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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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Posted: Jul 14, 2020

Strengthen Your Core & Pelvic Floor at Home

Written by SMH Outpatient Rehab Pelvic Floor Therapist Shayna Shefrin

These days, getting to the gym can be a real challenge. But you don’t need a gym to stay (or get) fit. Try these simple DIY exercises to strengthen your core and pelvic floor muscles. No gym equipment needed, and the exercises can be easily modified.

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Posted: Jun 30, 2020

Tips for Sizzling, Sparkling & Socializing Safely this July 4

Written by SMH Digital Communications Specialist Ann Key

No matter what your plans may be for Fourth of July 2020, it’s doubtful a trip to the emergency room is on the agenda. Here are some simple tips to help you skip the ER and stay safe and healthy this holiday.

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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Running On Empty? Refuel with Self Care

Written by SMH Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, many of us are feeling overstimulated and overwhelmed, worn down and pulled in all directions. Here is a quick exercise you can do to relax and “refuel.” It takes only a few minutes, but the benefits are long-lasting, if you can do it regularly.

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