Manatee County seeing higher than usual amount of flu cases
Manatee County seeing higher than usual amount of flu cases

Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. Here are the differences.

June 27th, 7:37 AM EDT by SNN Newsroom
EpiPens will now be available in all Sarasota County Schools
EpiPens will now be available in all Sarasota County Schools

SARASOTA- Allergic reactions can come quickly and without warning, and starting in August Sarasota County Schools will offer potentially lifesaving treatment available for kids and employees having a reaction. Allergic reactions are random, and your first anaphylactic shock can come anywhere. Even in the classroom. “So that random moment of their first reaction can occur […]
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Bariatric surgery – why are so many lap bands failing?
Bariatric surgery – why are so many lap bands failing?

SARASOTA – There are quite a few options if you’re looking for weight loss surgery, but one procedure in particular has alarming rates of failure. What was once the most common weight loss surgery in the U.S now has a 75% failure rate, that’s according to research from JAMA and the Obesity Surgery Journal. “The […]
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A game changer for breast cancer treatment
A game changer for breast cancer treatment

SARASOTA – Three little words can change your life forever: you have cancer. What if you could beat it without chemo? “The thought of losing my hair, the thought of being sick,” says Madri Wilson. “It’s so devastating.” A genetic test called Oncotype DX has been guiding treatment for certain types of early-stage breast cancer […]
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Award winning wound care program heals patients
Award winning wound care program heals patients

MANATEE COUNTY- Manatee Memorial’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric treatment program received National Awards for healing for the 8th year in a row with a healing rate of 91% in less than 30 days. Just a warning, one image in this story is a little graphic. When you’ve tried everything in the medicine closet and wounds […]
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Skin checks can help catch melanoma early
Skin checks can help catch melanoma early

MANATEE COUNTY- If its caught early, melanoma can be cured in less than 15 minutes, when it’s ignored it can be one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Bob Trisolini is an avid swimmer, who spends lots of time outdoors. He wears sunscreen regularly, but is always concerned about the risk of skin cancer. “I […]
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Common food and drug interactions to be aware of
Common food and drug interactions to be aware of

BRADENTON- Even if you’re taking your prescriptions on schedule, the food you eat and vitamins you take could be changing the way that medicine works. When your taking medication, it’s important to watch what you’re eating and drinking. You’ve probably seen ‘don’t take this with alcohol’ on your pill bottles. “Alcohol can make drugs stronger,” […]
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Drug shortages place burden on patients and doctors
Drug shortages place burden on patients and doctors

SARASOTA- You’ve been taking the same medication for years, you head to the pharmacy to place your usual prescription, and the pharmacist has bad news. “The medication isn’t available anymore,” Dr. Cooper said. “And the doctor didn’t know, the patient didn’t know, and perhaps even the pharmacist wasn’t even aware of it. So often times […]
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Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds opens up about AS
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds opens up about AS

IT’S YOUR HEALTH – Reynolds is opening up about having Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a painful, debilitating auto-inflammatory disease he says impacts his life every day. “Whether it’s exercise, having to eat a certain way, checking with my rheumatologist to make sure my body’s in a place where I can perform every night..” Reynolds said. Reynolds calls […]
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Two new hospitals coming to Venice
Two new hospitals coming to Venice

VENICE – South County residents will soon be able to choose from two –new state of the art hospitals in Venice with an administrative law judge clearing the way for both Sarasota Memorial and Venice Regional to build hospitals in the city after 9 months of deliberation. Sarasota Memorial Hospital CEO David Verinder says this […]
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Learn the warning sign A,B,C’s for Melanoma Monday
Learn the warning sign A,B,C’s for Melanoma Monday

SARASOTA- Every hour, one person in the US dies from Melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Dermatologists are urging people to use prevention methods on Melanoma Monday. Florida has the second highest rate of melanoma cases in the nation. Dr. Jennifer Trent says in the Sunshine State everyone […]
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Local service offers support to “elder orphans”
Local service offers support to “elder orphans”

SARASOTA- People count on their children and family to assist them as they age, but when there is no family to help these “elder orphans” can be easily taken advantage of. “It’s amazing how many people just don’t have any family,” Rob Galkoff said. “They don’t have any children or people close to them that […]
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Kids get hands-on look at robotic surgery at Doctors Hospital
Kids get hands-on look at robotic surgery at Doctors Hospital

SARASOTA- It’s no secret kids can’t wait to get their hands on the latest technology, and Doctors Hospital is hoping it’s technology inspires kids to get off their phones and spend a little bit more time with their books. By letting them test out a different kind of operation game at Doctors Hospital. “You could […]
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Community organizations partner for 1st 1,000 days initiative
Community organizations partner for 1st 1,000 days initiative

SARASOTA- In a baby’s first 1,000 days their brain will reach 80% of its adult size, those first two years a critical to a child’s lifelong health. More than 30 community leaders and organizations are partnering to make sure all children have access to the best opportunities. Kelly Romanoff, Projects Manager for the Charles and […]
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Immunotherapy drugs changing the standard of cancer care
Immunotherapy drugs changing the standard of cancer care

SARASOTA- Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer in men and women, but immunotherapy drugs are transforming the way lung cancer is treated and helping patients live longer. Patients like David Cerone, who went to the doctor after intense coughing over the holidays. “Came back with the diagnosis that I’d been dealt this card,” […]
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National Transgender HIV Testing Day observed on the Suncoast
National Transgender HIV Testing Day observed on the Suncoast

SARASOTA – “I am HIV positive. I’ve been HIV positive for 24 years. I’m more happy today than I am angered,” said David Wyland-White, the Prep Navigator Lead at CAN Community Health, We’ve come a long way in the treatment of HIV, but there’s still a stigma associated with HIV and for transgender people that […]
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Congressman Buchanan introducing 7-point plan to combat opioid epidemic
Congressman Buchanan introducing 7-point plan to combat opioid epidemic

MANATEE COUNTY – Congressman Vern Buchanan is introducing “The Opioid Emergency Response Act” this week, the act combines 7 bipartisan bills already introduced in Congress to help fight the opioid epidemic. The bill targets the epidemic through research and prevention, enforcement, and expanded access to treatment. When it comes to fighting the opioid epidemic, Congressman […]
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Flu season winding down on the Suncoast
Flu season winding down on the Suncoast

SARASOTA – Flu season is winding down. This is one of the worst flu seasons we have seen. The Center for Disease controls reports more than 27,000 people have been hospitalized and 137 children have died. Director of the Emergency Care Center at Sarasota Memorial, Lisa Collins-Browns, says they had the highest number of people in […]
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Focus on education for National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
Focus on education for National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

SARASOTA – Education about prevention and treatment can help save lives when it comes to HIV and AIDS, and on National Youth HIV and AIDS awareness day local groups are spreading that message to young adults. Middle Schooler Lily Zuber says the only time HIV comes up at school is at the end of a […]
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Gonorrhea “superbug” spreading globally
Gonorrhea “superbug” spreading globally

SARASOTA – A new superbug is discovered in the UK. Researchers say it’s only a matter of time before we see it in the United States. This new bug is an untreatable strain of the STD, gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is one of the most common STDs, but the new untreatable Gonorrhea “superbug” is popping up, with […]
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‘Handle With Care’ program connects schools with law enforcement
‘Handle With Care’ program connects schools with law enforcement

MANATEE COUNTY – ‘Handle with Care’ is a quick message law enforcement can send to schools that has the potential to make a big difference in the lives on students. If a child is dealing with trauma at home, it can affect their focus in the classroom. “It could be spousal abuse,” Kramer said. “It […]
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Suncoast community mental health centers
Suncoast community mental health centers

SARASOTA – Shocking statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, one in six U.S. adults live with a mental illness. A survey released by the Census Bureau in 2017 finds 15.9 percent of people under the age of 65 living in Sarasota County don’t have access to health insurance and 10.8 percent of people […]
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Alzheimer’s placing an increasing burden on caregivers
Alzheimer’s placing an increasing burden on caregivers

SARASOTA- Alzheimer’s deaths have more than doubled in the last 15 years, and those rates continue to increase. As the population ages and lives longer, more people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “We still haven’t come up with a good treatment yet,” Dr. Andrew Keegan said. “That’s one of the challenging aspects, so people may […]
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Reducing added sugar consumption
Reducing added sugar consumption

SARASOTA – It is so easy to consume more sugar than is good for us, but it is possible to eat less sugar. Taking sugar out of your diet is good for all obvious health reasons including brain functionality, healthy skin, and avoiding a diabetes diagnosis. But how do you avoid sugar when it’s in […]
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Float away your pain?
Float away your pain?

KWWL – What if you could “float” your stress and pain away? A recent study found that floating can help relieve symptoms of people with stress, depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Transcend Mind-Body Wellness & Floatation Clinic in Cedar Falls, Iowa offers a floatation tank. Owner Morgan Schoof is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner […]
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Opioid-related hospitalizations among kids increasing dramatically
Opioid-related hospitalizations among kids increasing dramatically

NBC News – An alarming new study shows opioid-related hospitalizations among children have increased dramatically. They have been called the “second victims” of the opioid epidemic, young children whose curiosity leads them to unattended narcotics, accidentally ingesting them and often developing dangerously low blood pressure and trouble breathing. “These children are quite ill, and are […]
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