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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Prescribing Canine Cuddles – Care Beyond Treatment

Whether you have a pet at home or have been “prescribed” fur therapy as part of a medical care plan, spending time with animals can be invaluable to your overall health and can support healing in ways that medicine cannot. Find out what animal-assisted therapy is and how it can benefit recovery, rehabilitation and wellness.

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019

Keep the Kiddos’ Car Seats Rear-facing

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Care Seat Safety recommendations update: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is encouraging families to keep babies and toddlers in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible.

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Posted: Jan 3, 2019

Best of SMH Healthe-Matters Blog 2018

In 2018, our experts shared their top health and parenting tips, answered dozens of reader questions and reported on relevant happenings in our weekly Healthe-Matters blog posts. Here's a look back at the top Healthe-Matters blog posts of 2018.

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Posted: Jan 2, 2019

Flu-shot Mythbuster: Fact or Fiction

Written by SMH Ambulatory Services Manager Jen Storch

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Here on the Suncoast—like most places in the US—flu activity typically begins in October or November, increases in winter months and peaks in January and February. It's not too late to get vaccinated against this year's flu.

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Posted: Jan 1, 2019

Stroke Rehab You Can Dig

Written by SMH Occupational Therapist Cassandra Santiago

Studies show the benefit of traditional exercise or repetitive movements in stroke rehabilitation, but it’s how these are executed that has the most impact on a stroke survivor. Hobbies and interests play a vital role in motivating stroke survivors to face new challenges and push toward recovery to get back to enjoying these activities independently. Treatment should be both functional and fun! 

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