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Posted: Aug 11, 2020

COVID & Smoking: What’s the Risk?

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Does smoking increase the risk of contracting COVID-19? Does it increase your chances of developing severe symptoms? Dr. Kirk Voelker, a Sarasota Memorial critical care pulmonologist, answers the most common questions about cigarette-smoking and COVID-19 risk during the pandemic.

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Posted: Aug 5, 2020

COPD: Health Tips & Treatments

Written by SMH Clinical Pharmacist Ashleigh Beachy, PharmD

Did you know that 16 million people in the U.S. are living with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)? And that nearly 1 million COPD sufferers have to be hospitalized each year for treatment? The good news is that this common lung disease can be controlled by medication, and taking simple steps can help people with COPD stay healthy and out of the hospital.

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Posted: Jul 30, 2020

Returning to School Safely ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Manuel Gordillo & Pediatrician Dr. Deirdra Myers

Back-to-School 2020 lies on the horizon. To help families and educators navigate the uncharted waters, infectious disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, who leads Sarasota Memorial's Infection Prevention and Control Department, and First Physicians Group pediatrician Deirdra Myers, MD, answer common questions in this Ask An Expert video Q&A.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2020

Radiation Therapy in Cancer Treatment

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Thanks to advanced technology, today's radiation therapy delivers a better patient experience and vastly improved accuracy in targeting cancers. Radiation oncologist Kunal Saigal, MD, discusses this new cutting-edge technology and how it's benefiting Suncoast communities in this blog post.

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Posted: Jul 23, 2020

COVID-19 Care at Home: What You Need to Know

With Dr. Jack Rodman, First Physicians Group COO, & Dr. Joseph Seaman, SMH Critical Care Pulmonologist

Many area residents with COVID-19 are self-treating and recovering at home. Check out this guide to COVID-19 home care — an overview of what you’ll need, steps you should take, what to expect and tips for caregivers — based on insights from Sarasota Memorial’s medical providers.

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