Tampa Bay healthcare providers increasingly engage artists -- musicians, painters, dancers, etc. -- to reduce stress and recovery time for patients and families (and medical talent) by transforming the healing experience.
In a league with Harvard, Yale, the University of Miami and other big name academic centers, USF Health leads the way in using art to teach future doctors, nurses, physical therapists and public health professionals how to sharpen their visual observation skills to become better healthcare providers.
Do The Local Motion, twice monthly walking tours of downtown Tampa, share stories from the city's rich history. A February walk honoring Black History Month explores Tampa's deep music roots, the genesis of one of the world's most well-known ministries and how the area played a role in desegregation and the social changes of the 1960s.
The Intention Technology team from Tampa Bay is competing with other innovative international teams to design a portable wireless device that can transform the delivery of healthcare and win a $10 million prize.
Urban gardens sponsored by community groups, churches and neighborhoods have caught on like wildfire in St. Petersburg as local residents pursue the idea of sustainable agriculture, small urban farms and healthier eating.
Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.
Celebrating the Tampa Bay region's locavore movement, the Sustany Foundation teams up with local farms and restaurants, food trucks, breweries, wineries and spirits companies to present a tastebud-tantalizing Sustainable Buzz Fest on November 7 at the Straz Center.
Kelly Lessem's small home-based business grows into a full-time operation with the opening of Squeeze Juice Works, a trendy new St. Pete juice bar that she operates with co-owner Amy Losoya, former manager of the popular downtown Tampa Fly Bar and Restaurant.
USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) moves forward with its first international expansion into Panama.
From gardens to the Gulf, the locavore movement is beginning to thrive in Tampa Bay and across Florida with pioneers like Steve Phelps and Katie and Emilio Sosa at the helm.
The designers of the Center For Building Hope at Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota created a place where cancer patients and their families find peace and sustenance in surroundings influenced by nature.
MediFuture 2023 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.
M2Gen, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, USF Health, Shriner's Hospital, the James A. Haley VA Hospital and Florida Hospital are key collaborators in North Tampa's growing research corridor.
See Sophia run. See Liam jump. See Emma race Aiden. Unplug children for a day from computers, TV, cell phones and electronic games and see how they play, exercise and learn in the park. "Playing Unplugged'' in Pinellas County is just one antidote to the nation's obesity crisis.
Imagine touring your tastebuds through Tampa's indy restaurants while imbibing on local brews, meeting new peeps and getting a little exercise. Too good to be true? Not if you ride along on one of City Bike Tampa's monthly bicycle tours. Take a look at images of the last ride in this photo slideshow.
Drs. Csilla Ari and Dominic D'Agostino, USF researchers studying ketones as weapons against diseases like ALS, cancer and Alzheimer's, find a mutual interest in diving leads to discoveries about oxygen deprivation that may help the U.S. Department of Defense battle other kinds of enemies.
Please pass the beer-poached Florida shrimp! Then let's try some Jamaican jerk alligator ribs. Yum! Outstanding in the Field, a farm-to-table dinner company, visited Florida in January to serve up such local culinary treats.
Where's the perfect place to meet your peeps, get to know the neighbors or build collaborative spirit among your co-workers? Urban gardens, where the love of the outdoors merges with a desire for healthy eating to serve a dual purpose of growing food and community.
Gateway Organic Farm in Clearwater is recognized for innovation and leadership for partnerships that promote organic gardening and self-sufficiency.
Costs for health benefits continue to climb even as employers and employees seek tangible ways to reduce them, say the founders of a new Tampa startup company called Health Hero. Health Hero’s mission is simple but vital: Save money by creating a healthier workforce. The company is betting on the power of social media to help make it happen.
Anna Maria Island snowbird Kathleen Flinn pursued her dream of earning a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After wrestling with her purpose post-graduation, she's found her niche -- imparting the skills she's acquired to hesitant and fearful home cooks in her latest book "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School."
Non-conventional workout options -- think spinning classes ala virtual reality tours and running up a replica of the Santa Monica Stairs -- contribute to the popularity of Powerhouse Gym Downtown Tampa, which is already in expansion mode after only three years of operation.
Three Tampa Bay area women -- Kelly Addington, Becca Tieder and Barbara Rosenthal -- team up to empower students against sexual assault in a new documentary called "You Are The One.'' The film premiers Saturday (Sept. 22) at the Reeves Theater at the University of Tampa.
Advances in radiation therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center increasingly turn diagnoses that once spelled a death sentence or necessitated life-altering treatments into experiences that patients walk away from to return to normal lives.
USF Health is collaborating with the American College of Cardiology and other hospitals to bank blood for genetic studies much like Moffitt Cancer Center is already doing with cancerous tumors.
A sold-out crowd packs the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City to hear words of wisdom from Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, the author of "Folks, This Ain't Normal,'' "You Can Farm'' and "Salad Bar Beef.''
USF redesigns degree program for nurses to meet needs cited by community members as well as healthcare professionals.
Tampa Bay Shines and Front Row Tampa Bay aim to attract investors in the region by showcasing people, places and things that promote civic pride.
If it's edible and doesn't fall between the grates, we'll find a way to grill it -- meat, fish, fowl, veggies, fruits, tofu, even desserts. Two Tampa Bay chefs fire up six tips to raise your grilling skills and put together a crowd-pleasing meal that's charred from start to finish. Ready, set, grill!
The new Family Centered Diabetes Center at the University of South Florida ramps up the university's goal of being a major player in the cure for diabetes. It brings together cutting-edge research, clinical trials, medical treatment, education and counseling in one setting. Dr. Sureka Bollepali is among the physicians there who hopes to make a difference for Tampa Bay families.
What is permaculture? For some, it means a "permanent culture." For others, it's "permanent agriculture." But for all of its followers, it's a way of life. In Tampa Bay, it's one piece of a larger green food movement. Through the use of compost, rainwater harvesting and strategic plant selection, anyone can learn to reap the benefits of a self-sustaining garden.
The Tampa Convention Center plays host to the 7th annual Focus on Females Healthcare Symposium on March 31st. The free event aims to provide something for everyone who faces health issues or wants to stay healthy.
Advances in research and medical treatment at the Lion's Eye Institute in Tampa make cornea transplants and other treatments for the sight-impaired more readily available and accessible all over Florida.
Among the phenomenal facts about USF Health's CAMLS, a new robotic training center that is expected to attract 30,000 physicians and other medical personnel in just the first year, is the fact that it was built using private money and no tax dollars.
Observers are welcome as some of the world's fastest bicyclists will race around downtown Tampa on March 31. The route will take riders in a loop north on Franklin Street, west on Polk Street, south on Tampa Street and east on Kennedy Boulevard.
USF rallies support around the USF College of Pharmacy as it is proposed for elimination during Florida Legislative budget debates. To learn more about the College, take a look at videos USF has produced in recruiting faculty and students.
The Radionuclide Therapy being developed by Dr. Michael Tomblyn at Moffitt Cancer Center does less damage to healthy tissue and has fewer side effects. It works by acting like a heat-seeking missile, riding antibodies through the body to target specific proteins.
Hooping, a 1950s rock-n-roll phenom, is fast becoming a popular activity for fitness and meditation, performance art and social connection, especially among 20-somethings looking for new ways to connect with each other.
When the University of South Florida opens its $38 million Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in February, it will put Tampa on the map as the "go-to'' place for training using the latest high-tech robot patients that do everything but talk. The new downtown medical facility is designed as a state-of-the-art educational place for health care professionals to test their skills in scenarios that mimic real-life -- everything from surgery and trauma to childbirth.
The digital conversion of Tampa General Hospital's massive medical records gives patients and doctors much faster access to information used in care and treatment. The $128 million investment means some 900 monitoring and measuring devices are now integrated into a computerized system that allows medical personnel to quickly assess a patient's totality of care.
A small but hugely focused Tampa Bay networking group urges young professionals to expand their public health and personal wellness knowledge as a critical step toward making health -- their own and the community's -- a greater priority.
A Tampa Bay chapter of ARCS, a national philanthropic organization founded and run by women to advance science, awards scholarships to students at the University of South Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. The first scholarship awards were given out in 2010 and two more graduate students will receive the $15,000 award at a luncheon on October 28 in Tampa.
When the state of Florida serves as your parent, turning 18 doesn’t come with a birthday cake and presents. Instead, foster youth are "emancipated.'' They must pack their bags and leave their foster or group home and fend for themselves, whether they’re emotionally and financially ready or not. Ready for Life, a two-year-old Pinellas County program, is stepping up to help.
83 Degrees Media
kicks off the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Oct. 20 with a panel discussion at the Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa that will focus on "what's working in cities,'' a continuation of an ongoing story theme as we help tell the Tampa Bay region's economic success stories featuring talent, innovation, diversity and environment or sense of place. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, follow this link
Brody Welte, owner of Stand Up Fitness, is teaming up with USA Today writer and fitness author Pete Williams to produce a book about his efforts to teach fitness by offering paddle tours of the scenic waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Life in Florida and in Tampa Bay remains good for most of us as we head into a mid-summer break designed to renew and refresh. We'll be back with more stories about the Tampa Bay region's talented people, innovative ideas and investments, global diversity and sense of place when we return with fresh content on July 12.
Remember the first time you shared s'mores over a campfire? Cast a fishing line? Saw an alligator? Hiked in the woods? Pitched a tent? All of the traditional outdoor activities that girl and boy scouts often tackle together? Get R.E.A.L., a special outdoor program, exposes city kids to all those experiences and more.
Drs. Kevin Scott and Chris MacLaren, owners of WestChase Sports Medicine, are negotiating with investors to build an athletic training center in northwest Hillsborough that is expected to serve amateur as well as professional athletes.
Intezyne's patented "Trojan horse'' drug delivery system, developed at the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator in Tampa, is a rising star in the pharmaceutical industry. Now the company's lead product faces the ultimate test: clinical trials on humans.
How do you get exceptional middle- and high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine? That's the challenge presented in today's competitive marketplace where the best and the brightest are a hot commodity. Dr. Lennox Hoyte, a surgeon, visits Tampa Bay area schools to talk about his work in hopes of convincing a few to follow in his footsteps.
The USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will be a sci-fi geek's dream when it opens in early 2012 in downtown Tampa. Designed and built by the Beck Group, CAMLS will feature the latest medical technology, including virtual reality surgery and human patient simulators.
USF and Draper Lab are teaming up to develop novel medical devices that can make treatment less invasive and ease recovery for patients. The goal is to develop breakthrough technologies that improve patient
safety, reduce surgical complications and increase medical-related benefits.
With Auburn still riding high following its Fiesta Bowl victory, universities around the nation are already gearing up to put their football players through the heat of next summer in preparation for the 2011 season. USF in Tampa is among those leading the way for safety by sharing what coaches have learned using a special pill designed to monitor players' body temperatures.
A clinical trial being conducted by USF researchers at Tampa General Hospital seeks to test the effectiveness of a drug designed to treat Type 1 diabetes. The trial involves patients between the ages of 10 and 20, who have been diagnosed within the past three months.
Jacob Brockhoff's mom never imagined what her son would come up with after she urged him to draw pictures to relieve his anxiety. He did what she asked and soon also drew up a business plan to sell uniquely designed skateboards to benefit other children with heart disease.
The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center occupies most of the seventh floor of All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. It includes 28 individual patient rooms and takes up more than 26,500 square feet. It also allows for accommodations for parents of patients and three Ronald McDonald houses are on site for parents who need to be near their children.
Dermazone Solutions combines innovation and technology to produce growing lines of natural skincare and beauty products in a a woman-founded, woman-run and woman-managed company in the heart of St. Petersburg.
Even a visitors' center opening at the end of May at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in eastern Polk County is all about playing sports and participating in sporting competitions for residents and tourists alike.
USF's new Motion Analysis Laboratory brings together researchers and students across multiple disciplines to share perspectives that can improve the lives of those with disabilities. In the new lab, researchers will be able to study lower extremity
motions involved in walking up a ramp, climbing stairs, turning a doorknob,
lifting a box, putting away dishes and other everyday activities that
can be daunting for people with disabilities.
Most of the vision problems Veterinarian Dr. E. Dan Wolf of Tampa sees involve cataracts. He specializes in a technique that he says is simple and mostly painless to the animal. Basically, he places a lens inside the eye of the animal. It's a relatively common procedure, similar to a human putting in a contact lens; only with an animal, it's permanent.
Brody Welte's Stand Up Fitness combines outdoor exercise with scenic natural beauty by offering paddle tours of the waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg. The tours often include trips along the Hillsborough River.
Today's trend toward more healthy eating and an apparent increase in the Tampa Bay region's pro-animal rights, vegetarian and vegan populations have helped restaurants that serve primarily vegan fare – or at least offer multiple options that are sans-animal products – become increasingly common and increasingly profitable.
Draper Laboratory, an MIT spin-off based in Cambridge, MA, and pioneer in the development of MEMS technologies for 25 years, opened facilities in October at the University of South Florida in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. Dr. Len Polizzotto, principal director of strategic business development, talks with 83 Degrees about Draper's expansion into Florida.