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Posted: May 21, 2019

Drowning Prevention & Pool Safety Must-haves

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Drowning is the leading cause of death (after birth defects) among children ages 1 to 4, and most happen in home pools. But what can we do to help prevent drownings? Here are some tips that go beyond swim lessons and “pool rules.”

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Posted: May 14, 2019

Measles & MMR Vaccination ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Measles cases continue to rise in the U.S., and with the summer travel season approaching — and along with it, heightened risk of getting or passing on the measles — SMH Healthe-Matters editors reached out to Sarasota Memorial Infection Prevention and Control Department Medical Director Manuel Gordillo, MD, for answers to some frequently asked questions about the measles virus and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2019

Organ Donation ~ Ask An Expert

With LifeLink of Florida’s Ashley Moore

More than 5,800 Floridians are awaiting a kidney, pancreas, heart and/or liver transplant. In this "Ask an Expert," LifeLink of Florida's Ashley Moore debunks common organ donation myths and explains how we can all save lives through organ or tissue donation.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2019

Relief for New & Pregnant Moms

Written by SMH Physical Therapist Kristi Kliebert

Pregnancy brings about many wondrous changes in a woman’s body — some exciting and others not so much. Sometimes, there’s just no relief for pregnancy-related issues. But thankfully, there is a way to prevent or remedy urinary incontinence during pregnancy and after birth.

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Posted: Apr 9, 2019

Expertise & Robotic Surgery Bring New Hope for Esophageal Cancer Patient

Written by Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

When Ray Miller was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, he and his wife Jill feared the worst. His doctor referred him to Sarasota Memorial Gastrointestinal Oncologist Kenneth Meredith, MD, who has performed more robotic esophagectomies than anyone else in the world. Not only did Dr. Meredith remove Ray's cancer with robotic esophagectomy, but the minimally invasive surgery meant Ray had a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. 

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