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Concerning Sudden Cardiac Arrest

October 19th, 2021
A sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, is sometimes referred to as a “massive heart attack,” but that moniker is not quite accurate. It’s true that SCA affects the heart, but it’s not a true heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart is stopped or slowed, generally due to a blockage in the coronary arteries, causing the death of heart muscle tissue. Generally, there are signs and symptoms signaling a heart attack, and…

Breast Cancer Basics

October 11th, 2021
It’s October, and we all know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look around. See all the pink ribbons? The color pink is a reminder to learn the basics of breast cancer and then get screened. And men, don’t think this doesn’t apply to you. Though it’s much more common in women, breast cancer affects men, too. Consider these facts. About one in eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer…

Safe in the Summer Sun

August 3rd, 2021
July and August are the hottest months of the year. That’s when the amount of solar energy hitting the earth is at its peak. Many people like to be active outdoors during these hot, humid months: taking vacations, enjoying backyard barbecues, visiting the beach or simply strolling through our neighborhoods. But we must protect ourselves from the scorching summer sun. August is Summer Sun Safety Month, so let’s explore some ways to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors this month.…

Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Information

February 17th, 2021
The staff at Florida Health Care News aim to provide our readers with the latest information on the spread of the coronavirus and vaccine information. The state of Florida is providing COVID-19 vaccines to eligible persons at sites throughout the state. For eligibility, registration and scheduling information, visit MyVaccine.FL.gov The statistics reported here are collected from multiple trusted and reliable sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and national and state public…

Here’s to Having Healthy Lungs

October 5th, 2021
Lung disease kills 4 million people every year. It kills more people than any other disease worldwide. Lung disease is a broad term that encompasses multiple conditions that prevent your lungs from working properly. October is Healthy Lung Month. Let’s use this time to learn more about our lungs and some of the disorders that threaten their health. Your lungs are a pair of air-filled organs located in your chest. Each lung is made up of smaller sections called lobes.…

It’s National ITP Awareness Month. What’s ITP?

September 19th, 2021
ITP is immune thrombocytopenia, a fairly common blood disorder. People with ITP have a lower than normal number of platelets in their blood. Platelets are blood cell fragments that clump together at the site of an injury to form a clot and help stop bleeding.. “Thrombocytes” is another word for platelets, and “penia” means “lack” or “deficiency.” So the term thrombocytopenia literally means “a deficiency of platelets.” ITP is “immune” because your immune system is stimulated to attack your own…

A Study of Sickle Cell Disease

September 10th, 2021
Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders affecting the red blood cells. Healthy red blood cells are disc-shaped and smooth, and glide easily through even small blood vessels to provide oxygen to the body’s tissues. Red blood cells affected by sickle cell disease are rigid, sticky and crescent-shaped, resembling the farm implement called a sickle. The exact number of people living with sickle cell disease in the US is unknown, but it’s estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans, mainly…

Considering Your Cholesterol

September 2nd, 2021
Consider this. Most people can tell you the number attached to their cholesterol level, but do they really understand what it means? What’s behind all those terms, and what is cholesterol anyway? What’s your cholesterol IQ? To help raise it a few points, here’s a quick refresher course in honor of National Cholesterol Education Month. Cholesterol is really not that complicated. It’s basically a waxy, fat-like substance made naturally by the body, in the liver. The liver alone makes enough…

Catching Up On Children’s Eye Health

August 10th, 2021
Newborns can see colors and objects up to 12 inches away, and their vision gets progressively sharper as they get older. By the time they reach school age, children should possess clear, comfortable vision at all distances. But problems can develop as your child’s vision matures. Most childhood vision problems emerge between 18 months and 4 years old. The most common vision problems affecting children are refractive errors, amblyopia and strabismus. Refractive errors occur when the eye can’t focus light…

The Scoop on Group B Strep

July 27th, 2021
Group B Streptococci, or group B strep (GBS), are bacteria that naturally live in your body’s gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive systems. In most cases, these bacteria come and go and are harmless. They don’t cause you to feel sick or experience symptoms. But for some infants and adults with certain medical conditions, GBS can cause a serious illness called GBS disease. GBS disease is most common in newborns who contract it from their mothers during childbirth. About 1 in 4…

Simply Sarcoma

July 20th, 2021
Sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops in connective tissue, the tissue that holds the body together. Connective tissue is located everywhere in the body, so sarcoma tumors can arise anywhere. But they most often form in the bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, nerves, fat and blood vessels of the arms, legs, chest and abdomen. There are two main types of sarcomas: soft tissue sarcomas and bone sarcomas, also called osteosarcomas. There are many different subtypes of soft tissue sarcomas…

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