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Stomach Stillness

August 10th, 2020
How well do you know your digestive system? Your stomach is an important part of it. The stomach is a hollow organ made up mainly of muscle. It takes in food that is eaten, mixes it up and breaks it down into smaller pieces. What’s left is passed from the stomach to the small intestine, where digestion continues. But sometimes, the muscles in the stomach or the nerves that control those muscles don’t work correctly. That slows the movement of…

It’s a SMAall World

August 4th, 2020
August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, so today is an excellent time to stay indoors in the air conditioning and read a blog. The topic of this one is a genetic disorder called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) that primarily affects infants and children and, more rarely, adults. August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.  SMA is a neuromuscular disorder. It is a progressive disease that destroys motor neurons, the nerve cells that control muscle movement.…

Iron Overload

July 20th, 2020
Every year, Americans observe Hemochromatosis Screening and Awareness Month in July, and this year is no exception. Hemochromatosis is a big word for a disorder in which you absorb more iron from the food you eat than your body needs for optimal function. It’s essentially iron overload. Everyone needs some iron. It’s an important nutrient that helps the hemoglobin in your blood carry oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues. But if you absorb too much, it stores up in…

Youth at Risk

July 17th, 2020
As the summer rages on, coronavirus infection rates continue to climb across the country. States such as Texas, Arizona and Florida are seeing record spikes on an almost daily basis. As of July 15, there were more than 3.41 million infections and at least 134,000 deaths from the virus in the US, and it’s not done. Unfortunately, in the midst of all this bad news another negative trend is emerging. Some states are seeing an increase in the number of…

COVID-19 Statistics

July 17th, 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state, nation and world changes daily. The staff at Florida Health Care News aim to provide our readers with the latest information on the spread of the coronavirus. To help us do that, we are providing updated statistics on confirmed, fatal and recovered cases in Florida, the US and across the globe. The statistics reported here are collected from multiple trusted and reliable sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers…

Boning Up on Sarcoma

July 14th, 2020
Summer is now in full swing and some of us are looking for creative ways to beat the heat. Here’s an opportunity to take a break and get a little education at the same time. July is Sarcoma Awareness Month, so sit back and read about this form of cancer that accounts for only one percent of all adult cancers but is rather prevalent in children, accounting for about 20 percent of all pediatric cancers. The Sarcoma Foundation of America…

Safe Under the Sun

July 8th, 2020
A few precautions can keep your skin safe this summer. Summer is here and with it comes an increased desire to get out of the house and do something outdoors. That desire may be even stronger this year, what with so many isolating themselves at home in an effort to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Before venturing outside, though, it’s always smart to take into account the risks associated with exposure to the sun and its potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. That’s…

Extra! Extra! Read All About It

July 5th, 2020
Most of the news we’ve been reading about COVID-19 lately seems to be bad news: New cases are spiking across the country. Hospital ICUs are filling to capacity with seriously ill patients. And experts are warning of escalating infection rates in the coming months. But if you look a little closer, you can find some tidbits of good news as well. Here’s one story I came across recently that gave me hope. On July 1, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and…

Go Purple on the Longest Day

June 18th, 2020
Alzheimer’s Association Seeks to Raise Awareness. The longest day of the year, also known as the summer solstice, is the day with the most light. Not coincidentally, it is on that day each year that the Alzheimer’s Association strives to bring the most light to its efforts to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease. That day falls on June 20, a Saturday, this year, and while the impact of the coronavirus may force a few changes in plans, the Alzheimer’s…

Sounding Off on Scleroderma

June 9th, 2020
Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder that replaces your body’s healthy connective tissue with thick, hard tissue that’s full of extra collagen, a protein that serves as a building block for connective tissue. Connective tissue is fibrous tissue that supports, protects or gives structure to other tissues and organs in the body. Scleroderma is an unpredictable disease. Sometimes, it’s mild and affects only your skin, which is made up of connective tissue. But other times, scleroderma involves multiple organs and…

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