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  • 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, Central 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. 

  • Disaster 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. 

  • Disaster 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.

  • Chemotherapy with Immunotherapy May Double Lung Cancer Survival Time

    Immunotherapy harnesses your body’s own immune system to fight diseases — in this case, cancer. And unlike chemotherapy, which kills cancerous cells, immunotherapy acts on the cells of your immune system to attack the cancer.

  • Disaster Prep 101: Anticipate Medical Needs

    Although our medical teams care for patients around the clock, a hurricane or other severe weather might prevent you from traveling to us. However, we’re still by your side in preparation and want to make sure you stock up on not only food and water, but also all your specific medical essentials. 

  • Art and Music with the Connection to Heal

    Creative arts therapies are helping cancer patients live fuller lives by reducing their pain, anxiety, blood pressure and treating a host of other side effects of cancer treatment. For patients, it’s a good time and good medicine.

  • Detect Osteoporosis with a DXA Scan

    Imaging that creates an actual picture of what’s going on inside your body is one of your doctor’s very best diagnostic tools. Medical imaging is used to identify everything from broken bones and cancer to brain function and fetal development.

  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A Specialized Program and Greater Hope

    We’re talking about cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which flows throughout the brain and spine’s small spaces. CSF plays a vital role in protecting your Central Nervous System (CNS), in brain development, and in regulating brain function. 

  • Shoulder Dislocation: What Every Parent Should Know

    Shoulder injuries are among the most common injuries young athletes face. Dislocations — when the rounded end of the upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket in the shoulder blade — can be particularly painful and limiting.

  • 6 Lessons About Injuries Athletes Wish They’d Known as Kids

    We’ll share six tips about how to prevent, prepare for and respond to injuries children sustain during sporting events.

  • Is Your Child Not Listening, or Is It Auditory Processing Disorder?

    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) occurs when a person hears fine, but the brain doesn’t process incoming information quickly or correctly. When this physical issue goes undiagnosed, especially in children, it can impact their emotional health as they struggle to effectively communicate. This can affect their ability to build social relationships as well as hinder learning and school performance. Fortunately, with an audiologist’s guidance and treatment, APD doesn’t have to be so overwhelming. 

  • School and Your Child’s Spine: Back to Basics

    Luckily, nurturing spine health in your child isn’t complicated. Proper posture and frequent exercise, along with safe and comfortable shoes and backpacks, can make the difference.

  • Proper Posture: What You Need to Know for Your Child's Health

    Posture is another, often-overlooked element of physical health and, likewise, it’s less about constant reminders to sit up straight and more about creating an environment in which good posture comes naturally, and lasts a lifetime. 

  • Helping Children Prevent Scoliosis

    Critically, though, that’s also when scoliosis can be stopped from progressing to the point where surgery is necessary. Though scoliosis does not shorten one’s life, it can be painful and affect children’s emotional well-being. 

  • The Importance of Knowing Your Blood Type

    Blood is an incredible, essential component of all of our bodies. Its exact makeup, though, is not universal — in fact, there are eight different common blood types.

  • Heads Up: Protecting Your Child During Youth Sports

    Head injuries are most commonly associated with football, but concussions can (and do) occur in sports ranging from soccer to wrestling to cheerleading. Nathan Falk, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Florida Hospital, says while contact sports come to mind most often, nearly all sports and physical activity come with some risk for concussion.

  • How to Be a Superhero, Today.

    Everyday superheroes walk among us, holding the key to potentially saving up to 75 lives with one benevolent act. And while being a superhero is never easy, it is a tremendous badge of honor that anyone can wear by making the choice to be an organ donor.

  • Twists and Breaks: Childhood Sports Injuries to Watch For

    Children’s bodies are still growing, so their muscles and bones have weak spots different from adults. By learning about the most common injuries they are likely to experience on the field, rink or court, you will feel ready to spring into action to protect your child if they’re hurt.