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  • 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

    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: 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: 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.

  • POSTED BY: Amanda Rayno

    Hear the Joy This Holiday Season: Why You Need to Get Your Hearing Tested

    Getting your hearing tested with a loved one may be the most precious and helpful gift you can give or receive this holiday season, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). No doubt, it will be among the very best things you and your loved one can do to safeguard an active, healthy, engaging lifestyle.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Book Teaches Kids to Eat More Veggies

    Proper nutrition is the foundation to a healthy lifestyle that should be taught at any early age.

  • 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, PT, DPT, CSCS, TPI Certified Physical Therapist

    NBA Injuries: After Torn Achilles Tendon, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant Looking to Defy Odds in His Return

    Future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest basketball players of all time.  He is recuperating from an injury that required surgical repair, and since has been sidelined by a torn Achilles tendon dating back to April 2013. At the age of 35, Kobe has numerous accomplishments that include NBA championships, NBA League MVP, Slam Dunk Champion and countless NBA All-star game appearances.  Bryant has sat out the start of the 2013-2014 season thus far and is looking to return to the court soon. 

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

    What’s luck got to do with it?

    For many people, “luck” becomes a force upon which they rely, more than they might realize. In an attempt to explain life’s twists and turns, it seems that what we don’t understand we often attribute to “luck” either good or bad. In attributing power to “luck” you deny the responsibility you and I have in life.

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Palo

    Calorie Counting in a Fast Food Society

    At the end of the day, one of the first things that come to mind is food. What am I cooking for dinner, or better yet, where am I picking up dinner? Sound familiar? In today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard to find the time to prepare a nice sit-down meal. 

  • POSTED BY: Julia Riola

    Suffer From Acid Reflux? 8 Indicators that it is a Serious Health Concern

    Shocking statistics show that up to 1 out of 5 U.S. adults are affected by GERD. Are you?

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Palo

    Fat Burners: Not What They're Cracked Up to Be

    To get in incredible shape you need to be disciplined. No legal supplement out there is going to do all the work for you while you sit on the couch and watch TV. You have to get up and get active. One of the most common ingredients in fat burning supplements today is caffeine. No, caffeine doesn’t burn fat, it gives you energy.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowksi

    DNA Based Diets

    Health experts may be able to create individualized diet plans based on DNA