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  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.

  FDA approves new, powerful drug amidst opioid crisis

St. Pete Beach restaurant worker tests positive for Hep A

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

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

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

Shoppers may face hard choices again on health marketplaces

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

Jenny Craig wraps recalled for Salmonella, Listeria concerns

Venomous caterpillar makes seasonal return to Florida

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

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

Do Kids Need a Prescription for Play?

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

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

Mote beginning to test air for red tide in Sarasota County

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

Sarasota County Paramedics Now Using Nitronox For Pain Instead of Narcotics

Cancer patient turns dog into shelter before killing herself

  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.

Mote Marine Laboratory declares this the longest lasting red tide bloom in more than 10 years

LONG BOAT KEY, FL (WWSB) - Red tide is still extremely present in our waters.

Four simple steps you can take to protect yourself from Salmonella

(CNN) - With numerous outbreaks and recalls, it seems to be the summer of Salmonella.

Sarasota County School District's Plan to Prevent Food Waste

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Schools in Sarasota County are able to provide many different food options to students, which could have some wondering what they do to prevent food waste.

Allergy doctors advise Suncoast beachgoers to stay out of the water

LONGBOAT KEY, FL (WWSB) - It's obvious that red tide is bad at the Suncoast's area beaches, but for those living at homes that face canals on John Ringling Parkway, there's no escape.

Mote Marine Laboratory finds new ways to mitigate effects of red tide

HOLMES BEACH, FL (WWSB) - Researchers have said there is no way to completely control red tide, but Mote Marine Laboratory is actively working on new ways to mitigate its affects.

FDA recalls heart medications over cancer concerns

(RNN) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of several drugs that contain the active ingredient valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

Experts Warn People Of The Symptoms of West Nile Virus

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Health officials are warning people of the symptoms of West Nile virus after infected mosquitoes were found this week in Sarasota County.

Learn About the Importance of Back to School Physicals | Suncoast View

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Laurel Cicarello with Gulf Coast Medical Group Urgent Care is here to explain the importance of getting a back to school physical for your child.

Nearly 60 cases of Zika reported in Florida this year

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WWSB) - While the number is down from the past two years, Florida has had 59 reported cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in 2018.

Floridians Rally Together In The 'Save Our Fisheries Convoy'

PUNTA GORDA, FL (WWSB)- Floridians all throughout Southwest Florida came together Saturday to raise awareness and demand action on fixing the toxic algae problem throughout the state in the 'Save Our Fisheries Convoy'.

Nurses picket at local hospitals during contract negotiations

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Nurses across the Suncoast were out in full force this morning protesting and picketing at several hospitals.

Local Couple Starts New Non-Profit To Help Veterans With PTSD

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- One local couple is trying to help those with PTSD through their new nonprofit, Operation Warrior Resolution.

Mote Marine Laboratory launches series of new studies to combat red tide

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Mote Marine Lab scientists said while it's hard to say if this bloom is among the worst seen in recent years, they are still launching brand new efforts to stop it.

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

SARASOTA,FL (WWSB)- More than 500-thousand people in the state of Florida are affected by Alzheimer's.

  Some Beach Goers In Venice Beach Say Red Tide Is Unbearable

VENICE BEACH, FL (WWSB)-   New information on the red tide outbreak that's been affecting some area beaches.

Best & Worst Ranked Sunscreens of 2018

LIDO BEACH, FL (WWSB) -- With kids out of school these days, more kids will be headed out into the sun for the day at pools and beaches. It's a good time for a sunscreen reminder - because every sunburn that kids get under the age of 18, increases their chances of getting skin cancer as adults.

How The Heat Can Affect Your Health

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- Here in Florida, the official first day of summer doesn't feel much different than the last days of spring.

Train for an Adventure with ChaseFit | Suncoast View

Chase Pettey shows simple exercises to get us outdoor-adventure-ready.

Keep Dogs Calm through Storm Season with Products from K9 Korral | Suncoast View

Mark Shambour (and his helper, Spencer!) show off calming treats for pets.

Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

GENEVA (AP) - For video game addicts, it might soon be "game over."

Study: Many women with breast cancer do not need chemotherapy

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Is Your Child at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - According to Cleveland Clinic, doctors are finding that type 2 diabetes is growing rapidly in children in the United States.

A Great Place to Call Home - Venice Hospital

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Venice is a "Great Place to Call Home" and one important thing that makes it so is Venice Hospital and the great health care it provides.

Amazing Suncoast Woman | Amanda Broat

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Amanda Broat is from up state New York. That's where she met her husband Lance.

Manatee County hospital names its doctor of year

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Blake Medical Center naming its 2018 Doctor of the Year after receiving nominations from patients, nurses and fellow physicians. Anesthesiologist, Melissa Fleck, MD taking the prestigious honor.

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DNA Testing Discussed on ABC 7 at 7

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Different organizations like 23 and Me and Ancestry.com not only can find out where you come from, but can also help track down lost relatives.  But what happens to your DNA information?  Can it be sold or used for their own research?

Opioid Epidemic Discussed on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - We often hear lawmakers talking about what they are going to do to help fix the opioid epidemic.  But how many of them actually get anything done?

First Responders with PTSD Discussed on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The discussion of our troops and Veterans being diagnosed with PTSD has been a topic for years.  But recently, we're becoming more aware of how first responders are also dealing with PTSD from years of putting themselves in dangerous situations.

Artificial Sweeteners linked to weight gain

(CNN) - It's something you may already be drinking every morning in your coffee or your diet soda . And guess  what? It might be making us fat. So just how *bad is that artificial sweetener?

McCall Farms recalls cans of Happy Harvest Spinach

(RNN) - McCall Farms is recalling a limited number of 13.5-ounce cans of Happy Harvest Spinach due to the risk of product mislabeling, according to the FDA.

Having babies too expensive? How to get ahead!

(WWBT) - Pregnancy is a blessing-- but it also means more responsibility-- financially.

CDC: Don't eat romaine lettuce unless you know it's not from Arizona

ATLANTA (RNN) – There’s no letup in the E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce.

Pelvic Pain in Women can be Managed Thanks to VuVatech | Suncoast View

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A Suncoast woman created a homeopathic solution to pelvic pain in women. Tara Langdale Schmidt is here to tell us about VuVatech along with uro-gynecologist Dr. Lennox Hoyte from the Pelvic Floor Institute.