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What to know about appendicitis

Musician John Mayer is recovering after postponing a concert in New Orleans earlier this month to undergo an emergency appendectomy. Luckily for Mayer, it’s a very common procedure and complications are rare. “If you talk to family members or friends, you’re going to find someone who’s had it done,” says general surgeon Walter Hayne, MD,…
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Stroke patient thanks care team for saving her during Hurricane Irma

Even with a hurricane bearing down on her home, Jackie Evans wasn’t worried about her health. She certainly wasn’t thinking about a trip to the hospital. She took care of friends who were sheltering with her, and went to bed feeling fine. When she woke up a few hours later, she couldn’t talk or move.…
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Pregnant during the holidays? This is for you.

As the holiday season picks up momentum pharmacist Molly Thompson is keeping track of two deadlines – Christmas and her due date.  The pharmacy department clinical manager at HCA Healthcare’s Trident Medical Center is pregnant with her first child due in January. “I can definitely tell my energy level isn’t near where it is normally.…
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Labor & Delivery tech fosters drug dependent baby

When one baby in Orange Park Medical Center’s care wailed in pain, a telling symptom of drug withdrawal or neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), it was Donna Hightower who could comfort him. The labor and delivery operating room technician took it a step further: she fostered the then five-week-old baby boy and one of the smallest…
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