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  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack – Understanding the Differences

    Cardiac arrest is much different, and with different symptoms than that of a heart attack.

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Summer Safety with a Safe Sitter

    Summer Safety with a Safe Sitter

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    No Bones About It

    When a person has osteoporosis, those pores become much larger and make the bones brittle and weak. As a result, bones can break from a minor fall.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Beta-Carotene Balance

    When you eat healthful orange and other brightly colored produce, your body converts the beta-carotene to vitamin A, which is essential for normal growth, good vision and a strong immune system.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    New Baby=New Shoes

    If you’ve given birth, science is now confirming what you’ve probably suspected: Your feet grew.

    Pregnancy may permanently change the size and shape of a woman’s feet, suggests a recent study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Playing for Time

    Your children may have new partners when they play video games: their grandparents. Controlling a video game’s action with fingers on the keys is not only fun for seniors, it may also delay cognitive loss, according to a study from the University of Iowa.

  • POSTED BY: Amber Huhn

    Tips to ‘Spring Forward’ into Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight Saving Time beings Sunday, March 9, 2014, are you ready?  It’s hard enough to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday mornings, but with these helpful tips, we can offset the Monday-morning drag.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Gains for Ex Smokers

    If concerns about adding unhealthy pounds have kept you from quitting smoking, your argument doesn’t carry much weight. Even if you gain a little, you’ll still improve your heart health overall when you put out your last butt, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Yoga and Pregnancy Depression

    Yoga may help alleviate depression for pregnant women, according to a new study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Banishing Belly Fat

    Although you can’t see it, visceral (deep abdominal) fat increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. Now researchers suggest that the amount of visceral fat you can lose may be affected by the type of diet you choose.

  • POSTED BY: Don Lau Center For Cancer Care at Florida Hospital Tampa

    What Is Cancer?

    These days, most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer. The disease not only affects the person who is diagnosed, but also their loved ones. Your first line of defense? Get informed.

  • POSTED BY: Andre Seballo

    5 Foods For Healthy Bones & Joints

    Your bones and joints support every move you make, it's easy to take them for granted. But just like your other organs, your skeleton is a living tissue in constant need of nutrients.  “A balanced diet rich in fresh, whole foods is a good foundation for healthy bones and joints,” says Juan Agudelo, MD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon at Florida Hospital East Orlando. Here, Dr. Agudelo shares 5 foods that promote bone health.

  • POSTED BY: Amber Ball Huhn

    Don’t Let Heart Disease Spoil Your Trip

    Heart disease should not ground your travel plans.  A little preparation will allow you to have a comfortable and heart-healthy vacation. If you were recently hospitalized or had a procedure, make sure your physician has cleared you for travel, and follow these tips.

  • POSTED BY: Hannah Ballew

    4 Tips for Having a Family Meeting on Media & Device Boundaries

    Have you ever felt concerned about the amount of time your family spends in front of screens? In today’s world, we can be inundated with them between cell phones, computers, tablets and television. According to Dr. Indira Abraham-Pratt, licensed Florida Hospital for Children psychologist, a family meeting is a great way to kick-off cutting back on screen time and find more ways to spend quality time together as a family.

  • POSTED BY: Kara King

    5 Tips to Protect Your Joints and Help Your Golf Game

    Golf is a relaxing hobby which is something we all need. However, there are ways to improve your game.

  • POSTED BY: Sarah Hohman

    7 Foods to Fight Heart Disease

    One of the quickest ways to fight heart disease is to change your diet.

  • POSTED BY: Andre Seballo

    Health Benefits of Rest

    Sleep and general rest are essential for overall health. Read on for a few key benefits of rest.

  • POSTED BY: Donny Hodges

    Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults: Real Concerns, Practical Advice

    The most dramatic increases have been observed in the 20-29 year olds.  New studies are showing that when it comes to their health colorectal cancer should be on their radar.

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    Why do you do what you do?

    Why do you do what you do? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Why do you do what you do with your life’s energies?

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    The Tyranny of the Urgent

    Ever notice how the urgent things of the day crowd out the important things you wanted to do? How the crisis du jour blocks the implementation of fundamental growth, improvement or practice?

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Taking Time for a Healthy Baby!

    If you’re planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to improve your health and the health of your baby before pregnancy.  Optimizing your health and preparing for your pregnancy can ultimately result in a healthier mom and baby! 

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Healthy Eating, Healthy Baby

    If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are two simple things to focus on to improve your health and the health of your baby: nutrition and exercise. There is a lot of research showing that woman who exercise before and during pregnancy, and eat a balanced nutritional diet, have better pregnancies and better pregnancy outcomes.

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    What is a Perinatologist and When to See One

    Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but some women develop complications during pregnancy and need to seek a specialist for diagnosis and treatment of problems with their pregnancy. A perinatologist is a physician that works in conjunction with a patient’s obstetrician when pregnancy complications develop and is able to provide care for both the mom and unborn baby. A perinatologist has completed four years of medical school training, four years of obstetrics and gynecology residency program and two - three years of maternal–fetal medicine fellowship program.

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    New Year, New Resolutions

    Interestingly enough the same resolutions have been at the top of the list for the past number of years. It seems that our hope for change and betterment is not as strong as the habits that hold them captive!

  • POSTED BY: Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute

    Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

    For people with diabetes, the holidays can bring some challenges with all the cookies, cakes, and pies that are shared. If you are planning to spend the holiday season with friends and family, you’ll need to be prepared.

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    Medical Mission to Belize

    This past week the  Florida Hospital Tampa mission team served the people of Cayo District in Belize, providing orthopedic and cardiology consults along with general medicine, physical therapy assessments/interventions and, where applicable, surgery.

  • POSTED BY: Amanda Rayno

    Hear the Joy This Holiday Season: Why You Need to Get Your Hearing Tested

    Getting your hearing tested with a loved one may be the most precious and helpful gift you can give or receive this holiday season, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). No doubt, it will be among the very best things you and your loved one can do to safeguard an active, healthy, engaging lifestyle.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Book Teaches Kids to Eat More Veggies

    Proper nutrition is the foundation to a healthy lifestyle that should be taught at any early age.

  • POSTED BY: Kayla Burton

    Five Common Causes of Back Pain in Women

    Dr. Diego Guerrero identifies five common causes of back pain in women.

  • POSTED BY: Michelle Oswald-Bianchet | December 10, 2013

    Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Hosts 29th Annual “Lighting of the Trees” Christmas Tree Lighting Event

    Florida Hospital Zephyrhills hosted its 29th annual “Lighting of the Trees” Christmas tree lighting event on Sunday, December 8, 2013. The event welcomed over 5,000 local residents to the front lawn of the hospital, where they were treated to a full day of festivities and celebration.

  • POSTED BY: Christopher Thurston, PT, DPT, CSCS, TPI Certified Physical Therapist

    NBA Injuries: After Torn Achilles Tendon, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant Looking to Defy Odds in His Return

    Future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest basketball players of all time.  He is recuperating from an injury that required surgical repair, and since has been sidelined by a torn Achilles tendon dating back to April 2013. At the age of 35, Kobe has numerous accomplishments that include NBA championships, NBA League MVP, Slam Dunk Champion and countless NBA All-star game appearances.  Bryant has sat out the start of the 2013-2014 season thus far and is looking to return to the court soon. 

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    What’s luck got to do with it?

    For many people, “luck” becomes a force upon which they rely, more than they might realize. In an attempt to explain life’s twists and turns, it seems that what we don’t understand we often attribute to “luck” either good or bad. In attributing power to “luck” you deny the responsibility you and I have in life.

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Palo

    Calorie Counting in a Fast Food Society

    At the end of the day, one of the first things that come to mind is food. What am I cooking for dinner, or better yet, where am I picking up dinner? Sound familiar? In today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard to find the time to prepare a nice sit-down meal. 

  • POSTED BY: Julia Riola

    Suffer From Acid Reflux? 8 Indicators that it is a Serious Health Concern

    Shocking statistics show that up to 1 out of 5 U.S. adults are affected by GERD. Are you?

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Palo

    Fat Burners: Not What They're Cracked Up to Be

    To get in incredible shape you need to be disciplined. No legal supplement out there is going to do all the work for you while you sit on the couch and watch TV. You have to get up and get active. One of the most common ingredients in fat burning supplements today is caffeine. No, caffeine doesn’t burn fat, it gives you energy.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowksi

    DNA Based Diets

    Health experts may be able to create individualized diet plans based on DNA

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Can You Recover From Picky Eating?

    Even the pickiest eaters can change their palates with these eating tips

  • POSTED BY: Candie Swager, RN

    Staying Fit During the Holidays

    We love it when holidays become visible on the calendar.  Visions of turkey with gravy and ham with sweet potato casserole begin to tease our senses, especially our tummies. But we know in the back of our minds that January and resolutions will follow along with the word “diet.”

  • POSTED BY: Marie Ioime

    Foodie Fare: 3 Side Dishes for your Thanksgiving Table

    Everyone loves holiday side dishes and we’ve got 3 delicious and different side dishes – that just happen to be healthy!  Who says the turkey should get all the attention; try any or all of these side dishes and your family will be asking for them every holiday – or every day! 

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Four Things You Can Do To Make The Doctor's Visit Better

    After working in the health care business for several years and being a patient for my entire life, I’ve learned a little bit about “both sides of the fence”. As a patient I tend to be anxious, impatient and timid. If you struggle with doctor’s visits like I do, and you want to be part of the solution, here are a few things that Dr. Herdley Paolini, author of Inside the Mind of a Physician and director of Physician Support Services at Florida Hospital [], recommends.

  • POSTED BY: Christopher Thurston Jr, PT, DPT, CSCS Physical Therapist

    NFL Injuries: Oakland Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor Slowed Down by Knee Injury

    Though we often hear of athletes being out for the season with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), the MCL is the most commonly injured ligament of the knee. This ligament is typically involved in contact sports and sprained when the athlete’s foot is planted and turned outward. These injuries along with their severity are diagnosed through MRI and clinical assessment. 4

  • POSTED BY: Milt Bedingfield, MS, CDE, Florida Hospital Tampa Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute

    An Excellent Reason Not to Keep Your Diabetes a Secret

    I can think of at least several good reasons for not keeping your diabetes a secret. The most important is that others may know you're having a blood glucose issue before you do.

  • POSTED BY: Julia Riola

    Caffeine: How much is too much?

    How much caffeine do you consume daily? Is it the first thing you reach for in the morning to get your day started? These days, I find myself waking up thinking I need a cup of coffee stat! And this is just the first of several cups for the day. As you start to calculate the caffeine you drink don’t forget any soda or tea as well as coffee.  It adds up pretty quickly!

  • POSTED BY: Christopher Thurston, Jr., PT, DPT, CSCS
 Physical Therapist

    NFL Injuries: After Major Hip Surgery, Seattle Seahawks’ Percy Harvin is Looking to Bounce Back Once Again

    When it comes to the hip and injuries, it’s not always as clear-cut as a pulled muscle or a sprained ankle. The symptoms can be very misleading and often lead to a misdiagnosis.  Is hip surgery necessary?

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    This Heart Is Your Heart!

    Often when you think of making hearts well, you think of interventions, surgeries, medicines and rehab. A cheerful heart is like a good medicine the Bible says. A healthy heart needs a little of both.

  • POSTED BY: Melanie Diaz

    The Benefits of Group Exercise

    We all know that incorporating some sort of exercise into your weekly routine is an important aspect of living a healthy life and ultimately living to a Healthy 100.  One popular trend in fitness is group workouts. What better way to get motivated then to join your friends for a fun and energetic exercise session. Learn more about the benefits of group exercise.

  • POSTED BY: Christopher Thurston, Jr., PT, DPT, CSCS Physical Therapist

    NFL Injuries: Not so FAST! I’ve pulled my hamstrings.

    At this point in the NFL season, there have been over 20 players suffering from hamstring injuries, including the Philadelphia Eagle’s quarterback Michael Vick and the Oakland Raider’s running back Darren McFadden. In a business where it’s a race to heal quicker than the average person, the likelihood of re-injury haunts players, coaches, and fans alike. Both, Darren McFadden and Michael Vick sat out two weeks before returning to the field. The decision to do so proved to be ill fated in both cases

  • POSTED BY: Kayla Burton

    10 Minute Workout to Jumpstart Your Day

    With my sometimes very busy schedule, I often leave out what should be one of the most important activities of my day: exercising. On days when I can’t fit in my trip to the gym, I’ve started using body weight training at home. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes, and you can do it before you even get ready for work. All you need is you!  Here are some simple body weight exercises you can do in the morning while still in your pj’s! This circuit is recommended by Patrick Faulk, Certified Personal Trainer with The Fitness Centre & Day Spa at Celebration Health.

  • POSTED BY: Christopher Thurston, Jr. PT, DPT, CSCS Physical Therapist

    NFL Injuries: Denver Bronco’s Peyton Manning Ankle Sprains

    This year the NFL has been plagued by injuries as players are laying it all on the line week after week.  As fans of the game, we cringe at the sight of our star athletes going down in fear of a possible year-ending injury.  Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning, against all odds, is prospering in his second season since enduring several neck surgeries to tackle his years of chronic neck pain.

  • POSTED BY: Amanda Rayno

    Chronic Disease and Hearing Loss: Are You at Risk?

    When left untreated, hearing loss alone can lead to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. Impaired memory and the impaired ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension and stress are among its more common side effects. The good news is that research also indicates that professionally fitted hearing aids can help improve quality of life for people with chronic diseases when hearing loss does coexist.