TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
What's a parathyroid? This tiny gland can cause big problems
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
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
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
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SOURCE Tampa General Hospital