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Posted: Aug 9, 2019

Cervical Cancer & HPV Prevention ~ Ask An Expert

With SMH Gynecological Oncologist Richard Boothby, MD

All women are at risk for cervical cancer. But the disease is highly preventable, and when it’s found early, it’s highly treatable. To learn more about cervical cancer prevention and ways to screen for the disease, Healthe-Matters editors talked with Dr. Richard Boothby, a gynecological oncologist at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 

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Posted: Jul 30, 2019

Breastfeeding Wisdom for New Moms & Moms-to-Be

Written by SMH Lactation Specialist Sheera Thomas, RN

The transition to becoming a mother is often accompanied by feelings of overwhelming joy — and overwhelming uncertainty. To help ease some of that uncertainty, we’ve put together a roundup of tips, facts and proven wisdom from Sarasota Memorial lactation specialist Sheera Thomas, RN. 

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Posted: Jul 23, 2019

Heart & Spirit: One Man’s Miraculous Story

Written by SMH Senior Communications Specialist Kim Savage

Brian Bosworth, 55, a retired Army colonel, was vacationing on Longboat Key with his wife, Kathryn, when he suffered a massive heart attack and went into cardiogenic shock. Fortunately, Brian’s brush with death was accompanied by some good fortune as well. 

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Posted: Jul 9, 2019

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Written by SMH Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Joelle Vlahakis

Whether it be the loss of a beloved pet, the loss of a friend who moves away, the broken heart of a teenager or the loss of a grandparent who has passed away, grief is very real for children and should be acknowledged. Parents feel obligated to act as guides for children, but when confronting a significant loss, it can be best to follow the child’s lead instead. Learn what grief can look like in children — beyond tears and sadness — and use these tips to help them cope with loss and death. 

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Posted: Jul 2, 2019

‘Flesh-eating Bacteria’ — Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Local infectious disease expert Manuel Gordillo, MD, addresses "flesh-eating bacteria" in our area waters and whether it's safe to swim, plus some tips to reduce your risk of bacterial skin infection.

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