t. If dinner is going to be a grand affair, then make sure that lunch (and snacks) are on the lighter side. Also, don’t forget the power of portion control. Portion control allows you to have a little of all that delicious food, but not a lot of it. Eat until satisfied, not full.
  3. Don’t forget your exercise. If on vacation or away from home, it is often easy to skip physical activity (even if you’re used to doing it at home). This is the “vacation mentality.” Don’t fall for it. Stay active and you will feel better. Also, physical activity will help to offset some of those extra calories you take in if you slip up on tip #2!
  4. Get your rest. Sleep is absolutely essential for not only feeling good, but for your body to function as it should. Your stress level will decrease and your energy level will increase if you choose to get adequate rest during the holidays. How much? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being.
  5. Be mindful. Simply put, enjoy the moment. When you are gathered with friends and family, try to forget the stress of work and the daily grind. Forget the stress of planning the vacation (if you didn't follow tip #1). Forget having to “get back to reality” at the end of the trip. Live in the moment, take a look around, and enjoy the people gathered with you. After all, that is what the holidays are all about.


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