September 24, 2022

Healthcare

Tampa General Hospital's new $53-million central energy plant ensures continual power - even in a hurricane

With Tampa General Hospital embarking on a $550-million construction plan that includes multiple components, from 12 new operating rooms to a 2,000-space parking garage, the hospital chose to address one crucial element early on: Making sure that — no matter the weather or the condition of Tampa's electrical grid — it would never lose power. Read more »
Published on 9/20/2022

Lifelong medical challenges inspire growth of Amelia Island Microgreens

Connor Hiebel, 17, of Fernandina Beach, combines his business acumen with a commitment to healthy eating through his business Amelia Island Microgreens, which started in 2020. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2022

Non-profit created by children of doctors helps seniors stay connected with their physicians

The shift to telemedicine has been heralded as one of the silver livings of the COVID-19 crisis, but it hasn't been a simple shift for everyone, says Arjun Verma, a 2022 graduate of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. His parents are both doctors, and “many of their patients, especially elderly patients, didn't have access to the devices they needed to connect to their virtual health care appointments” during the pandemic, he says. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2022

Dr. Maria Hatara explores the connection between the gut and children's mental health

Researchers are investigating the connection between gut health and mental health. Dr. Maria Hatara, a gastroenterologist with Tampa General Hospital's Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches, answered questions about the connection and children. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Two Northwest Florida hospitals add pediatric care to their facilities

Ascension Sacred Heart Bay at Panama City Beach has added a pediatric emergency services clinic. The facility is the Studer Family Children's Hospital's fourth pediatric emergency room department in Northwest Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

UF/FSU study helps teens stick with taking their heart medications after a heart transplant

Getting adolescent heart transplant patients to take the medications they need is a constant challenge — whether it's the added responsibility of multiple medications or just teenage resistance. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Nicklaus Children's Hospital doctors find new ways to treat patients with high-risk blood and bone marrow conditions

The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is one of two pediatric blood and marrow transplant centers in South Florida, performing more than 30 blood and marrow bone transplants per year for patients under age 21 with conditions including leukemia, lymphoma and other types of tumors. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Golisano Children's Health Center opens a virtual reality chemotherapy room

Over the years, numerous studies have shown that distractions and relaxation techniques can significantly alleviate some of the negative effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, pain and anxiety. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Johns Hopkins All Children's president puts hospital's mission in focus

K. Alicia Schulhof, president of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital St. Petersburg since July 2021, likes to start staff meetings with a “mission moment” — a story that demonstrates “the impact our team members have each and every day on the patients we care for.” Read more »
Published on 8/30/2022

Engineer designs first smart cushion with sensors for better wheelchair user experience

Tim Balz initially wasn't a good student in high school. He was told he wouldn't go to college. But he had one teacher who believed in him. That teacher introduced Balz to engineering through robotics, and Balz captained the team in his Plainville, Ind., high school. “Engineers have so much power to change so many lives. I knew then it was the best career I could think of to change the world,” he says. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

UF researchers develop tool to predict complications during surgery

Every year, approximately 15 million Americans undergo some sort of surgery, and nearly one-third develop a complication. Each adverse event can add up to $11,000 in health care costs and exact a physical and emotional toll on the patient. But a promising AI tool being developed by researchers at the University of Florida could help doctors better forecast how patients will do before they even go under the knife. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2022

Doctor provides mobile medical care to uninsured children

Laura Chilcutt has always felt a calling to work with vulnerable populations. As a lawyer, she spent years championing the rights of immigrants and human trafficking and domestic violence victims for the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (now Americans for Immigrant Justice) and later at her own practice. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2022

Chemists focused on mental health start psychedelic-powered biotech firm

Jackie von Salm and Chris Witowski gave up six-figure salaries with stock options to launch Psilera, a Tampa-based biotechnology company specializing in developing psychedelic-inspired compounds and drug delivery systems for treating mental health disorders... Read more »
Published on 6/16/2022

Scripps Safe plans to boost its workforce and is exploring a move to go public

Scripps Safe, a Naples company that provides security for narcotics storage, transportation and dispensing, plans to boost its workforce from six to 40 this year and is exploring a move to go public. The company makes safes, vaults, smart locks, inventory tracking software and also offers consulting services for the health care industry... Read more »
Published on 5/31/2022

Florida's population is growing faster than its physician workforce

Florida's population is growing faster than its physician workforce. Filling the gap will require a range of responses, from better use of technology to more residencies to expanding the care provided by non-physicians. Read more »
Published on 4/30/2022

Amid Florida's doctor shortage, the nursing shortage also grows

In 2019, the state was about 17,100 nurses short, according to a report commissioned by the Florida Hospital Association and Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. By 2035, that shortfall is predicted to hit 59,100. Read more »
Published on 4/22/2022

Akron Bio expands gene therapy, vaccine production with new Sarasota facility

Akron Bio has opened a state-of-the-art plasmid DNA manufacturing facility. Read more »
Published on 4/13/2022

Filling the doctor gap will require a range of responses

While there's general acknowledgement that increasing the number of residencies in the state is key to addressing the shortage of physicians, the profession hasn't always been eager to expand the ranks of physicians. Read more »
Published on 4/7/2022

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

Two UF graduates launch tech solutions that improve lives of people with disabilities

People with disabilities depend on assistive technology to do their jobs, get an education and enjoy a better quality of life. Yet, Patil says, “there has been a lack of innovation while the rest of the technology is making leaps. It is a huge waste of human potential and human resources when a large part of the community cannot contribute to society through jobs or education because of a lack of assistive technology.” Read more »
Published on 3/7/2022

Baptist Heart Hospital plans to build a center for patients with abnormal heart rhythms

A Northeast Florida hospital plans a center for patients with abnormal heart rhythms. Read more »
Published on 2/21/2022

Minimally invasive valve replacement procedures are transforming heart repair

Alternative medicine practitioners have long argued that coronary artery disease can be treated safely and effectively with chelation therapy — a process in which chemical compounds are injected into the bloodstream to remove heavy metals from the body... Read more »
Published on 2/21/2022

$37-million NIH grant used to study chelation's effects on diabetics with heart disease

A South Florida cardiologist hopes his second major study ends the debate around chelation therapy... Read more »
Published on 2/21/2022

Manatee Memorial using shock therapy and a new device to treat heart patients

Manatee Memorial Hospital has a new treatment for severely calcified coronary artery disease patients: Shock wave therapy... Read more »
Published on 2/21/2022

Dr. Ahmed Osman leads the way with clinical trials for irregular heartbeat treatments

Broward Health Medical Center's leading light for treating heart rhythm disorders, Dr. Ahmed Osman, continues to guide the hospital's build-out in treating irregular heartbeats with new tech and as principal investigator in clinical trials... Read more »
Published on 2/21/2022

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Tropical Depression Nine has developed in the central Caribbean. The depression is expected to reach tropical storm strength and even hurricane strength by early next week. The NHC has placed Florida in the system's cone of uncertainty.

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