Written by SMH Certified Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society, more than 135,000 cases of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are diagnosed each year in the US? While the average age of diagnosis is around 67, recent studies show that diagnoses are becoming increasingly common in people under age… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Aging Well
Written By SMH Lymphedema / Physical Therapist Sherry Ireland Cancer rehabilitation is an important part of Sarasota Memorial’s integrated cancer-care approach. Cancer—and even cancer treatments—can affect a person’s normal physical abilities. For instance, chemotherapy leaves most people feeling drained of energy, and this chronic sense of fatigue can impair daily-living capabilities and diminish their quality… Read more »
Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage Back pain is a common complaint as we age. The pain, which can include numbness, tingling and weakness in the back and legs, often is due to spinal stenosis, a result of aging and wear and tear on the spine from everyday activities.
Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage Finding out you have a leaking heart valve or blocked coronary arteries can be frightening—especially if your only option to correct the problem is cardiac surgery. But what if you’re uncomfortable with the diagnosis or have been told your condition is too fragile for a less-invasive surgical… Read more »
If you’re among the millions who are living with heart failure, getting flu and pneumonia vaccinations can help keep you out of the hospital this flu season. While October is the best time to get a flu shot, it’s not too late to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu.
Written by SMH Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator Amie Miller Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death IN THE WORLD. Period. Smoking cigarettes is also the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer. The US Centers for Disease Control also reports that:
By SMH Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator Amie Miller Smoking is bad for you. That’s pretty common knowledge these days. But it’s not just bad for your insides; smoking also takes a toll on your outside.
Written By Pharmacy Resident Melissa Campo Prescription medication abuse is the second most common form of drug abuse in the US. When prescription drugs are improperly disposed of or are left to collect dust in a medicine cabinet long after they are needed, the medications often end up in the wrong hands.
Browsing the aisles at the pharmacy or vitamin store can feel overwhelming. With so many products to choose from, how can you know which is right for you? How do you know which ones are actually worth the money?
Welcome to “Ask an Expert,” a Q&A series with Sarasota Memorial’s health and medical experts, where you can get thorough answers to your health queries from a local source you can trust. Have question that you’d like to “Ask an Expert”? Email them to AskAnExpert@smh.com.