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Posted: May 14, 2019

Measles & MMR Vaccination ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Measles cases continue to rise in the U.S., and with the summer travel season approaching — and along with it, heightened risk of getting or passing on the measles — SMH Healthe-Matters editors reached out to Sarasota Memorial Infection Prevention and Control Department Medical Director Manuel Gordillo, MD, for answers to some frequently asked questions about the measles virus and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2019

Organ Donation ~ Ask An Expert

With LifeLink of Florida’s Ashley Moore

More than 5,800 Floridians are awaiting a kidney, pancreas, heart and/or liver transplant. In this "Ask an Expert," LifeLink of Florida's Ashley Moore debunks common organ donation myths and explains how we can all save lives through organ or tissue donation.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2019

HPV Vaccine ~ What Parents Need to Know

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

We spoke with pediatrician Dr. Jose Tavarez to get some answers about the HPV vaccine, who needs it and why. Although the US has offered human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations since 2006, misconceptions and misinformation persist. Check out Dr. Tavarez's Q&A to get the facts.

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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

Bloodless Surgery ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Orthopedic Surgeon Adam Bright, MD

What is bloodless surgery? Who should consider it? Healthe-Matters editors talked with orthopedic surgeon Adam Bright, MD, who chairs SMH's Bloodless Surgery Committee, to learn more about transfusion-free surgery and options for local patients.

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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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