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Posted: May 9, 2023

Sarasota’s Babymoon Boom

By SMH NICU Medical Director Rebecca Schilling, DO

Planning a last minute getaway before the due date? Healthcare professionals warn that this may cause more stress than it relieves, especially if that little bundle of joy decides to make an early arrival. At the very least, choose your babymoon destination wisely.

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Posted: Apr 25, 2023

The Surgeons With X-Ray Eyes

How augmented reality is transforming spine surgery at Sarasota Memorial.

What if your surgeon had x-ray vision? It’s long been the dream for surgeons and now it’s a reality, thanks to the new xvision-spine augmented reality surgical navigation system. Created by Augmedics, the xvision system allows orthopedic surgeons to “see” through skin, muscle and even scar tissue as they perform delicate surgeries.

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Posted: Apr 18, 2023

Mechanics of the Heart

Using transcatheter aortic valve replacement to treat severe aortic stenosis.

The human heart beats about 100,000 times a day. Atria pumping, ventricles contracting, valves popping open and slamming shut. It’s a lot of hard work. And a lot of room for something to go wrong. At the Sarasota Memorial Outpatient Valve Clinic, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is one of the many techniques used to keep hearts healthy.

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Posted: Apr 11, 2023

Don’t Feed The Cancer

Study observes possible link between ultra-processed foods and cancer risk.

According to a new study, higher consumption of ultra-processed foods may be linked to an increased risk of not only developing cancer but succumbing to it. Sarasota Memorial Clinical Dietitian Laura McLeroy, RD, LD, was not surprised by the findings, which she agrees are in line with growing evidence that ultra-processed foods are overall negatively impacting health.

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Posted: Mar 28, 2023

Estrogen Cream for Sexual Dysfunction & Vaginal Dryness

With obstetrician and gynecologist Beverly Long, MD

Next to hot flashes, vaginal dryness is the most common symptom that women experience post-menopause. Thankfully, there are several options for women dealing with these issues, including something as simple and safe as a topical estrogen cream.

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