Are you feeling tired? Depressed? Suffering from joint pain? The symptoms may seem hard to pin down, but they can give you a general sense of feeling "unwell" all over – and they may all be caused by a tumor in a tiny gland about the size of a grain of rice. Many people have never heard of the parathyroid glands, but they regulate your body's calcium levels, and thus affect your entire body. A short 15-minute surgery can make patients feel dramatically better within a day, as this Tampa dentist learned when she had her tumor removed.
AVAILABLE: Interview with surgeon Dr. Jim Norman
MORE INFO: https://www.tgh.org/news/tgh-news/whats-parathyroid-tiny-gland-can-cause-big-problems or http://bit.ly/tghparathyroid
Clearing the smoke on medical marijuana
Now that Florida's new medical marijuana law has gone into effect…what do you know about how medical marijuana works? Are doctors giving patients a green light to fire up a joint and get high? How effective is medical marijuana for the additional conditions under the new law, and is it any better than FDA-approved drugs? We have an expert who can clear up some of the medical myths surrounding this controversial drug.
AVAILABLE: Interview with Dr. Selim Benbadis, a neurologist and epilepsy specialist
MORE INFO: https://www.tgh.org/news/tgh-news/clearing-smoke-medical-marijuana
Lower your blood pressure, boost your health
Almost 900 million people around the world suffer from high blood pressure, says a new international analysis released this month. In the U.S. that's 75 million people – roughly 1 in 3 adults. With this "silent killer" putting more people at risk for heart disease and stroke, doctors are weighing the benefits of more aggressive treatment. After this Inverness woman nearly died from a stroke, she changed her lifestyle to lower her blood pressure.
AVAILABLE: Interview with Dr. Karna Patel, a primary care physician with the Tampa General Medical Group
MORE INFO: https://www.tgh.org/news/tgh-news/lower-your-blood-pressure-boost-your-health
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SOURCE Tampa General Hospital