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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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    Pelvic Floor Pressure: What Are Your Options?

    We spoke with board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Angel Gonzalez, MD to find out what advances are being made in the field of pelvic floor dysfunction.

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    When it Comes to Overcoming Breast Cancer, Take the Team Approach

    Medical science is making breakthroughs every day, finding cures and new treatments for multiple forms of this disease. Many of these innovative and revolutionary treatment programs are available right here in Central Florida.

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    3 Things Everyone Over 50 Needs to Know About Joint Pain

    For tips on how to get the most out of your natural joints — and delay or avoid replacement surgery — we talked to Florida Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Richard Konsens. 

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    New Florida Hospital Celebration Health Infusion Center Brings Life-Saving Treatment Closer to Home

    When IV is the best tool to treat your condition, most often for long-term illnesses like cancer, you’ll likely be given an appointment at what’s called an infusion center. At these centers, patients receive their IV infusions while seated in chairs. Though infusion centers are often located in hospitals, there’s no need to stay overnight; when they’ve received their medicine, patients go home.

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    Alan Alda Sets Example of Resilience in Living with Parkinson’s

    The actor, perhaps best known for his role on the TV series M*A*S*H, recently went public about his experience to talk about how he’s still living on his own terms. He’s adapting to life with Parkinson’s, but it doesn’t define him.

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    Solving Bladder Problems with Botox®

    For many women living with overactive bladder, Botox has been able to provide welcome relief. When injected into the bladder, Botox is able to relax the muscles and reduce impulses and incontinence for a long period of time.

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    Gamma Knife: Brain Tumor Treatment in a Day

    But, sometimes, one or some of those 86 billion nerve cells goes awry — often for reasons unknown — leading to cancer or other neurological conditions. Once upon a time, treatments for many brain disorders were limited. However, today, at Florida Hospital, emerging treatments and a world-class medical team are offering new hope using highly effective, precise, advanced technologies and a personalized, team approach to neurological care.

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    Helpful Advances in Hearing Aid Technology

    Today’s hearing aids look better than ever. They’re smaller and sleeker and often nearly invisible. A lot of effort has gone into making them more cosmetically appealing. Although this is important when it comes to an individual accepting amplification, what’s inside the hearing aid is even more important. In the last few years, the advances in hearing aid technology have been remarkable.

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    New Partnership with Volusia County Schools for Student Health and Career Opportunities

    In the 36 Volusia County schools with the highest rates of long-term absenteeism, Florida Hospital will provide health care services to help. By connecting students with doctors, more kids will get treated for both urgent issues and chronic health problems alike. Additionally, all schools will receive coordinated care from a dedicated athletic trainer. And kids will receive career opportunities through Florida Hospital’s middle and high school health programs.

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    Parent’s Guide: ACL Injuries

    What was an unheard-of injury in children in the 1970s is now a serious problem with today’s youth. To find out more we reached out to our own Dr. Sean Keyes for answers.

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    Genetically Modified Polio Vaccine May Extend Life of Brain Cancer Patients

    Researchers at the Duke University School of Medicine reported that 21 percent of those who received the treatment survived for 36 months. That compares with a survival rate of only 4 percent for a comparable group whose cancer was treated in other ways. Their study was published June 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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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