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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: 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.

  • 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.