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Posted: Sep 21, 2018

Get the Facts on Rat Poison-tainted ‘Legal Weed’ ~ Ask an Expert Q&A

With SMH Emergency Medicine/Toxicology Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

Recent social-media posts and news segments warning that a synthetic cannabinoid called “spice” was causing people to “bleed from their eyes” prompted us to seek out the truth behind the click-bait headlines. What are the health risks of using spice, aka "legal weed" or "K2"?

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Posted: Aug 28, 2018

Button Batteries & Kids: What You Need to Know

Written by SMH Digital Content Editor Ann Key

Thousands of young children swallow lithium button batteries each year in the US. Use these tips to prevent ingestions in your home, recognize the symptoms and know what to do if you suspect a battery ingestion.

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Posted: Aug 16, 2018

Hurricane Season Tips for Pregnant Women

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Pregnant? Be sure you're ready for severe weather with these dos & don'ts and emergency kit checklist!

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Posted: Jul 2, 2018

Cool Ways to Protect Baby from Bites & Burns

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Leah Brown

Summertime in Florida means it’s not just hot and humid, but it’s buggy too! This fun combination presents a challenge when you have young children. Here are some tips for protecting baby from disease-carrying blood-suckers—like mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks—and keeping them cool.
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Posted: May 24, 2018

Put Safety First on Memorial Day

By SMH Trauma Coordinator Leeann Putney

Memorial Day is a great time to enjoy boating, barbecues and fireworks. At Sarasota Memorial’s trauma and emergency departments, we see numerous injuries that could have been avoided each year during holiday weekends. Here are a few tips to keep your family safe—and out of the ER—this Memorial Day.

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