Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms with nearly every known human illness. The age-old question “why am I so tired” can often be answered by observing one or more personal habits, routines or overall lifestyle. Other times, fatigue can be a sign of something much more serious - even life threatening - like Hepatitis C.
In 2005, former U.S. Navy rescue diver Peter Harbachuck started feeling progressively tired, lethargic and weak. Even with increased sleep and an improved diet, nothing seemed to help.
ST. PETERSBURG - The supply of O negative blood has reached critically low levels due to high patient usage in area hospitals. There is an immediate need for people with O negative blood to share their power to save lives by donating blood as soon as possible.
In addition, there is an urgent need for donations of platelets and AB plasma.
For locations and hours of donation centers and Big Red buses, visit oneblood.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE (1-888-936-6283)
LARGO - A little over 10 years ago, 22-year-old Phil Bryant stopped by his parents’ Clearwater home for a visit.
It wasn’t often he was seen without his backwards baseball cap. That day, one of the first things he did, though, was remove his cap to show his parents a mole on his forehead. It was bleeding and looked suspicious, said his mother, Veronica Bryant.
“It looked like one of those pictures in a handbook that said ‘melanoma’ underneath it,” she said.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System recently announced the award of an $8.9 million contract to Maxon Groupe LLC to build a new 17,375-square-foot chemotherapy/cancer infusion center at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.
The new state-of-the-art facility will augment the medical center’s existing radiation oncology xclinic on the northeast side of the campus. Features of the new building will include eight additional treatment stations, which equates to a 50 percent increase to available chemotherapy treatment stations at the medical center. The building also will have a standalone pharmacy for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. This unique feature will give Veterans the opportunity to receive the majority of their cancer care and medications in one location versus traveling to various locations across campus.
“The new cancer infusion center is a great example of how we are transforming the delivery of high quality health care services for the men and women we serve across southwest Florida,” said Suzanne M. Klinker in a press release. Klinker is director of Bay Pines VAHCS. “As an addition to our existing radiation oncology clinic, this new facility will enable our health care providers to treat more Veterans diagnosed with various types of cancer in an environment that is accessible and patient-centered.”
PINELLAS PARK - The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will host Flu Boo III clinic that will provide flu shots at no cost on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (while supplies last), at the health department, 6350 76th Ave. N., Pinellas Park.
DOH-Pinellas staff and volunteers will provide flu vaccines at no charge to the client. Participants can remain in their cars while they get their immunization at the drive-through or come inside the building’s clinic area. This is the third annual Flu Boo event that DOH-Pinellas has offered at the Pinellas Park location. Vaccines will be provided to children older than 3 and adults only.
PALM HARBOR - Florida Hospital North Pinellas will host the fourth annual Girl Talk event on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4:30 p.m., in the Inverness Hall at Innisbrook Golf Resort and Spa, 36750 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor.
Girl Talk - Everything you Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask provides a unique opportunity for women of all ages to speak with medical professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment that promotes candid discussion. Generally, women have questions about their health, but between their busy schedules and caring for others, they oftentimes dismiss the hard but important questions. Florida Hospital North Pinellas strives to help all women talk with their doctors about health concerns and questions.
Six Florida Hospital doctors will participate on the panel with specialties in cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, wound care, internal medicine, oncology, family and sports medicine. The participating doctors will answer questions and discuss important topics.
SEMINOLE - The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole honored its most recent recipients of the club’s Colonel Mildred Imogene Butler Nursing Scholarship at the Sept. 6 meeting.
The Kiwanis club awarded $6,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year to St. Petersburg College students Mary Love, Karen Raus, Princess Jones, Lorrina Whalen and Nazmeia Allababidi.
Each of these students has a GPA of 3.5 or above and are in various stages of their nursing degree studies. In spite of their challenging courses and class schedules each have also volunteered their time in school and community service activities.
ST. PETERSBURG - Northside Hospital recently received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.
Northside Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other transition interventions.
If you exclude skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women, and it is the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian and Pacific women. It is the third most common cause of cancer death among American Indian and Alaska Native women.
October is breast cancer awareness month and a good time to go over preventative measures to help keep you healthy.