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Girl getting flu shot

Pumpkin spice, trick-or-treating – and flu shots

Fall means more than pumpkin spice. It also marks the official arrival of that annual fall goblin – the flu. So it’s time to protect yourself and others. “Now is the time to get the flu shot. It’s...
Family portrait of family in which three members had the same type of cancer

One cancer, three generations: three family members undergo the...

When Tammy Becknell’s cooktop blew up in her face, she was lucky to escape serious injury. But she ended up at her doctor’s a week later, concerned that her persistent hoarse throat was caused by...
marking the date on a calendar

New guidelines may mean it’s time for your first colonoscopy

If you thought you had a few years to wait before getting a colon cancer screening, think again. New guidelines move the age for recommended screenings up five years. Instead of beginning screenings...
Woman anxious about flying

Afraid to fly? Here’s how to leave your fears on the ground

Flying the friendly skies isn’t for everyone. Just the thought of boarding a plane can send some people into physical distress, from sweaty palms to panic attacks to a dangerous spike in blood...
Snail crawling on lettuce

This nasty parasite moves at a snail’s pace, but it’s a threat...

A quick bit of advice: Don’t read this story during breakfast. Lunch or dinner won’t do, either, because some things are just too disgusting. Consider the distasteful subject of the rat lungworm,...

Tossing, turning and aging: why does sleep get harder as we get...

You aren’t imagining things. You probably aren’t sleeping as well as you used to. “Our sleep rhythms change as we get older,” said Dr. Sagarika Nallu, sleep specialist and assistant professor at...
Physician giving man a flu shot

Protect yourself from this year’s severe flu season

Get the shot. That’s the advice of medical experts who warn of a nasty, lingering flu season in Florida and around the country. Less than half of all Americans get vaccinated every year, but it’s...
Image of a couple embracing

Lovesick? How falling in love affects your health

The ancient Greeks called it eros. The wise old owl in Disney’s “Bambi” called it “being twitterpated.” And Dr. Jason Castro, a family medicine physician with Tampa General Medical Group, calls...
Gasparilla pirate ship

Going to Gasparilla? Here are five things to know

Ahoy, it’s Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest: So many colorful pirate outfits. So many necklaces of beads tossed from parade floats. So many adult beverages consumed. And so many hangovers. So...
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...
Man running on the beach

For resolution success, try a smart strategy

There’s something about breaking out that brand-new calendar in January that triggers a rush of confidence and renewed dedication. THIS is the year, you say to yourself. I’m going to lose weight,...
Two women laughing

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...
Group of friends having coffee together

Three cups of coffee a day may keep the doctor away

Here’s a news flash: Americans really, really love coffee. Yes, we’re sure you’re surprised and astounded by this totally unexpected news. After all, Americans only drink nearly 600 million cups...
Woman hanging Christmas lights

Deck the halls – with a few holiday safety tips

‘Tis the season to be jolly – but all that merry-making can be hazardous to your health. “It’s easy to get distracted this time of year,” said Dr. David Wein, medical director of the Emergency...
Woman trying to read without her glasses

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...
Woman putting on her seatbelt in the backseat of a car

Back seat safety: how not to become a human missile

Dr. Thomas Herron sees them over and over again: Back-seat passengers who don’t buckle up. Unfortunately, he sees them in the emergency room at Tampa General Hospital, where he works as a trauma...
Group of kids on Halloween

Why do we like Halloween? It tickles the primitive parts of your...

Now that Halloween is here, let’s brush aside the spider webs and skeletons and ask ourselves a spooky question. Why do we like Halloween so much anyway? Why do we seek out creepy, eerie things?...
Female physician giving a flu shot to a female patient

Get to Know the Flu Shot

Nancy Epps, BSN, clinician at Employee Health Services at Tampa General Hospital, tackles some of the most common questions people have about the flu vaccine. Does the flu vaccine completely...
A woman on a run

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...
Man looking at the hurricane destruction of his house

Hurricane stress? Here’s how to cope

The good thing about hurricanes is that you can plan and prepare for them. But all that planning and preparing for a possible monster storm can be downright stressful. “There’s no question...
Man measuring a window to board up for Hurricane Irma

How to stay safe and healthy before, during and after a...

With Hurricane Irma taking aim at Florida, Dr. David Wein is someone you don’t want to see. That’s because he’ll be caring for patients at Tampa General Hospital, where he’s the chief of emergency...
Mother applying sunscreen to her daughter

Florida first aid: How to cope in the Sunshine State

There’s no place like home — especially if it’s Florida in the summer. Yes, the Sunshine State boasts gorgeous beaches and lush, tropical landscapes. But the flora and fauna can be hazardous this...
Family watching the solar eclipse

An eclipse is so bright, you gotta wear (approved) shades

One of the first things a parent teaches a child is common sense: never look directly at the sun. Good advice, as staring at that ball of gas in the sky is a good way to fry your retinas....
Lightning on the beach

How to survive a lightning strike here in the lightning capital...

Here in Tampa Bay, we get so much lightning that we named our pro hockey team after it.  Legend even holds that Tampa meant “sticks of fire” in the language of the Calusa, a Native American...

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