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Posted: Jun 15, 2018

Vaping, E-cigarettes, the Juul: What You Need to Know

Video Q&A with SMH Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology Paul Chomiak, MD

Get the facts on vaping and e-cigarettes in this recorded #AskAnExpert Q&A livestream with Sarasota Memorial Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology Paul Chomiak, MD. 

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Posted: Jun 11, 2018

Pre-Season Sports Physical Protects Student Athletes

Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

Most Sarasota-area schools require a sports physical for student athletes, and even if it isn't required, a sports exam is highly recommended for children and adolescents engaging in athletics. The physicals help identify health conditions that may require treatment before or during play, such as high blood pressure; heart, lung or vision conditions; and previous musculoskeletal injuries.

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Posted: May 16, 2018

Cervical Cancer: Get the Facts

Written by SMH Family Nurse Practitioner Maggi Tabano

Over the last 40 years, the mortality rate for cervical cancer patients has been cut in half. In many cases, cervical cancer can be avoided altogether. To reduce your risk of cervical cancer, get the facts.

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Posted: May 2, 2018

Is Your Teen Ready to Babysit? Read this.

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

With a teenage daughter branching out her babysitting sitting services to families I don't know, I turned to the American Academy of Pediatrics for guidance on how to help her grow this 'career' in a safe and thoughtful way. This is what I learned.
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Posted: May 1, 2018

Fighting Preeclampsia, Raising Awareness

Preeclampsia is a rapidly progressive disorder in pregnant women that is characterized by elevated blood pressure and protein in urine. Affecting both the pregnant mother and the growing, unborn child, it can occur during pregnancy and immediately after a woman gives birth. Preeclampsia is a leading cause of premature birth. Each year, the disorder is to blame for about 76,000 maternal deaths and a half-million infant deaths worldwide. Doctors do not fully understand what causes preeclampsia, and the only cure for the condition begins with delivery.
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