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  • 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.

  • School starts soon. Is your child vaccinated?

    Over the past 50 years, vaccines have led to the protection of millions of children against serious diseases. “In some cases, the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exists especially in other parts of the world,” she says. “Your child may be exposed to these diseases if he or she travels to areas where the disease is still present or if they’re exposed to people who travel to the United States from areas where the disease is still present.

  • When Digestive Pain Keeps Coming Back, Consider IBD

    The condition is called inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, and it actually refers to two separate conditions that share similar symptoms: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. As the name suggests, inflammation is at the core of each.

  • FDA Declares Teething Remedies with Benzocaine Unsafe

    When your little one is in pain, you’d do anything to make them feel better. Many parents have turned to a remedy that’s commonly used to treat oral pain in adults: topical numbing creams. But the FDA warns that medications containing the numbing agent benzocaine should not be used on babies and toddlers due to potentially deadly side effects. 

  • Does My Child Have a Postural Deformity?

    Postural deformities are a common problem among children. In fact, many adults’ aches and pains are the long-term effects of poor posture or bad alignment that started in childhood. There are many reasons why this happens, including bad habits not broken in time, bad diets and a lack of regular physical activity. Diagnosing postural deformities at an early age makes treatment possible, which may prevent serious postural abnormalities.

  • Stayin’ Alive: Best Songs for CPR

    There are a wide variety of other songs that fit into this category, too. To help you understand and remember proper chest compression pace, we’ve compiled a whole list of popular songs to think of if you need to perform CPR.

  • Understanding Arthritis

    Arthritis is extremely common — in fact, it’s the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. Since arthritis issues can range from common hand stiffness to severe rheumatoid pain, each case is unique and should be treated that way.

  • Whole-Health Summer Travel Tips for Your Family

    Here are some tips to plan, pack and sit back and fill your heart and soul with summer joy.

  • What to Do When Your Child Has Bone and Joint Pain

    Whether your child has been living with years of scoliosis or suffers an acute sports injury, the physicians at the Florida Hospital for Children want to help. We treat a wide range of conditions including sprains, tendonitis, fractures, scoliosis, ligamentous tears, and concussions. Our pediatric orthopedic clinics and neighborhood rehabilitation centers are here to heal your young athlete and help get them back in the game.

  • Save a Life With the Hands-Only CPR Playlist

    According to the American Heart Association (AHA), most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work, or in a public location could be saved by receiving immediate CPR from someone on the scene. 

  • The Benefits of Crawling Volume 1: Tummy Time

    In this first of three blogs on the benefits of crawling we'll be discussing all that is learned and developed through a baby's time spent on the floor before to learning to crawl.

  • The Benefits of Crawling Volume 2: Crawling

    Once the baby has everything they need in place, they'll begin to crawl. Crawling helps strengthen the center of the body, the neck, hips, back, shoulders and the arms, which builds a stable base to support the development of hand and finger skills.

  • The Benefits of Crawling Volume 3: Developing the Other Senses

    The adage, “You must learn to crawl before you can walk,” is one of the oldest and truest for a good reason. Scientists and doctors keep finding new evidence to support that crawling is crucial to the development of not only a child's ability to later walk, but to many other aspects of development, as well.

  • Hear Better, Live Better: Advice From an Audiologist

    In honor of Better Hearing & Speech Month this May, we encourage you to address any hearing loss you or your loved ones may be experiencing. According to a 2016 study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15 percent (37.5 million) of American adults aged 20 to 69 have some trouble with hearing. Audiologist Dr. Annette Marie Garced-Santiago explains why you shouldn’t hesitate to make an appointment — so you can get back to experiencing and enjoying sound to the fullest.

  • What was Melania Trump’s Kidney Procedure?

    First lady Melania Trump was recently hospitalized to treat a benign kidney condition. She has been cared for at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland according to the official public statement and is expected to make a full recovery. Though the White House is keeping the details as private as possible, we do know that her treatment included an embolization procedure. Though this term is unfamiliar to many, it’s a surprisingly common and effective type of treatment. To learn more about what embolization might entail, we consulted Dr. Grant Webber, an interventional radiologist with Radiology Specialists of Florida.

  • 5 Things Millennials Should Know About Colon Cancer

    It can be particularly devastating for younger victims precisely because it is so unexpected. Routine testing for the disease in healthy people — which can find colon cancer before symptoms appear, when treatments are more effective — does not typically begin until age 50.

  • Huey Lewis Suffering from Meniere's Disease

    Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News fame was recently diagnosed with Meniere's disease after finding himself unable to perform at a show in Dallas. The singer of such great hits as, “The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “If This Is It,” and “Hip to Be a Square,” recounted the moment he knew something was wrong: "As I walked to the stage, it sounded like there was a jet engine going on. I knew something was wrong. I couldn’t find pitch.”

  • Innovative Technology Offers Hope, Time to Brain Cancer Patients

    Surgery to remove the tumor is often among our first treatment tactics, but in some cases doctors cannot reach deep-seated tumors without damaging critical parts of the brain. Moreover, surgery is too often unable to remove every part of a tumor. Because treating brain cancer is so intertwined with the location, type and size of the tumor, no two cases are identical.

  • Get That Pro Basketball Player Physique

    Here are some ways to improve your fitness levels while becoming a better basketball player. One of our athletic trainers who works with the Lakeland Magic, Jenn Scallin Perez, gives you the tips you'll need to make next year's roster.

  • Shaquem Griffin: An Inspiring Story of Determination

    He's the one-handed UCF Football alum who was recently drafted onto the Seattle Seahawks at this year’s NFL Draft. His story of overcoming hardship and his disability is truly inspiring.

  • How to Workout During the Game

    With conference semifinals, finals, and the NBA finals happening in May, we know you'll be spending a lot of time watching the games. Here are ten ways to make sure you're still keeping your fitness in check without missing a minute of the action.

  • When a Fall Leads to Total Joint Replacement

    Since falls can cause a wide range of injuries, working to prevent them is a smart way to decrease your likelihood of ending up in the hospital in the first place. Read on to find a few tips for making your home and everyday routine as safe as possible. 

  • Staying Safe In Extreme Heat: Tips to Prevent Heat Illness

    Despite afternoon thunderstorms, Florida temperatures continue to spike above 90 degrees. As the mercury rises, so too does the potential for heat illness.

  • Healing the Loneliness Epidemic with Human Connection

    As a culture, we’re communicating more than ever. But according to recent studies, it turns out we also feel incredibly isolated and lonely. A nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna found that nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent). But that heartbreaking statistic has a solution: the formation of genuine, meaningful human connections. 

  • Emergency Prep 101: Stay Informed and Have a Plan

    With a plan and all of the important supplies you may need, you can enter each new season calmly and confidently. 

  • Emergency Prep 101: Communication is Key

    If a hurricane hit tomorrow, would you know where the nearest shelter is? Taking time before disaster strikes to establish an Emergency Communication Plan for your family will save you future stress and confusion — and could even save your life. 

  • Playing Sports in the Heat

    From golfing to basketball and beyond, the summer weather lends itself to a wide variety of sports and leisure activities. And while the great weather may seem ideal it's also fraught with certain dangers if you're not properly prepared.

  • Diverticulitis: Sen. John McCain’s Latest Health Battle

    “Diverticulitis is infection of one or more diverticula – sac-like protrusions of the mucosa, or inner lining of the bowel,” explains Bruce Orkin, M.D., a board-certified colorectal surgeon with Florida Hospital Medical Group. These pouches develop from areas of weakness in the normally smooth colon wall. By age 70, half of all people will have some diverticula.

  • Cut the Sugar: Reducing the Sweet Stuff In Your Diet

    American adults get about 13 percent of their total daily calories from added sugars. Here’s a look at what they are, where and how to find them, and a few ways you can cut the sugar in your diet. 

  • Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized for Sepsis

    Doctors were quick to put him on a regimen of broad spectrum antibiotics which he has so far responded well to. So, what is sepsis? Sepsis is broadly defined as, “the presence in tissues of harmful bacteria and their toxins, typically through infection of a wound.” 

  • Toe Walking – There's No Tiptoeing Around It

    While more common in male children, toe walking is still an issue for females, as well. Toe walking seems to be unrelated to whether or not the child wears shoes but is more often witnessed in bare footed toddlers as they may dislike the feeling of the ground on their soft, bare feet.

  • Running in the Heat

    To find out how to stay safe and make the most out of this Summer for runners, we contacted Florida Hospital's own Lauren Sperling, Physical Therapy Assistant and 20 year veteran runner, for advice.

  • Staying in the Game: How to Help Your Child Keep Doing What They Love

    Florida Hospital’s experts have experience in caring for children who are hurt on the field, but we’d prefer to protect your child’s whole health and prevent injuries when at all possible. Your kids want to have fun out there, and you want them to do have it while staying safe.

  • The Compassion and Grace of Comfort Care

    Comfort care is a form of specialized medical care that focuses on easing the symptoms of a disease as a patient nears the end of life. Like hospice care, comfort care may be administered when curative treatment is no longer an option, or when a patient decides to forego further treatment. 

  • 5 Tips to Protect Your Joints and Help Your Golf Game

    Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation has an awesome program called “Golf Fore Life” that is specifically designed for golfers. Our certified experts will assess every phase of your swing, from address to finish with our golf swing analysis and functional movement screen. This is a really easy and cool way to find out whether or not your swing is hindering your golf game or causing injuries.

  • Could it be Brain cancer? Know the Signs.

    There are plenty of reasons we tell ourselves that our symptoms aren’t worth getting checked out. It’s a hassle, sometimes an expensive one, combined with the feeling that it couldn’t happen to us. There’s some fear there, too, about the prospect of learning you have a tumor.

  • Prevention and Team Care Are Focal Points for Spina Bifida

    Considering the wide-ranging impacts spina bifida can have on a child’s life — including paralysis, bowel problems and many other potential complications — a pregnant mother’s best tools are prevention and preparedness.

  • How Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Could Save Your Life

    In fact, in the complex category of head and neck cancers — those found in the mouth, nose, throat, glands, voice box, ear, thyroid and skin — you have an excellent chance of healing, especially if caught early. 

  • Arthritis Isn’t Just for Older Adults: How to Spot it in Your Child

    Yes, kids can get arthritis, too. Actually, with about 300,000 children having some form of arthritis, it is among the most common childhood diseases, according to the Arthritis Foundation.  

  • Multiple Myeloma: The Facts and New Hope

    In health, this perfect equilibrium between the body’s needs and the production of specific blood cells keeps you healthy and well. But sometimes, and often for reasons unknown, there is a disruption to normal blood cell production. This is the case with a particular blood cancer that we’re going to discuss, called multiple myeloma. 

  • Jimmy Kimmel: Making the Case for Colonoscopy (on Live TV)

    Beyond footage from the colonoscopy itself, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment also showed Kimmel prepping for his procedure – a process that involves drinking a special fluid to help clean out the colon. 

  • A Breakthrough for Pediatric Glioblastoma

    The innovative new therapy works by injecting engineered human immune cells – called chimeric antigen receptor T cells (or CAR-T cells) – into the body. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine administered these CAR-T cells to mice that had been infected with DIPG. Their cancer tumors quickly began to shrink.

  • The Road to Royal Baby Number 3

    When you’re pregnant, it can be hard to know exactly when to seek medical attention. As we celebrate the royal family’s new bundle of joy, we’re taking a closer look at hyperemesis gravidarum, as well as the early signs of labor, to help you determine when a trip to the hospital might be necessary.  

  • Cerebral Palsy: Team Care Helps Families Reach Their Potential

    When choosing a health care provider to care for a child with cerebral palsy, parents are likely to value the coordination of care. In other words, they want a team that works together to help their child reach his or her potential, instead of stitching together a plan from disconnected doctors.

  • Your Primary Choice in Fighting High Blood Pressure

    Like termites steadily eating away at the foundation of a home, high blood pressure damages our blood vessels slowly, without outward signs of damage.