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Posted: Nov 12, 2019

Local Surge in STD Infections Mirrors National Trend

By OB-GYN Kyle Garner, MD, & Infectious Disease specialist Manual Gordillo, MD

Sarasota has continued to see a surge in cases of sexually transmitted diseases, mirroring a nationwide trend. Gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis infections have been on the rise for five straight years in the US, according to a recently released report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that analyzed 2018 data. An SMH OB-GYN and an Infectious Disease specialist weigh in on the causes behind the local trend and what we can do to prevent STD infection.

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Posted: Nov 5, 2019

Surviving Cancer Together: The Power of Connection

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

There are nearly 17 million cancer survivors in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. For each, the cancer journey is unique. Yet, into each varied experience are woven common threads of loneliness and overwhelm. But no one has to weather this season alone. Human connection — bonding with others on the cancer journey — can be powerful medicine.

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Posted: Oct 22, 2019

Flu Season 2019-2020: What You Need to Know

Video blog with SMH Urgent Care physician Tammy Berry, MD

The 2019-2020 flu season is in full swing. Use the tips in this video-blog with SMH Urgent Care's Dr. Tammy Berry to stay healthy — and help keep your family flu-free — all season long. Plus, learn about treating flu symptoms yourself and knowing when you should seek medical treatment.

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Posted: Oct 15, 2019

Empowering Others through Language

Written by Rehab Case Manager & Social Worker Crystal Brooks

Words are powerful. Let's talk about how we talk about disabilities and people diagnosed with impairments. By simply being more mindful of our word choice, we each have the power to shape our world for the better. 

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Posted: Oct 1, 2019

No Family History of Cancer? You Can Still Benefit from Genetic Testing

Written by SMH Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood

While the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have been at the forefront of hereditary cancer research for many years, genetic testing has progressed from “cherry picking” the genes that most likely explain patterns of cancer within a family, to simultaneously testing for a long list of genes known to be associated with increased cancer risk. 

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