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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Healing the Loneliness Epidemic with Human Connection

    As a culture, we’re communicating more than ever. But according to recent studies, it turns out we also feel incredibly isolated and lonely. A nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna found that nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent). But that heartbreaking statistic has a solution: the formation of genuine, meaningful human connections. 

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    Emergency Prep 101: Stay Informed and Have a Plan

    With a plan and all of the important supplies you may need, you can enter each new season calmly and confidently. 

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    Emergency Prep 101: Communication is Key

    If a hurricane hit tomorrow, would you know where the nearest shelter is? Taking time before disaster strikes to establish an Emergency Communication Plan for your family will save you future stress and confusion — and could even save your life. 

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    Playing Sports in the Heat

    From golfing to basketball and beyond, the summer weather lends itself to a wide variety of sports and leisure activities. And while the great weather may seem ideal it's also fraught with certain dangers if you're not properly prepared.

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    Cut the Sugar: Reducing the Sweet Stuff In Your Diet

    American adults get about 13 percent of their total daily calories from added sugars. Here’s a look at what they are, where and how to find them, and a few ways you can cut the sugar in your diet. 

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    Running in the Heat

    To find out how to stay safe and make the most out of this Summer for runners, we contacted Florida Hospital's own Lauren Sperling, Physical Therapy Assistant and 20 year veteran runner, for advice.

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    Staying in the Game: How to Help Your Child Keep Doing What They Love

    Florida Hospital’s experts have experience in caring for children who are hurt on the field, but we’d prefer to protect your child’s whole health and prevent injuries when at all possible. Your kids want to have fun out there, and you want them to do have it while staying safe.

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    Prevention and Team Care Are Focal Points for Spina Bifida

    Considering the wide-ranging impacts spina bifida can have on a child’s life — including paralysis, bowel problems and many other potential complications — a pregnant mother’s best tools are prevention and preparedness.

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    Jimmy Kimmel: Making the Case for Colonoscopy (on Live TV)

    Beyond footage from the colonoscopy itself, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment also showed Kimmel prepping for his procedure – a process that involves drinking a special fluid to help clean out the colon. 

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    The Road to Royal Baby Number 3

    When you’re pregnant, it can be hard to know exactly when to seek medical attention. As we celebrate the royal family’s new bundle of joy, we’re taking a closer look at hyperemesis gravidarum, as well as the early signs of labor, to help you determine when a trip to the hospital might be necessary.  

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    Your Primary Choice in Fighting High Blood Pressure

    Like termites steadily eating away at the foundation of a home, high blood pressure damages our blood vessels slowly, without outward signs of damage.

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    Detect Osteoporosis with a DXA Scan

    Imaging that creates an actual picture of what’s going on inside your body is one of your doctor’s very best diagnostic tools. Medical imaging is used to identify everything from broken bones and cancer to brain function and fetal development.

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    6 Lessons About Injuries Athletes Wish They’d Known as Kids

    We’ll share six tips about how to prevent, prepare for and respond to injuries children sustain during sporting events.

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    Is Your Child Not Listening, or Is It Auditory Processing Disorder?

    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) occurs when a person hears fine, but the brain doesn’t process incoming information quickly or correctly. When this physical issue goes undiagnosed, especially in children, it can impact their emotional health as they struggle to effectively communicate. This can affect their ability to build social relationships as well as hinder learning and school performance. Fortunately, with an audiologist’s guidance and treatment, APD doesn’t have to be so overwhelming. 

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    School and Your Child’s Spine: Back to Basics

    Luckily, nurturing spine health in your child isn’t complicated. Proper posture and frequent exercise, along with safe and comfortable shoes and backpacks, can make the difference.

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    Proper Posture: What You Need to Know for Your Child's Health

    Posture is another, often-overlooked element of physical health and, likewise, it’s less about constant reminders to sit up straight and more about creating an environment in which good posture comes naturally, and lasts a lifetime. 

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    Helping Children Prevent Scoliosis

    Critically, though, that’s also when scoliosis can be stopped from progressing to the point where surgery is necessary. Though scoliosis does not shorten one’s life, it can be painful and affect children’s emotional well-being. 

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    The Importance of Knowing Your Blood Type

    Blood is an incredible, essential component of all of our bodies. Its exact makeup, though, is not universal — in fact, there are eight different common blood types.

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    Heads Up: Protecting Your Child During Youth Sports

    Head injuries are most commonly associated with football, but concussions can (and do) occur in sports ranging from soccer to wrestling to cheerleading. Nathan Falk, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Florida Hospital, says while contact sports come to mind most often, nearly all sports and physical activity come with some risk for concussion.

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    How to Be a Superhero, Today.

    Everyday superheroes walk among us, holding the key to potentially saving up to 75 lives with one benevolent act. And while being a superhero is never easy, it is a tremendous badge of honor that anyone can wear by making the choice to be an organ donor.

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    Twists and Breaks: Childhood Sports Injuries to Watch For

    Children’s bodies are still growing, so their muscles and bones have weak spots different from adults. By learning about the most common injuries they are likely to experience on the field, rink or court, you will feel ready to spring into action to protect your child if they’re hurt.

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    A Look at Parkinson's Disease

    A diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease is devastating, but with new research, clinical trials and medications being developed, there's hope we'll soon have the knowledge to cure this tragic (complex, or widely unknown) disease. Here's a look at what we know, how it happens and what you can do to protect yourself against Parkinson's. 

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    Stephen Hawking and ALS: A Closer Look at Lou Gehrig’s Disease

    Hawking’s longevity was rare for ALS, which typically has an average life expectancy of 3–5 years after diagnosis. With such a devastating prognosis, ALS can be extremely challenging for both patients and family members to come to terms with. Here’s what you need to know about ALS.

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    3 Ways Basketball Fandom is Good for Your Health

    As it turns out, the anticipation of the next big game, the joy you feel after a big win, and the community of fellow Magic fans connect you to a greater purpose — and even better health. 

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    3 Ways Basketball Fandom is Good for Your Health

    Here are three ways that dedication to your hometown Orlando Magic is good for your health - in body, mind and spirit. 

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    Graves Disease: The What, Why, Who & How

    Graves’ disease is both treatable and common – affecting about 1 in 200 people in the U.S. When it’s caught early, patients can often live normal, symptom-free lives.

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    Serena Williams’ Pulmonary Embolism After Childbirth: What You Need to Know

    Williams recently revealed that trouble started with her first contractions, when her baby’s heart rate plunged and doctors performed an emergency cesarean section. That surgery went well, but soon afterwards the new mom began having trouble breathing. 

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    How a Simple Test Can Help Your Vaccines Last a Lifetime

    Even if you were vaccinated decades earlier, your resistance to illnesses may decline over time. It’s almost as if your immune system forgets how to fight off a disease and needs to be reminded.

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    When Pain Won't Wait: Making Your Voice Heard in Emergency Care

    At some point in our lives, we’ve all been afflicted with pain. But while pain is one of the most common human experiences, it's also one of the most misunderstood – and hardest to diagnose.

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    The Secrets of Sleep, Part 7: Sleep and Pregnancy

    Sleep is an important component of a healthy pregnancy, but as your baby grows, you may find yourself having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep (or, in early pregnancy, having trouble staying awake).

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