Health

FL Senate panel OKs bill raising age to 21 for tobacco, vaping

Legislation raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 for Floridians to possess tobacco or vaping products has cleared a state Senate committee.

  City of Sarasota moving ahead with discussion to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

Governor DeSantis signs smokable medical pot bill into law

  Lakewood Ranch To Become Focus of Long-term Brain Health Study

Meet Sharon Roush: The President of the Future Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Venice

Over 2,000 pounds of pork sausages recalled due to misbranding

  Bill approved to notify citizens about sewage spills

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  You hear about those fad diets: Are they worth it?

  Senate repeals pot smoking ban, House to vote next week

  More teens vaping than ever before, warns Sarasota County Schools

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

  Data shows an increase in younger women having heart attacks

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

Blood bank offering scholarships or grants to attract high school seniors to donate blood

The Suncoast Blood Bank continues to push a youth scholarship program to increase the number of young donors.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

  Mobile Dental service offers free care for Veterans in Bradenton

Happening next week a mobile dental service will be visiting Bradenton to give free dental care to veterans.

  Radon, described as “The Silent Killer,” found in 1 out of 5 Suncoast homes

You can’t see it, smell it, or even taste it. It’s pretty much invisible, and gives humans absolutely no symptoms when you breathe it in.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

Everything you need to know about the dangers of and how to test for radon gas

State moves to reimburse Florida dentists for student loans if they agree to work in underserved areas

State Senate president concerned about DeSantis proposal on prescription drugs

Legislators moving forward to approve smokable marijuana

Florida governor wants to import drugs from Canada

Lawmakers will decide if Nurse Practitioners could work independently of doctors in Florida this spring

Twenty-two states, Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to work independently of physicians.

  Opioid epidemic continues in Manatee County, stakeholders meet to find solutions in Bradenton

The fight against the Opioid epidemic in Manatee county continues.

Vaping ban moving forward in the Florida House of Representatives

Implementing a voter-approved ban on electronic smoking devices in workplaces is moving forward in the Florida House of Representatives, without a proposal by anti-smoking advocates to redefine vaping devices as tobacco products.

  Sarasota Police warning CBD shops saying they are breaking the law

Sarasota Police are warning places selling CBD products saying they are selling their items illegally.

Free movie ticket if you give blood during drive scheduled at North Port Bank on Friday

OneBlood Inc. will be holding a blood drive at the North Port office of Charlotte State Bank and Trust on Friday, Feb. 15. OneBlood’s Big Red Bus will be in the bank parking lot from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m.

  Sarasota Police warn the public of unlicensed retailers selling CBD oils

Sarasota Police warn the public of unlicensed retailers selling CBD oils

  SCF Manatee-Sarasota looking to expand their nursing program

With an older population and more medical facilities, a push is on for more nursing students in the area.

Oral surgeon accused of sexually abusing patients under anesthesia allowed to continue practicing surgical medicine

Michael Lee Hasson has been charged with second-degree sexual offense and three counts of sexual battery.

  VIDEO: Polar Vortex Creating Blood Shortage Across US, SunCoast Blood Bank needs assistance with Type O negative and positive most in demand

Polar Vortex is creating a blood shortage across the United States, what is it?

  Newtown Community’s medical home continues to attract community partnerships

Newtown Community’s medical home continues to attract community partnerships

CDC: Seniors are more susceptible to Flu complications

Seniors are more susceptible to Flu-related complications

Area dental students offering free screenings

Dental students from LECOM are offering free oral screenings at Goodwill Manasota's Mecca location on the North Trail.

  Sarasota County has highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in Florida

Sarasota County has highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in Florida

  Hospital Prices Online Has Been More Confusing Than Helpful For Patients

As of January first of this year, hospitals across the country have been required to list all of their prices online. It’s supposed to make health care costs more transparent between medical centers and patients, but has this new tool been more helpful or confusing?

  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.

State lawmaker wants to map, inspect septic systems across Florida

Septic tanks are designed for use in low-population rural communities where a central sewer system is not feasible. However, for decades in many parts of Florida, developers have often used septic tanks as a cost-cutting measure when building new homes, even in more urban environments.

Florida Governor DeSantis wants to end ban on smokable medical pot

DeSantis wants a new law by mid-March that will end a ban on smokable medical marijuana and loosen limits on treatment center licenses, saying voters spoke clearly when they approved medical marijuana in 2016.

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

Florida organ donors could get free decals for their cars, minivans or trucks under a bill filed Wednesday for consideration during the 2019 legislative session.

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

On Saturday, a source delivered a news tips to ABC7 about a canal filled with brown rusty water in a residential community. The water went from clear, to green, then a coffee color, according to residents along the Bayshore Canal, which leads to the Sarasota Bayfront.

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

Sarasota County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of a new hospital in Venice.

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

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

Public hearing on proposed Venice hospital to be held Tuesday

Tuesday Sarasota County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss a new hospital in Venice.

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

For the first time in U.S. History, Americans are now more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle accident, according to a new report by the National Safety Council.

  Brown rusty water flows into Bayshore Canal, cause under investigation

On Saturday, a source delivered a news tips to ABC7 about a canal filled with Brown Rusty water in a residential community.

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

At a workshop on Friday morning, Fire Chief Shawn Carvey presented research to council members showing that 66% of the time that an emergency medical service call is placed, the Venice Fire Department arrives before Sarasota County ambulances.

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

After last year’s deadly flu season, Floridians are faring far better in the beginning of 2019.

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

Six people got sick on a Frontier flight from Cleveland to Tampa International Airport on Monday.

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

A recent sewage and wastewater spill concerning residents, even though the health department saying the water in Sarasota Bay is now safe to enjoy.

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

So what do zoo officials want for Fiona in 2019? To keep growing, of course.

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

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Del Monte canned corn recalled

Del Monte Inc. announced a recall of nearly 65,000 cases of fiesta corn seasoned with red and green peppers due to under-processing.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

  Four unvaccinated children in Sarasota contract measles

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County says the infections were acquired locally and the source has not been identified. The department is now working to identify and notify people who may have been exposed.

  Lead found in Sarasota schools: Should you be worried?

The state doesn't require schools to test their supply for water but Sarasota County Schools went ahead and tested 19 schools, finding high concentrations of lead in some buildings and classrooms.

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

You can’t see it, smell it, or even taste it. The only way to know it’s inside your home is by performing a test with a radon kits. It’s also the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the United States.

  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.