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Posted: Mar 19, 2019

LSD Use on the Rise Among Local Teens, ER Trend Shows

Written by SMH Emergency Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

A recent spike in suspected LSD cases at Sarasota Memorial Hospital has care providers concerned that use of the hallucinogenic drug is on the rise among teenagers in our community. Find out why LSD is dangerous and what signs to look for in this Healthe-Matters video-blog post.

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Posted: Mar 12, 2019

Pancreatic Cancer Advances Offer New Hope

About 53,000 cases of pancreatic cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year — 80 percent of those will be advanced stage. Though these statistics are sobering, advances in research, treatment and diagnostics are extending the lives of those managing the disease.

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Posted: Mar 5, 2019

Choosing a Pediatrician ~ Ask An Expert

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

When you're planning for the arrival of a new baby, one of the many important decisions you'll need to make is choosing a pediatrician. How can you find the doctor who will be the best fit for your family? We spoke with FPG-Lakewood Ranch Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD, for some insight.

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Posted: Feb 26, 2019

Bariatric Surgery: One Man's Life-changing Story

Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

For years, Tony Tombrillo lived in near isolation in his Venice home, suffering disabling complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis. Find out how bariatric surgery and committing to lifestyle changes changed his life.

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Posted: Feb 19, 2019

Women's Heart Health ~ Ask An Expert

With SMH Cardiologist Chippy Nalluri, MD

Do heart disease and heart attack symptoms differ between men and women? What about risk factors? To learn more about women's heart health, we asked an expert: Sarasota Cardiologist Chippy Nalluri, MD.

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