Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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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.



Arto Woods is pictured with his wife, Syvilla, and his son, Dr. Ashanti Woods, at St. Joseph's Hospital just days after having a stroke. (St. Joseph's Hospital)

Stroke stories can have a happy ending: What you should know

Arto Woods and his wife, Syvilla, had a good flight from Baltimore to Tampa in early May. En route, they talked about how convenient it would have been to fly directly into Orlando, where the conference that brought them to Florida...
Updated one month ago
Melanoma rates doubled in the United States from 1982 to 2011, and melanoma is on the rise. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, an especially good time to learn how to protect yourself and how to spot signs of trouble. (Times, 2012)

Melanoma on the rise, especially in young women: What you should know

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is on the rise, especially among young women. Now, according to the American Academy of Dermatology and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, melanoma is the second most common form...
Updated one month ago
At one point, Christine Daniels' son, Chris, wanted to be a professional football player. Chris died in January 2012 after being involved in a vehicle accident. Doctors were able to transplant his heart, two kidneys, pancreas and liver. (MONICA HERNDON, Times)

Mother who lost son shares his story to encourage organ donation

Chris Daniels always wanted to be a professional football player. Then he discovered dirt bike racing, the sport he thought might one day make him famous. But at just 18, he was involved in a vehicle accident that brought his life and dreams to a full...
Updated: 2 months ago
Celeste and Jonathan Domico of Clearwater are pictured with their children -  from left, Faith, 9; Eli, 7; and Ava, 11 - at Eagle Lake Park in Largo. The children will participate in the Meek and Mighty Triathlon, one of the St. Anthony's Triathlon events, on April 28. Dad Jonathan will take part in the main St. Anthony's Triathlon. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

Meek and Mighty Triathlon draws the young (siblings who are 7, 9 and 11) and not so young

The annual St. Anthonyís Triathlon has for years attracted elite athletes from around the world, making the St. Petersburg race one of the premier triathlon events in the country. Thereís a big incentive to run fast, swim hard and be the best on a...
Updated: 2 months ago
Dr. Laura Arline is pictured with sons Logan, 11, left, and Owen, 9, at Clearwater Beach in November. (Courtesy of Dr. Laura Arline)

Itís Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: the latest on the colonoscopy and home screening tests

The items glide slowly toward checkout. To the keen observer, your destiny is clear: green Jell-O, chicken broth, lemon Crystal Light, white grape juice, lemons and limes, yellow popsicles, soothing "personal care" wipes and a large...
Updated: 3 months ago
Elly Berube, 11, of Hudson applies pressure using the heel of her right hand on a compression dummy at an American Heart Association-sponsored Hands-Only CPR class at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Code 3 Health & Safety and several volunteers from Pasco County Fire Rescue Station 33 provided the training. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)

Be prepared to help save a life: Learn CPR

70 percent of cardiac arrests outside hospitals happen at home. American Heart Association 3 a.m. Jan. 4, 2016. Lisa Peters of St. Petersburg is awakened by her husband, Rick, making strange gasping sounds. She...
Updated: 4 months ago
LARA CERRI   |   Times
Fifth grade teacher Cristi Fryberger, 34, of St. Petersburg, battled the flu this season, along with her daughter, Adalyn â\u0088\u009A\u0092Addiâ\u0088\u009A\u0093 Fryberger, who holds Aaron Blake, their hamster.

Itís flu season, and how: Hereís what you need to know

Cristi Fryberger, a fifth-grade teacher, was headed back for the first day of classes at St. Petersburg Christian School after the Christmas break but didnít feel well. She left a couple of hours later and went to an urgent care clinic, where a swab...
Updated: 5 months ago
Dr. Ira Halper is a psychiatrist at Rush University Medical Center. (Rush University Medical Center)

Make 2018 the year you finally fix what has been holding you back

As 2017 draws to a close, consider this: Ditch the weight-loss resolution this year and work on something else youíve been putting off for a long time. Change something in your life that has been holding you back, gnawing away at you, showing up every...
Updated: 6 months ago