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Jul/29/2014
Poor Sleep May Lead to Worse Grades for College Students
Instead of staying up studying all night, college students might want to try a new way to improve their grades: get a good night's sleep.

Jul/25/2014
David Verinder Named President & CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted unanimously today to select David Verinder as president and chief executive officer of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

Jul/24/2014
Can 6,000 Steps a Day Keep Knee Arthritis at Bay?
Walking the equivalent of an hour a day may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests.

Jul/22/2014
Fitness May Help Older Men With High Blood Pressure Live Longer
Getting more fit might reduce the risk of death for elderly men with high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Jul/21/2014
Proposed Rehab Facility Discussed at Community Workshop
Neighborhood workshop about Sarasota Memorial’s proposed new comprehensive rehabilitation facility

Jul/17/2014
Aerobic/Strength Training Combo May Be Best Workout for Diabetics
A combination of aerobic and resistance training may work better than either type of exercise alone in helping people with diabetes control their blood sugar, a new review finds.

Jul/17/2014
Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Offers Safe, More Natural Option for Women with High Breast Cancer Risk
Breasts certainly don’t define a woman, but the prospect of surgically removing them to reduce your cancer risk can shake even the strongest resolve.

Jul/15/2014
U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High
Measles cases in the United States are at a 20-year high so far this year. And nearly all the cases involve unvaccinated U.S. residents who've traveled abroad to countries where the respiratory disease is much more prevalent, federal health officials said Thursday.

Jul/15/2014
U.S. News & World Report Announces 2014 “Best Hospitals” Rankings
SMH ranks among 50 “Best Hospitals” for GYN Care, #1 in South Florida for Overall Quality & Care.

Jul/10/2014
The Summer's Heat is Here
Summer's heat puts everyone at potential risk for heat-related illness, but seniors and people with chronic health problems are especially vulnerable.

Jul/08/2014
Gains of 'Brain Training' for Elderly Seen 10 Years Later
Elderly people who participate in "brain training" classes to keep their minds sharp continue to see positive benefits 10 years after the training, according to a new study.

Jul/07/2014
Sarasota Memorial CEO Selection Update
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board’s CEO search will begin with David Verinder, interim CEO.

Jul/03/2014
Health Tip: Safer Use of Fireworks
Summer holidays sometimes include fireworks, a potentially dangerous way to celebrate.

Jul/01/2014
Preventing Tick Bites
Hikers, campers, gardeners and other Americans are flocking outdoors to enjoy the warm weather, and they need to take steps to protect themselves from tick bites, cautions an expert.

Jun/26/2014
A Memory Aid for Seniors: Laughter
Humor and laughter may help combat memory loss in the elderly, a new study suggests.

Jun/24/2014
How You Digest Carbs May Influence Weight Gain, Study Says
The way your body digests carbohydrates may affect your risk for obesity, a new genetic study indicates.

Jun/19/2014
Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure: Study
Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why.

Jun/17/2014
Beans, Lentils, Peas: Your Recipe for Lower Cholesterol?
Eating beans, lentils and other legumes may help you cut down on LDL "bad" cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease, a new review suggests.

Jun/17/2014
Sarasota Memorial – BayCare Affiliation Update
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and BayCare Health System have mutually decided to end their management services relationship, effective June 20, 2014.

Jun/12/2014
Health Tip - Learn the Signs of Whooping Cough
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a viral infection that can cause serious complications in children under age 1.

Jun/11/2014
Sarasota Memorial Pain Care Center Welcomes Two New Pain Care Specialists
Sarasota Memorial welcomed two new pain medicine specialists to its Pain Care program last month.

Jun/10/2014
FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula
A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Jun/05/2014
Researchers Explore New Target for Malaria Vaccine
Scientists have developed a new vaccine for malaria using protective immune system cells from children who appear to be naturally resistant to the deadly infectious disease.

Jun/03/2014
Beauty, Not Health May Spur Teens to Use Sunscreen
If you really want to motivate teens to use sunscreen, you might try appealing to their vanity.

Jun/02/2014
Parlane Reid, MD, Receives Psychiatric Profession’s Highest Honor
APA recognized him as a Distinguished Life Fellow for a lifetime dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness through clinical practice, research, community outreach and public policy/advocacy work.

May/29/2014
A Walk a Day Keeps Disability at Bay
Daily walks can help older adults remain mobile and improve their quality of life, a new study reveals.

May/27/2014
Consistent Protein Intake Key to Muscle Strength, Study Says
You need to consume adequate amounts of protein at each meal of the day to keep your muscles at their best, a new study shows.

May/22/2014
Could Reducing Stress Help Bring On a Migraine?
n a surprising twist on how stress may affect migraine risk, new research suggests that patients who are able to lower their stress levels may end up inadvertently boosting their immediate risk for a migraine attack.

May/20/2014
Study: Few Americans Getting Proper Stroke Treatment
A recent study finds that most stroke victims are within reach of potentially life-saving treatment – they're just not getting it.

May/20/2014
Health Tip - Maintaining Healthy Joints
Taking good care of your joints can help prevent pain, stiffness and other common symptoms of arthritis as you get older.

May/15/2014
Stressed by Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise
Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings.

May/15/2014
SMH Names 2014 Nurses of Excellence
This year's Nurses of Excellence and PCT/MSTs (Patient Care/Multi-Skill Techs) of Excellence.

May/13/2014
2nd MERS Case Identified in U.S.
A second case of MERS -- the potentially fatal respiratory virus that initially surfaced in the Middle East two years ago -- has been detected in the United States, federal health officials said Monday.

May/08/2014
Scientists ID New Genes Linked to Belly Fat
Researchers who identified five new genes linked to belly fat say their findings could help efforts to develop medicines to treat obesity or obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

May/05/2014
SMH Pays Tribute to its 1,200 Nurses
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and culminates on Nightingale's birthday.

May/05/2014
Less Salt Use Tied to Drop in U.K. Heart Deaths
A drop in salt consumption likely played a big role in a recent large reduction in deaths related to heart disease and stroke in England, a new study suggests.

May/05/2014
Becker's Healthcare Names SMH Among 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare
Becker's Healthcare has named Sarasota Memorial Health Care System one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare for 2014.

May/01/2014
Thinking, Memory Problems Tied to Blockages in Neck Artery
Blockage of the carotid artery in the neck appears to increase the odds for memory and thinking problems, a new study indicates.

Apr/29/2014
Exercise in Youth Boosts Bone Strength Later: Study
Physical exercise at a young age increases bone health, and those benefits continue with age, a new study of baseball players finds.

Apr/24/2014
E-Cigarettes - Separating Fiction From Fact
When a smokers' thoughts turn to quitting, some people may choose to trade their tobacco cigarettes for an electronic cigarette.

Apr/23/2014
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO Stepping Down June 1
After nearly 10 years at the helm, Gwen MacKenzie is stepping down as president & CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Apr/22/2014
Kids' Body Image Shaped by Parents, Expert Says
Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says.

Apr/17/2014
Your Healthy Bacteria Are as Individual as You Are
When it comes to the communities of helpful bacteria living in and on people, "one-size-fits-all" is definitely not the rule, a new study finds.

Apr/16/2014
Suncoast Surgeon Performs Region’s 1st Robotic Hysterectomy Through Single Belly Button Incision
The robotic surgical team at Sarasota Memorial Hospital performed the region’s first robotic-assisted hysterectomy last week through a single tiny incision in a patient’s belly button.

Apr/16/2014
Dr. Carey, SMH Designated Florida’s First Robotic Epicenter for Urology-Led Gynecologic Surgery
Sarasota Memorial Hospital and urologic surgeon Robert I. Carey, MD PhD FACS have been designated as the first and only Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter in Florida

Apr/15/2014
U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Continue to Drop: CDC
As fewer Americans smoke, the number of people who develop lung cancer continues to drop, U.S. health officials report.

Apr/10/2014
Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center at Bee Ridge Now Open
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opened its fifth urgent care center, at 5590 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233

Apr/10/2014
U.S. Autism Estimates Rise by 30 Percent for Kids
One in 68 American children is now diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, federal health officials reported recently.

Apr/08/2014
Americans Eating Better, Cutting Calories: USDA
American adults are eating healthier diets, making better use of nutrition information on food labels, consuming more fiber and less cholesterol, and getting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat, a federal government report says.

Apr/03/2014
Does Self-Esteem Affect Seniors' Health?
High levels of self-esteem might mean better health for seniors, according to a new study.

Apr/01/2014
More Americans Getting High Blood Pressure Under Control - CDC
Efforts to help millions of Americans battling high blood pressure may be succeeding, but much more work needs to be done, U.S. health officials report.

Mar/27/2014
Health Tip: Need Extra Iron?
Iron is an essential mineral that's usually found in a healthy, balanced diet. It helps the blood circulate oxygen throughout the body.

Mar/25/2014
Allergy Season Springs Into Bloom
Many people are happy to see the end of this long, cold winter, but those with pollen allergies might not greet spring with open arms.

Mar/20/2014
Secondhand Smoke in Childhood Thickens Arteries
Secondhand smoke causes irreversible damage to children's arteries and puts them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke later in life, a new study says.

Mar/18/2014
Meditation May Reduce Mild Depression, Anxiety
Daily meditation might help some people relieve anxiety, depression and pain, Johns Hopkins University researchers report.

Mar/13/2014
Eat Well in March and Enjoy National Nutrition Month
“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” - the important role of healthful eating and physical activity to manage weight and prevent chronic disease.

Mar/13/2014
Gluten-Free Diet May Help Protect Bones in People With Celiac Disease
Long-term damage to the intestines could raise the risk of hip fractures in people with celiac disease, a new study suggests.

Mar/11/2014
Sleep Disrupted? Maybe It's Daylight Saving Time
Sleep problems may surface for some after clocks were moved forward an hour Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time because many people have difficulty changing their body clocks, a sleep expert says.

Mar/06/2014
Health Tip: Packing Baby's Diaper Bag
Before you head out with baby in tow, make sure you've safely and properly packed a diaper bag.

Mar/04/2014
Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability, Study Says
Too much sitting has been linked to increased risk for health problems such as heart failure and earlier death. Now, a new study finds older adults who sit too much are more likely to be disabled -- regardless of their exercise habits.

Mar/03/2014
SMH recruits female physicians to counter primary care shortage
In recent months, SMH welcomed three new female physicians Sarasota Memorial’s First Physician Group. All are family medicine specialists providing primary care in medically underserved North Port and south Sarasota County.

Feb/27/2014
FDA Wants to Update Food Labels
America's food labels may get their first makeover in more than 20 years.

Feb/25/2014
Restless Sleep Linked to Widespread Pain in Older Adults
Waking up and not feeling rested isn't just annoying. Researchers say that "non-restorative sleep" is the biggest risk factor for the development of widespread pain in older adults.

Feb/20/2014
My Father's Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia
Four years ago, Kate Phillips became a family caregiver without quite realizing what she was getting into.

Feb/18/2014
For Seniors With Dementia, the Choice to Live Alone Can Be a Risky One
For the millions of Americans with dementia, staying at home for as long as possible is a common goal. But independent living can pose certain risks for these adults -- and prove challenging for family caregivers.

Feb/13/2014
Controlling Blood Pressure, Cholesterol May Not Boost Brain Health for Diabetics
It's well known that having type 2 diabetes can increase a person's chances of impaired memory and thinking. But a new study suggests that intensive treatment of blood pressure and cholesterol levels in people with diabetes won't help lower that risk.

Feb/11/2014
Keep Your Toddler's Body Clock in Mind at Bedtime
Putting toddlers to bed at a time that's out of sync with their internal body clock could lead to sleep problems, according to a small new study.

Feb/10/2014
SMH Earns Advanced Heart Failure, Stroke Care Certification
SMH once again has demonstrates its superiority in treating two life-threatening conditions that affect millions of people each year.

Feb/06/2014
Many Parents of Obese Children Underestimate Their Weight
Half the parents of overweight or obese children don't think their kids have a weight problem, a new analysis reveals.

Feb/04/2014
Blood Test Might Help Tell When Peanut Allergy Is Gone: Study
A type of treatment to help build up resistance in people with peanut allergy might leave telltale signs in the people's immune-system DNA, a new study reveals.

Feb/03/2014
SMH heart surgeon helps NBA hopeful
Growing up in West Africa, Ibrahima Diallo shared a goal common among many Senegalese boys – to become strong, tall and fast enough to be noticed by an NBA scout and hopefully earn a basketball scholarship in the United States.

Jan/30/2014
Post-Surgical Tests Might Help Spot Colon Cancer's Return
A pair of common tests might help colorectal cancer patients who have undergone surgery remain cancer-free, British researchers say.

Jan/28/2014
U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb
Flu season continues to tighten its grip on the United States, with 35 states now experiencing widespread influenza activity, federal officials reported Friday.

Jan/23/2014
Potentially Helpful Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Cross to Brain: Study
Omega-3 fatty acids -- nutrients long thought to be helpful for neurological health -- can cross the usually impenetrable blood-brain barrier and make their way into the brain, a new study suggests.

Jan/23/2014
Sarasota Memorial Ranked Among 100 Hospitals With Great Women’s Programs
Becker's Hospital Review lists SMH amongst "100 Hospitals with Great Women's Health Programs" in 2013

Jan/21/2014
Blood Test Shows Promise in Gauging Risk for Pregnancy Complication
A new blood test might help doctors determine if a woman will develop a severe form of high blood pressure, known as preeclampsia, during pregnancy, a new study shows.

Jan/15/2014
Get Fit in Middle Age to Cut Heart Failure Risk, Study Says
People who are obese or out of shape in their 40s or 50s might think it's too late to start getting fit, but new research finds that shaping up in middle age lowers the odds for heart failure later in life.

Jan/14/2014
Sarasota Memorial Again Honored Among Nation's "Magnet" Hospitals
Sarasota Memorial Hospital succeeded in achieving Magnet designation for the third time

Jan/13/2014
Sarasota Memorial Welcomes New Family Physician in Venice
Meghan Buhler, MD, a new family practice physician for First Physician Group (FPG), begins accepting new patients.

Jan/09/2014
People Can Emit Flu Germs in Air Up to 6 Feet Away, Study Finds
People suffering from the flu can give off small virus particles into the air at greater distances than previously thought, putting the health care workers who treat these patients at increased risk for getting the virus themselves, researchers report.

Jan/07/2014
Does Caffeine in Coffee Perk Up Heart Health?
Coffee seems to offer a mysterious benefit to heart health -- one that doctors have been at pains to explain.

Jan/02/2014
Balance Training Seems to Prevent Falls by Elderly
Exercise programs meant to prevent falls in seniors may also help prevent injuries caused by falls, according to a new review.

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