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Posted: Aug 9, 2019

Cervical Cancer & HPV Prevention ~ Ask An Expert

With SMH Gynecological Oncologist Richard Boothby, MD

All women are at risk for cervical cancer. But the disease is highly preventable, and when it’s found early, it’s highly treatable. To learn more about cervical cancer prevention and ways to screen for the disease, Healthe-Matters editors talked with Dr. Richard Boothby, a gynecological oncologist at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 

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Posted: Aug 6, 2019

Top Tips: Back-to-School Basics

Written by SMH Digital Content Editor Ann Key

The first day of the 2019-2020 school year is just around the corner. While you’re busily checking off those back-to-school to-do’s, don’t forget to talk with your kids about how to stay healthy, stay safe, stay focused and stay in the game this school year. 

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Posted: Jul 30, 2019

Breastfeeding Wisdom for New Moms & Moms-to-Be

Written by SMH Lactation Specialist Sheera Thomas, RN

The transition to becoming a mother is often accompanied by feelings of overwhelming joy — and overwhelming uncertainty. To help ease some of that uncertainty, we’ve put together a roundup of tips, facts and proven wisdom from Sarasota Memorial lactation specialist Sheera Thomas, RN. 

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Posted: Jul 16, 2019

School Physical. Wellness Exam. Sports Physical: What's the Difference?

Schools requires school entry physicals and sports physicals. The pediatrician schedules a wellness exam each year for your child. They all seem similar, so why all the evaluations? Each of these assessments have different objectives, and each one serves a different purpose in keeping your child healthy. Find out how — and where to go for each type of exam — in this Healthe-Matters post.

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Posted: Jul 9, 2019

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Written by SMH Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Joelle Vlahakis

Whether it be the loss of a beloved pet, the loss of a friend who moves away, the broken heart of a teenager or the loss of a grandparent who has passed away, grief is very real for children and should be acknowledged. Parents feel obligated to act as guides for children, but when confronting a significant loss, it can be best to follow the child’s lead instead. Learn what grief can look like in children — beyond tears and sadness — and use these tips to help them cope with loss and death. 

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