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Communication and community. One doesn’t work very well without the other, so we strive to keep you and your family current with news about Florida Hospital, and the world of wellness abroad. Check back often to find out what’s happening on all of the Florida Hospital locations and throughout our health care network through our official blog.
  • POSTED BY: Joe Townsend

    Expanding Your Treatment Options with Clinical Trials

    Many cancer patients have heard of the term “clinical trial” before but still do not know exactly what a clinical trial is or how to participate in one.

  • POSTED BY: Kim Hudson

    Skin Care Tips for Teens

    There are so many skin care products on the market today and it can be so overwhelming for teenagers walking down the store aisle when all the products are claiming to be the best skin care product. How do they choose what is best for them?

  • POSTED BY: Raquel Thompson

    Parkinson’s Disease Detection Now Available

    It is sometimes challenging to understand Parkinson’s disease symptoms. However, with advanced technology there is a new nuclear medicine exam that helps diagnosis and monitor the presence or progression of Parkinson’s Disease

  • POSTED BY: Vickie Smith, RN

    Mysteries of a Stroller Purchase Revealed

     In today’s world of online shopping, stroller reviews, baby superstores and baby boutiques – stroller choices are endless. Here are some basic questions you can ask yourself and tips to help you navigate the world of baby strollers

  • POSTED BY: Timothy Spruill, EdD

    Smiling Can Add Years to Your Life

    The power of a smile can go a long way. It can spread quickly and in return make people feel happy, less stressed and appear more competent.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowski

    Urology Surgeon Receives Tops Honors for Research

    Dr. Vipul Patel, Medical Director of the Global Robotics Institute and Medical Director of the Urologic Oncology Program recently received the honor of the best scientific paper of 2011 by European Urology

  • POSTED BY: Megan Ware, RD

    Easy Tips to Cut 100 Calories from Breakfast

    Between busy work days, interstate traffic and getting the kids off to school, more and more professionals are grabbing breakfast on the go.  But there are ways to tweak your favorite morning order to be a little healthier. 

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    FHMG and MinuteClinic form Partnership

    FHMG physicians will serve as medical directors for a dozen MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the City of Orlando and five surrounding counties.

  • POSTED BY: Tom Wheaton

    Men Beware of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

    Men, listen up.  It’s true; women are more likely to have urinary tract infections (UTI) than you.  That being said, you’re not out of the hot seat as millions of men suffer from UTIs annually.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowski

    Basketball Legend Now Prostate Cancer Free

    Recently Oscar Robertson, an NBA legend named one of the 50 greatest players of all time, got the unexpected call from his doctor diagnosing him with prostate cancer, he went in search of the best teammate to see him through this journey.

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Roberts

    Disney Guests Learn About Science with Medical Robots

    Careers in the fields of science and mathematics continue to become more and more exciting. Students today can imagine much more than building a mock volcano for the science fair. Ever seen a glowing, green robot the size of a soda can help out in spine surgery?

  • POSTED BY: Tom Wheaton

    Men Suffer in Silence with Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

    In our society, there are certain expectations of men. Men are expected not to complain, and this often means not seeing a doctor routinely. Men see physicians less than women, and when they do it is later in life. So it comes as no surprise that when it comes to erectile dysfunction (ED), men are even less likely to seek out a physician.

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Harper & Eric Domis, RN

    MythBusting “Laser” Spine Surgery

    Lasers have been marketed in the spine industry as a new and innovative way to operate on the spine, but there are several newer minimally invasive spine surgery treatments that provide additional benefits to patients today

  • POSTED BY: Jonathon Swift

    Are you a candidate for partial knee replacement?

    If you are frustrated from suffering with knee pain or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, talking to a doctor about a partial knee replacement may be your next step.

  • POSTED BY: Mike O'Lenick

    Take This Job and Love it: A New Twist on Hospital Food

    I know what you’re thinking.  Hospital food.  Those of you groaning right now may not have been to our hospital lately.  In fact, at Florida Hospital, the Nutritional Services team has really made a point to prove that nutritious can indeed be delicious.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Roedding

    Five Ways to Survive Allergy Season

    The most powerful way to survive allergy season is by defending yourself with knowledge.  

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    Girl Gets Special Birthday Present: A Cure to Sickle Cell Disease

    Jasmin Baker received a very special present for her 8th birthday thanks to generous donations from the community: a life without sickle cell disease.

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Roberts

    92 is Not Too Old for Heart Surgery Anymore

    A new heart procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement at Florida Hospital is now a non-surgical option for patients who may be too ill for the traditional surgical procedure.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    It Only Takes a Simple “Click” for the Kids

    We’re excited to announce that we’re competing for the kids in the first ever Social Madness Competition by The Business Journals! It is a bracket-style social media competition that measures Florida Hospital’s social influence against others in the Central Florida area and then on a national stage.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Bring Music into Your Healing

    Music therapy can help individuals cope with anxiety, stress and fear of the hospital or procedures. Music therapy can even eliminate sedation for certain non-invasive procedures such as EEG’s and CT’s.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Ease Pelvic Health Pain with Physical Therapy

    There is good news- You are NOT alone and a very suitable therapy option after your physician has ruled out other conditions is often pelvic heath therapy. Pelvic health therapy is a non-surgical treatment option geared toward alleviating and treating pain and discomfort through a series of therapies.

  • POSTED BY: Sean Lemon

    5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Colonoscopy

    Was there a grimace on your face when you saw the word “colonoscopy” in the title? I know, the thought of a doctor checking your backside  is not a desirable task at all, however getting a colonoscopy is very important if you are over the age of 50 or if you have colon cancer in your family history.  

  • POSTED BY: Stephanie Ravelo

    Feeling Stretched? Stretch to Feel Better

    Do you have time to take a break during the day or are you glued to your computer or desk all day long? It is important to take time out of our busy schedules and break for a stretch.

  • POSTED BY: Josh Duckett

    What to Ask When Looking for Spine Care

    Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives and can occur anywhere from the lumbar (lower back) to the cervical (neck) sections of the spine. A smart thing to do is talk to your primary care physician first, but many people take to the internet to try to find what spine centers and physicians in their community can help them relieve their pain.

  • POSTED BY: Laurel Dominesey

    Q & A with Author of 52 Ways to Feel Great Today

    Feeling “great” is a relative term, of course. It’s linked to the larger idea of wellness or wholeness, which is dynamic, changing all the time, because it’s the sum total of your sense of wellness in body, mind, spirit, and relationships.

  • POSTED BY: Katie Robison

    Surviving Brain Cancer: The Fight of a True Champion

    When 3 year old Tyler Williams was diagnosed with a brain tumor that covered 90% of his left side of his brain, his mom knew her little fighter would beat his cancer like a true champion.

  • POSTED BY: Ivy Guardiola

    Tips to Prepare your Child for an Imaging Exam

    Imaging exams do not have to be a scary experience for kids. Here are some tips to help them through it.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowski

    Controversy Surrounding PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer

    The controversial decision of the United States Preventative Task Force (USPSTF) to pull recommendation of prostate cancer screening test has sparked debate and outrage amongst the urology community.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    The Best Way to Quit Smoking for Good

    Quitting smoking is hard and simply one of the most difficult and frustrating habits to kick. Thousands of people are trying to quit smoking every day.

  • POSTED BY: Ayslinn Husebo

    Expressing Gratitude Affects Happiness

    Gratitude is one of the strengths or virtues that has been most heavily studied and linked to happiness.  Timothy Spruill, EdD, Behavioral Medicine Faculty at Florida Hospital says that, gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish positive experiences, enjoy better health, and deal with adversity.

  • POSTED BY: Tom Wheaton

    Kidney Stones in Children on the Rise

    There is a growing prevalence of kidney stones in children that has been linked directly to diet and lifestyle 


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    Kidney Stones in Children on the Rise

  • POSTED BY: Heather Fox

    Digestive Health that’s Easy to Swallow

    Approximately 70 million Americans are affected by digestive disorders. That can be pretty hard to swallow for most people balancing their busy lives between work and family. But the good news is that it is never too late to start combating or even alleviating the effects of a digestive disorder.


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    Digestive Health That's Easy to Swallow

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Get Your Dancing Shoes On! Dance Classes Help with Parkinson’s Disease

    While research and treatment of the disease are making strides, there are some simple but unique rehabilitation options available, including Dance Therapy. Recent studies have shown that people with Parkinson’s who attended dance classes twice a week walked more quickly and experienced less stiffness than patients who did not dance.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Take Off Running with These Simple Tips

    If you have ever wanted to start running or have picked it up but then lost the dedication/motivation to continue, fret no more. This running plan can help get you on the right track.

  • POSTED BY: Kim Hudson

    Easy Ways to Incorporate Exercise: Biking to Work or School

    Dr. Angela Fals, Medical Director at Florida Hospital for Children, often discusses with children ways to incorporate exercise into their daily lives. Bike to Work Day is May 18!

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    Discussing Weight Issues in Children

    A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine indicated that a surprising number of physicians do not communicate with parents about children’s weight issues. In fact, only 22 percent of parents with children whose Body Mass Index (BMI) was in the 85th percentile of higher recalled being told by a doctor that their child was overweight.

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Bradley

    Join the Race to Beat Ovarian Cancer this Mother’s Day

    Until there are diagnostic tests for all five forms of the most-frequently diagnosed gynecologic cancers, the best defense we have is information and that makes the work of OCAF critically important to Florida families.

  • POSTED BY: Sean Lemon

    Special Delivery for Mom…Pizza

    At the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Baby Place, one mom put in an unusual request and to her surprise her wish came true,

  • POSTED BY: Kate Porter

    One Child’s Journey to an Epilepsy Cure

    Seven-year-old Christian Rivera suffered from seizures for years. But thanks to the new Epilepsy Center at Florida Hospital for Children is now seizure free. Read about his amazing journey

  • POSTED BY: Kayla Eubanks

    Pianos are Popping Up Around Central Florida

    Pianos are popping up around Seminole County to raise money for a good cause

  • POSTED BY: Jacquelyn Doggette

    Make De-stressing a Part of Your Day

    We took a moment with our employees to discuss common stressors during the workday and to get advice from Paige Heath, our Health and Performance Consultant, on how to combat low levels of energy.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Young Adults See Rise in Head and Neck Cancer Due to HPV

    A recent study has brought a new issue to light for parents in regards to HPV: head and neck cancer.

  • POSTED BY: Joe Townsend

    How to Screen for Cancerous Moles

    Being proactive and keeping an eye on skin abnormalities helps with early detection of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Roedding

    Orlando Magic Bounce into Winter Park Memorial Hospital

    To celebrate the Orlando Magic, currently in the NBA playoffs, a playoff pep rally was held at Winter Park Memorial Hospital, a Florida Hospital.

  • POSTED BY: Kim Hudson

    Healthy Lunch Is In The Bag

    Being a mom, making school lunches every day for my children becomes very challenging in keeping lunches fun, healthy and interesting.  I can’t seem to find fresh and new ideas and continue making the same tired lunch every day.  I want them to be healthy and something that they also look forward to eating each day.

  • POSTED BY: David Cassidy

    Tips for Exercising in the Florida Heat

    We are truly seeing people take heed of the health warnings and changing their activity patterns.  So with this subtle shift for the positive, do not fear the warm weather approaching and take a break from exercising. Here are some tips to keep you going.

  • POSTED BY: Heather Fox

    Help with Navigating the Hospital Experience

    It is hard to navigate the healthcare system especially when patients are tired and just don’t plain feel good.  That is the reason the position of care coordinator was created at Florida Hospital.

  • POSTED BY: Kelly Wheeler

    Bariatric Surgery Significantly Improves Type 2 Diabetes

    Out of 1 million people who develop Type 2 diabetes, over 15,000 will die as a result of their disease. It is estimated that 14,000 of these deaths could be prevented by bariatric surgery!