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LARGO - Lorin Valk knew she would need a kidney transplant one day. Her family had a history of polycystic kidney disease, or cysts that form on the kidneys, which afflicted her mother, grandfather, an uncle and a sister.

“I was 30 when I found out,” the 56-year-old Illinois native said when she came back to Largo Medical Center for an annual checkup in May. “My kidney was almost the size of a football, so I ended up in the hospital and they said I had PKD.”

Despite knowing the day would probably come, Valk said she was unprepared to face the reality of the situation.
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CLEARWATER - Melissa Moré, MPH, has been named director of volunteer services for Empath Health which includes overseeing more than 2,000 volunteers in roles throughout the nonprofit agency.

Previously, Moré was volunteer programs coordinator which included oversite of Suncoast Hospice’s teen volunteer program, Veterans Serving Veterans program and corporate volunteers.

She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Florida and is a steering committee member of National Council of Hospice & Palliative Professionals, a member of the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin and the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative.
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PALM HARBOR - Dr. Michael A. Pikos received the Carl E. Misch Advanced Dental Implant Studies Education Award at the 2017 Summit on Advanced Dental Implant Studies in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pikos is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He is the founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery - The Center for Dental Implants, Facial and Oral Reconstruction and the Pikos Institute.

In the field of oral implantology and implant dentistry, Pikos is both a clinician and educator. His scientific lectures and presentations of advanced live surgical courses over the past 27 years are part of an ongoing commitment to share his dental and surgical expertise both nationally and internationally.
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DUNEDIN - Deirdre Martin, owner of Nova Healing LLC, recently joined the team of holistic healthcare professionals at The Holistic Center for Vibrant Health, 2323 Curlew Road, Suite 6C, Dunedin.

Martin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, national board certified clinical hypnotherapist and certified ThetaHealing practitioner. She provides holistic counseling utilizing innovative techniques such as ThetaHealing, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, traumatic incident reduction and hypnotherapy.

Martin’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, depression and anxiety, PTSD and trauma, performance improvement, phobias, insomnia, smoking cessation, weight loss, sugar addiction, body/mind/spirit balance, and grief/loss. She also offers sessions using PSiO glasses, a therapeutic tool combining light and relaxation techniques.
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Wednesday, August 9
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LARGO - Largo Medical Center is the first hospital in the Tampa Bay area to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure while a patient is at home.

The CardioMEMS Heart Failure System is the first and only FDA approved monitoring device proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. This technologically advanced system features a sensor that is implanted into the pulmonary artery during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure pulmonary artery pressure.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Florida Hospital North Pinellas recently received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. According to the AHA/ASA, someone in the United States suffers from a heart attack about once every 40 seconds and a stroke kills someone every four minutes.
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Wednesday, August 2
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Health announced Aug. 1 that the first sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017 had been confirmed in Pinellas County.

There is no evidence of transmission through mosquitoes taking place anywhere in Florida.

While the individual had no travel, their partner recently traveled to Cuba and was ill with symptoms consistent with Zika. Both tested positive for Zika. The department notified mosquito control and appropriate mosquito reduction activities are taking place.
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Would you be alarmed if your fingernails bled each time you washed your hands? Well, you should have same concern when brushing your teeth.

If your gums tend to bleed when you brush your teeth you most likely have a form of gum disease. Possible signs include swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums, consistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth, receding gum line, loose teeth or even visible pus.

Gum disease or periodontal disease is the inflammation of the gum line caused by infection of bacteria from plaque buildup on the teeth. Toxins within the plaque bacteria break down the connective tissue and bone encompassing the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can have an irreversible effect on the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. In adults, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.
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LARGO - Mapping abnormal rhythms of the heart, like atrial fibrillation, just got easier at Largo Medical Center.

The hospital is the first in the Tampa Bay area to have some of the latest technology in 3-dimensional mapping systems. This next-generation system provides automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used in ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms known as cardiac arrhythmias. Shalin Shah, M.D., recently became the first Largo Medical Center cardiac electrophysiologist to perform an ablation procedure using the mapping system.

“This mapping system is a step above of the rest because it provides physicians highly detailed anatomical models and maps enabling diagnosis of a wider range of arrhythmias, guide therapy and expand procedural options,” said Shah. “And, yes of course, our first patient is doing quite well thanks in large part to this new technology.”
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TAMPA - Florida Hospital North Pinellas recently was recognized by Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing exceptional patient care and improving community health.

A recipient of The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum’s 2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every single time.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas is one of 63 hospitals in the nation to receive a Citation of Merit for the 2017 QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare. The Citation of Merit recognizes hospitals for achieving top performance in any four of the six areas measured in Premier’s nationally-acclaimed QUEST collaborative: cost and efficiency, evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient and family engagement and appropriate hospital use.
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SEMINOLE - Pedro Albisu, DMD, recently purchased Dr. Trudi and Frank Massaro's dental clinic on 7676 131st St. N. in Seminole.

Dr. Trudi Massaro retired after more than 40 years of serving the community. Frank Massaro retired some years ago. They were both heavily involved in serving the community through dental services, the chamber of commerce, Rotary Club and helping local veterans.

“I have great respect for the Massaros and all the patients already miss them very much,” said Albisu. “I plan to continue their commitment to helping others and the community.”
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CLEARWATER - The streets near Morton Plant Hospital will be rocking with runners when Rock the Ribbon returns Friday, Sept. 15.

Rock the Ribbon, presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, also includes a Kids Dash, which begins at 6 p.m., for ages 1 to 10, as well as live music, games, bounce houses, pizza, cold drinks and prizes.

The Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation hosts the event to benefit the prostate and breast cancer programs of Morton Plant Mease.
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Wednesday, July 26
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LARGO - Jennifer Rosino was a self-confessed fast-food addict. The 26-year-old Spring Hill resident works at Wendy’s, and admitted she once had a weakness for burgers, fries and the ice-cold fountain sodas.

But when she learned her 57-year-old father, Dominic, needed a life-saving kidney transplant, and that she was the best potential match for a donor, Rosino immediately ditched the junk food in favor of a healthier diet so she could be eligible to donate one of her kidneys to her ailing dad.
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LARGO - Jennifer Rosino was a self-confessed fast-food addict. The 26-year-old Spring Hill resident works at Wendy’s, and admitted she once had a weakness for burgers, fries and the ice-cold fountain sodas.

But when she learned her 57-year-old father, Dominic, needed a life-saving kidney transplant, and that she was the best potential match for a donor, Rosino immediately ditched the junk food in favor of a healthier diet so she could be eligible to donate one of her kidneys to her ailing dad.

“After I found out last year I was a perfect match for my dad, I was told I needed to start losing weight,” Rosino recalled of her visit to the Transplant Institute of Florida at Largo Medical Center in February 2016. “The very next day, I went to the YMCA and opened a gym membership. When I came back a week later, I had lost 9 pounds. The nurses were amazed.”
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The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will offer no-cost hepatitis testing Friday, July 28, 8 a.m. to noon, in recognition of World Hepatitis Day.

Screening, educational materials, counseling and rapid testing for hepatitis C are available at two locations, including DOH-Pinellas Mid-County, 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo; and DOH-Pinellas, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., N., St. Petersburg.

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus. The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, B and C. World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to encourage and engage individuals, partners and the public to join efforts to eliminate hepatitis.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Making sure your children are ready for the upcoming school year can be overwhelming.

Parents have to juggle shots, physicals, haircuts, new school supplies and swag - all before Pinellas County schools are back in session on Aug. 10. The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, along with many community partners, will host a Back to School Health and Community event on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5, at Azalea Middle School, 7855 22nd

Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Sharon Lena recently joined Care Resources LLC. Lena adds over 35 years of professional nursing experience, the last 21 years in the Florida healthcare industry.

She relocated from Connecticut with her husband. She has a fierce love of family and has experience in providing quality support to the elderly since her own parents are in their 90s. Her passion also extends to veterans since she is the proud mother of two active military officers.

Lena wants to continue to make a difference in the lives of those in need. She has strong faith and believes in sharing her expertise.
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LARGO - Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., the provider of free amplified phones to Florida residents, has begun distributing the BT914 Amplified Cordless Bluetooth Phone.

These phones are available at the Family Center on Deafness in Largo. This phone allows the user to either plug it into a conventional landline or pair it with an existing cell phone system, which has Bluetooth compatibility. This phone also has a digital answering machine.

This is a solution for hard-of-hearing individuals who have discontinued their landline phone service and have a hard time hearing on their cell phone. This particular model phone is designed for people with low to moderate hearing loss with 40 dB capabilities.
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Wednesday, July 19
ST. PETERSBURG - World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, is a global movement to promote and support breastfeeding for anyone and everyone interested in the growth and development of the youngest generation.

To mark the celebration, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, in collaboration with The Tampa Bay Breastfeeding Task Force, among many others, will host a Global Big Latch On event on Friday, Aug. 4, at PTEC, 3548 11th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Moms who breastfeed are invited to take part in the Global Big Latch On with their babies. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Moms are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes early to get settled. Friends, family and community members also can join the celebration with breakfast, door prizes, crafts and games for kids, a clothing and book swap, giveaways and more.
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