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Posted: Apr 16, 2019

Rehab Relief for New and 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 9, 2019

Expertise & Robotic Surgery Bring New Hope for Esophageal Cancer Patient

Written by Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

When Ray Miller was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, he and his wife Jill feared the worst. His doctor referred him to Sarasota Memorial Gastrointestinal Oncologist Kenneth Meredith, MD, who has performed more robotic esophagectomies than anyone else in the world. Not only did Dr. Meredith remove Ray's cancer with robotic esophagectomy, but the minimally invasive surgery meant Ray had a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. 

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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 26, 2019

Bloodless Surgery ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Orthopedic Surgeon Adam Bright, MD

What is bloodless surgery? Who should consider it? Healthe-Matters editors talked with orthopedic surgeon Adam Bright, MD, who chairs SMH's Bloodless Surgery Committee, to learn more about transfusion-free surgery and options for local patients.

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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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