Across the state, four out of 10 people who come to hospital emergency rooms with nonfatal gunshot wounds were shot by accident, according to the Orlando Sentinel (paywall alert). The rate is even higher in Orange County, with accidents accounting for more than half of firearm-related...

With my 97-year-old father in a nursing home, I find myself getting a lot of valuable, firsthand experience with the nation's health care delivery system -- especially the costs. The other day, I received a bill for ambulance service incurred back in January when we had...

Studies show that during the two-month holiday season that starts with Halloween candy and ends with Christmas pudding, most of us will gain about a pound. "No big deal," you say. "That's easy to take off." In theory, yes, but in reality, most of us never bother to...

The holidays are times for family, friends and food. Time-honored traditions of gathering with loved ones and sharing in the holiday spirit are things to look forward to, but for some, there can be isolation and even depression in seniors, who can have an especially hard...

Mammograms are no woman's idea of fun, but if someone suggests that you could skip that aggravation just by vacuuming a little bit of fluid from the breast, think again. Nipple aspirate tests being offered in doctors' offices are no substitute for mammograms, the Food and...

have managed the care of many patients, from facilitating senior groups who suffer from depression, grief and adjustment disorders to those who are in locked units because of behavior related to their schizophrenia. I have developed the nursing behavioral health program at one of the leading...

With its dramatic three-story atrium, spacious reception area and clusters of comfy chairs, the entryway of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel feels more like an upscale hotel lobby than a health care facility. In single-patient rooms, sunlight streams through floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook gardens. Each room...

More than 8 million people (mostly women and mostly older than 65) used services of a long-term care provider last year, according to the first-ever compilation of federal data profiling the types of providers in the USA and the people who use them. The report, released...

The new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida expandsLee Memorial Health System’s pediatric care. The new building will be located on the existing HealthPark Medical Center Campus in Fort Myers, Fla., and will follow these guiding principles: Embody a regional brand that provides Tier 1 services and is...