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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: Kayla Eubanks

    Your Countdown to Good Sleep

    Don’t let your bedtime routine sabotage the healthy efforts you’ve made all day. Here are a few tips to help you get a good nights sleep

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    Pediatric Patient Uses Painting to Help Others

    Painting can often be therapeutic for patients in the hospital. But for 15-year-old Mikala Barnes, creating colorful paintings not only provided an outlet for her creativity, but also provided a way for her to give back to other pediatric patients in need.

  • POSTED BY: Josh Duckett

    Treatable Dementia: 73-Year-Old Bounces Back to Health

    As we get older, it can be natural for people to have more trouble walking and remember events in the past, but sometimes this “normal aging process” is caused by a condition called normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH).

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Student Singing Champion Overcomes Vocal Cord Dysfunction

    Have you ever felt short of breath? Felt like you were gasping for air or that your throat was closing? Well, for Samantha Trattner, that was an ongoing occurrence without relief. Samantha was diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) and told she may need to stop singing- her passion for as long as she had been walking.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    There’s More to Consider Than Your Yearly Pap When it Comes to Gynecology Services

    There are so many things to consider under the umbrella of women’s health. Have you had your annual “well woman” exam? When you need a hysterectomy, where do you go?

    Consider Florida Hospital and the world-class surgeons who operate within its walls. The U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital rankings would back us up on this advice, as the Gynecology Program at Florida Hospital was recently ranked 11th in the US of all hospitals, based on reputation, volume, quality of services and outcomes. Florida Hospital was the only hospital in the state to receive this ranking of top 50 programs.

  • POSTED BY: Heather Fox

    Beat the Summer Heat and Stay Heart Healthy

    In Florida it can be tough to stay active outdoors, especially during the hottest summer months. But outdoor physical activities can be one of the best ways to stay active and heart healthy while enjoying a variety of activities.

  • POSTED BY: Sherri Flynt, RD

    Two Questions You May Not Have Considered About Childhood Obesity

    The most common health problem facing U.S. children today is being overweight -- a condition robbing kids of both their quality and quantity of life. When you read about childhood obesity, most books or articles tend to focus on two things: nutrition and exercise. While these are certainly critical factors, here are two additional questions about other contributing causes to obesity that you may not have considered.

  • POSTED BY: Kate Porter

    What is Swimmer's Ear?

    Taking the kids for frequent swims can cause some health issues – one of the most common is swimmer’s ear.

  • POSTED BY: Gustavo Almodovar

    How Serious is Trigger Finger?

    The first time my right index finger locked in a bent position was while wrestling with my two young sons two summers ago. I recall having to use my left hand to pop my finger back into place. It wasn’t extremely painful, but the incident made me wonder why it happened.

  • POSTED BY: Sean Lemon

    Why You need a Primary Care Physician

    The benefit of having a primary care physician is being able to have one doctor that is familiar with your lifestyle, health, and medical history.

  • POSTED BY: Stephanie Ravelo

    3 Types of Motivations for Physical Activity

    Learn what the three main types of motivation are and how you can use them to get motivated and get moving

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Is Your Child’s Backpack a Safe Weight?

    Backpacks come in all shapes, sizes and colors, letting children express their individual style. And when used properly, backpacks can be very functional. However, when a backpack is “overweight” it can cause back pain in children that is unecessary.

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Roberts

    Living Longer with Advanced Heart Care

    Projections by the American Heart Association suggest that by 2030, 40.5 percent of the U.S. population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease.  Combined with an aging population, this means having doctors and facilities qualified to care for advanced heart problems is going to be a growing need in the United States.  Read about some advanced cardilogy procedures that are helping people live longer, healthier lives today.

  • POSTED BY: Joe Townsend

    Radiotherapy Hits Closer to Home

    Many cancer patients shudder at any mention of the word “radiation.” But there’s good news for those patients who receive their care here in Central Florida – advanced radiation technology has arrived in the area.

  • POSTED BY: Leah Harms

    What Every Parent Should Know about Kids and Self-Image

    Self esteem and body image are something both kids and adults struggle with from time to time. With the obesity epidemic on the rise and bullying at an all time high, it’s no wonder kids today struggle with low self esteem and body image problems. But, as a parent, you have the opportunity to help your kids deal with these problems.

  • POSTED BY: Jonathon Swift

    A Safe and Comfortable Way to Reduce Pain After Knee Surgery

    Living with knee pain caused from osteoarthritis of the knee can truly alter a person’s quality of life, but for most, the decision to have knee surgery is a big one. 

  • POSTED BY: Leah Harms

    Living with Cystic Fibrosis

    Angela Hooper, 27, is battling cysitic fibrosis (CF) and is beating the odds.  She wasn't expected to live past age 17 or have a child.  Read her story about how she manages this dibilitating disease. 

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Why Digestive Health Will Become Even More Important

    Haven’t really thought about it before? That’s not surprising as many don’t understand the importance of gastroenterologists until they unfortunately need one. While no illness is glamorous, gastroenterology definitely doesn’t have the curb appeal of some of the others that awareness campaigns like Breast Cancer Awareness Month have achieved.

  • POSTED BY: Sherri Flynt, RD

    Know the Facts: Amount of Sugar in your soda

    You may be shocked to hear that having an occasional soda is okay (although water is always the best drink choice). There are, however, several things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to drink regular soda on a daily basis.

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Roberts

    Caring for Your Kidneys

    We’re born with two but sometimes one will do; kidneys that is.  These are bean shaped organs which are about the size of your fist near your spine.  Check out the symptoms that could signal early stage kidney disease.

  • POSTED BY: Pamela Legowski, RD

    Brain Food: Blueberries

    Antioxidants target and neutralize the damage done by free radicals.  Currently the most studied food to possibly reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease is blueberries. 

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Running Tip: Your Cadence Matters

    Runners come in all shapes and sizes, with goals ranging from casual running to distance running to competition. No matter what you are striving for, the simplest way to improve your running is to figure out your running cadence (number of steps you take per minute).

  • POSTED BY: Vckie Smith, RN

    That Queasy Feeling: Tips for Morning Sickness

    Here are some morning sickness remedies you can try to better control your symptoms

  • POSTED BY: Sherri Flynt, MPH, RD, LD

    To Buy or Not to Buy Organic

    Today we are more aware of the environment and our health, and what organic food is. With organic produce costing up to 100 percent more than conventional, many individuals find it difficult to go organic exclusively. The good news is, not all produce needs to be organic.

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Roberts

    Women Take Charge of Their Men’s Health

    In fact, the United States Department of Labor statistics report that women make up to 80% of the health care decisions in their families.  That means women need to understand a wide variety of medical issues, not only for themselves but for men; things like prostate health.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Why Concussions Need to be Managed by an Expert

    Starting July 1, all student athletes participating in school-sponsored sports are required to receive written permission by a healthcare professional to return to play following a concussion. This legislation is a step in the right direction for the Florida High School Athletic Association to formally educate parents and students about concussion and attempt to eliminate athletes returning to play too soon after a concussion, a problem that can have long-term impact on a young athlete. Join us for a LIVE web chat with our concussion expert on Wednesday, July 25 at noon!

  • POSTED BY: Kayla Eubanks

    ABCs of Vitamins

    How many times have you heard, “Don’t forget to take your vitamins!”? Vitamins are compounds that your body requires to help it grow and survive.

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    Setting the Standard to Cure Diabetes

    In addition to treating more than 20,000 patients on an annual basis, Florida Hospital is leading the way in diabetes research to hopefully to find a cure to a disease that affects 1 in 10 Americans.

  • POSTED BY: Gustavo Almodovar

    29,000 Volunteer Hours and Counting

    Employees recently recognized Jean for the difference she continues to make by celebrating her 29,000 hours of service.

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    US News Recognizes Florida Hospital as one of America’s Best

     Florida Hospital is proud to be among the 148 hospitals nationwide that received recognition for one or more programs

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Harper

    Bringing Innovative, New Options to Women’s Health Care

    Even with the availability of minimally invasive procedures, two-thirds of hysterectomies are still done today with an open incision; over 600,000 are performed annually in the United States. In an effort to help these surgeons provide minimally invasive options to their patients, one inventive surgeon has come up with a new surgical tool, the Advincula Arch, to help improve hysterectomy safety and perform minimally invasive hysterectomies more easily.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowski

    Local Students Get Insider Access to Medicine

    Is elementary school too early to be asking our kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Dr. Vipul Patel doesn’t think so.  Dr. Patel, Medical Director of the Florida Hospital Celebration Health Global Robotics Institute, is on a mission to get kids excited about medicine and science.

  • POSTED BY: Tom Wheaton

    Easy Women’s Health Tips

    There are many screenings and tests that can help you stay one step ahead of serious health problems. Here are just a few of the most important tests you should have and how often you should be getting them.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Roedding

    And You Thought You Did a Lot of Laundry

    According to the Consumer Energy Center the typical American household does nearly 400 loads of laundry per year.   If you think that this is a lot, guess how many pounds of laundry the Florida Hospital Laundry Service does before the day is over? 

  • POSTED BY: Ivy Guardiola

    Have you ever wondered what the difference between a CT and MRI scan is?

    Many are familiar with these common imaging acronyms, but do you really understand what each is used for and why? This is one of the most frequently asked questions at our imaging centers.

  • POSTED BY: David C. Cassidy. M.Ed.,ATC/L. CSCS

    Avoid Foot Pain With These Proper Ways to Tie Shoelaces

    Here are some simple solutions to potentially solve that foot and lower leg pain

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Bradley

    What is Genetic Counseling?

    These are two of several hallmark signs that could indicate a predisposition to hereditary cancer.  Approximately 5-10 percent of all cancers have a hereditary component, so it is important to recognize signs that are suggestive of a hereditary predisposition to cancer. 

  • POSTED BY: Kate Porter

    Happy Kids Heal Faster at Florida Hospital for Children

    Laughter and play are critical elements to getting our kids back to being healthy – in fact, research shows that happy kids really do heal faster. At Florida Hospital for Children., there is an entire team dedicated to making a child’s stay more comfortable.

  • POSTED BY: Megan Ware, RD LD

    Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories from Dinner & Dessert

    Whether preparing a meal for a hungry family, your insatiable friends, or just yourself, there are many ways you can easily cut calories from your dinnertime dishes and delectable desserts.

  • POSTED BY: Sean Lemon

    Lather up the Sunscreen, It’s Summer Time!

    Florida is the hottest state in the country, the record highest temperature in Florida is 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Ugghh…. pass me a glass of water with extra ice, a hat, and a bottle of sunscreen. While sunscreen won’t save you from the heat, it will help prevent your skin from being sun burned and also help prevent skin cancer.

  • POSTED BY: Sean Lemon

    Healthy 4th of July Recipes

    It’s Independence Day, and it’s time roll out the grill, eat good food and enjoy some fireworks.

  • POSTED BY: Leah Harms

    A Journey Through Deafness

    Her parents, Tadzia and Jorge, were shocked upon hearing the news, but decided to act upon it as soon as possible. They opted for Jaely to get a cochlear implant. Actually, she received double cochlear implants, a first for Central Florida.

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Roberts

    Question Your Surgeon’s Qualifications Before Going Under the Knife

    When your physician recommends a surgical procedure, many questions come into your mind.  “What does the procedure involve?”  “Do I have any other alternatives?”  While these are important and valid questions, surgeons say patients should consider asking specifics about their physician’s skills, success rates and qualifications. 

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

    What the Supreme Court Ruling Means for Healthcare

     What the Supreme Court Ruling Means for Healthcare

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), President Obama's signature health care legislation, is constitutional, including the individual mandate. Florida Hospital is pleased the court has upheld this act as it should help lower the number of uninsured and increase access to medical care. Rich Morrison, regional vice president of Florida Hospital Government & Public Affairs shares some insight into what this means for healthcare in Florida. 

  • POSTED BY: Donny Hodges

    Things Germaphobes May Fear and You Should Too

    There are a variety of  "germy" places/items that you may not have considered so be careful

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Common Pelvic Health Issue is More Than Hard to Pronounce

    It is important to remember that you are not alone. Many men and women with pelvic pain go untreated because they do not know their options and do not know there are treatment plans available.

  • POSTED BY: Kayla Eubanks

    Saying “I Do” Can Be Good For You

    According to a study, happily married people have lower blood pressure than single people or unhappily married couples. Suggesting that the married live longer.

  • POSTED BY: Laurel Dominesey

    Living a Pain Free Life

    Since it’s publication in 2006, Pain Free for Life has helped thousands of people recover from a life of chronic pain. In the book, Dr. Scott Brady, author of Pain Free for Life and CEO of Florida Hospital Centra Care, shares his own battle with chronic pain and how he overcame it. 

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Lung Cancer Research Identifies Another Target for Treatment

    New clinical trials are giving doctors a better understanding of the genetic markers that make up an individual’s tumor, leading to more personalized medicine.

  • POSTED BY: David Cassidy

    Make Your Daily Activities into Functional Fitness

    Functional fitness uses the benefits of strength training, such as like improved balance, coordination and endurance to help people perform daily activities.