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Posted: Oct 19, 2021

Breast Health 101: What You Need to Know

With SMH Breast Surgical Oncologist Sarah Kimball, MD

Did you know that women in the U.S. have a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society? It’s important for all women to practice breast health self-care: Know your normal. Know your risk level. And know when you should get screened. Breast surgical oncologist Sarah Kimball, MD, explains.

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Posted: Oct 12, 2021

Help Stop Drug Abuse, Overdose Deaths

Written by SMH PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident Julie Mavrakis

In 2020, fatal overdoses of prescription and illicit drugs reached a record high, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can help reverse this disturbing trend and public health crisis by keeping your medications out of a potential abuser’s hands. Find out how.

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Posted: Oct 5, 2021

Dementia, Caregiving & Communicating

With SMH Geriatrics Program Coordinator Tanya Hofmann, MSN

As Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia progresses, communication becomes more and more challenging. What can caregivers do to improve communication and be more understanding of the dementia experience? Sarasota Memorial Geriatrics Program Coordinator Tanya Hofmann offers guidance.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2021

Allergic to Penicillin? Why Diagnosis Matters

By SMH Pharmacy Resident Alessandra Diioia, PharmD

Did you know that 10% of all U.S. patients report having a past allergic reaction to penicillins? Yet, less than 1% of Americans truly are allergic to penicillins. Pharmacist Alessandra Diioia explains why it's important to have a suspected penicillin allergy properly diagnosed.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2021

Flu Season 2021-2022: What You Need to Know

With SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Flu season is just around the corner, renewing concerns about a possible flu-COVID "twindemic." Vaccination offers the best protection from both viruses, but is it safe to get the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine? How can we tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 symptoms? Infectious Disease expert Manuel Gordillo, MD, addresses concerns about seasonal flu, COVID-19 and vaccinations in this Ask An Expert post.

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