Health

  Food service worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A in Sarasota County

The Department of Health in Sarasota conducted an epidemiological investigation and determined a person working at P.F. Chang’s at 766 South Osprey in Sarasota from November 6-17 may have been infectious.

  Ezzo recalling 25,000 pounds of meat due to possible listeria contamination

  Flu cases rising on the Suncoast

  Blowing Away The Smoke: How Suncoast School Districts Are Cracking Down on Vaping

  FL Agriculture Commissioner working on new hemp law and regulating CBD

  Experts say self-care can have a great impact on your health, local experts offer ways to help

Pharmacy kiosks for prescriptions could be coming to Florida

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  Tips to help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Florida officials unveil website to monitor water quality

  New website launched in Florida providing healthcare cost transparency

  Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

  New website tool released to help families compare the safety of nursing homes

  Red tide now reaches as far north as Venice

  Blake Medical Center expanding ER

The expansion will be adding 14 beds to the department from 17 beds.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

  A healthy gut can improve your physical and mental health

If you’re looking for a way to improve your mental and physical health, doctors say to start with your gut.

  After Former President Jimmy Carter takes second fall this month, experts give tips on fall prevention

Staff at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Center said falls are among the most common injury, second only to injuries from car crashes. Doctors see about 4,000 injured patients at the Trauma Center per year and about 60 percent of them involve falls.

1 in 4 Florida high schoolers have vaped in the past month, according to the Florida Surgeon General

  City of Palmetto working to increase buying age of tobacco-related products, including vaping products

Florida bill requiring parental consent before minors can get abortions passes key House committee

  How will Manatee County’s health community continue to provide quality care with rapid growth?

  State and Local Effort to Help Those Suffering with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Florida legislators hearing about dangers of legalizing recreational marijuana

  Florida’s attorney general launching vaping investigation

In a news conference at a Tampa high school, Moody said the investigation will center on whether the companies are targeting minors and if they're running afoul of the state's consumer protection laws.

Florida commission says mental health system needs overhaul

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, meeting in Orlando, found that the state's mental health system is too often a revolving door.

  After 94-year-old man allegedly kills wife with dementia, officials remind community resources are available

The Senior Friendship Center has multiple locations in Sarasota County, and each has its own caregiving services. There are dozens of resources that they can connect you with for support, as well as an adult daycare to give caregivers a break when they need it.

  “Drive Pink Across America” Day celebrated on the Suncoast

Today is designated as “Drive Pink Across America” Day and an effort to raise money for cancer research.

  Breast cancer survivor teaches Sarasota County teachers the importance of health and wellness

Though it’s most prevalent in women ages 70 to 74, statistics show that more than 250,000 women living in the U.S. today were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40.

  North Port group turns tragedy into learning opportunity about mental health, depression

After the North Port community suffered a tragic loss of one of its teachers back in 2017, Holly's Hope was formed to help open the dialogue of mental health and depression. Now, they’re taking it one step further and hoping to make that conversation start in the classrooms.

  Breast cancer symptoms for both men and women

Every two minutes, a woman in The U.S. is diagnosed with Breast Cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and health professionals are urging people to know the signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer.

  Cornerstone Premium Foods recalls frozen blackberries after testing positive for noro-virus

Cornerstone Premium Foods is recalling a product containing frozen blackberries.

  Homeless man found on Sarasota woman’s porch illustrates need for residential mental health facilities

Just imagine waking up to a stranger on your porch…

  At Florida event, Trump cites his support for Medicare, slams Medicare for All

During a visit to The Villages, a bustling community for adults in Central Florida, Trump was trying to turn attention away from House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry and focus on pocket-book issues instead.

  After thousands of strangers show up for an unclaimed veteran, experts shed light on seniors who are aging alone

Thousands of strangers show up for an unclaimed veteran, but what about the seniors who are still alive and alone?

  President Trump to visit Florida, focused on healthcare

President Trump is scheduled to visit Florida on Thursday and talk about healthcare.

  North Port Hopes to Ban Sales of Vape and Tobacco Products to Anyone Younger Than 21

Vaping has now been linked to dozens of deaths and lung illnesses in the United States. Now, one local city isn’t waiting for the federal or state government to step in and do something about it. The City of North Port hopes to be able to ban the sales of vapes and tobacco to anyone younger than 21.

Tip Top Poultry recalls ready-to-eat chicken products due to listeria risk, USDA says

Tip Top Poultry is recalling its ready-to-eat chicken products because of possible listeria contamination.

  Local high schooler who relied on blood donations to survive disease gives back making her own donation

Blood donations saved this Booker High School student’s life when she was diagnosed with a rare illness at age 5. Now Hannah Marsh is giving back and donating blood for the first time.

  Whether it’s a nicotine e-cigarette or medical marijuana, local doctor says people should stop vaping

Nationwide, thirteen people have died from a vaping-related lung illness. This week, the first Floridian died due to vaping. Locally, Dr. Paul Vesco, who is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, said he has had two patients come in so far with vaping-related lung illnesses.

  Flu season underway, doctors say get flu shot now

The flu season is almost here, and while it’s still a bit calm, doctors are preparing for another stuffy season.

“No Swim” advisory lifted for Brohard Beach

A routine water test Wednesday found a higher than acceptable amount of enterococcus bacteria. Though the beach remained open, the Department of Health says wading, swimming and water recreation was not recommended.

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

  Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement

The drug company Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy.

  Local pharmacy helps uninsured patients get free prescriptions

The United States Census Bureau says that about 27 million people in the U.S. were uninsured last year.

  Reports say social media posts may reveal health issues likes diabetes, anxiety and depression

According to one recent study, what we’re sharing on social media platforms can say a lot about our health status, both physically and mentally.

Local practice hosts women’s wellness expo

A local women’s health clinic hosted a wellness expo on Sunday. It helps raise awareness and teach women to not only take care of themselves on the outside.. But on the inside as well.

  Vaping dangers and tips for teens to quit

Vaping has become an epidemic among teens and now we're starting to see some of the health risks that come along with e-cigarettes.

  Local non-profit kicks off fundraiser at Lakewood Ranch to help cancer patients

Thursday night at the Gold Coast Eagle distributorship headquarters in Lakewood Ranch the “My Breast Friends 941” held its first ever fundraiser to raise awareness and money to help families, friends and survivors who are going through this difficult time.

  SunCoast Blood Bank still in need of blood and platelet donations

The SunCoast Blood Bank is still in need of blood and platelet donations, even though the Suncoast didn't see a direct impact from Hurricane Dorian. The blood bank is part of an affiliation that helps out other blood banks in need.

  Addiction recovery expert, cannabis doctor weigh in on Sarasota marijuana ordinance

Commissioners said the ordinance is an effort to free law enforcement agencies to address more serious crimes in our community.

  How stay-at-home parents and retirees can stay active and productive

For those stay-at-home parents or retirees, it can be hard to stay productive and active when you're always inside the house. The biggest tip for people who are always at home is to set a schedule and hold yourself accountable for that schedule.

Health expert reacts to first death linked to vaping

A recent death in Illinois is being called the first death related to e-cigarette usage and vaping.

  Sarasota Memorial Hospital teaches people how to manage their Diabetes

More than 20 million Americans have Diabetes. And to help those who are living with the disease, Sarasota Memorial Hospital offers educational classes to teach people how to manage it.

New report says Hepatitis A cases are continuing to increase in Florida

The number of of Hepatitis A cases in Florida continues to increase.

  U.S. experiencing worst year for measles since 1992

According to the CDC, the United States has seen the most cases of measles this year since 1992.

  Sarasota cancer survivor’s treatment gets FDA approval

Pamela Klein is calling the medicine a game changer. She said when someone is diagnosed with cancer, many doctors will recommend they immediately start chemotherapy. But this new treatment targets the mutation instead and it’s one Klein never would have known about without a clinical trial.

  Mental health resources being provided for Panhandle students

Students in the Panhandle will get special attention from medical professionals this school year.

  How Sarasota County schools are dealing with the teen vaping epidemic

E-cigarette use among high school and middle school aged students is being called an epidemic. The Department of Health said locally more than 40% of high school aged teens say they have tried vaping.

  Clinics open for mandatory student vaccinations in Sarasota County

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota is reminding parents vaccines are required for Kindergarten and 7th grade students in all Florida schools.

  Manatee County Schools providing prevention programs amid vaping concerns among students

Manatee County school officials are emphasizing education to prevent vaping.

  Is Red Tide Back at Nokomis Beach? NO. It’s a Different Bloom Called Brown Algae

Scientists say the Suncoast is in the clear - at least for now. This time, it’s brown algae which from a distance looks like an oil spill mixed with thick globs of seaweed. Although it looks gross, experts say it’s nothing to be worried about.

  Health experts continue to encourage mental health dialogue

In addressing the weekend, President Trump placed at least some of the blame on an inattention to mental illness on Monday.

  Florida officials declare Hepatitis A emergency

New outlets report that Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared the emergency Thursday to alert the public about the seriousness of the illness and to allow greater testing and treatment.

Fight against Florida abortion waiting period suffers a blow

In a 2-1 ruling, the 1st District Court of Appeal sent the lawsuit back to the circuit court, saying the state has built evidence that supports the constitutionality of the law. The law is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a Gainesville abortion clinic.

  Beaches in Sarasota County are becoming wheelchair accessible

Our beaches are one of the main attractions of the Suncoast, but it’s not always easy for some people to get out on the sand and into the water.

“Mission Cataract” gives people the gift of sight for free

Patients receiving the gift of sight through free cataract surgery.

  SMH among 57 standout hospitals in nation

U.S. News and World Report has spotlighted Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) among 57 standout hospitals in this year’s “Best Hospitals” study.

  Dangerous mosquito-borne virus detected in Florida, raising some concerns on the Suncoast

Mosquito-borne virus detected in Florida.

Florida State professors receive funding to examine how Hurricane Michael impacted births

Two Florida State University (FSU) professors have received funding to examine how Hurricane Michael impacted birth outcomes in the Florida Panhandle as a result of infrastructure damage and exposure to carbon monoxide.

  Officials: Almost 2,000 Hepatitis A cases in Florida this year

The number of hepatitis A cases in Florida this year has reached at least 1,978, the latest information released by the Florida Department of Health shows.

  Blue-green algae concerns for residents of housing and boating community in Bradenton

Blue-green algae in canals in housing and boating community in Bradenton.

  Research on red tide’s long-term health effects is underway

Congressman Vern Buchanan held a press conference at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Monday to discuss the long-term health effects of Red Tide in humans.

  Washington Post investigation reveals significant opioid use on the Suncoast

Washington Post investigation reveals significant opioid use on the Suncoast

Local group says mailed Social Security letters are legit

Millions of Americans nationwide have been getting letters in the mail from the Social Security Administration about a cost-savings program.

  Court rules Florida can require licenses for dietary advice

A federal court has upheld a Florida law that limits who gets to give dietary advice.

  Study shows kids are more likely to gain weight during summer months

A study conducted by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that kids are more likely to gain weight during the summer months. Some reasons why are because kids are snacking more and aren't as active.

E-cigarette use among teens jumps around 700 percent

Thursday afternoon local law enforcement officials along with the Florida Attorney General will talk about e-cigarette usage among teens. They will have a meeting at 1:45 p.m. at Riverview High School.

  Yes, It’s Real: Almost 5,000 seniors in Sarasota County receiving letters for cost-saving programs on their Medicare coverage

Are you or your parents receiving a letter inquiring about cost-saving programs on their medicare coverage? Well, you might want to respond.

  Venice Regional Bayfront Health lays off employees, reports say

A Venice hospital is reporting layoffs as a result of the Florida legislature doing away with the state’s certificate of need law.

  No Swim Advisory Lifted for Palma Sola South

The “No Swim Advisory” has been lifted for the Palma Sola Beach South access in Manatee County.

  Man recovering in Sarasota after a severe rattlesnake bite in North Port

Earl Hjertsdedt said it happened in North Port just outside of the new Braves stadium at about 10 a.m. There was no rattle and no warning.