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  • POSTED BY: Matthew CiRullo, DO

    Melanoma Detection is Spelled “A-B-C-D-E”

    Much like the heart and lungs, our skin is an organ that is vital to our overall health.

  • POSTED BY: Hannah Ballew

    5 Tips for Open Water Safety

    Keep in mind these important tips for open water safety.

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    Dual Cancer Survivor is Helped by Robotic Surgery

    Today, Robert is cancer free and grateful he received his cancer care close to home

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Your Annual Checkup & Well-Woman Visit

    All women need a general health check each year, often referred to as an annual physical, in addition to a “well-woman visit."

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    It’s All in the Stretch

    Although bed rest seems appealing when you have low back pain, you may get better relief if you stretch into a yoga position, suggests new research.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Brain Food for Kids

    What you feed your child starting in infancy could make a difference in his/her IQ a few years later, suggests new research from the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Sleep for Immunity

    Getting adequate sleep is essential for good health, but there’s another benefit you might not be aware of: Your sleep habits may influence the effectiveness of vaccines that you receive, reports the journal Sleep.

  • POSTED BY: Samantha Stinson

    Sedation and Anesthesia in Pediatric Imaging

    Sedation and anesthesia effects in pediatric patients

  • POSTED BY: Amber Ball Huhn

    The Importance of Rehabilitation after Heart Surgery

    Does your heart need rehabilitation?

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Andrews, BSN, Parent Education Instructor

    Florida Hospital Milk Depot Collects 20,000 Ounces of Milk!

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  • POSTED BY: Sean McCann, DO

    Heat Safety

    Dr. McCann shares tips on how to be safe and sun-smart this summer.

  • POSTED BY: Melanie Diaz

    Giving Back to the Community Can Change Your Life

    Gerald "Jerry" Hilbrich became a role model for one of his personal philosophies - giving back!

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Developing Healthy Nutrition Habits

    Learn proper nutrition for healthy eating habits

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Calling all Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, Child Care Workers and Babysitters…

    Do you know infant and pediatric CPR?

  • POSTED BY: Melanie Diaz

    Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller’s Message for Women

    Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller provides a wellness message for women.

  • POSTED BY: Donny Hodges

    Suffering in silence: A Symptom of Incontinence

    Incontinence in men can be a sign of prostate cancer or bladder cancer in both men and women

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Ruffin

    Can peppermint really help your memory?

     Have you ever been told to drink peppermint tea when you aren’t feeling well or when your stomach is upset? Well you should! Peppermint is an herb believed to have healing elements. It is widely known for how it soothes upset stomachs and the digestive tract via its oil compounds.

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Ruffin

    The Positive Effects of Blueberries

    Excerpt: The high fiber content and all those amazing antioxidants can help dissolve bad cholesterol, which results in a lower risk for heart diseases. In fact, these powerful antioxidants are the reasons why blueberries can help heal damaged brain cells and keep your memory sharp. They’ve even been proven to help your vision. Some studies have found that they can delay age related ocular problems like cataracts.

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Ruffin

    Tanning and Skin Cancer

    According to an article at the Skin Cancer Foundation, “71 percent of tanning salon patrons are girls and women aged 16-29.” This explains why young women are getting skin cancer more often. The Center for Disease Control said melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the third most common cancer in people from 15 to 39. In other words, skin cancer doesn’t discriminate, and UV exposure (fake or real) will damage your skin.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Keep Calm & Avoid Stroke

    Anger is one of the most frequently felt emotions. But when it becomes part of your daily routine, anger mutates from a perfectly natural reaction to a trigger for one of the deadliest health conditions ─ stroke!

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    RX: Spa Time

    A week in spa retreat can actually improve your physical and emotional well-being, suggests a recent study from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Cancer Treatments and the Sun

    Although it’s natural to spend more time outdoors during the summer, you should take special care if you’re a cancer patient. Recent research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that some cancer treatments could put you at greater risk for sun damage.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Prunes For Bone Health

    A new wrinkle in bone health could be as near as the dried fruit aisle. Eating dried plums (also known as prunes) may help preserve your bone density, according to researchers at Florida State University and Oklahoma State University.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack – Understanding the Differences

    Cardiac arrest is much different, and with different symptoms than that of a heart attack.

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Summer Safety with a Safe Sitter

    Summer Safety with a Safe Sitter

  • POSTED BY: Amber Ball Huhn

    Resting For Better Heart Health

    A heart healthy lifestyle includes getting the right amount of rest

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    No Bones About It

    When a person has osteoporosis, those pores become much larger and make the bones brittle and weak. As a result, bones can break from a minor fall.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Beta-Carotene Balance

    When you eat healthful orange and other brightly colored produce, your body converts the beta-carotene to vitamin A, which is essential for normal growth, good vision and a strong immune system.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    New Baby=New Shoes

    If you’ve given birth, science is now confirming what you’ve probably suspected: Your feet grew.

    Pregnancy may permanently change the size and shape of a woman’s feet, suggests a recent study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Playing for Time

    Your children may have new partners when they play video games: their grandparents. Controlling a video game’s action with fingers on the keys is not only fun for seniors, it may also delay cognitive loss, according to a study from the University of Iowa.

  • POSTED BY: Amber Huhn

    Tips to ‘Spring Forward’ into Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight Saving Time beings Sunday, March 9, 2014, are you ready?  It’s hard enough to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday mornings, but with these helpful tips, we can offset the Monday-morning drag.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Gains for Ex Smokers

    If concerns about adding unhealthy pounds have kept you from quitting smoking, your argument doesn’t carry much weight. Even if you gain a little, you’ll still improve your heart health overall when you put out your last butt, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Yoga and Pregnancy Depression

    Yoga may help alleviate depression for pregnant women, according to a new study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Banishing Belly Fat

    Although you can’t see it, visceral (deep abdominal) fat increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. Now researchers suggest that the amount of visceral fat you can lose may be affected by the type of diet you choose.

  • 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: Andre Seballo

    5 Foods For Healthy Bones & Joints

    Your bones and joints support every move you make, it's easy to take them for granted. But just like your other organs, your skeleton is a living tissue in constant need of nutrients.  “A balanced diet rich in fresh, whole foods is a good foundation for healthy bones and joints,” says Juan Agudelo, MD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon at Florida Hospital East Orlando. Here, Dr. Agudelo shares 5 foods that promote bone health.

  • POSTED BY: Amber Ball Huhn

    Don’t Let Heart Disease Spoil Your Trip

    Heart disease should not ground your travel plans.  A little preparation will allow you to have a comfortable and heart-healthy vacation. If you were recently hospitalized or had a procedure, make sure your physician has cleared you for travel, and follow these tips.

  • POSTED BY: Hannah Ballew

    4 Tips for Having a Family Meeting on Media & Device Boundaries

    Have you ever felt concerned about the amount of time your family spends in front of screens? In today’s world, we can be inundated with them between cell phones, computers, tablets and television. According to Dr. Indira Abraham-Pratt, licensed Florida Hospital for Children psychologist, a family meeting is a great way to kick-off cutting back on screen time and find more ways to spend quality time together as a family.

  • POSTED BY: Kara King

    5 Tips to Protect Your Joints and Help Your Golf Game

    Golf is a relaxing hobby which is something we all need. However, there are ways to improve your game.

  • POSTED BY: Sarah Hohman

    7 Foods to Fight Heart Disease

    One of the quickest ways to fight heart disease is to change your diet.

  • POSTED BY: Andre Seballo

    Health Benefits of Rest

    Sleep and general rest are essential for overall health. Read on for a few key benefits of rest.

  • POSTED BY: Donny Hodges

    Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults: Real Concerns, Practical Advice

    The most dramatic increases have been observed in the 20-29 year olds.  New studies are showing that when it comes to their health colorectal cancer should be on their radar.

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    Why do you do what you do?

    Why do you do what you do? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Why do you do what you do with your life’s energies?

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    The Tyranny of the Urgent

    Ever notice how the urgent things of the day crowd out the important things you wanted to do? How the crisis du jour blocks the implementation of fundamental growth, improvement or practice?

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Taking Time for a Healthy Baby!

    If you’re planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to improve your health and the health of your baby before pregnancy.  Optimizing your health and preparing for your pregnancy can ultimately result in a healthier mom and baby! 

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Healthy Eating, Healthy Baby

    If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are two simple things to focus on to improve your health and the health of your baby: nutrition and exercise. There is a lot of research showing that woman who exercise before and during pregnancy, and eat a balanced nutritional diet, have better pregnancies and better pregnancy outcomes.

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    What is a Perinatologist and When to See One

    Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but some women develop complications during pregnancy and need to seek a specialist for diagnosis and treatment of problems with their pregnancy. A perinatologist is a physician that works in conjunction with a patient’s obstetrician when pregnancy complications develop and is able to provide care for both the mom and unborn baby. A perinatologist has completed four years of medical school training, four years of obstetrics and gynecology residency program and two - three years of maternal–fetal medicine fellowship program.

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    New Year, New Resolutions

    Interestingly enough the same resolutions have been at the top of the list for the past number of years. It seems that our hope for change and betterment is not as strong as the habits that hold them captive!

  • POSTED BY: Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute

    Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

    For people with diabetes, the holidays can bring some challenges with all the cookies, cakes, and pies that are shared. If you are planning to spend the holiday season with friends and family, you’ll need to be prepared.

  • POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

    Medical Mission to Belize

    This past week the  Florida Hospital Tampa mission team served the people of Cayo District in Belize, providing orthopedic and cardiology consults along with general medicine, physical therapy assessments/interventions and, where applicable, surgery.