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Posted: Apr 16, 2019

Rehab Relief for New and Pregnant Moms

Written by SMH Physical Therapist Kristi Kliebert

Pregnancy brings about many wondrous changes in a woman’s body — some exciting and others not so much. Sometimes, there’s just no relief for pregnancy-related issues. But thankfully, there is a way to prevent or remedy urinary incontinence during pregnancy and after birth.

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Posted: Apr 2, 2019

Chickenpox Parties: Should You Celebrate?

Written by SMH Digital Content Editor Ann Key

Before the US began vaccinating kids against chickenpox, well-intentioned parents of the '70's and '80s exposed children to the virus through so-called “chickenpox parties.” There’s been a resurgence of pox parties in recent years as some parents opt for the “natural exposure,” rather than having a child vaccinated against the viral infection. Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD, weighs in on whether pox parties are a safe alternative to the chickenpox vaccine.

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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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