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Posted: Jan 3, 2019

Best of SMH Healthe-Matters Blog 2018

In 2018, our experts shared their top health and parenting tips, answered dozens of reader questions and reported on relevant happenings in our weekly Healthe-Matters blog posts. Here's a look back at the top Healthe-Matters blog posts of 2018.

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Posted: Jan 2, 2019

Flu-shot Mythbuster: Fact or Fiction

Written by SMH Ambulatory Services Manager Jen Storch

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Here on the Suncoast—like most places in the US—flu activity typically begins in October or November, increases in winter months and peaks in January and February. It's not too late to get vaccinated against this year's flu.

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Posted: Jan 1, 2019

Stroke Rehab You Can Dig

Written by SMH Occupational Therapist Cassandra Santiago

Studies show the benefit of traditional exercise or repetitive movements in stroke rehabilitation, but it’s how these are executed that has the most impact on a stroke survivor. Hobbies and interests play a vital role in motivating stroke survivors to face new challenges and push toward recovery to get back to enjoying these activities independently. Treatment should be both functional and fun! 

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Posted: Dec 18, 2018

Quit Smoking Forever with a Comprehensive Quit Plan

Written by SMH Emergency Clinical Pharmacist Kathryn Samai & PharmD Candidate Joshua Allman

Nearly seven in 10 smokers want to quit, according to the CDC. Smokers looking to break the addiction should consider using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), especially if they smoke more than a few cigarettes each day or have made past quit attempts that were unsuccessful. SMH pharmacists offer a breakdown of the pros and cons of the various options, so you can decide which one is best for you.

 

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Posted: Dec 13, 2018

Beware Holiday Hazards for Kids

With SMH Emergency Medicine/Toxicology Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

The holidays are a magical time, but the decorations, merrymaking and magic also can present unexpected hazards, especially for children. Keep everyone safe this season with these tips for poison prevention during the holidays. 

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