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Posted: Jun 11, 2018

Pre-Season Sports Physical Protects Student Athletes

Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

Most Sarasota-area schools require a sports physical for student athletes, and even if it isn't required, a sports exam is highly recommended for children and adolescents engaging in athletics. The physicals help identify health conditions that may require treatment before or during play, such as high blood pressure; heart, lung or vision conditions; and previous musculoskeletal injuries.

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Posted: May 11, 2018

Breast Cancer: The Genetic Risk

By SMH Certified Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood

Cancer—especially breast cancer—often seems to run in families. This could be because the relatives share certain lifestyle habits or have the same environmental exposures. Occasionally, though, the cancer can be inherited—a mutation in the genetic code that is passed down from generation to generation.

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Posted: Mar 20, 2018

Unexpected Poisons in the Home

Written by SMH Emergency Care Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

An SMH emergency care pharmacist offers a look at some unexpected poisons found in the home — items that can be especially dangerous for younger children — and ways you can poison-proof your home.

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Posted: Feb 19, 2018

Stroke Prevention, Symptoms & Recovery

Written by SMH Outpatient Care Coordinator Wanda Jackson

When it comes to stroke, every minute counts! And that’s why it’s so important to understand the signs and symptoms, so you can call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Posted: Jan 26, 2018

Tips for NICU Families — Parent to Parent

Written By NICU-Graduate Mom Jamie Jalwan

It sounds intense: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NICU. And the experience can be intense. And scary.  As the mother of two NICU grads, Jamie Jalwan shares a few thoughts and tips for other parents whose baby is unexpectedly admitted to the NICU.

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