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Posted: Oct 5, 2021

Dementia, Caregiving & Communicating

With SMH Geriatrics Program Coordinator Tanya Hofmann, MSN

As Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia progresses, communication becomes more and more challenging. What can caregivers do to improve communication and be more understanding of the dementia experience? Sarasota Memorial Geriatrics Program Coordinator Tanya Hofmann offers guidance.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2021

Flu Season 2021-2022: What You Need to Know

With SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Flu season is just around the corner, renewing concerns about a possible flu-COVID "twindemic." Vaccination offers the best protection from both viruses, but is it safe to get the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine? How can we tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 symptoms? Infectious Disease expert Manuel Gordillo, MD, addresses concerns about seasonal flu, COVID-19 and vaccinations in this Ask An Expert post.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2021

Pregnancy & COVID-19: Impact & Prevention

With SMH Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist Felice Baron, MD

The number of pregnant patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has skyrocketed in recent months, raising concerns about the Delta variant’s impact on pregnant women and their developing babies. Find out why pregnant women are more likely to get seriously sick with COVID-19 and what we can do to reverse the trend. 

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Posted: Sep 7, 2021

Self-Tests for COVID-19 | Ask An Expert

With SMH Laboratory Services Director Harold Vore

At-home COVID-19 test kits are undoubtedly convenient and easy-to-use, but can you trust the results? When should you use them? Which brand is the most reliable? SMH Laboratory Services Director Harold Vore offers insights on DIY testing and discusses the pros/cons of both antigen tests and molecular tests (PCR / NAAT).

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Posted: Aug 31, 2021

COVID-19 Treatments & Medications | Ask An Expert

With SMH Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Manager Jamie Kisgen

What has changed in the way hospitals and physicians are treating patients with COVID-19 over the last year? To find out, we talked with SMH Infectious Diseases Pharmacy manager Jamie Kisgen about effective treatments for inpatients and outpatients with COVID-19, as well as the use — and misuse — of drugs like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

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