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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

    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.

  • 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.