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Posted: Jan 19, 2021

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

Written by Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas, RN

Inspired by her kids' sluggish start to the day, SMH nurse and mom of 4 Sheera Thomas, RN, takes a look at healthy sleep habits for kids. Find out how much sleep the experts recommend for kids at every age for overall mental and physical health.

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Posted: Jan 12, 2021

Flu & Heart Failure: What’s the Risk?

By Heart Failure Nurse Saida Jennell Steiner, RN, BSN

Did you know that heart disease increases a person’s risk of complications from influenza? Flu complications can range from pneumonia and bronchitis to lung failure, heart attack and even death. It can also worsen some medical conditions, including heart failure. Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent getting sick with the flu.

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Posted: Jan 7, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

With SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, & Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD

We know you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, their availability and their safety. Here, SMH medical experts address some of our community’s most common questions about the vaccines, and we take a look at what the vaccine rollout means in the global fight against novel coronavirus.

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Posted: Jan 5, 2021

Minutes Matter: How to Identify & Respond to a Stroke

With Vascular Neurologist David Stone, MD, & Stroke Program Coordinator Ben Doepker, RN

What are the red flag signs for stroke? What should you do if you or someone else experiences them? Sarasota Memorial Vascular Neurologist David Stone, MD, and SMH Stroke Program Coordinator Ben Doepker, RN, discuss how to identify a stroke, when to call 9-1-1, how to prevent one and why COVID-19 is no cause for delay in this Q&A video blog post. 

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Posted: Dec 29, 2020

The Best of Healthe-Matters 2020

Compiled by Healthe-Matters Editors

Since its launch, our Healthe-Matters blog has aimed to deliver timely, actionable health and wellness information, from the local experts our community trusts. In 2020, this mission took on increased importance, as the need for reliable information became critical in our fight against COVID-19. In 2020, we published dozens of COVID-19 related Q&As, how-to’s and updates, in addition to our usual range of health and wellness topics and tips. Here's a look at the year’s Top 10 Healthe-Matters posts.

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