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Posted: Aug 25, 2020

Top Tips: Back-to-School Basics

Written by SMH Digital Communications Specialist Ann Key

The 2020-2021 school year is upon us. You can help the students in your family stay healthy, stay safe and stay focused with these tips and reminders, whether they're returning to the classroom, learning virtually or homeschooling.

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Posted: Aug 19, 2020

Well Visits, Flu Shots & COVID-19 Vaccine ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

In this Ask An Expert video blog, SMH infectious disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, provides insights and answers to common questions about immunizations for flu, pneumonia and other vaccine-preventable diseases, plus an update on trials for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Posted: Aug 18, 2020

COVID-19 Treatment ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With SMH Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Manager Dr. Jamie Kisgen

To get the facts on COVID-19 treatment and medications, Healthe-Matters editors reached out to Dr. Jamie Kisgen, Sarasota Memorial’s Infectious Diseases Pharmacy manager, in March 2020. In this August 2020 update to that Ask An Expert Q&A, Dr. Kisgen again addresses some of the most frequently asked questions related to medications for patients with COVID-19. (Updated Aug. 18, 2020)

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Posted: Aug 11, 2020

COVID & Smoking: What’s the Risk?

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Does smoking increase the risk of contracting COVID-19? Does it increase your chances of developing severe symptoms? Dr. Kirk Voelker, a Sarasota Memorial critical care pulmonologist, answers the most common questions about cigarette-smoking and COVID-19 risk during the pandemic.

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Posted: Aug 5, 2020

COPD: Health Tips & Treatments

Written by SMH Clinical Pharmacist Ashleigh Beachy, PharmD

Did you know that 16 million people in the U.S. are living with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)? And that nearly 1 million COPD sufferers have to be hospitalized each year for treatment? The good news is that this common lung disease can be controlled by medication, and taking simple steps can help people with COPD stay healthy and out of the hospital.

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