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Learn about ways to stay healthy and stay well with regular articles from Florida Hospital.
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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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    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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    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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    The Secrets of Sleep, Part 8: Sleep and New Moms

    From wacky new sleep patterns to hormonal changes, there's a complicated mix of things happening in the first weeks after giving birth. Moms aren't alone; a National Sleep Foundation poll found that a whopping 76% of parents endure frequent sleep problems. 

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    The Doctor-Patient Relationship: There's No App for That

    Of course, Google isn't a real doctor, most of us can't actually diagnose ourselves and those probably aren't health professionals chiming in on the forum. Still, these digital tools have become a major part of the wellness landscape in the 21st Century - for better or worse. 

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    The Secrets of Sleep, Part 3: How Screen Time Affects Our Zzzs

    It seems that every day we learn a little more about the devices we spend so much time using. From smartphones to tablets to laptops, we spend hours each day bathed in technology's blue light. But how does all that screen time affect our brains - and our ability to sleep at night?

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    A Physician's Message about Kidney Cancer Awareness and Hope

    It's easy to take our bodies for granted. Perfectly crafted from head to toe, every system in the body is designed to work in harmony, which allows us to focus on living our best life. But today, we're taking the time to bring special attention to two very important organs that deserve some appreciation: your kidneys. 

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    Life After Cancer: How to Go From Surviving to Thriving

    As a cancer survivor and gynecologic cancer specialist at Florida Hospital, Nathalie McKenzie, MD, knows a thing or two about how to thrive as a cancer survivor. Adopting the same philosophy of cancer risk-reduction and a lifestyle of wellness that she prescribes to many of her patients, she has a unique perspective to share. 

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    Screen Time Carries Hidden Cost for Kids

    Michele Young, a speech pathologist with Florida Hospital for Children's Pediatric Rehabilitation program, says that kids learn to communicate by watching, listening and interacting. 

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    How the DASH Diet Can Nurture Mind, Body & Spirit

    New research shows that the DASH diet may have another major benefit: improved mental health.

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    From Helpless to Hopeful: Turning Tragedy into Purpose

    During times of distress, it’s natural for our usual hopeful perspectives to sink a bit into fear and helplessness. But there is always hope and opportunity to rise above with faith over fear. 

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    How Fear of Needles Starts - and How You Can Overcome It

    But for some people, just thinking about needles can trigger a reaction that's more serious than momentary discomfort. Full-blown needle phobia can induce extreme anxiety to the tune of dizziness, nausea, chest pain and a racing heart. Let's be honest. Nobody particularly enjoys getting shots.

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    Healthy Hearts, Clean Plates: Bring Great Nutrition and Flavor to the Table

    As parents know, it can be challenging to prepare a meal that is both healthy and appetizing to children. A nutritious meal that goes uneaten can make for a frustrating dinner.

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    The Secrets of Sleep, Part 1: What a Sleep Study Can Reveal

    Sleep: we can't live without it. So then why is it that millions of Americans get so little of it?

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    Managing Diabetes with Another Life-Changing Condition

    You’ve been told you have diabetes. At that moment, you know your whole life has changed. Your family meals. Your activity. Your routines. Your social experiences. Your time spent at a doctor’s office. They will all be a bit different. But you adjust. And you stay strong.

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    Sending Your Child Back to School After a Tragedy: Tips for Parents

    Schools, where our children go to learn, play and grow, are intended to be a safe haven.

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    When Disaster Hits: Healing from Tragedy

    News of mass shootings like these can provoke intense feelings of fear, sadness, uncertainty and helplessness

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    When Tragedy Happens: Tips to Help Loved Ones Heal from Afar

    With more 17 people killed and others injured in the recent Parkland school shooting, countless personal stories are beginning to emerge of people who witnessed or experienced the attack.

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    Urgent Care or the Family Doctor: What's the Right Choice?

    If your regular doctor can't see you right away, waiting in discomfort for an appointment doesn't seem like the best option. You don't need an ER, so urgent care comes to mind as your best bet.

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    Helping Kids Cope with Tragedy

    As parents, tragedies can difficult to addressing with your children. They are hearing about them on the news, social media and around their friends, and it can certainly be overwhelming.

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    Tips to Master Your Next Lab Test

    There's nothing particularly pleasant about having a lab test completed. Not to mention the apprehension and anxiety you could feel about your impending results and overall health. So, how do you go from wavering to empowered about your lab tests? 

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    Why You Should Cut Sneaky Sugars from Your Kid's Snacks

    Any mom will tell you: shopping for snacks is a constant tug-of-war between what their kids want and what they need, nutritionally speaking. Oftentimes, convenience, affordability and what we know they'll actually eat ends up winning the day.

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    Blood Tests Could Reveal the Missing Pieces in Your Nutrition Puzzle

    Ensuring that you consume enough vitamins and minerals from the best sources - and not too much - is one often-overlooked area of nutrition. These nutrients play a role in just about everything your body does, from building bone to warding off infection to replacing blood cells.

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    4 Ways Athletic Trainers Help Players Thrive

    "Some of the best feelings I've ever had in my job come from seeing an athlete get back out there doing what they love after an injury," says Jennifer R. Scallin Perez, MS, LAT, ATC, sports medicine manager at Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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    Don't Cool Your Heels This Winter: 4 Tips to Keep Running in the Cold

    We checked in with Florida Hospital Physical Therapist Samantha Corkwell for tips on running in cold weather. She's suggested four minor adjustments that will help you stay moving during the most frigid months of the year.

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    A New Benefit of Breastfeeding: Reduced Risk of Diabetes

    It’s no secret that breastfeeding is great for babies. It delivers important antibodies that help protect them against viruses, reduces ear and respiratory illnesses and lowers babies’ risk of asthma and allergies.

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    To avoid injury, get moving!

    CREATION Health teaches that simply making the choice to be active helps us realize we have control over our health. Taking that first step will help you regain control over your life, including your stress and anxiety.

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    To Avoid Injury, Get Moving: 5 Tips to Get Started

    Philip Agostinelli, a physical therapist and clinic manager at Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, says inactivity is the true source of many injuries.

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    Don't Cool Your Heels This Winter: 4 Tips to Keep Running in the Cold

    We checked in with Florida Hospital Physical Therapist Samantha Corkwell for tips on running in cold weather. As a New Jersey native, she's accustomed to running through the cold and helping athletes maintain their exercise routine over the winter. 

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