Category Archives: Family

New Technology Brings Back the Old-time House Call

March 17th, 2020
What was old is now new again. House calls, where a doctor arrives at your door with a black bag and stethoscope, are making a comeback. Only this time, medical providers come equipped with portable X-ray machines, labs and even EKG machines. “We’re bringing house calls back to medicine because we believe in high-quality patient-centered, convenient care,” says Dr. Paul Nanda, chief medical officer of Tampa General Hospital Urgent Care powered by Fast Track. “As medical providers, we want to…

Doctors Without Borders

March 8th, 2020
When much of the area in and around Managua, Nicaragua was destroyed by an earthquake in December 1972, humanitarians from all over the world pitched in to help the Central American country recover. Among them were legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente and a team of volunteers, all of whom perished when the cargo airplane they were flying in crashed on New Year’s Eve 1972. Also coming to the aid of Nicaraguans in the wake of that disaster was a fledgling…

Superheroes and Supervillains with Mental Disorders

October 30th, 2019
Whether it’s in a comic book or a movie, most everyone has seen a superhero. Superheroes are different from the rest of us. For example: The Flash is faster than the speed of light, Superman can fly, and Spiderman can shoot webs. People look at superheroes and see greatness and perfection. In a sense, though, superheroes are just like everyone else. They suffer from some of the same problems many people do. One such problem is mental illness. Take Superman,…

Arthritis: Not Just a Seniors’ Disease

October 2nd, 2019
It’s probably pretty common for people to equate the term arthritis with osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis that’s common in adults as we get older. But that’s just one type of arthritis. There are many more, including types that specifically affect children. In general terms, that group of disorders is referred to as childhood arthritis or juvenile arthritis. The most common type of juvenile arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis or JIA. JIA affects approximately one in 1,000 children under…

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August 13th, 2019
Why a vaccine this year may be more important than ever The hottest days of the summer traditionally occur during a span of days that begins in early July and ends in the middle of August. Better known as the “Dog Days of Summer,’’ this period ends this year on the day just before school begins across the state of Florida. The beginning of the school year also falls in the middle of National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance…

Conversation Starters

October 24th, 2017
This month, let’s take a closer look at a very serious issue facing our nation: the prevalence of domestic violence. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that an average of 20 people in the United States are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. That adds up to more than 10 million victims of abuse every year. Domestic violence is epidemic. It affects all people regardless of race, age, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. It can…