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Expert: Parents should model good communication

It’s time to turn off the TV and pick up books, pens, puzzles and learn.

Peggy Kundo, speech pathologist at Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System’s HealthPlex, said speech and language development occurs in predictable sequences and when those sequences don’t happen at the right time, it can affect development and learning for years to come.

“That is one thing we see a lot more of, kids with decreased attention spans, because children are used to the flashy stimuli from the screen,” Kundo said. “It’s hard to compete with that. It’s addicting. Number one, turn off the TV, and number two, a quiet environment. Interact with the child and find out what they’re doing.”

Preventing Pregnancy Complications

After the first trimester of pregnancy, many women feel less anxious. However, a cervical insufficiency, or weak cervix, can cause problems even in the second trimester.  A simple, outpatient procedure can help babies stay in the womb longer.

Samantha Phillips had a heartbreaking loss.  An insufficient cervix caused her to deliver early, and her baby did not survive.

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Gregory K. Morrow from Coastal OBGYN explains, "It's kind of like a trap door cervix that the baby just comes out...often alive and moving...but usually pre-viable...It's a horrible thing."

Local Autistic 5 Year Old Finds Help Through Occupational Therapy

Leona Rhodes is an energetic 5 year old who just started kindergarten.

Something her mom didn't think was possible a year ago.

"My son is only 18 months older than her and it was like years difference in their developmental skills," says Melissa Rhodes.

At the age of four when Leona couldn't identify letters of the alphabet or write her name, mom knew it was time to get help.

Beating Breast Cancer

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  Self-exams and screening mammograms are helping increase survival rates.

Carlene Harper went in for a screening mammogram.  That test lead to another, which helped doctors identify a very small breast cancer.

What it Means to be a Trauma Center

Survival rates increase significantly when severely injured patients are taken to a trauma center. doctors say trauma injuries range from work place accidents to gunshot wounds...but most of them are car and motorcycle accidents.

Hip Arthroscopy

At one time, hip pain lead to complicated treatment and a possible hip replacement.

Now a minimally invasive procedure is allowing patients to avoid hip replacement and recover faster.  The advanced surgery is known as Hip Arthroscopy.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Adams says, "with two or three small incisions, we can get inside the hip joint to look and treat different disease processes."  He says the recovery time is much shorter than if a patient needed a hip replacement.

Less Invasive Treatment for Abdominal Aneurysms

Five percent of the American population has an abdominal aortic aneurysm and most have no clue they could be a ticking time bomb. To make matters worse, there really aren't any symptoms. If it ruptures, large amounts of blood can spill in the abdominal cavity, leading to death within a matter of minutes. The good news is, once you know it's there it can be removed. Now a Bay County doctor has a much less invasive way to get rid it.

Bay Medical Center Officials Warn Against Texting and Driving

The American Trauma Society says 20% of all the 2009 traffic accidents resulting in injuries came about because of distracted driving.

That’s why Bay Medical Center Trauma officials are raising awareness about the issue.

Currently, Florida law does not prohibit sending text messages or using a cell phone while driving.
Many health officials believe, if more people used common sense on the roads, there would be fewer deaths as a result.

Surgeon Glenn Summers is the Trauma Medical Director at Bay Medical Center.
He says he’s seen too many people in his surgery room, that shouldn’t have been there.

Bay Medical Receives Level II Trauma Designation

Bay Medical has been issued a certificate of approval from the Florida Department of Health to serve as a Level II Trauma Center for our region effective Dec. 1, 2013 through November 30, 2020. Bay Medical is the first and only designated trauma center in Trauma Service Area Two, consisting of Bay, Gulf, Washington and Holmes counties and is the only center between Pensacola and Tallahassee in Northwest Florida. Bay Medical received provisional status in May of 2012 to serve as a Level II Trauma Center, however a recent survey of trauma services provided at Bay Medical has resulted in full approval.

Cure for Whiplash Related Headaches

Whiplash from car accidents can lead to severe, long term headaches.

Panama City Neurosurgeon Dr. Joel Franck has developed a revolutionary way to deal with the pain.

Nysha Baker, 22, was involved in a car accident.  She says the accident caused severe headaches that made it difficult for her to function.

"I thought my life was changed, but I got my life back," said Nysha.

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