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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: Apr 16, 2019

Relief for New & 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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