Health

Local practice hosts women’s wellness expo

  Vaping dangers and tips for teens to quit

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

  SunCoast Blood Bank still in need of blood and platelet donations

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

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

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Health expert reacts to first death linked to vaping

  Sarasota Memorial Hospital teaches people how to manage their Diabetes

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

  U.S. experiencing worst year for measles since 1992

  Sarasota cancer survivor’s treatment gets FDA approval

  Mental health resources being provided for Panhandle students

  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

  Florida officials declare Hepatitis A emergency

Fight against Florida abortion waiting period suffers a blow

  Beaches in Sarasota County are becoming wheelchair accessible

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

  SMH among 57 standout hospitals in nation

  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.

  New health care facility opens in Lakewood Ranch

The 12,000 square foot, six million dollar facility is on State Road 70 at Lorraine Road. It includes internal medicine and pediatrics primary care as well as Obstetrics, Endocrinology and other specialties.

  Studies show more seniors are waiting longer to retire

Recent studies show that more Americans are waiting longer to retire.

‘No Swim’ advisory issued for Palma Sola South in Manatee County

A no swim advisory has been issued for the Palma Sola Beach South access in Manatee County.

  Is moving to a retirement home right for you?

For many seniors, it's a tough decision whether to stay in your home or move to some type of retirement facility.

  First Step of Sarasota announces merger with Coastal Behavioral Healthcare

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare is consolidating with First Step of Sarasota to offer that they call a “one-stop shop” for mental health and addiction services in the region.

Company recalls hamburger, hot dog buns sold in multiple states

The company says there is a potential presence of small pieces of hard plastic that may have been introduced during production.

  What You Need to Know About Flesh-Eating Bacteria on the Suncoast

“Flesh eating bacteria or Necrotizing Fasciitis is the fascia, which is the layer underneath the skin, gets inflamed and infected. It’s basically a glorified cellulitis infection, which is very common," Dr. David Rizzo explained.

  Rapid Response EMS pilot program expands to Venice

Back in April, the Sarasota County Fire Department started a Rapid Response EMS truck pilot program as a new way of saving lives. Since, the department has expanded to neighboring cities.

  Less water linked to more sugary drinks for kids

Summer months call for extra hydration, and experts agree that when it comes to quenching thirst water is the best choice.

  ‘No Swim’ Advisory lifted at Brohard Beach

The ‘No Swim’ advisory that was issued on Wednesday at Brohard Beach has been lifted.

  Second food service worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A, this time in Sarasota County

The Sarasota County Health Department says a lab test taken on July 3 confirmed an employee had Hepatitis A while working at Piccolo Italian Market & Deli on Gateway Avenue.

  Free Hepatitis A vaccinations being offered locally

The Manatee County Health Department is reminding people about two free Hepatitis A vaccination events.

Two of three “no swim advisories” lifted, but the Department of Health is still urging caution

Two of three “no swim advisories” lifted, but the Department of Health is still urging caution

‘No Swim’ advisories lifted for Venice Beach and Lido Casino Beach

The “No Swim” advisories issued for Venice Beach and Lido Casino Beach have been lifted.

  Health department identifies case of Hepatitis A in food service worker

Manatee CHD immediately began conducting an epidemiological investigation after receiving lab confirmation on Monday. On Wednesday, it was determined that the individual worked at the Ugly Grouper restaurant located at 5704 Marina Drive while infectious.

  Before you go swimming, make sure you know what Cryptosporidium is

It’s a microscopic parasite that’s found in human’s fecal matter. It causes the disease Cryptosporidiosis, but both the parasite and the disease are commonly known as “Crypto.”

Dr. Steven J. Feldman, DDS, PA

Dr. Steven Feldman, DDS,PA

  Woman dies after contracting flesh eating bacteria

Woman dies after contracting flesh eating bacteria

  Roskamp Institute begins studying long-term effects of red tide in humans

It’s been months since red tide hammered the Suncoast. Yet it’s still unknown how it affects the human body long term.

  New Florida law to aid hospitals build facilities without ‘certificate of need’

A new start for the state of Florida is underway starting Monday. One hundred new laws will take effect and one of them is House Bill 21.

  Florida hospital challenging state funding cut

A court battle is brewing over a legislative decision to cut Medicaid funds from two South Florida hospitals controlled by the owner of a nursing home where residents died following Hurricane Irma.

  Contract negotiation underway between Cigna and SMH

If the two companies don’t reach a new deal soon, Cigna customers could lose their privileges at SMH, and be forced to either pay out of pocket, or go elsewhere.

  Local eye doctor stresses importance of eye protection

Thursday is designated as National Sunglasses Day and a local eye doctor emphasizes the importance of always wearing eye protection when outside.

  Governor backs treatment options for veterans

A series of alternative treatment options could soon be U.S. military veterans with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder.

  Health officials looking for ways to combat the rise of Hepatitis A cases in the Suncoast

Hepatitis A cases continue to rise not only in Florida but in the Suncoast.

  CAN Community Health raises awareness on National HIV Testing Day

On National HIV Testing Day, CAN Community Health provided free testing on Thursday by setting up a mobile unit.

  Local Sarasota senior center works to reduce heat-related deaths for the elderly

Recent studies show that 40 percent of heat-related deaths in the U.S. were among people over 65 years old.

  Hepatitis A cases on the rise in the Suncoast

According to the Florida Department of Health, the dates between June 16th and June 22nd, 25 counties in the state reported new cases of Hepatitis A. That includes two new cases in Sarasota County and five new cases in Manatee County.

  Sarasota County Fire Department recognized by AHA

The Sarasota County Fire Department is getting recognition from the American Heart Association.

  Health Tip: How to get a good night’s sleep

If you having trouble going to sleep at night, your phone could be part of the issue. A sleep expert said exposing yourself to the blue light from your phone and going on social media will stimulate your brain instead of relaxing it.

  Tips for the elderly and people who have to work outside in high temperatures

Tips for the elderly and people who have to work outside in these high temperatures

  Sarasota doctor pleased President Trump took his advice

President Trump consulted Dr. Brad Lerner of Sarasota before signing an Executive Order earlier this week on hospital pricing.

Law banning vaping in workplaces goes into effect next week

The vaping ban, which goes into effect on July 1st, implements part of a constitutional amendment supported by nearly 70 percent of voters last year. The change is similar to a long-standing law that prohibits smoking tobacco in places of employment.

  Health Tip: How to know if you have sleep apnea and how to manage it

It's estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and most of those cases go undiagnosed.

  Florida nears detailed information on health charges

Florida health care regulators now say that a much-promised website to help residents shop for health care will have specific information about what facilities charge by this fall.

  ‘No Swim’ advisory lifted at the Venice Fishing Pier

Sarasota County health officials have issued a “No Swim" advisory for the Venice Fishing Pier.

  New study shows technology use could be causing “head horns”

New study shows technology use could be causing “head horns”

  University of Florida taking lead on medical marijuana study

The University of Florida will take the lead on a study monitoring the effects of medical marijuana.

WEAR BLUE! Manatee Memorial wants to bring awareness to men’s health

Manatee Memorial Hospital wants to encourage everyone to wear blue to bring awareness of men’s health.

  Boy, 14, dies during football conditioning drills

Authorities say a Florida teen has died after collapsing during conditioning drills with his school's football team.

  City approves plan to build new hospital in Venice

On Tuesday, the Venice City Council approved a zoning amendment that gave the okay to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s (SMH) development plans for its new Venice hospital.

  Florida governor signs bill for foreign drug importation

Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other countries under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, if the federal government gives it a green light.

  Pines of Sarasota celebrating National Nursing Assistants Week

This week is designated as National Nursing Assistants Week to recognize the work Certified Nursing Assistants nationwide do each day.

Gov. DeSantis signs bill for foreign drug importation

The legislation allows creation of two prescription drug importation programs subject to strict regulation: one involving importing drugs from Canada and a second calling for drugs to be brought in from unspecified other countries to be chosen later.