Health

  Food service worker at downtown Sarasota restaurant may have exposed guests to Hepatitis A

  Florida first lady DeSantis takes on mental health issues

  Staff discuss ways to implement statewide needle syringe program bill in Manatee County

  Hepatitis A cases soar past 1,000 in Florida

  Sewage spill affects Sarasota neighborhood

  Station failure causes 5,500 gallon spill in Sarasota

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  Local health officials monitoring recent increase in Hepatitis A cases in Manatee County

Bill to provided firefighters diagnosed with cancer coverage making progress in Congress

Florida lawmakers pass bill for Canadian drug importation

Doctors call for elderly to get blood tests amid highest measles outbreak in U.S.

  Elder care facilities in Sarasota and Manatee County preparing for hurricane season

  Sarasota County Facing Lawsuit After Environmental Groups Claim Faulty Systems Are Polluting Suncoast Waterways

  Venice Fire Department Officially Taking Over EMS Service from Sarasota County

For two decades now, the Venice Fire Department and the Sarasota County Fire Department have shared responsibility in this area, but starting October of 2020, Sarasota County is stepping aside, and the Venice Fire Department will take all EMS calls.

  Mote says they will have technology to fight red tide in the next few years

Mote Marine Lab's CEO and President, Dr. Michael Crosby, said people can expect major developments in fighting the red tide within in the next few years.

  Home Birthing Centers: Are they safe?

That's in question after one of only two birthing centers in Sarasota is set to close its doors next month.

Fake-smiling at work makes you drink more at home, study reveals

Is the sauce becoming your boss? This study may tell you why.

  Proposed bill aims to reduce childhood lead poisoning

  Sarasota Police Department holds off on enforcing where CBD oil is sold

  Measles outbreaks on the rise throughout the United States

Florida seeks to limit strength of smokable medical pot

  SMH groundbreaking for new Venice campus hospital

FL: Senate proposed 100 million dollars for mental health services in schools

Imported Canadian prescription drugs set to begin selling in Florida

Imported prescription drugs from Canada could be sold in Florida if the House of Representatives is ready to allow it.

  Sarasota Memorial Hospital unveils lung cancer robot

A new robot is officially in use this March at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

  Results from yearlong study released, focusing on mental health in children and young adults in Sarasota County

Results from a yearlong mental health study released, focusing on children and young adults.

  Manatee County monitoring after 10 confirmed Hepatitis A cases

Early Tuesday morning, public health professionals at the Manatee County Health Department were on a conference call with other affected counties in the state. That meeting was to discuss the increase in Hepatitis A cases statewide and how to tackle the disease.

Senate panel backs giving Florida access to Canadian drugs

The Senate Health Policy Committee voted 8-2 Monday for one of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' top priorities in the 60-day legislative session. A companion measure with several key differences is moving through House committees that would eventually need to be reconciled with the Senate version.

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.

  2019 health report ranks Sarasota County second in Florida for ‘health factors’

2019 health report ranks Sarasota County second in Florida for ‘health factors’

  Critical need for O-negative blood donors on the Suncoast

A rash of medical emergencies and critical car crashes have caused a critical shortage of blood on the Suncoast, so our local blood bank needs help.

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

If one Sarasota City Commissioner Hagen Brody has his way, there will be an option for softer rules when people get caught smoking or in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Governor DeSantis signs smokable medical pot bill into law

On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Medical Use of Marijuana” bill into law.

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

A global team of experts, including researchers and doctors from both Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, will be working together out of the CORE Campus in their future “brain lab” to learn both positive and negative contributions to brain health and performance.

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

Being involved in Florida healthcare for the last 27 years, Roush knows what patients want and need, and she’s planning on ensuring that with this new medical center.

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

The product has a gluten free claim represented on the front of the label; however, the product contains gluten in the form of wheat.

  Bill approved to notify citizens about sewage spills

Legislation approved by a Florida House panel Tuesday would require customers to be notified by US mail each time raw or partially treated sewage is released or leaks into waterways.

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

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

  Senate repeals pot smoking ban, House to vote next week

With plenty of breathing room before a March 15 deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis, House and Senate leaders have neared completion of a measure that would do away with a state ban on smoking medical marijuana.

  More teens vaping than ever before, warns Sarasota County Schools

That dangerous trend of teens using e-cigarettes and vaping is now getting the attention of the Sarasota County School District.

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

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

  Data shows an increase in younger women having heart attacks

New data from The American Heart Association shows that there is an increase amount of younger women having heart attacks.

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

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

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

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

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

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

The legislation would establish the loan-repayment program at the Florida Department of Health. Loan repayments would be available to dentists who are willing to practice in public health or in areas of the state that lack dental professionals or are medically underserved.

State Senate president concerned about DeSantis proposal on prescription drugs

Two days after Governor Ron DeSantis announced a plan to begin importing drugs from Canada, Senate President Bill Galvano on Friday questioned part of the proposal.

Legislators moving forward to approve smokable marijuana

Florida legislators are ready to vote on measures that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana, ahead of a mid-March deadline set by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Florida governor wants to import drugs from Canada

Florida’s governor says he wants to cut health care costs by bringing prescription drugs from Canada to Florida.

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.