Saturday, December 16, 2017


Irene Maher, Times correspondent

Irene Maher, Times correspondent

Irene Maher has reported on health for more than 25 years, mostly for WFLA-Ch. 8 in Tampa. She now writes about personal health and wellness for the Tampa Bay Times.

Woman writing thank you on present.

Learn to practice gratitude year-round, not just on Thanksgiving

Is it part of your Thanksgiving tradition to go around the dinner table and have everyone share one thing they are thankful for? The exercise reminds us that the day is about more than just turkey and pie. And, for those who take it seriously, it...
Updated one month ago
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Liz Johnson is pictured with her husband, Steve, during a college reunion trip in October 2017 in Washington, D.C.

World Stroke Day is Oct. 29: Educate yourself on symptoms, treatment (seconds count) and risk factors

Before Ann Shuck retired from Raymond James Financial, she had some pretty persistent friends and co-workers. They wouldn’t take "no" for an answer. And that’s probably why she’s alive and very well today, three years after suffering...
Updated: 2 months ago
Sarah Ricca holds Abigail, her 7-month-old daughter, at Edgewater Park in Dunedin as her son, 4-year-old Elliott, looks on.

Gestational diabetes screening, treatment important for health of mother and child

Roughly 6 to 10 percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. Screening and treatment are important for the health of mother and child.
Updated: 3 months ago

A look at the latest on breast cancer detection, treatment and research

Sunday marks the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Updated: 3 months ago
PEPE SERRA    |   Special to the Times

With a tailored approach to cancer treatment, doctors at Moffitt see more cures, fewer side effects

Moffitt Cancer Center is working to tailor radiation therapy to patients based on tumor biology, genetics and complex mathematical equations.
Updated: 4 months ago
Dr. Scott Klavans of Morton Plant Hospital plans to take special training.

Relatively new treatment offers alternative for men with BPH

The UroLift, an outpatient procedure, expands the treatment options for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Updated: 5 months ago
Friends Eric Wheeler and Peter Highland, both of Pass-a-Grille, enjoy the shade at Pass-a-Grille Beach. It’s best to avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and, when outside during the day, to always seek shade.

Summer 101: How to have fun and stay out of the ER

Whether it's picnicking in a city park or traveling to a bucket list destination, summer calls us to do something fun. Whatever it may be, check out our Summer Survival Guide first.
Updated: 5 months ago
Kim Campbell, wife of country music legend Glen Campbell, is acknowledged by those attending the free event where she shared the story of her personal journey with Alzheimer???‚??„?s disease and the struggles she faced caring for her husband on Friday (5/26/17) at the Suncoast Hospice's Empath Health Service Center in Clearwater. Empath Choices for Care, a member of Empath Health, and Arden Courts Memory Care hosted the free event where Kim shared her story to help others understand the early stages, how the disease changes lives, the challenges families face and the role of caregiver.

Glen Campbell's wife Kim discusses challenges, guilt caregivers of Alzheimer's patients, others face

Kim Campbell, whose husband, country music legend Glen Campbell, has Alzheimer's, talks about the challenges and guilt that caregivers face.
Updated: 6 months ago
Tracy Christner is executive director of Empath Choices for Care.

Dementia: learn about a living will extension, better communication and resources

Make your wishes knownEmpath Choices for Care, one of the organizations that co-sponsored Kim Campbell's late-May visit to Empath Health in Clearwater, has launched something new to help people plan for their care should they develop...
Updated: 6 months ago
Paula Knaus, associate dean of faculty affairs at the USF College of Public Health, underwent hand filler treatment about a year and a half ago.

Old-looking hands and what you can do about them

Many of us don't have a good grip when it comes to the appearance of our hands, which can betray our age. Treatments and proper care can go a long way.
Updated: 6 months ago