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  • Say Hello to Wellness. Say Hello to HelloWell™.

    Talk to a doctor via Facetime? View your medical records on your phone? It's possible. HelloWell is changing the way we connect with you.

  • National Day of Relaxation: How to Relax in 60 Seconds

    Stress is a normal part of our daily lives, but can have negative effects on our health if we don't manage it. Take a quick break and relax in 60 seconds.

  • Carrie Underwood Baby News: How We Care for Moms 35+

    The risks of infertility and complications do increase as we get older, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a perfectly healthy pregnancy as you get older. We asked Florida Hospital maternal-fetal medicine physician and high-risk pregnancy specialist Dr. Rachel Humphrey to help explain what to expect when you’re expecting — at age 35 and over. 

  • Alan Alda Sets Example of Resilience in Living with Parkinson’s

    The actor, perhaps best known for his role on the TV series M*A*S*H, recently went public about his experience to talk about how he’s still living on his own terms. He’s adapting to life with Parkinson’s, but it doesn’t define him.

  • Infant and Child CPR: When Seconds Matter

    Instead of spending those seconds waiting for emergency responders to arrive, you can use them working to save your child. Learning infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, can prepare you to give your child the best chance at recovering from an emergency, whether it be choking, drowning or a breathing problem like asthma.

  • Women’s Health: When Should I See My Doctor?

    You should have started from the time you were a young woman, but it’s not too late to begin the following simple, routine screenings.

  • Dancing for Birth™ Gets Moms Moving, Feeling Empowered

    Dancing for Birth is a new fitness class (even for those who feel like they have two left feet) and an education class for women who don’t want to sit still. Education, fitness and camaraderie contribute to what Collins says is a major theme of the course.

  • Solving Bladder Problems with Botox®

    For many women living with overactive bladder, Botox has been able to provide welcome relief. When injected into the bladder, Botox is able to relax the muscles and reduce impulses and incontinence for a long period of time.

  • Treating Brain Disorders with Advanced Tech and an Expert Team

    But, sometimes, one or some of those 86 billion nerve cells goes awry — often for reasons unknown — leading to cancer or other neurological conditions. Once upon a time, treatments for many brain disorders were limited. However, today, at Florida Hospital, emerging treatments and a world-class medical team are offering new hope using highly effective, precise, advanced technologies and a personalized, team approach to neurological care.

  • Protect Your Child From Sun Damage Now to Prevent Cancer Decades Later

    Like a snowball growing as it rolls down a hill, your risk for skin cancer grows with each bad sunburn, starting in childhood. Studies show that five blistering burns increase your lifetime risk of melanoma by 80 percent. 

  • Helpful Advances in Hearing Aid Technology

    Today’s hearing aids look better than ever. They’re smaller and sleeker and often nearly invisible. A lot of effort has gone into making them more cosmetically appealing. Although this is important when it comes to an individual accepting amplification, what’s inside the hearing aid is even more important. In the last few years, the advances in hearing aid technology have been remarkable.

  • Healing Your Pain: Choosing PT Over Opioids

    The three types of pain are known as acute pain, subacute pain, and chronic pain.

  • Summer Sun and Skin Safety for Kids

    To learn how you can protect yourself and your children from the sun’s damaging effects we talked to our own board-certified pediatric specialist, and medical director of pediatric dermatology at Florida Hospital for Children, Tace Rico, MD, about tips and tricks for staying safe and healthy this summer.

  • Identifying Cognitive Disabilities in Your Child

    Dr. Michael Westerveld is leading the charge in one such arena, children’s behavioral psychology at The Center for Neuropsychology at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando. We felt it was important to focus on this for the sake of the children, the parents desperately seeking answers, and the schools and communities which we serve.

  • Pumping 101: Tips and Tricks

    Not all new mother’s can or want to breastfeed and that is a choice every mother must make on her own. The long-term physical and mental health benefits of breastfeeding babies are well documented, but only a mother can decide what is right for her and her child. That said, Goldberg suggests that new moms who are breastfeeding to feed her baby at the breast each time for the first 3-4 weeks.

  • The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

    Prenatal yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and decrease several common negative side effects associated with pregnancy. To learn more, we spoke with our own prenatal yoga instructor, April Eckwielen.

  • New Partnership with Volusia County Schools for Student Health and Career Opportunities

    In the 36 Volusia County schools with the highest rates of long-term absenteeism, Florida Hospital will provide health care services to help. By connecting students with doctors, more kids will get treated for both urgent issues and chronic health problems alike. Additionally, all schools will receive coordinated care from a dedicated athletic trainer. And kids will receive career opportunities through Florida Hospital’s middle and high school health programs.

  • Healthy Food, Healthy Brain: How Eating Right Can Help You Avoid Alzheimer’s

    Multiple studies have established a connection between healthy food and lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease. One 2015 study found an eating plan focusing on fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts lowered Alzheimer’s risk by as much as 53 percent.

  • A Network of Care - In the Palm of Your Hand

    With three easy-to-use tools, you can stay connected and help us ensure that you always get the best possible care. Our goal of providing you with complete physical, emotional, and spiritual care starts with giving you quick access to us through a few convenient apps right on your phone.

  • Playing Sports in the Heat

    From golf to basketball and beyond, the summer weather lends itself to a wide variety of outdoor sports and leisure activities. 

  • Parent’s Guide: ACL Injuries

    What was an unheard-of injury in children in the 1970s is now a serious problem with today’s youth. To find out more we reached out to our own Dr. Sean Keyes for answers.

  • Genetically Modified Polio Vaccine May Extend Life of Brain Cancer Patients

    Researchers at the Duke University School of Medicine reported that 21 percent of those who received the treatment survived for 36 months. That compares with a survival rate of only 4 percent for a comparable group whose cancer was treated in other ways. Their study was published June 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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    Dining with Diabetes: Recipes by John Rivers

    Recently, Chef John Rivers, demonstrated healthy cooking techniques and tips during a Dining with Diabetes event, hosted by the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute. 

  • Sound Health: Protect Your Hearing From Loud Fireworks

    Damage to hearing can come from multiple lifetime exposures as well as a one-time blast or extended exposure of up to eight hours. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, loud noise over 120 decibels can cause immediate harm to hearing.

  • Back to School: Teacher’s Edition

    Since you make enough lists during the year, we’ve compiled a top ten list of ways to take care of yourself and make the most out of summer for you. 

  • Prepare More, Worry Less This Hurricane Season

    But often, the best antidote for anxiety is preparation. So we’re sharing a few key hurricane prep guidelines to help you feel calm and confident about the season ahead. 

  • How Do I Know When My Loved One Needs Hospice or Palliative Care?

    Both hospice and palliative care are given by teams made up of diverse specialists who support your whole well-being. The physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of both you and your family are provided for by a physician-directed and nurse-coordinated team approach to care, along with the daily primary care offered by loved ones.

  • 5 Simple Habits Can Protect Your Child From Hot Vehicles

    The heat doesn’t need to be sweltering to be dangerous; children have died in cars with outside temperatures in the 60s. But on hot days, the greenhouse effect created when sunlight passes through car windows can intensify that danger. On a 90-degree day, temperatures inside a car can be fatal for children in just 10 minutes, according to a report from the National Safety Council.

  • Straight Talk on Prostate Cancer: When Should You Get a PSA Test?

    The uncertainty over the value of the PSA test led the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2012 to recommend it only be given to people at high risk of prostate cancer. Other groups, including the American Urological Association, opposed this decision at the time.

  • Using Sound to See: Ultrasounds Are Fast, Painless

    After all, a doctor will be using sound waves to produce a picture from inside your body. Even if it’s routine for a trained medical professional, the idea might be a little unsettling for you. But worry need not be part of your pre-ultrasound routine. Ultrasounds differ in the details — such as which part of the body is scanned and whether it’s performed in a hospital or office-like setting — but the basics are the same.

  • Florida Hospital Tampa’s affiliation with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital brings high-quality pediatric care closer to home

    Florida Hospital Tampa’s affiliation with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital brings the expertise, technology and evidence-based standards closer to home for patients in Hillsborough and Pasco counties

  • A Stay in Cinderella Castle Suite

    It’s a bucket list item that you wouldn’t actually write on your bucket list because it would never happen. And yet, for one family, it did.

  • The Secrets of Sleep, Part 6: How Aging Affects Sleep

    Where we once might have naturally stayed up late, our bodies become ready for sleep earlier at night. In the past, sleeping late on weekends may have been one of life’s little pleasures; now, you find yourself waking up even before the rooster crows. 

  • The Secrets of Sleep, Part 5: The Top 10 Signs You’re Sleep Deprived (Plus Tips to Save Your Sleep)

    Sleep expert and neurologist Holly Skinner, DO, says insufficient sleep can take many forms that vary across the life-span.  For example, children who are sleep deprived many actually become hyperactive or have other unwanted behaviors such as aggressive. School performance may deteriorate as well.  In adults, sleep deprivation may change eating habits, mood, work performance and even pain levels.  

  • The Secrets of Sleep, Part 4: What Chronic Sleep Deprivation Means for Your Health

    The consequences of insufficient sleep can have a serious, widespread toll on your health, in ways you may not even realize. When talking about insufficient sleep, it’s important to know just what “insufficient” means. 

  • Do Kids Need Supportive Shoes for Spine and Joint Health?

    With so many shoe choices on the market today, it can be confusing to know how to choose the right pairs for all your kids’ different activities. We turned to our own Dr. Raymund Woo, M.D., board-certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeon for advice.

  • In Brain Cancer Care, Patients Rely on Connections to Family, Spirituality

    Treating the whole person calls upon us to nurture their mind, body and spirit through every phase of treatment. A patient’s quality of life — their happiness, comfort, and ability to lead the life they want — is not an afterthought to medical treatment.

  • What Florida Hospital’s Straight A’s in Patient Safety Mean to Your Family

    The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that gives hospital patients the information they need to make the most informed decisions, gives hospitals a simple, intuitive grade for overall safety performance. 

  • Exercising Too Hard: Rhabdomyolysis

    In most cases, overexertion will lead to pain and possible injury but in rare cases, it can lead to rhabdomyolysis which can be deadly. However, if it’s caught early enough the outcome is usually a full recovery. To find out more we talked to one of our physical therapy specialists, Sheila Klausner, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSCS.

  • Top 3 Beach Safety Tips for the Family

    Incidents like these are a reminder that for all the beaches’ beautiful views and fun times, there are certain risks you should always be aware of. To help keep your family safe, healthy, and happy on your next coastal getaway, we asked Dr. Paul Mucciolo, medical director of the emergency department at Florida Hospital Flagler, for advice on a few beach safety tips. 

  • Essential Water Safety Guidelines for Kids

    It’s especially important to keep water safety tips top of mind when your family is going on a vacation that will put children in a new, unfamiliar environment. Dr. McCabe-Kline emphasized that if you have a pool and are hosting family, or will be visiting a relative who has a pool, you should take extra precautions (like alarms or barricades) to protect children from the water. 

  • Study Finds Fewer Women With Breast Cancer Need Chemo

    Patients with hormone receptor-positive, axillary node-negative breast cancer — about half of all cases — have long used a genetic test of their tumor to predict the risk of it coming back or recurring.

  • Immunotherapy Cures Woman’s Late-Stage Breast Cancer

    The recent news that a 49-year-old Port St. Lucie woman has recovered from late-stage breast cancer using a new form of immunotherapy has raised these hopes anew. Before the treatment, her cancer was pushing into her chest and had spread to several places in her liver. But 14 months later, scans show the cancer is gone.

  • What You Need to Know About Food Allergies

    According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the prevalence of food allergies among those under age 18 is somewhere between 1 and 10 percent. Applying this figure to the U.S. Census July 2014 estimates, there may be three to seven million children with food allergies in the country.

  • Sensory Rich Summer Vacation

    Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV or playing video games, we’ve put together a bunch of sensory-rich, fun activities that will keep your children on the path to whole health. 

  • Struggling with Mental Health: You’re Never Alone

    Many people who hesitate to seek help spend far too long struggling in silence. And there are many: According to the World Health Organization, more than 450 million people around the world live with mental illnesses. We want to work toward breaking the stigma associated with the discussion of mental health issues.

  • What Caused Danny Farquhar to Collapse?

    A subarachnoid hemorrhage is a type of bleed into the fluid spaces around the brain where the blood vessels reside. When a SAH happens spontaneously, it’s most commonly caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

  • Heart Health in the Heat of Summer

    Those working toward heart health, especially those over the age of 50 years, and the overweight need to take extra precautions when exercising in warm weather. You should always consult your physician before beginning a new exercise routine. 

  • New Colorectal Screening Guidelines: 3 Things to Know

    In the U.S., colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among cancers that affect both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Why You Should Start Colorectal Screenings Sooner

    The updated guidelines may be a response to the rising rate of colon cancer found in younger adults. In the U.S., colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among cancers that affect both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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