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Posted: Mar 9, 2021

Colonoscopy at Age 45?

With Gastroenterologist Stephen Kucera, MD

Medical experts agree: Routine colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45, not age 50 as guidelines previously advised. Sarasota Memorial gastroenterologist Stephen Kucera, MD, explains why and details screening options in this post.

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Posted: Mar 2, 2021

Kegel Exercises? There's a Better Way

By SMH Outpatient Rehab Pelvic Floor Therapist Shayna Shefrin

Kegel exercises — which are basically the repetitious lifting and tightening of your pelvic muscles — are often touted as a non-surgical solution for bladder and bowel incontinence in men and women. And while there are some people who encourage Kegels as a way to strengthen the pelvic floor, I’ve found alternatives that are much easier and much more effective for boosting control of your bladder and bowel, for a few reasons.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2021

SMH Experts Address COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns

With SMH Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, & Infectious Disease Pharmacy Manager Jamie Kisgen, PharmD

The COVID-19 rollercoaster twists and turns, and feels unending. In this Q&A, SMH Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, and Infectious Disease Pharmacy Manager Jamie Kisgen, PharmD, answer the most common questions and concerns about COVID-19 vaccines.

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Posted: Feb 16, 2021

Improving the Surgery Journey for Patients

By ERAS Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RNBC

Learning you need surgery can prompt fear and concern about what’s to come — worry about pain and side effects, hospitalization duration, recovery time and infection risk. To help ease this stress and ensure patients have the best possible surgery outcome, Sarasota Memorial launched its Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program in 2018. ERAS Program Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RN-BC, explains what ERAS is, how it's benefiting SMH patients and who's eligible.

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Posted: Feb 8, 2021

COVID-19 & Diabetes: What You Need to Know

With Endocrinologist Manivel K. Eswaran, MD

In the U.S., more than 460,000 people have tragically lost their lives to COVID-19. Nearly 30% of those who’ve died had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, according to Sarasota Memorial endocrinologist Manivel K. Eswaran, MD. Here, he addresses some of the most common questions about diabetes and COVID-19.

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