Dr. Joette Giovinco, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Dr. Joette Giovinco

FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Joette:

Woman 'devastated' to learn her cancer went from Stage 1 to Stage 4 during COVID lockdown

When COVID-19 began sweeping the nation, local hospitals postponed elective surgeries. The goal was to minimize the use of masks and gowns, and to keep hospital beds open. But because of that shutdown, one local woman says she's now fighting for her life. → Read More

With senses failing, Florida woman turns to tequila to confirm COVID suspicions

For some, losing taste and smell may be one of the only symptoms you experience after getting COVID-19. One local woman discovered that in an unusual way. → Read More

Study uncovers link between blood type and coronavirus susceptibility

Doctors say there is mounting evidence of a link between a certain blood type and the severity of the novel coronavirus. → Read More

No, mosquitoes cannot spread COVID-19

There is no evidence that mosquitoes can transmit the COVID-19 virus. But it's not all good news. → Read More

Bypass surgery eliminates diabetes patient's need for insulin

Four years ago, medication kept Denise Menendez's Type 2 diabetes under control. Then something changed. → Read More

Medical education goes virtual at USF

A new virtual reality teaching tool will soon allow pharmacology students at the University of South Florida to peek inside almost any organ in the body. Wearing special goggles, they can virtually get a 360-degree view of how organs function. → Read More

At Shriner's Hospital, unique device helps young cerebral palsy patients

Shriner's Hospital in Tampa is helping 8-year-old Charley Matthews walk on Mars -- virtually. → Read More

Kombucha fans tout health benefits

At the Mother Kombucha production facility in St. Petersburg, brewing the fermented tea includes steeping it with anti-oxidants like shazandraberry, lolita, and tumeric. → Read More

Therapy pigs bring joy to patients at TGH

We've all heard of therapy dogs, but patients at Tampa General Hospital got a visit from a different kind of therapy animal. → Read More

Crisis care helping vets address mental health

Former staff sergeant Joe Fay loved his job as an Air Force radar technician. However, his military career ended with a medical discharge following two seizures. → Read More

Chocolate can have hidden heart health benefits

October is for chocolate lovers and even though Halloween is a few days away, National Chocolate Day comes even sooner. Research shows the right kinds of chocolate can help with heart health. → Read More

Cold vest aims to target body's brown fat

When people think about intense, fat-burning workouts, most people think of heat. But thanks to a little-known type of fat that humans carry, the opposite may actually be true. It's called brown fat. Brown fat is located up in the shoulders, the back and the chest. It's called "brown" because under a microscope, the cells are filled with iron-laden energy packs called mitochondria. As it burns,… → Read More

Researchers creating a smart mouth guard

University of Florida researchers are now molding form and function, with a next generation mouth guard, which could revolutionize sports medicine. → Read More

Do your kids start school too early? Study says yes

A new report says kids early morning school start times might be affecting your child's health, safety and academic performance. → Read More

Liver transplant saves young girl's life

Less than a year ago 2-year-old Corrie Eavenson was slowly dying. She was born with biliary atresia. Eventually, Corrie's mother got the call they dreamed of. A new liver for the little girl. → Read More

Report: Parents with kids under 6 should skip detergent pods

We have an update to a story we've been following about liquid laundry detergent pods.Consumer Reports is now weighing in, stating that they are no longer recommending the popular pods. → Read More

Dog kisses: The hidden benefits?

There's nothing like a smooch from our pup. Some love it; others call it gross. But some believe dog kisses might actually keep us healthy. → Read More

Green pool hair has little to do with chlorine

If heard of hair turning green from the chlorine? Turns out, it has very little to do with that. → Read More

Study finds more ciguatera poisoning cases

It's the most common form of fish-related food poisoning in the world, and according to a new study published online, it just became even more common in the state of Florida. → Read More

Moffitt Cancer Center gets $3.6-million grant to study e-cigaret

But medical experts aren't convinced that electronic cigarettes are safe, and now Tampa researchers will study whether there's truth to the claim that 'e-cigs' can help with smoking cessation. → Read More