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    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.

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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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.” 

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.  

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    How Stephen Fry Caught His Prostate Cancer Early

    The second most common cancer in men globally, prostate cancer is often an unhappy fact of growing older – and a diagnosis millions of men will receive in their lifetime. “One in seven men will develop prostate cancer sometime in their lives,” says Vipul Patel, MD, medical director of the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute Urologic Oncology Program. By age 80, around 80% of men will have cancer cells in their prostate.

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    With Surgery, Tiger Woods is “Back” on Track

    Anyone who watched Woods drop to his knees from a back spasm at The Barclays in 2013 understands the immense pain that plagues the 14-time major champion.

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    Colorectal Cancer Screenings: A Jonas Family Affair

    Last year, Kevin Jonas, Sr., was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer at just 52 years old. After surgery and six months of preventive chemotherapy, his cancer is now in remission. His newest challenge? Urging his sons – who range in age from 17 to 30 – to undergo early colorectal screenings.

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    Calling All Men: New Treatments and Hope for Enlarged Prostate

    Dr. Wallen shares more about BPH, including a new in-office procedure called Rezum that is helping many of his patients quickly and safely overcome the condition, and get back to living a full life. 

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    Hashimoto’s Disease: 6 Things to Know

    Millions of Americans live with this common autoimmune disorder, which can have widespread symptoms including changes in body weight, fatigue and increased sensitivity to cold. Dr.Tanton, an endocrinologist at Florida Hospital, weighs in with six important things to know about Hashimoto’s disease.

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    Athletic Trainers Build Relationships to Help Players Thrive

    They work hand-in-hand with a team that helps athletes stay physically fit and healthy. To do this, they build compassionate relationships with coaches, athletes and, for younger players, parents. 

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    Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy: The Difference Between These Most Common Cancer Treatments

    To offer the best possible outcomes in overcoming a cancer journey, a multidisciplinary team of doctors and cancer specialists must collaborate and personalize the safest and most effective treatment plan for you. And this is what the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute does each and every day, for each and every patient that it serves. 

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    The Top 7 Myths about Radiation Therapy

    Our cancer experts put together this list of seven common myths about radiation therapy to help you on this topic. 

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    Radiation Therapy: Know the Basics

    This is something that we understand very well, and want to empower and support you with everything possible to overcome your cancer journey to achieve whole health. And one of the ways we do this is explaining what might be ahead, so you are prepared for whatever twist and turn may come to pass, like radiation therapy. 

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    Use full-body thinking to maximize your pre-run ritual

    The horizon is calling. You want to get out there and move, not cool your heels indoors.

    But if you’ve been running for any length of time, you’ve probably been hurt yourself or heard from someone who has. Taking precautions before you run can help you stay healthy — and running — for longer.

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    What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer and Early Detection

    When you think of lung cancer, what immediately comes to mind? For most, lung cancer is associated with smoking alone, and for good reason. Compared to nonsmokers, cigarette smokers are 15 to 30 times more likely to be diagnosed with or die from lung cancer.

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    CT and MRI — What’s the Difference?

    When it comes to CTs and MRIs, it’s normal to have a lot of questions.

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    The Surprising Link Between HPV and Head and Neck Cancer

    More than 50,000 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancers every year.

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    What To Do For Sleep Apnea When You've Tried Everything

    For most, sleep is something to look forward to at the end of a long day. Pajamas. A good book. And your most comfortable, homey place: bed.

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    The Colonoscopy: What You’ve Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

    Say the word “colonoscopy” in a crowd and you’ll see many faces drop. But here’s the deal: even though a colonoscopy may get listed on the “Top Things I Don’t Want To Do” list, it is an essential part of maintaining your overall health and wellness, especially if you are approaching 50 years of age and older.

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    The First Artificial Pancreas for Type 1 Diabetes is Approved

    Good news for those with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes: The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first automated insulin delivery system, which will significantly improve the lives of those with the autoimmune disease. 


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    Fighting Lung Cancer With Your Own Immune System

    Dr. Socinski says that almost every lung cancer patient could be a candidate for immunotherapy.

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    Florida Hospital Flagler Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Show: Episode 2

    Join us on WNZF (106.3 FM) for the Better Living Show on Saturdays from 10:00-10:30am and listen to the Florida Hospital Flagler Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Show hosted by John Subers. This episode features Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. David Gay.

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    Florida Hospital Flagler Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Radio Show: Episode 1

    Join us on WNZF (106.3 FM) for the Better Living Show on Saturdays from 10:00-10:30am and listen to the Florida Hospital Flagler Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Show hosted by John Subers. For the next 8-weeks, Florida Hospital Flagler will host an Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine series, focusing on sports medicine, joint replacement and orthopedic surgery.

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    A World of Difference

    Much like Kirk Gibson, Detroit Tiger’s 1988 National League MVP, Clarita was an active and healthy person when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has helped Clarita to live life to the fullest, disabling symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, slowed movement and walking problems.

  • 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: Kayla Burton

    Five Common Causes of Back Pain in Women

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

  • 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: 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: 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: 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.

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    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.

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Potter

    Incision-less Brain Surgery at Florida Hospital Orlando

    For years Florida Hospital has led the way in innovative and minimally invasive techniques to help patients recover faster and avoid invasive surgeries. Florida Hospital now offers new equipment to help patients suffering from: brain tumors, acoustic neuromas, trigeminal neuralgia, and other brain disorders an even more precise treatment option, Leksell’s Gamma Knife® Perfexion™.