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  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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. 

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.  

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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. 

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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. 

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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. 

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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. 

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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. 

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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. 

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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. 


  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    Fighting Lung Cancer With Your Own Immune System

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

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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™.

  • POSTED BY: Jenna Tomaselli

    Overcoming Psoriasis

    When Pamela Hinkley’s five-month-old son David was diagnosed with psoriasis, she did not waste any time seeking help for his condition. “I saw every doctor and dermatologist there was to see in Orlando,” Pamela says.

    Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that causes cells to build up on the surface of the skin, leaving scaly red patches that can range in severity from mild irritation to painfully crippling.


  • POSTED BY: Hannah Bellew

    The Healing Power of Man’s Best Friend

    Meet Teddy, a furry member of the Florida Hospital for Children volunteer team. Teddy and has been coming to the hospital on a regular basis since 2010 to bring some extra cheer and love to our patients during their stay.

    I recently got to meet Teddy while he was out on his rounds and had the opportunity to ask his best friend and owner, Sharon, a few questions about their work at the hospital:

  • POSTED BY: Raquel Thompson

    Amy’s Breast Cancer Story

    The following is a true story about Amy, a Florida Hospital employee, and her fight against breast cancer through her eyes.  August 6th 2011, I noticed an indentation on my breast as I was getting into the shower. I told myself that it was normal and that I was just freaking myself out for nothing - but I could not shake the nagging feeling that I needed to get it checked out.

  • POSTED BY: Amanda Rayno

    Don't Let Pain Get You Down

    One of the most common reasons people give for not exercising is an injury or pain. Exercise physiologists can provide options to perform the activities that one loves or provide new options that otherwise might not be considered.  Many injuries do not need surgery, and often there are initial treatments, such as physical therapy, home exercises, taping, or anti-inflammatory medications that can help resolve the matter.

  • POSTED BY: Dr. Zamip Patel and Andre Seballo

    The Truth about Male Menopause

    Male menopause? Find out what the experts are saying.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    What Every Parent Should Know About Concussions

    Concussions are not one size fits all. It’s important for parents to understand that a concussion is a serious injury.

  • POSTED BY: Amber Ball

    Should Malfunctioning Pacemaker Leads Stay or Should They Go?

    Over 2 million Americans rely on pacemakers to regulate their heartbeat.  But when the wires connecting the device to the heart start to malfunction, patients should know what options they have.

  • POSTED BY: Andre Seballo

    Tips for Musicians with Trigger Finger

    What do a classically-trained violinist and a lead guitarist in a rock band have in common? They may be more susceptible to developing a condition known as Trigger finger. 

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Pediatric CPR – Learning the Basics

    Emergencies can happen, and you need to be confident that you or your caretaker can perform Pediatric CPR if needed

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Bradley

    Your Options if Family History Points to Cancer

    Advancements in cancer research and clinical trials are happening every day, but one in particular will mean more to all of us who have ever wondered if we will be one of the 44 percent in the United States that will be diagnosed with cancer.

  • POSTED BY: Ayslinn Husebo

    Easton’s Surgery at Florida Hospital for Children

    7 month old Easton is one of many babies who has complications from circumsicion.

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Potter

    Pulmonary Fibrosis Patient Gets a Second Chance at Life

    Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that causes scarring inside and between the tissue and air sacs of the lungs.   Gregory Moore suffers from this, but a procedure done at Florida Hospital saved his life.

  • POSTED BY: Ivelisse (Ivy) Guardiola

    The Outpatient Imaging Insurance Authorization Process

    Ever wonder how to get a better understanding of the steps necessary to get an imaging exam such as a CT or MRI approved by your insurance?