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Posted: Jul 5, 2017

What to Know about Jaundice in Infants

BY SMH MOTHER-BABY NURSE LEAH BROWN, RN

1. What is jaundice?

Two-thirds of newborn babies will get jaundice in the first week following their birth. That can be a scary thought for new parents. Jaundice is caused when an infant has too much of bilirubin in his/her blood, so the body deposits it into the child’s skin and mucous membranes, causing a yellow tinge to his/her skin or whites of the eyes; bilirubin is the waste product of the breakdown of red blood cells. In most cases, infant jaundice is mild and harmless, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But in unusual situations, the bilirubin level can get very high and could cause brain damage, making it important to monitor the levels.
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Posted: Jun 22, 2017

Tips to Avoid Common Beach Safety Hazards

By SMH Trauma Coordinator Leann Putney

A trip to the beach should be fun, but there are some safety risks to consider. Follow these tips to avoid injury and ensure your beach days are always fun.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017

Ask an Expert: Weight-loss Surgery

With SMH Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Arundathi Rao

Welcome to “Ask an Expert,” a Q&A series with Sarasota Memorial’s team of doctors, nurses, and other health experts, where you can get thorough answers to your health and wellness queries from a local source you can trust. Have a medical- or wellness-related question that you’d like to “Ask an Expert”? Email them to AskAnExpert@smh.com.

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Posted: Jun 12, 2017

Inherited DNA and Personalized Medicine

BY SMH GENETIC COUNSELOR NICOLE WOOD

When the human genetic code was cracked about 12 years ago, optimistic doctors envisioned a future where they would be able to find out everything they needed to give them foolproof, individualized, personalized medical care with one easy test. With this amazing discovery, many expected that cures for human diseases such as cancer and heart disease would be within our grasp—that we would be able to know one’s health history, current health status, and future health issues by examining their DNA.
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Posted: Jun 12, 2017

Rehabilitation for Vision Problems?

BY SMH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST CYNTHIA ANDERSON

Vision is the most dominant of all the senses. It plays a significant role in our ability to navigate our environment safely and to complete daily living activities. Vision is important for balance, gait, and posture. Did you know that vision also plays a role in cognition and understanding language?
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