How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

sleep recommendations
Written by Mother-Baby Discharge Facilitator Sheera Thomas

Today was one of those days when the whole family struggled to get out of bed. We had spent the weekend moving to a new house, and after two days of unpacking our lives—and very little sleep—I began wondering exactly how much shut-eye my kids need to be healthy. This is what I found out. (more…)

‘Life Changing’ Second Opinion—One Woman’s Story

Charlie Ann Spyrett
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 approach? (more…)

Tips for NICU Families — Parent to Parent

NICO Graber
Written By NICU-Graduate Mom Jamie Jalwan

It sounds intense: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NICU. And the experience can be intense. And scary. No parent signs up to be a NICU parent, and I’m guessing no baby spends their time in utero dreaming of being a “NICU baby.” But sometimes, the NICU is the very best first home for little ones requiring a little extra love—and highly specialized medical care—upon arrival. (more…)

Cancer & Caregiving: Tips to Thrive

caregivers
Written by SMH Cancer Care Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

Last year, 15.5 million people in the U.S. were living with cancer. This year, another 1,688,780 people will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society. Many of these cancer patients will, at some point, come to depend on the care and support of a trusted family member. (more…)

Catching Lung Cancer Early Saves Lives

Lung cancer
By SMH Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator Amie Miller

Screening and early detection save lives.

Does that sound familiar? You no doubt heard that often during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. But did you know that the same can be said for many other diseases as well? For example: Lung cancer can also be detected at early stages, dramatically improving survival rates for this deadly disease. (more…)

Flu-shot Primer: What You Need to Know

Flu Shot
By SMH Ambulatory Services Director Jen Storch

Flu season is officially upon us, and the best way to protect you and your family from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Here on the Suncoast—like most places in the US—influenza activity typically begins in October or November and increases during the fall and winter months. (more…)