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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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Posted: Sep 24, 2019

Tips to Avoid Injuries from Falls

By Nursing Quality Improvement Specialist Eileen Newell, RN

Did you know that most falls can be prevented? Yet, each year in the U.S., 1 in 4 people aged 65 and older falls, and these falls often result in hip fractures, broken bones and even head injuries. We all have the power to reduce our fall risk and protect ourselves from a serious fall. Use these tips from Sarasota Memorial experts and the National Council on Aging to avoid accidental falls — especially if you're age 65 or older. 

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Posted: Sep 17, 2019

Look for these Signs that 'Growing Pains' are Something More

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Deirdre Myers, MD

When is pediatric joint pain more than just "growing pains" and when should parents worry? Lakewood Ranch-FPG pediatrician Deirdre Myers, MD, weighs in. 

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Posted: Sep 10, 2019

Help Emergency Care Providers Help You

Written by SMH Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident Haden Geiger

Life can change in an instant. In a blink, something like a stroke, a heart attack or car accident can take away your ability to speak or think clearly. Be prepared. Keep a list of this important health and medical information handy, so first-responders and care providers can quickly treat you the most effectively. 

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Posted: Sep 3, 2019

Important Cancer Screenings for Men

With Dr. Stephanie Cabello of First Physicians Group

Getting regular cancer screening tests helps men live longer, healthier lives. Find out which cancer screenings and health maintenance tests all men should consider as they age.

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