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Florida first aid: How to cope in the Sunshine State

There’s no place like home — especially if it’s Florida in the summer. Yes, the Sunshine State boasts gorgeous beaches and lush, tropical landscapes. But the flora and fauna can be hazardous this...
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An eclipse is so bright, you gotta wear (approved) shades

One of the first things a parent teaches a child is common sense: never look directly at the sun. Good advice, as staring at that ball of gas in the sky is a good way to fry your retinas....
Lightning on the beach

How to survive a lightning strike here in the lightning capital...

Here in Tampa Bay, we get so much lightning that we named our pro hockey team after it.  Legend even holds that Tampa meant “sticks of fire” in the language of the Calusa, a Native American...
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Swim safety: What every parent needs to know

As chief of emergency medicine for Tampa General Hospital, Dr. David Wein sees all types and levels of injuries. The one that is absolutely emotionally wrenching and haunted by “if only”s? A child...
Woman applying sunscreen to a child

Seven secrets for avoiding skin cancer

Sun worshippers, admit it. At some point in your reckless youth, you slathered your barely covered body with baby oil, put up a tin foil tent around your beach chair and soaked in the sun’s rays...
Bystanders who perform CPR more than double chances of survival

Ready to learn more about CPR? #SouthernHearts had a Twitter...

Every year in the U.S., somewhere between 325,000 and 600,000 hearts stop beating. But if someone witnesses this event and starts CPR, they can double or even triple the chances of survival....
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Talk more comforting than silence for kids facing tragedy

As phones and TV screens around the world flashed the brutal news from Manchester, England, the reality hit home for many parents: We can’t protect our children from violence - not even at a Monday...
Wildfire in the woods

With fires near, tips to keep lungs clear

With Florida as dry as a tinder box, new wildfires seem to be popping up daily. And where there’s fire, there’s smoke – an irritant for everyone’s lungs and eyes, and especially bad news for...
Woman laying in bed staring at the clock

Can’t sleep? Read this (but not in bed on your phone)

The posts pop up on Facebook every night, beginning around 2 a.m.: “Why can’t I sleep? Ugh.” “Insomnia. Help.” Americans aren’t getting enough rest. According to the American Academy of Sleep...
Man hugging a rhino

Flee from a raging wildfire? Not without my rhino

Donovan Smith, co-owner of the NGALA Wildlife Preserve near Naples, has cared for Walter the rhino since the animal was about a year old. Smith and Walter the rhino So when rapidly-moving...
Woman stressed out at work

When stress is a real heartache

Feeling a little wrung out lately? You’re not alone. Two-thirds of Americans on both sides of the political fence say they are stressed about the future of the country. And that’s just the...
Two girls playing lacrosse

Keeping your eye on the ball: sports-related eye injuries are...

“It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”           -- a quote by every mother everywhere In all seriousness, we don’t necessarily...
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Before you go to prom, watch this

Before you go to the prom, please watch this message from our pediatric trauma surgeon, Dr. Noor Kassira:  Want some more good ideas for staying safe on prom night? Check out this page...
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Yawn. Daylight Saving Time got you down? Here’s how to cope

Today has to be everyone’s least favorite Monday morning. As you suffer through the first workday after losing an hour to Daylight Saving Time, we have these less-than-uplifting thoughts to offer...
boy had a bicycle crash

Does my child have a broken bone? Here’s how to tell.

Your child is climbing around on the monkey bars or on some elaborate piece of modern playground equipment. The kid slips and falls, plummeting to the ground with enough force to concern you....
Man walking and texting

Looking down at cell phones can lead to text neck

Talk about a pain in the neck. For hours every day, we stare down at our cell phones, texting, reading incoming messages, Googling, gawking at videos. Do it long enough, and we become members...
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25 years of teaching kids about health and safety

A 25 year partnership between MORE HEALTH and Tampa General Hospital has taught over 3.5 million students health and safety lessons. See a group of 50 fourth and fifth graders from Florida...
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Don’t give up yet: five secrets for keeping those New Year’s...

We’re a month into the New Year, the time when we turn a page, cultivate new interests and adopt a good habit. So how many of those well intended resolutions have you actually kept? If you’re like...
Pirate ship at sunset

Before you drink at Gasparilla, five things to know

Ahoy, it’s Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival: So many colorful pirate outfits. So many necklaces of beads tossed from parade floats. So many adult beverages consumed. And so many hangovers...
Woman holding her throat

For silent tumors, a delicate surgery

The scary thing about thyroid cancer is that it’s increasing – faster than any other cancer, with cases tripling over the past thirty years, according to the American Cancer Society. In most cases...
Family playing on the playground

What's a parathyroid? This tiny gland can cause big...

Fatigue snuck up slowly and settled over Alexis Dominguez before she knew it was there. Alexis Dominguez and her husband, Michael, play with children Christian and Isabella in her parents...
A man sleeping

Six ways more sleep will make you healthier

“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” – American playwright Wilson Mizener We spend nearly a third of our lives asleep – that is, most of us do. Unfortunately...
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Chasing away the holiday blues

The ho-ho-ho holidays are a time of joy, cheer and good will. Right? Not so fast. It’s also a time when too many demands and poignant memories can trigger depression and stress. But it doesn’t...
A family of four wearing flip flops

Floridians love flip-flops, but are they good for our feet?

What’s not to like about flip flops? They’re fun, flexible and even fashionable. They’re attractively priced and they come in every color of the rainbow. If you’re a Floridian, this casual...

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