Health

Six ways to improve your sleep, according to the experts

The National Safety Council said 43% of American workers report that they are sleep deprived. So what can you do to get a better night’s sleep? A sleep expert said there are six changes people can make.

The Next Decade of Healthcare: Robotic Assisted Surgery

The Next Decade of Healthcare: Brain Mapping for Autism

  North Port Fire Department and EMS unit equipped with decontamination system

  School based health center launches at Southeast High School

  Cardiologist says living a more “authentic life” could help prevent heart disease

  SMH and Cigna Health part ways, affecting thousands of people after a year of contract negotiations

Continued Coverage

  Construction of Cancer Institute Oncology Tower at Sarasota Memorial Hospital moving along

  Manatee Memorial Hospital set to become first west coast Florida hospital to offer new kidney dialysis procedure

House panel passes bill prohibiting insurance companies from using genetic information to deny or cancel policies

  School district leaders push for change to technical college nursing programs

  New Accelerated Program at USF’s Sarasota-Manatee Campus To Help Fill Gap in Nursing Shortage

  Pink Eye Cases Rise on the Suncoast

  How to keep up with new health goals

According to U.S. News about 80% of Americans will give up on their New Year's resolutions by the second week of February.

  Sarasota City Commission starts to discuss ways to implement new vaping laws

Sarasota City Commission starts to discuss ways to implement new vaping laws

“No Swim” advisories lifted for two beaches in Sarasota County

The “No Swim” advisories at Nokomis and North Jetty beaches have been lifted. They had been issued earlier this week due to a high level of enterococci bacteria, but county officials say tests conducted Friday meet both EPA and state recreational water standards.

  Airport staff say potential measles exposures in major U.S. airports aren’t affecting SRQ travelers

Airport staff say potential measles exposures in major U.S. airports isn’t affecting SRQ travelers

  Many on the Suncoast facing holiday depression

  Second food service worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A in Sarasota County in past month

  Contract negotiations between Cigna and SMH at a standstill

  Manatee County Commissioners approve syringe exchange program

  More kids are developing Prediabetes, here’s why

Florida Senate committee passes measure that would require parental consent for abortions

  FDA says more research needed on CBD before it’s considered safe

According to a new consumer update from the Food and Drug Administration, much more research in needed on CBD products before it's considered safe.

  What’s next when it comes to health care in North Port?

Right now, the city only has a single emergency room in the entire city. But it's not a hospital - just a center for immediate needs. The nearest hospitals are either in Venice or Port Charlotte.

  Local organizations work to help children process the loss of a loved one

November is Children's Grief Awareness Month and this week Blue Butterfly and the Mark Wandall Foundation partnered to educate parents, grandparents and teachers on the best ways they can be there for children who have experienced a loss.

  Sick Season Bringing More Than Just the Flu to the Suncoast

“We’ve had an influx of people come in with respiratory illnesses like cough and cold, and we’ve had a number of different flu-viruses around that are typical to come in at this time of year like RSV - Respiratory Systemic Virus."

  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.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

  Local allergy doctors educate patients on ways to treat severe food and environmental allergies

There are a number of over-the-counter ways to treat both environmental and food allergies, but doctors say sometimes the allergies are simply too severe for those medications.

  Venice Regional’s Hospital Safety Grade Rises

As hospitals across the Suncoast are getting their results, Venice Regional Bayfront Health was given a “B” average safety grade. Hospitals are graded on safety based off of errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

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

Pizza topping brand Ezzo Sausage Company is recalling 25,000 pounds of meat following a possible listeria contamination.

  Flu cases rising on the Suncoast

With the holidays approaching, doctors say now is a great time to get the flu shot if you haven't already done so.

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

Social media marketing has made vaping a trend, and students are doing it not because they necessarily want to smoke, but because, well everyone is doing it. Manatee County and Sarasota County School Districts have began outreach and education programs to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping.

  FL Agriculture Commissioner working on new hemp law and regulating CBD

While she’s working with different agencies to create regulation and licensing people to grow hemp, she’s also warning residents to be aware of what they consume.

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

It may feel like another thing on your to-do list, but making time for yourself can actually help your overall health.

Pharmacy kiosks for prescriptions could be coming to Florida

A House health care panel on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (HB 59) that would allow community pharmacies to use “automated pharmacy systems” to offer people access to prescription drugs.

  Tips to help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

November is national Alzheimer's Disease awareness month.

Florida officials unveil website to monitor water quality

Florida officials are rolling out a new online dashboard that allows the public to get a snapshot of water quality in the state’s major lakes and waterways.

  New website launched in Florida providing healthcare cost transparency

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday the Florida Health Price Finder website, which gives residents prices on non-emergency medical procedures in the state.

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

The study found teens who experiment with vaping are more likely to try cigarettes but vaping first does not increase their odds of becoming smokers.

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

A new website feature released this week by ‘The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ is looking to ease those fears.

  Red tide now reaches as far north as Venice

The daily sample map from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) shows low- and medium- concentrations of red tide as far north as Venice Beach. The bloom stretches south to Lee and Collier counties, where some high concentrations can be found.

  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

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said Wednesday the state has had 70 cases of vaping-related illnesses in 21 counties and one confirmed death.

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

Officials with city, concerned over the nationwide epidemic of illnesses and deaths related to vaping, are on board with the idea of increasing the age limit to purchase the products, a change that could take as little as six months to be in place.

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

The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the measure by a vote of 12 to 6. The measure is poised to move quickly in the House, as the bill is now ready for the full chamber to consider when the 2020 legislative session starts in January.

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

Thursday at Pier 22 in Bradenton, health care experts sat down at Manatee County Tiger Bay to discuss what can be done to resolve this issue for so many county residents.

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

The Dementia Care and Cure Initiative works hands-on with businesses to focus on helping them become more accommodating to Dementia-related issues and earn a “caring community” designation from the state.

Florida legislators hearing about dangers of legalizing recreational marijuana

The House Health and Human Services Committee heard from Harvard Medical School psychobiologist Bertha Madras, who issued dire warnings about the dangers of marijuana use, particularly for youngsters.

  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.