Health

  Venice Area Will Soon Be Getting An Upgrade With Two, State-Of-The-Art Hospitals

The Sarasota Memorial Venice Hospital will break ground in just a few months, and is expected to open its doors in Fall of 2021. The construction for the replacement Venice Regional Hospital will begin this Summer and it should be finished within 3 years.

Florida organ donors could get free decals under a new proposed bill filed

UPDATE: Manatee County Commissioner determines the cause of brown water in Bayshore Canal

Sarasota County Commissioners give the green light for new Venice Regional Hospital

Pilot opioid program gets support by Manatee County Commissioners for new funding

Public hearing on proposed Venice hospital to be held Tuesday

Americans now more likely to die of accidental opioid overdose than in a car accident

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  Brown rusty water flows into Bayshore Canal, cause under investigation

Venice Fire Department Hopes to Take Over Local EMS Calls from Sarasota County

“Uncharacteristically low” number of flu cases on Suncoast as U.S. nears season peak

Airport drinking fountain may be to blame after six get sick on Frontier flight to Tampa

Though water now safe in Sarasota Bay after sewage spill, some residents still very concerned

Born six weeks premature, Fiona the hippo breaks 1,000 lb. milestone

Health advisory for water in Sarasota Bay lifted, was issued after untreated sewage discharges during rainstorm

On Friday, a 48-inch diameter pipe burst at a city utility campus on 12th Street. It happened around 9am during the rainstorm and released 900,000 gallons of untreated sewage and wastewater on site. It took crews about an hour to stop the discharges.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

  For some, the holidays mean depression and arguments

The holiday season is meant to be a time of happiness and celebration, but for many it can be stressful and that stress can lead to depression and arguments.

E-cigarettes increase in popularity among teens

A recent study shows one in five high school students are now using E-cigarettes. That's twice the number from just a year ago.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Del Monte canned corn recalled

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

Four unvaccinated children in Sarasota contract measles

Lead found in Sarasota schools: Should you be worried?

What is the “Silent Killer” Radon that could possibly be inside your home?

  Proposed bill would require Florida schools to test drinking water for lead

A Florida State Senator is proposing a bill to make drinking water safer for school children.

Renters discover toxic, radioactive gas in Venice homes

Renters discover toxic, radioactive gas in Venice homes

Number of uninsured kids spikes in Florida to 325k

A new report by Georgetown's Center for Children and Families says the number of uninsured children in the United States has increased for the first time in nearly a decade.In Florida, the uninsured rate went from 288,000 in 2016 to 325,000 in 2017. South Dakota, Utah, Texas and Georgia

Can Veterans Affairs take away a vets’ benefits if cannabis is detected?

Can Veterans Affairs take away a vets’ benefits if cannabis is detected?

Cost of long term care for seniors in Sarasota expected to rise

A recent report released by Genworth Financial said that by the year 2048, a private room at a nursing home in Sarasota is expected to nearly double in price, costing roughly $300,000 per year.

There are numerous new age ways of treating migraines, but which one will work for you?

There are numerous new age ways of treating migraines, but which one will work for you?

Alabama women’s prison opens first-of-its-kind lactation room

Women incarcerated at Tutwiler prison now have a place to express breast milk.

Study shows Sarasota ranks third in state in demand and pay for child care services

A recent study by Care.com based on statistics from the Center for American Progress shows that the demand for reliable child care continues to grow across the nation.

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.

Top 5 diets recommendations on the Suncoast

If you’re having trouble taking inches off your waist, it may be because your weight-loss goals are unrealistic.

Free HIV and STD testing in upcoming clinics in Sarasota

The free testing will be held on November 7 from 6-8pm at Bethel Christian Methodist Church located at 1719 22nd Street in Sarasota.

Diving Deeper: Cigarette Butts Are Worse for the Ocean Than Plastic Straws

You’ve probably heard about the growing effort to ban plastic straws, but according to experts, there’s an even worse pollutant - also made of plastic - that has caused harm to our beaches and our environment for years... cigarette butts.

FDA approves new, powerful drug amidst opioid crisis

The F.D.A. has approved a new, powerful opioid to manage pain in adults. Dsuvia is 10 times stronger than fetanyl, and 1,000 more potent than morphine.

St. Pete Beach restaurant worker tests positive for Hep A

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in St. Pete Beach.

School District plans Digital Town Hall to discuss new mental health initiatives

School District plans Digital Town Hall to discuss new mental health initiatives

“No Swim Advisory” issued for Bayfront Park North (SP-1) in Bradenton

A "No Swim Advisory" was issued after tests on Halloween found elevated levels of enterococci bacteria, which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.

Data being analyzed in study of possible cancer cluster among Bayshore High School graduates

Data was collected by the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County and the Manatee County School District between December 1, 2017 and March 31, 2019. In all, 239 responded to the health survey to determine if Bayshore High School is the source of any disease clusters.

Shoppers may face hard choices again on health marketplaces

(AP) - Insurance shoppers likely will have several choices for individual health coverage this fall. The bad news? There's no guarantee they will cover certain doctors or prescriptions.

Movie screening at North Port High School focuses on excessive usage of cell phones and computers

"It affects teens by their time management skills, many don't have time to do homework or anything," said Stephanie Hawkins, Student Body President of the senior class at North Port High School.  Hawkins is talking about the movie documentary Screenagers which focuses on the excessive use of phones and computers.

Jenny Craig wraps recalled for Salmonella, Listeria concerns

(CNN) - Jenny Craig has issued a recall on some of its wraps.

Venomous caterpillar makes seasonal return to Florida

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A venomous caterpillar that masquerades as an adorable ball of fluff is making its way back to the Sunshine State.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Kicks Off at Nathan Benderson Park

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk kicked off this morning at Nathan Benderson Park.

Dementia Care and Cure Initiative hosts event to make Sarasota County a “dementia caring community”

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A growing number of people here on the Suncoast are suffering from dementia.

Do Kids Need a Prescription for Play?

CCN - When we think of a prescription from the pediatrician's office, we typically associate it with some sort of illness.

Anti-opioid medication Naloxone coming to the Sarasota County School District

The numbers are frightening.  There has been a 200 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths in the state of Florida since the year 2000.  The Sarasota County School Board gave the green light today to a $7500 grant from the Florida Department of Health that will bring the nasal mister form of Naloxone to the school district.

Update: ‘No Swim’ advisory lifted for Sarasota County beaches

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota County Health Officials have lifted the "No Swim" advisory at two more beaches in Sarasota.

Child is first to die in Florida flu season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida health officials say a child is the first to die during this year's flu season.

Suncoast Blood Bank in urgent need of donations due to Hurricane Michael

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Suncoast Blook Bank has an urgent need for both blood and platelet donations, due to Hurricane Michael.

Free dental, vision and medical care clinic this weekend in Bradenton

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Suncoast residents will flock to a free clinic in Manatee County this weekend that's offering dental, vision and medical care to uninsured individuals in the community.

Mote Uses New Machine to Test How Air Quality is Affected By Red Tide Toxins

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- Even if you're not by the water, could the red tide toxins in the air be affecting your health?

Mote beginning to test air for red tide in Sarasota County

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Starting Monday, Mote Marine, with funding support from the Florida Department of Health, will begin air testing in Sarasota County for red tide toxins.

6.5 million pounds of beef products recalled nationwide due to possible salmonella

(WTXL/RNN) - A nationwide recall of 6.5 million pounds of beef products, which officials have identified as the cause of illness in more than 50 people, has been issued due to possible salmonella contamination.

Sarasota County Paramedics Now Using Nitronox For Pain Instead of Narcotics

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB)- Sarasota County paramedics are trying a new way to help patients in pain on the way to the hospital.

Cancer patient turns dog into shelter before killing herself

AFFTON, MO (KMOV/CNN) - A 46-year-old bus driver in Missouri killed herself earlier this week after finding out her cancer had returned.

Midge Flies Take Over a Lakewood Ranch Condo Complex

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL (WWSB) - A new breed of pests are moving into a Lakewood Ranch community.

Sarasota Police Officers to wear pink badges for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota Police Department is showing their support by showing pink on their badges for Breast Cancer Awareness month this October.

Mission to Help Veterans with PTSD

TAMPA BAY, FL (WWSB) -- It's a startling statistic:

Team Tony Introduces a New Cancer Connection Center | Suncoast View

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Fighting cancer can be an arduous and overwhelming task. But one Suncoast cancer survivor is trying to make it feel a little more approachable. Tony McEachern from "Team Tony Foundation". And he has some big news about a new cancer center coming here to the Suncoast.

Coca-Cola considers cannabis-infused drinks

(CNN) - Coca-Cola may be looking into a new ingredient.

Bradenton City Council approves new addiction recovery center

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - A new addiction treatment center will soon be coming to Bradenton after a public hearing this week.

CoolSculpting | Suncoast View

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Weight loss is a very individual journey, with many different options available to help you reach your goals. CoolSculpting is the only FDA cleared non-surgical fat reduction option available, and Dr. Sera Balderston and Nurse Practitioner Erin Alonso from Point Lumineux explain it.

Explaining Stem Cells with Total Regenerative Therapy | Suncoast View

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Many of us suffer from aches and pains in our joints and limbs and lower back as we age and our body deteriorates. And we'd like to solve these problems with as little down time, and almost no pain, with a procedure that really works. We visited Dr. Frank Lanzisera, Director of Total Regenerative Therapy in Tampa. Stem cells can be collected in many ways. Dr. Lanzisera uses stem cells collected from a healthy mother and baby at birth. The cells  are injected into a patient  in Dr. Lanzisera's office. And you only need one injection. Dr. Lanzisera says they  can help people suffering from COPD, arthritis, lower back pain, joint pain in knees, hips and shoulders and many other conditions.

Centerstone faced with two lawsuits after two suicides at the facility

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - One of the area's top mental health facilities is under the microscope after the suicides of two clients.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

Suicides at Centerstone discussed on ABC7 at 7

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Bradenton based Centerstone is one of the premier mental health facilities on the Suncoast. Two suicides in the past year are raising a lot of questions. They are separate cases, but how were two people able to kill themselves when there are protocols in place in order to prevent instances like these from happening?

Signs it might be time to go to Driver Rehab

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Feeling uneasy about getting behind the wheel? Driver Rehab could keep you in the driver' seat.

Zika cases continue to inch up in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WWSB) - The number of Zika cases continue to inch up in Florida. According to the state Department of Health website, Florida has had 66 reported cases of the mosquito-borne virus this year, with the number increasing slightly during the past three weeks.

Publix Recall: What Exactly is E. Coli?

Sarasota, FL (WWSB) -- Publix is voluntarily recalling a variety of ground beef and ground chuck products that may be contaminated with E. coli. We often here of it during a recall .. but do you really know what it is or what the symptoms may be?

Respiratory Masks Available for Lifeguards in Sarasota and Manatee County While on Duty

SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB)- While most people throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties have the luxury to go inside to avoid the red tide effects, lifeguards remain on the beach all day long.

Local Allergy and Sinus Specialist Says More Patients Are Coming in Due to the Red Tide

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB)- As the red tide still lingers throughout Sarasota County, one local sinus and allergy doctor said more patients are coming through his door.

Manatee County issues Mosquito-borne illness advisory following confirmed case of West Nile

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (DOH) has issued a warning for residents following a confirmed human case of West Nile Virus.

2nd Annual Skyway 10k Registration Opens in September

TAMPA, FL (WWSB) -- Ready to run across the Skyway again for a good cause? Registration for the second annual Skyway 10K will officially open Thursday, September 13th.

Anna Maria Island Getting Hit Hard by the Red Tide

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL (WWSB) - 160 tons in the last three weeks. That's the amount of dead fish that has been cleaned up in Manatee County because of red tide. More than half of that came just from Anna Maria Island.

Study finds surprising health benefit of breastfeeding

ABC - Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women.  And a new study from the American Heart Association has a surprising discovery about something that may be linked to lower stroke risk: breast feeding.

Firefighters Throughout Florida Equipped With Decontamination Kits to Help Prevent Cancer

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WWSB) -  Firefighting is a dangerous job, but the danger doesn't end when the last flame is out.

Consumer Reports: Heavy metals found in baby food

(WWBT/WWSB) - Consumer Reports (CR) has found an unsettling number of baby and toddler foods that contain heavy metals.

Manatee County Seeking Fishermen to Help Clean Red Tide Kills at Residential Homes

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB)- Manatee County's efforts to get rid of thousands of dead fish showing up near docks and canals.

Three cases of measles reported in Pinellas County; first cases since 1998

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - At least three cases of measles have now been reported in Pinellas County, the first such outbreak since 1998.