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Posted: Nov 23, 2021

Vaping Is Bad For You ... & Worse For Your Kids

With SMH Lung Cancer Screening Program Coordinator Amie Miller

E-cigarettes and vape pens are harmful for the lungs and bad for overall health. With vaping on the rise among teens and pre-teens, we're also seeing impacts of nicotine on developing brains. SMH Lung Cancer Screening Program Coordinator Amie Miller dives into the facts on vaping and offers tips for parents on preventing nicotine abuse in their families. 

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Posted: Nov 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids | Ask An Expert

With Sarasota Memorial Pediatric Hospitalist Jessie Hoang, MD

In early November, the CDC endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. We know parents have questions and concerns. For trustworthy answers, we turned to Sarasota Memorial Pediatric Hospitalist Jessie Hoang, MD, who's also a mother of 2. She answers your most common questions in this Ask An Expert video blog post.

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Posted: Nov 9, 2021

Is it the ‘Holiday Blues’? Or Something More?

With Behavioral Health Services Manager Ashley Cave

For many, the winter holidays bring to the forefront — even worsen — feelings of depression, sadness, anxiety or loneliness. Know the warning signs of depression and what to do if you have concerns you or a loved is struggling with mental health.

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Posted: Nov 2, 2021

New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Save Lives

With SMH Pulmonologist Dr. Joseph Seaman & Lung Cancer Screening Program Coordinator Amie Miller

Did you know lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.? According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the 5-year survival rate of a lung cancer diagnosis is typically about 20%. In an effort to improve these odds and help ensure more lung cancer success stories, federal health officials have made lung cancer screening accessible to more people by expanding eligibility criteria.

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Posted: Oct 26, 2021

Halloween Fun for 2021 | Tips & To-dos

By SMH Senior Digital Communications Specialist Ann Key

With the COVID-19 Delta surge waning and vaccines now widely available for people ages 12 and older, the CDC has given the thumbs-up for trick-or-treating and outdoor Halloween celebrations this year. Be sure your family’s holiday is filled with fun, not fright, with these COVID-19 prevention and safety tips from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and the SMH-Sarasota Trauma team.

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