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Wedding rings are exchanged at Tampa General Hospital

How this “beach wedding” came to the fourth floor of TGH

 Nurse Manager Danielle Brennan was making her daily rounds in Labor and Delivery, checking each patient and asking about their care at Tampa General Hospital. But one woman stopped Brennan...

Parents and teens urged to beware of vaping

E- cigarettes are dangerous for children and adults and threaten to get more people addicted to nicotine, Dr. David Wein and other speakers said at a news conference Thursday at Tampa General...
Two babies in blanket

Tampa General Hospital is where she became a mom – and a lawyer

After three years of law school and many long hours studying, Lex Murphy learned in April that she had passed the Florida Bar exam. It was a crowning achievement that would allow her to embark on...
Two counselors with camper

At Camp Hopetáke, kids score a victory over fire

TAMPA, Fla. -- At Camp Hopetáke this week, children soared through the air on a zipline, splashed their way around Adventure Island and cheered the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 victory. Because at this...

This surgery gave her a special gift: a happy Mother’s Day

Anna North won’t be going to a fancy restaurant for Mother’s Day this year and she’s really not worried about getting a card or flowers. Her priceless gifts were already delivered – on March 26 at...
Child getting vaccinated

As measles outbreaks erupt, pediatricians seek to soothe parents...

For 20 years, there wasn’t a single case of measles in the Tampa Bay area. Not until last year, when BLAM! Suddenly there were seven. It remains to be seen what 2019 will bring. But now that...
Little girl eating an apple

Back to school already? Start the year with a healthy lunch box

So you’re still just trying to get used to the idea of school starting on a Friday and you have no idea what to pack in your kid’s lunch. That’s okay…because we’re back with our third annual list...
Boy about to receive vaccination shot from nurse

Hey parents, boys need HPV vaccine too

Maybe it’s a little awkward, but it’s an important conversation between physicians and parents of middle-schoolers: It concerns the most common sexually transmitted infection, the human...
Family with young children in kitchen making meal together

How stressed-out parents can beat the odds and cook homemade...

Working parents, you know how it is. You get home at the end of another hectic work day. You’re tired and stressed. Sometimes the last thing in the world you want to do is cook a healthy,...
Father and son holding new baby girl

Rush-hour delivery at the TGH Brandon Healthplex

Christine and Clifford Stallworth planned to deliver their daughter at Tampa General Hospital, but baby Janine didn't want to wait for rush-hour traffic. Listen to their adventure! Want to learn...
mom and son smiling

How to talk about weight with your kids

Time after time, Dr. Amy Weiss talks with teens who are struggling with their weight. She treats overweight adolescents in her work as a pediatrician at the Tampa General Hospital + USF Health...
Two young boys trying on helmets

Safe walkers, safe wheels

About 50 first and second grade students from St. Joseph Catholic School visited Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday for a lesson day called “Safe Walkers and Safe Wheels” by MORE HEALTH. Each of...
Rehab grad, Trey, with his family

After flip gone wrong, boy stays hopeful, but warns other kids

One moment, Trey Smetana was a normal 15-year-old, athletic enough to both play football and perform flips and tumbling runs. All that changed in an instant in a bounce house at a church camp two...
Avery and Evan at their lemonade stand

How best to respond to brother's illness? Make lemonade

When Avery Ranieri decided she wanted to sell lemonade to help sick children, she had no idea how big her effort would become. But the lemonade stand that 9-year-old Avery hosted a few weeks ago...
Eclipse baby with parents

Did they watch the eclipse? Oh, baby…

Tampa couple Lucy Roldan-Castro and Jesus Martinez had planned to watch the eclipse Monday. But their baby, due September 3rd, had other plans. Roland-Castro went into labor at 4 a.m. Monday,...
Young schoolboy eating an apple

Brown bag magic: what to pack for your kid's lunch

If you’re a Tampa Bay parent, you have at least two questions right now: How can it possibly be time for the kids to head back to school? And what the heck am I gonna put in their lunches?...
A girl sitting on her laptop and yawning

Yawn. Heading back to school means a new sleep routine

 Zzzz. It seemed so easy to let the kids sleep as the drowsy days of summer unwound. But now it’s suddenly time for school – and time for them to rush out of bed in the morning. How’s a...
Evan and Avery

Cups of kindness: why Avery’s lemonade stand is THE cool place...

Avery Ranieri isn’t just a kid with a lemonade stand. She’s a 9-year-old on a mission. Avery wants to help other children like her little brother, Evan Ranieri, who was born with kidney disease...
Teen girl ringing the chemo bell

Bell rings to signal victory in 13-year-old's fight against...

The bell that rang out Friday afternoon at Tampa General Hospital marked a special victory for 13-year-old Katie Ballesteros. The brand-new "chemo bell" was donated to the TGH Childlife Playroom...
Two boys in a truck at Camp Hopetake

For these children, a place to celebrate and to heal

Ricky, 10, and Korben, 11, have waited all year for this week. So many rides, so much squealing, and no time to feel self-conscious about their scars, the visible evidence of their encounters with...
Woman teaching kids how to swim

Swim safety: What every parent needs to know

As chief of emergency medicine for Tampa General Hospital, Dr. David Wein sees all types and levels of injuries. The one that is absolutely emotionally wrenching and haunted by “if only”s? A child...
Woman applying sunscreen to a child

Seven secrets for avoiding skin cancer

Sun worshippers, admit it. At some point in your reckless youth, you slathered your barely covered body with baby oil, put up a tin foil tent around your beach chair and soaked in the sun’s rays...
A family talking together

Talk more comforting than silence for kids facing tragedy

As phones and TV screens around the world flashed the brutal news from Manchester, England, the reality hit home for many parents: We can’t protect our children from violence - not even at a Monday...
Energy drinks

Energy drinks increase heart risks, cardiologist says

Dr. Fadi Matar has a swift recommendation for how many energy drinks you should drink: “Zero,” he said. “None. Stop drinking them.” Matar, medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at...

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