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Posted: Mar 19, 2019

LSD Use on the Rise Among Local Teens, ER Trend Shows

Written by SMH Emergency Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

A recent spike in suspected LSD cases at Sarasota Memorial Hospital has care providers concerned that use of the hallucinogenic drug is on the rise among teenagers in our community. Find out why LSD is dangerous and what signs to look for in this Healthe-Matters video-blog post.

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Posted: Mar 5, 2019

Choosing a Pediatrician ~ Ask An Expert

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

When you're planning for the arrival of a new baby, one of the many important decisions you'll need to make is choosing a pediatrician. How can you find the doctor who will be the best fit for your family? We spoke with FPG-Lakewood Ranch Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD, for some insight.

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Posted: Jan 22, 2019

Keep Germs at Bay: Wash the Right Way

Video with SMH Pediatric Nurse Educator Desiree Berry

Sneezing, coughing colds. Body-aching, feverish flu. Tormenting tummy bugs. These nasty germs —and others — are everywhere this time of year. The good news is that practicing proper hand hygiene can help keep you and your family healthy all season. 

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019

Keep the Kiddos’ Car Seats Rear-facing

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Care Seat Safety recommendations update: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is encouraging families to keep babies and toddlers in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible.

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Posted: Jan 2, 2019

Flu-shot Mythbuster: Fact or Fiction

Written by SMH Ambulatory Services Manager Jen Storch

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Here on the Suncoast—like most places in the US—flu activity typically begins in October or November, increases in winter months and peaks in January and February. It's not too late to get vaccinated against this year's flu.

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