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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: Understanding OTC Medications and the Role of Antibiotics

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...


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...