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Comfort care provides solace during illness

A national outpouring of sadness greeted the news when former first lady Barbara Bush died this month. Her decision to refuse aggressive life-prolonging medical treatment in favor of comfort care...
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When you’re a caregiver, don’t forget to care for yourself

The drive to Tampa General Hospital in March 2015 was the longest ride of Terra Acosta’s life. “My husband called me and kept saying, ‘You need to get here,’” she said. “He wouldn’t tell me what...
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Navigating the Holidays with Crohn’s Disease

The kitchen has transformed into an aromatic world of roast turkey and baked casseroles. Visions of gingerbread men are dancing in my head. Is it possible to swim in a vat of gravy? Focus. It’s...
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Why can’t you read this? Your eyes are aging

The only things certain in life, the saying goes, are death and taxes. Add one more to the list: eye aging. The most common vision problem as people get older is a loss of ability to focus on...
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Stronger bones: start with just a minute a day

What if doing something for just one minute a day could improve your health as you age? Improving your bone health might be that easy, say scientists from the University of Exeter and the...
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Avoiding diabetes can be as simple as a walk in the park

Or, in Jan Hensley’s case, a walk in the mall. As the pounds piled on, the Tampa woman got seriously concerned about her weight. Among her concerns: diabetes. So she decided to be proactive,...
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Questions about stroke? Check out #StrokeTalk

Earlier this week, @TGHCares joined @American_Stroke, @HeartTampaBay and other national experts for a tweet chat moderated by @NINDSnews (the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)...
Wildfire in the woods

With fires near, tips to keep lungs clear

With Florida as dry as a tinder box, new wildfires seem to be popping up daily. And where there’s fire, there’s smoke – an irritant for everyone’s lungs and eyes, and especially bad news for...
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Can’t sleep? Read this (but not in bed on your phone)

The posts pop up on Facebook every night, beginning around 2 a.m.: “Why can’t I sleep? Ugh.” “Insomnia. Help.” Americans aren’t getting enough rest. According to the American Academy of Sleep...
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When stress is a real heartache

Feeling a little wrung out lately? You’re not alone. Two-thirds of Americans on both sides of the political fence say they are stressed about the future of the country. And that’s just the...
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Bariatric surgery gaining weight as option for long-term health

When George IV ruled England, he was known as much for his girth and indulgences as his politics. In his last years, he became so obese he struggled to breathe when in bed, and severe gout rendered...
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Yawn. Daylight Saving Time got you down? Here’s how to cope

Today has to be everyone’s least favorite Monday morning. As you suffer through the first workday after losing an hour to Daylight Saving Time, we have these less-than-uplifting thoughts to offer...
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Clearing the smoke on medical marijuana

The voting is over, but myths and misconceptions still linger over the use of cannabis for treating certain medical conditions. In November, voters made Florida the 26th state to legalize its use...
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Integrative medicine provides care for the whole patient

Judi Bedard never considered herself a “woo woo” person. As a nurse, she believed in science. Pharmaceuticals. Proven protocols backed by research and statistics. That changed after a diving...
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Hate Seasonal Allergies? We Do, Too.

Ah, spring. The lengthening days sun-kissed with warmth, the first flowers blossoming into rosy blooms, the warbling bird call on a sweet evening. And then there’s the omnipresent dusting of slime...
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At Rehabilitation Reunion, Victories Large and Small

Physical therapist Steve Wesenhagen greets Juanita Martinez Gomez as former patients and the rehabilitation staff at Tampa General Hospital hold a reunion lunch. Linda Crowley used to ski...
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For faster recovery from surgery, try “prehab” first

Most people don’t exactly look forward to having surgery. But if you know that surgery is in your future, there are steps you can take to help you recover faster. Think of it as “prehab:” pre-...
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TGH, USF Health among first in nation to offer "sleep...

    John King dreaded bedtime. He knew it would mean another sleepless night – and then another day of exhaustion. “I would want to go back to sleep – desperately,” said...
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