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Posted: Sep 28, 2021

Allergic to Penicillin? Why Diagnosis Matters

By SMH Pharmacy Resident Alessandra Diioia, PharmD

Did you know that 10% of all U.S. patients report having a past allergic reaction to penicillins? Yet, less than 1% of Americans truly are allergic to penicillins. Pharmacist Alessandra Diioia explains why it's important to have a suspected penicillin allergy properly diagnosed.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2021

Flu Season 2021-2022: What You Need to Know

With SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Flu season is just around the corner, renewing concerns about a possible flu-COVID "twindemic." Vaccination offers the best protection from both viruses, but is it safe to get the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine? How can we tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 symptoms? Infectious Disease expert Manuel Gordillo, MD, addresses concerns about seasonal flu, COVID-19 and vaccinations in this Ask An Expert post.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Fruity Chicken Salad | Healthy Cooking with Thrive

A Thrive in the Kitchen Recipe by SMH Executive Chef Omar Mattei

Learn to make Fruity Chicken Salad with our Thrive in the Kitchen team in this healthy-cooking video tutorial. This protein-packed dish helps prevent infection, improve indigestion and boost appetite (thanks to flavorful tarragon) — all helpful health benefits following surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2021

Pregnancy & COVID-19: Impact & Prevention

With SMH Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist Felice Baron, MD

The number of pregnant patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has skyrocketed in recent months, raising concerns about the Delta variant’s impact on pregnant women and their developing babies. Find out why pregnant women are more likely to get seriously sick with COVID-19 and what we can do to reverse the trend. 

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Posted: Sep 7, 2021

Self-Tests for COVID-19 | Ask An Expert

With SMH Laboratory Services Director Harold Vore

At-home COVID-19 test kits are undoubtedly convenient and easy-to-use, but can you trust the results? When should you use them? Which brand is the most reliable? SMH Laboratory Services Director Harold Vore offers insights on DIY testing and discusses the pros/cons of both antigen tests and molecular tests (PCR / NAAT).

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