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Posted: Apr 2, 2019

Chickenpox Parties: Should You Celebrate?

Written by SMH Digital Content Editor Ann Key

Before the US began vaccinating kids against chickenpox, well-intentioned parents of the '70's and '80s exposed children to the virus through so-called “chickenpox parties.” There’s been a resurgence of pox parties in recent years as some parents opt for the “natural exposure,” rather than having a child vaccinated against the viral infection. Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD, weighs in on whether pox parties are a safe alternative to the chickenpox vaccine.

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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

Bloodless Surgery ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Orthopedic Surgeon Adam Bright, MD

What is bloodless surgery? Who should consider it? Healthe-Matters editors talked with orthopedic surgeon Adam Bright, MD, who chairs SMH's Bloodless Surgery Committee, to learn more about transfusion-free surgery and options for local patients.

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Posted: Mar 19, 2019

LSD Use on the Rise Among Local Teens, ER Trend Shows

Written by SMH Emergency Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

A recent spike in suspected LSD cases at Sarasota Memorial Hospital has care providers concerned that use of the hallucinogenic drug is on the rise among teenagers in our community. Find out why LSD is dangerous and what signs to look for in this Healthe-Matters video-blog post.

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Posted: Mar 12, 2019

Pancreatic Cancer Advances Offer New Hope

About 53,000 cases of pancreatic cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year — 80 percent of those will be advanced stage. Though these statistics are sobering, advances in research, treatment and diagnostics are extending the lives of those managing the disease.

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Posted: Mar 5, 2019

Choosing a Pediatrician ~ Ask An Expert

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

When you're planning for the arrival of a new baby, one of the many important decisions you'll need to make is choosing a pediatrician. How can you find the doctor who will be the best fit for your family? We spoke with FPG-Lakewood Ranch Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD, for some insight.

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