Study finds vaping could help adult smokers quit cigarettes
Study finds vaping could help adult smokers quit cigarettes

Researchers found smokers who used vapes were nearly two times as likely to quit completely and went through fewer cigarettes daily. 

Health Matters: Helping Moms Answer Post-Baby Questions
Health Matters: Helping Moms Answer Post-Baby Questions

Being tired and overwhelmed is normal after having a new baby, but health experts say constant pain and discomfort is not normal. “Some of the things that people might say is oh my back just hurts because I’ve been carrying the baby and them j

Health Matters: Checking your Ears for Balance Problems
Health Matters: Checking your Ears for Balance Problems

It can start in the feet, in the brain, or the ear. “There are many different reasons people have balance disorders. Anything from neuropathy, where you can’t feel your feet can cause you to be imbalanced. People can have migraines that can ca

Health Matters: Cancer Treatment and the Elderly
Health Matters: Cancer Treatment and the Elderly

For surgical oncologist, Dr. Mark Bloomston, a patient’s age is just a number. “The oldest patient I’ve done this operation on is a 99-year-old. He was out of the hospital within five days,” said Dr. Bloomston, a surgical oncologis

Health Matters: Recovering from a Concussion
Health Matters: Recovering from a Concussion

It can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, even balance problems. “A concussion usually occurs because there’s an injury to the brain. There’s a mild traumatic brain injury, and it changes how the brain functions,” said Dawn Root,

Health Matters: Sleep Changes and Alzheimer's Disease
Health Matters: Sleep Changes and Alzheimer's Disease

Misplacing things, forgetfulness, and confusion—they can be some of the most obvious signs of early onset Alzheimer’s disease—but doctors say there are other signs that can start earlier. “There is an association between Alzheimer&

Health Matters: Addressing Suicide
Health Matters: Addressing Suicide

There can be big signs. “We should always take any comment or hint towards someone wanting to die,” said Laurie Johnson, a behavioral health clinical coordinator with Lee Health. Many times the signs can be subtle, and easily overlooked. &ldqu

Health Matters: Deactivating your Bad Genes
Health Matters: Deactivating your Bad Genes

It’s an empowering new perspective on your health. “In past years if you really believed that you were born with a certain number of genes and you got what you got and it didn’t change then you would believe that your genetics was just y

Health Matters: Learning More about A-Fib
Health Matters: Learning More about A-Fib

It’s a common heart condition that affects millions of Americans. “Atrial fibrillation is probably our most common type of chronic arrhythmia that causes problems for a lot of our patients,” said Dr. Erick Burton, a cardiologist with Lee

Health Matters: Human Trafficking Signs
Health Matters: Human Trafficking Signs

It’s a world-wide problem, and Florida ranks third in the nation. But health experts say—this unimaginable crime is happening even closer to home. “I know we’re seeing them. I can tell you I’ve seen them and I didn’t kn

Health Matters: How to Cook Healthy Meals
Health Matters: How to Cook Healthy Meals

From utensils to ingredients—a new teaching kitchen in Fort Myers is giving the community a hands-on experience to learn healthy ways to cook. “We’re going to learn how to cook, first of all, so we want to learn those essential cooking s

Health Matters: Therapeutic Video Game
Health Matters: Therapeutic Video Game

To parents, this may just look like a video game, but to kids, this is an escape to normalcy and fun. “This is definitely one of my favorite things to do,” said Felix Diego Santigo, a patient at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest

Health Matters: Repairing a Hernia
Health Matters: Repairing a Hernia

Umbilical and incisional are just a few of the most common types of hernias. “There are many types of hernias and many types of repairs. The idea is to either do the repair with or without mesh,” said Dr. Moutaa BenMaamer, a general and vascul

Health Matters: Causes of a UTI
Health Matters: Causes of a UTI

Too much soda, sugar, even alcohol can put you at risk for one of the most common bacterial infections. “Too much sugar, sugary sodas, they are terrible for the bladder,” said Cynthia Reichelt, an advanced provider with Lee Health. Other thing

Health Matters: Vivida Medicaid Managed Care
Health Matters: Vivida Medicaid Managed Care

It’s funded by the state and federal government. “Medicaid is a government-sponsored program that provides health care for low-income eligible adults, children, pregnant moms, the elderly and disabled populations,” said Dr. Jon Hart, a c

Health Matters: Happy Hour for your Health
Health Matters: Happy Hour for your Health

Alcoholic beverages are typically filled with sugar, carbs, artificial flavoring, and calories. “It’s not beneficial in any way to the body; in fact, it adds calories that you don’t even realize. There are a lot of ways to make happy hou

Health Matters: Lower you Risk for Cardiac Disease
Health Matters: Lower you Risk for Cardiac Disease

Smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure—these are some of the main risk factors for the deadliest disease in America. “The risk factors for heart disease are numerous, and most of them are preventable,” said Dr. Salva

Health Matters: Recognizing the Symptoms of a Concussion
Health Matters: Recognizing the Symptoms of a Concussion

While there’s no sign of it on a brain image, health experts say the impact of a concussion can affect many aspects of a patient’s health. “They can’t sleep. It’s hard to get up in the morning. They are tired all day. Their h

NBC2 Investigates: Walmart offers cheaper over the counter insulin, but not what doctors prescribe
NBC2 Investigates: Walmart offers cheaper over the counter insulin, but not what doctors prescribe

Walmart offers over the counter insulin called ReliOn for $24.88 and it is FDA approved as safe and effective for use, but is different from prescribed insulin.

Health Matters: Zero-G is Helping Patients Regain Mobility
Health Matters: Zero-G is Helping Patients Regain Mobility

Watching Linda Jaremback stand, walk, even turn around—it’s hard to believe that just one month ago she was unable to get out of her wheelchair. “I was wheelchair bound for at least six years. I never got out of a chair in my house or an

Health Matters: Checking your Brain for Gait Concerns
Health Matters: Checking your Brain for Gait Concerns

You do it in a second without even thinking---but doctors say there’s a lot that has to happen before you take a step. “The brain has to fire and say you want to walk. It has to stimulate the part of the brain that is responsible for making a

Health Matters: What You Need to Know about your Child's Heart
Health Matters: What You Need to Know about your Child's Heart

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida pediatric cardiologist Dr. Michael LaCorte says it’s one of the most common reasons he sees patients. “When a parent is told their child is complaining of chest pain, what are they thinki

Health Matters: Support for Moms
Health Matters: Support for Moms

It’s focused on fun and education. “It’s so much fun! We have learned a lot of different stuff and made lots of friends,” said Myranda Nees. First-time moms like Myranda say the Fourth Trimester Club has helped her adjust to being

Health Matters: Medicare Wellness Visits Versus Physicals
Health Matters: Medicare Wellness Visits Versus Physicals

It’s a yearly medical visit that addresses a patient’s health. “A lot of patients confuse the wellness visit with a physical. This is in no way, shape, or form a physical,” said Linda Gemeiner, a registered nurse with Lee Health. A

Health Matters: Golf and Physical Therapy
Health Matters: Golf and Physical Therapy

It’s a popular activity in Southwest Florida. “It’s a great way to stay active. We want people to stay active as long as possible,” said Morgan Lemos, a physical therapist with Lee Health. But many hours and improper form can put e

Health Matters: Patients Ask, Am I Too Old for Cancer Surgery?
Health Matters: Patients Ask, Am I Too Old for Cancer Surgery?

When discussing surgical treatment options with patients diagnosed with cancer, there’s one question surgical oncologist Dr. Mark Bloomston doesn’t ask. “I never ask the age. The age to me is not so relevant.” Whether the patient i

Health Matters: A Need for Blood Donations
Health Matters: A Need for Blood Donations

Whether it’s an infection, illness, cancer diagnosis, or a traumatic accident—health experts say there are many reasons patients may need a blood transfusion. “We ask you to just take an hour out of your day to come and give the gift of

Health Matters: What's Causing your Gait Disturbances?
Health Matters: What's Causing your Gait Disturbances?

Whether it’s caused by a neurologic disorder, an orthopedic problem, or age—doctors say balance and gait disturbances are common as we get older. “As we get older, you’re going to have difficulty walking anyway, and the idea is to

Health Matters: Helping Our Parents Engage
Health Matters: Helping Our Parents Engage

It’s a place where families can connect and recharge. “It helps them. It validates how they feel, and it empowers them,” said Dinah Rose Clemente, a registered nurse with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. HOPE stan

Health Matters: Donating a Distraction for Kids
Health Matters: Donating a Distraction for Kids

Rows of books line the shelves of the Ronald McDonald Family House inside the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. “I think books really allow your mind to go to different places and allow you to have an imagination, whereas mayb

Health Matters: Inspiring the Next Generation
Health Matters: Inspiring the Next Generation

At an early age, Jennifer Carrion was interested in medicine. “Growing up as a Mexican American, raised by a single mom in Delray Beach, I really didn’t know how hard it would be to get into this healthcare field.” She spent her days aft

Health Matters: Saving Lives for 25 Years
Health Matters: Saving Lives for 25 Years

“You never left the house today thinking you were going to become injured. You never left the house thinking something bad was going to happen,” said Michael Marcus, trauma program manager with Lee Health. In its 25 years in Lee County, the Le

Health Matters: Addressing Opioid Addiction
Health Matters: Addressing Opioid Addiction

It was a shocking realization for doctors like cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Brian Hummel. “Opioid abuse and addiction are everywhere, and it’s ramped, and it is a disease. I just became alarmed. We went back and looked financially, and we had ex

Health Matters: Bertec Balancing
Health Matters: Bertec Balancing

Equipped with a giant screen and moving floors the Bertec Computerized Dynamic Posturography is designed to test patient’s balance. “We do use this early on in the diagnostic process because it does do a lot of diagnostic tests that really hel

Health Matters: Overcoming the Fear of Falling
Health Matters: Overcoming the Fear of Falling

A fall can cause devastating and long-lasting injuries. But Lee Health physical therapist Nathalie Grondin says the fear of falling can also be detrimental to a person’s health. “A high fear of falling becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It&rs

Health Matters: Understanding Mental Health in Children
Health Matters: Understanding Mental Health in Children

When it comes to mental illness, there can be many misunderstandings and preconceptions. “We’re really trying to get people to understand what mental illness is so they can appropriately address it, and get rid of that prejudice or stigma arou

Health Matters: Knowing How to Save Lives
Health Matters: Knowing How to Save Lives

It’s a scenario you hope never happens. “We know that anybody who has life-threatening bleed can die within five minutes, and our average response times run about that as well,” said Captain Colin Johnson with Lee County Department of Pu

Health Matters: Medical Alert
Health Matters: Medical Alert

“I’m not old enough for this, or I don’t need it,” is the most common reaction Lee Health’s emergency response system coordinator Lynn Dore hears when patients discuss wearing a medical alert button. “It’s better

Health Matters: Urodynamics, Giving Kids Answers
Health Matters: Urodynamics, Giving Kids Answers

It’s providing answers to an uncomfortable problem. “Not only do you get functional information, but you get imaging to allow you to make a diagnosis,” explained Dr. Michael Carr, a pediatric urologist with Golisano Children’s Hosp

Health Matters: Heartburn or Heart Attack?
Health Matters: Heartburn or Heart Attack?

It can come on suddenly and cause severe chest pain. “A lot of people don’t’ come in complaining of heartburn, they complain of chest pain, and they are worried it’s their heart,” said Dr. Andre Nye, a family medicine physici

Health Matters: Recognizing Sepsis
Health Matters: Recognizing Sepsis

It can present with symptoms like confusion, shortness of breath and a productive cough. “With sepsis, it’s very vague. The symptoms are vague, and the signs are vague,” said Dr. Keith Lafferty, an emergency medicine physician with Lee H

Health Matters: Understanding Vertigo
Health Matters: Understanding Vertigo

Blurry vision, anxiety, hearing changes, and imbalance, together, they are all signs of vertigo. “Disconcerting to have these symptoms and not know where to start. Vertigo is a type of dizziness. A lot of people say I have dizziness, and there can b

Health Matters: Preventing Poisonous Accidents
Health Matters: Preventing Poisonous Accidents

From medication to cleaning products— Health experts are reminding families to keep potentially dangerous products out of the reach of children. “Unfortunately, kids are curious, and they are going to get into things,” said Sally Kreusch

Health Matters: New Projects Coming to Coconut Point
Health Matters: New Projects Coming to Coconut Point

For the last few months, these doors have welcomed thousands of patients into the new Lee Health Coconut Point. “These are visits and appointments that used to happen elsewhere and members of the community would have to travel 30 minutes or even lon

Health Matters: Medicare Wellness Visit
Health Matters: Medicare Wellness Visit

It’s a different type of wellness visit. “It’s a really great tool to get to know the patient. It’s is not physical. It is a screening with Medicare that we do once a year, it’s covered by Medicare,” said Jennifer Turza

Health Matters: Is Stress Making you Sick?
Health Matters: Is Stress Making you Sick?

It can cause stomachaches, headaches, even chest pain. “People come in with stress-related disorders all the time, but usually they think it’s something else going on,” said Dr. Andre Nye, a family medicine physician with Lee Health. If

Health Matters: The Truth about GMO's
Health Matters: The Truth about GMO's

You can find it printed on certain cereals, chips, vegetables, even canned goods---but what does the label really reveal about your food? “With many topics in the food industry it’s something to educate yourself on and make that decision at a

Health Matters: Rehab for your Golf Swing
Health Matters: Rehab for your Golf Swing

It’s a popular sport here in Southwest Florida, but health experts say it’s also one of the most common reasons patients visit a physical therapist. “We’re working with different golfers in the community, and we’re working on

Health Matters: Knowing your Risk for Pre-Diabetes
Health Matters: Knowing your Risk for Pre-Diabetes

One in ten people is living with the disease. The bad news is, you could be at risk and not even know it. “Having diabetes increases your risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney failure nerve damage, limb loss,” said Annette McClenahan, a diabet

Health Matters: Protecting Kids from Poisonous Products
Health Matters: Protecting Kids from Poisonous Products

Whether it’s bleach, dishwasher tablets, medications, even makeup, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida child advocacy program coordinator Sally Kreuscher says many families don’t realize that these items are within a child&

Health Matters: Helping Cancer Patients Regain Independence
Health Matters: Helping Cancer Patients Regain Independence

“Fate whispers to the warrior, you cannot withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back; I am the storm.” Words, Margaret Heineman says to herself every morning since she was diagnosed with cancer. “My journey as we call it began when I

Health Matters: Lifting your Mood, Improving your Health
Health Matters: Lifting your Mood, Improving your Health

It’s a positive experiment designed to lift people’s moods. “You can tell me to think positively, you can tell me what’s good for me, but what this program really teaches you is why,” said June Hunter-Clark, a Project Life pa

Health Matters: Living a Life Well
Health Matters: Living a Life Well

While many patients come to the doctor to find answers to their medical questions—doctors are now asking patients to answer some important questions about their health. “Do you just want to be well without disease, or do you want to be optimal

Health Matters: Treating the Opioid Crisis
Health Matters: Treating the Opioid Crisis

It’s a medical problem that doctors and health experts are working hard to solve. “There’s a need, and hospitals need to recognize that and try to create programs. We can’t ignore the problem,” said Dr. Brian Hummel, a cardio

Health Matters: Recognizing our Volunteers
Health Matters: Recognizing our Volunteers

He’s known for his kind smile and amazing stories. Volunteering is a passion Fredrick Hoar Jr. has spent 20 years doing. “I enjoy helping people. It happened because of my wife. We were coming down to Florida, and my wife said to me, oh, by th

Health Matters: Hospital Sensory Rooms for Kids
Health Matters: Hospital Sensory Rooms for Kids

Filled with colors, bright lights, mirrors, toys, and a rocking chair, the new sensory rooms are popping up on every floor of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “It’s not a typical patient room. We have our vibrating acoustic chair, which I t

Health Matters: Keeping you Balanced
Health Matters: Keeping you Balanced

It’s a simple solution to a problem stemmed by multiple causes. “It helps them improve balance, prevents them from losing their balance, and prevents them from falling,” said Nathalie Grondin, a physical therapist with Lee Health. If pat

Health Matters: Know your Meds
Health Matters: Know your Meds

It’s advice health experts recommend all patients follow. “Know your meds, know your allergies, know you. It’s important because we want to help guide the patients and the community in knowing more about themselves to keep themselves pro

Health Matters: Change your Mind, Change your Life
Health Matters: Change your Mind, Change your Life

“By changing your perceptions, you change your life!” It’s an empowering message, Carolyn Beauchamp, a hypnotherapist on the medical staff of Lee Health, helps people achieve. “What I do, is I teach people how to balance the brain.

Health Matters: Screening for Lung Cancer
Health Matters: Screening for Lung Cancer

While the numbers are dropping, doctors say whether you’re a current smoker or a recent non-smoker, you are at risk for developing lung cancer. “We’re down in this country to the lowest percentage that we’ve ever been. Only about 1

Health Matters: Parkinson's Disease and Swallowing Therapy
Health Matters: Parkinson's Disease and Swallowing Therapy

It’s one of the most common symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease. “Almost 95 percent of people with Parkinson’s will have some sort of swallowing difficulty at some point in the disease,” said Courtney Welch, a speech-lang

Health Matters: Orthopedic Surgery, When to Fix and When to Wait
Health Matters: Orthopedic Surgery, When to Fix and When to Wait

They are common injuries seen at the Trauma Center. “As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, the majority of my injuries are high-speed motor vehicle collisions, motorcycle accidents, falls. A lot of the stuff is fractures of femurs, tibias, the pelvis reg

Health Matters: A Chronic Disease Workshop
Health Matters: A Chronic Disease Workshop

Diabetes, hypertension, arthritis—they’re just a few of the most common chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans. “The class focuses on things and skills you need to manage those illnesses,” said Lyn Carlson, a community

Health Matters: The Dangers of Sepsis
Health Matters: The Dangers of Sepsis

It can happen to anyone. “Nationally, about 50 percent of all deaths in a hospital are sepsis-related. When you look at the admission rate for sepsis it’s actually more than heart attack and stroke combined,” explained Dr. Kenneth Tolep,

Health Matters: Urodynamics, Testing for Children
Health Matters: Urodynamics, Testing for Children

It’s restoring peace to families like Andrea Cappucilli and her six-year-old daughter Rylee. “It gave all the answers that we needed.” Those answers were provided by urodynamic testing--a new piece of equipment at Golisano Children&rsquo

Health Matters: Understanding Asthma
Health Matters: Understanding Asthma

It can present with chest tightness, shortness of breath, even wheezing. “Asthma is one of the leading reasons for emergency department visits for children four and younger,” explained Teresa Summe, asthma and COPD management program coordinat

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