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BayCare HealthChat is the official podcast series of BayCare and features our health care professionals sharing the latest health and wellness topics relevant to you and your family.

BayCare HealthChat is the official podcast series of BayCare and features our health care professionals sharing the latest health and wellness topics relevant to you and your family.
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BayCare HealthChat is the official podcast series of BayCare and features our health care professionals sharing the latest health and wellness topics relevant to you and your family.




Ear Infections in Children

Karin Swisher Hotchkiss, MD, discusses ear infections in children, when to watch and wait and the latest treatment recommendations if your child has an ear infection.


Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention

Dr. K. Wade Foster, MD PhD discusses risk factors for Melanoma, the ABCDE characteristics that are used by dermatologists to classify melanomas, the treatment options, and more importantly, prevention.


Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment

If you have come face to face with the possibility of breast cancer, you will probably feel extremely overwhelmed. Your emotions may range from sheer terror to hope and then to depression, helplessness, and back to optimism time and time again. Kathleen G. Allen, MD, FACS discusses Breast Cancer prevention, screening, and treatment options available at BayCare Health if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer.


Age-Related Memory Loss

Alzheimer's and dementia care at BayCare Health is designed to attempt to stimulate the senses, trigger memory, slow disease progression and keep patients functioning at their highest level possible. Dr. Shannon Foster discusses age related memory loss, what's normal, and what warning signs or symptoms should send you or a loved one to see a physician to assess the level of dementia.


All About Prediabetes

Dr. Chrisoula Kiriazis explains what prediabetes is, why it should be taken seriously and your options for treatment, which involve lifestyle changes as well as medication. She also covers BayCare's prediabetes workshop and a CDC prevention program at Winter Haven Hospital and local YMCAs.


Do You Suffer from Joint Pain? There is Help for Osteoarthritis

Joseph Borrelli, Jr., MD, MBA, discusses joint pain from osteoarthritis and treatment options available if you suffer from painful joints.


Tips to Prevent Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accidental falls are the leading cause of accidental death in people over the age of 75. Maryellen Sullivan, PT, MS, DPT, discusses fall prevention, conditions that contribute to falling and how we use several body systems to help maintain our balance so we can prevent those falls in the first place.


Common Foot and Ankle Problems

Eric R. James, MD, discusses common foot and ankle problems, treatment options available and the best ways to take care of our precious feet.


Understanding Advance Directives

Margie Atkinson, DMin, BCC, Director Pastoral Care, Ethics, Palliative Care at Morton Plant Mease, discusses what you need to know to set up your living will, advanced directives in case you are unable to speak for yourself and planning for end of life decisions.


All About Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a heart condition that can cause blood clots, heart failure, stroke and other complications, and it affects more than two million Americans. However, many people don't know about the seriousness of AFib. If untreated, AFib "doubles the risk of heart-related deaths and is associated with a five-fold increase risk for stroke," according to the American Heart Association. Rodrigo A. Boloños, MD, discusses AFIB, symptoms and the treatment options available at...


Decoding the Food Label

Do you know how to read a food label? Learning the basics can help you shop smarter, lose weight and even help fight some diseases. Lindsey McKaig, RD Registered Dietitian for BayCare Corporate Wellness, shares her best advice on how to properly decode food labels to make healthier food choices, what to look for, what to avoid and how to spot unregulated terms that might trip you up.


How to Make Hospitals Less Scary for Kids

Bringing your child to the hospital can be a stressful time for you and your family. Depending on their age, children may experience difficulties while being hospitalized due to separation from family, change in routine, unfamiliar faces, misunderstandings about their treatment, fear of upcoming procedures and an overall loss of control. Leslie Dempsey, Senior Certified Child Life Specialist, discusses how to make hospitals less scary for kids and how to prepare your children for...


The Safety of Childhood Vaccines: Fact vs. Fiction

Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect their children from life threatening diseases. However, for some parents, fears about the safety or necessity of vaccines, and rumors that vaccines can cause serious health problems are a cause for concern. So, how can parents get the facts about vaccine safety? Kristine Rietsma, DO, Pediatrician with BayCare Health System, discusses the importance of vaccinating your children and clears up some misconceptions about side effects and...


Common Cold Treatments

When you’re feeling miserable, it can be tough to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. You turn to your local drug store to find relief for your symptoms, hoping you get the right over-the-counter treatment. You may wonder if antibiotics would be appropriate to deal with what ails you. Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, Residency Program Director and pharmacist Jovino O. Hernandez, PharmD, clears up the confusions of colds, flu and how to medicate.


Understanding Epilepsy and Seizures

Almost 3 million Americans live with epilepsy. Although living with epilepsy may seem overwhelming at times, the good news is that many people with the condition can live full, active lives. BayCare focuses on helping individuals with epilepsy reduce, eliminate or manage their seizures so they achieve as much independence and enjoyment of life as possible. Sanjiv Sahoo, MD, discusses epilepsy, the important precautions for patient safety during a seizure, and treatment options available at...


How Your Weight Affects Your Health

Public health experts agree that obesity has reached an epidemic in this country and around the world. More than a third of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity can cause many health problems and put you at a higher risk for diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and more. Lisa Ferreira, MD discusses the obesity epidemic and the various treatment options available at BayCare, so you can live a more active, healthier lifestyle. This podcast is for...


What You Need to Know About Infant Safe Sleeping and Co-Sleeping

Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep in 1992, deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have declined dramatically. But sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia, have increased. Sleep needs for babies vary depending on their age. Even though you may think it will be easier for feedings or to get up in the middle of the night if your baby is co-sleeping with you, the AAP...


Different Strains of the Flu

Influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection. About five to 20 percent of people in the U.S. get the flu each year. Influenza usually comes on abruptly, with fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and a nonproductive cough. Influenza viruses continually change (mutate) which causes new strains of the virus that can potentially make you fall ill. Nathan Waldrep, MD, discusses the different strains of the flu as well as the best ways to prevent and treat them. This...