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News Release Archive
Spine MRIs Often Show Harmless 'Defects,' Study Finds
Even though expensive MRIs produce very detailed images for assessing back pain, they may not be very good at evaluating results after treatment, research suggests.
Hospital Board Appoints New Member
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board recently appointed Joseph J. DeVirgilio, Jr., to the board's Central District Seat.
Study Shines Light on Harmless Bacteria on Fruits, Veggies
The types of harmless bacteria on the surfaces of fresh fruits and vegetables vary according to the type of produce and farming practices, a new study reveals.
FDA Proposes Tougher Warnings for Tanning Beds
Despite a prior recommendation from its own expert advisory panel, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced that it does not plan to implement a ban on the use of indoor tanning devices by children.
SMH Names Nurses, Patient Care Techs of Excellence
Sarasota Memorial pays tribute to the expertise and achievements of the health system's more than 1,200 Magnet nurses.
Health Tip: How Your Feet Age
Your feet, as with most parts of your body, change as they get older. But what's considered normal?
Nurses Week May 6-12
SMH Celebrates, Recognizes its More Than 1,200 Nurses May 6-12
Hospital Drill Simulates Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion, Tests Multi-Agency Emergency Preparedness
SMH, Sarasota County emergency management officials and local first responders participate in a Mass Casualty drill
Sarasota Memorial Breast Health Center Earns “Center of Excellence” for Breast Imaging
Among patients and physicians alike, the accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging.
Therapy as Good as Surgery for Some With Torn Knee Cartilage
Physical therapy is comparable to surgery in improving movement and reducing pain for some patients with knee arthritis and torn knee cartilage, new research finds.
SMH Wins Blue Distinction for Spine Surgery and Total Knee-Hip Joint Replacement
The Florida Blue Distinction® Designation Helps Consumers and Employers Identify High-Performing Hospitals
Self-Esteem, Optimism Help When Caring for Spouse After Stroke
Self-esteem and optimism influence depression in both stroke survivors and their spouse caregivers, and both people should be treated together, according to a new study.
Clot Buster Safe for Stroke Patients on Blood Thinners: Study
There is little risk of dangerous brain bleeds when giving the clot-busting drug tPA to people suffering a stroke who have been taking certain types of blood thinners, a new study says.
Gut Bacteria May Be Key to Gastric Bypass' Effects - Study
Gastric bypass surgery may help people lose weight by changing the makeup of bacteria living in the intestines, suggests a new study conducted in mice.
Blocked Heart Arteries May Be Key Risk Factor for Stroke
Even though strokes typically involve a stoppage of blood flow to the brain, people with specific types of blockages in heart arteries may be especially prone to the attacks, a new study finds.
Vitamin D Loss Attributed to Obesity
Obesity can lead to vitamin D deficiency, a new study indicates.
SMH Presents Neck and Spine - The Straight Talk
A FREE physician lecture series on back and neck pain.
Daily Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk for Deadly Skin Cancer in Women
Older women who take an aspirin regularly may be lowering their risk of developing the deadly skin cancer melanoma, a new study suggests.
SMH Rolling Out New, More Natural Childbirth Options
There's nothing more natural than giving birth to a child. There's also nothing quite as fraught with anxiety as that laborious journey from the womb to the world.
Healthy Older Women Advised Against Taking Calcium
Healthy older women should not take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures, according to a final recommendation issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Smoking Still Takes a Heavy Toll in U.S., CDC Finds
Even though proven anti-smoking strategies exist, more than 440,000 Americans still die each year from cigarette smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, federal health officials said Friday.
Celebration of Hope Keystone Award Winners to be honored during April recognition event
James V. Fiorica, MD, Marie Borsellino, RN, OCN, and Angela Long to receive awards at the Center for Building Hope's 12th Annual Celebration of Hope dinner and awards ceremony.
Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatments Similar in Long Run - Study
For men with prostate cancer who are trying to decide between surgery or radiation therapy, new research shows that declines in sexual, urinary and bowel function do differ with each treatment in the short-term, but those declines tend to even out in the long run.
Lighter Sleep May Dull Memory Skills in Seniors
It's no secret that your memory skills decline as you get older, making it harder for you to pick up new tasks or remember where you put your keys.
SMH Names Employee and Leader of the Year
Once a year, Sarasota Memorial selects a special staff member and a manager from the health system’s 3,500-strong workforce as the EXCEL Employee and the Leader of the Year.
Health Tip - Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hands?
Arthritis can affect the many small joints in the hands, making daily tasks difficult and painful.
Common Blood Pressure Drugs Might Lower Dementia Risk
Taking blood pressure drugs known as beta blockers may reduce the risk of brain changes that can lead to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, new research suggests.
Hospital Board Votes to Keep SMH Public
Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted Monday to keep Sarasota Memorial a not-for-profit public institution.
Lack of Sleep May Lead to Junk-Food Bingeing
Lack of sleep can lead you to eat larger portions of high-calorie foods and increase your long-term risk of weight gain, according to a small new study.
Fair Market Value Public Hearing – March 18, 2013
Sarasota Memorial will hold a public hearing sharing results of an independent Fair Market Value evaluation, as required by Section 155.40, Florida Statutes.
Health Tip: Safely Dispose of Medications
If you need to dispose of unused or expired medications, doing so incorrectly could cause more harm than good
10 Weight Loss Myths & Truths
New study debunked the following myths behind weight loss and obesity, plus some truths, according to Sarasota Memorial nutrition experts
Poor Nutrition Can Bite Into Your Sleep, Experts Say
What you eat can affect how well you sleep, according to a new study.
Diet Drinks Tied to Depression Risk in Older Adults: Study
Older adults who down several diet drinks a day may have a heightened risk of developing depression, a new study suggests.
C-Section May Raise Child's Risk of Allergies, Asthma: Study
Babies born by cesarean section are more likely than others to develop allergies, a new study says.
Stressed-Out Women May Be More Sensitive to Sounds
Emotionally exhausted women are much more sensitive to sounds when they are stressed, according to a new study.
Benefits of Exercise on Prostate Cancer Risk May Vary by Race
Among white men, exercise may cut the risk of developing prostate cancer, and it may also lower the odds of aggressive disease in those who already have the cancer, a new study indicates.
Health Tip: Are You at Greater Risk for Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by a bacterium, virus or fungus. Often, the lungs' air sacs fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breathe.
HealthGrades Report: America's 50 Best Hospitals, 2013
Sarasota Memorial Hospital is one of only 13 hospitals in Florida that made the cut as a leading healthcare facility with top physicians and low mortality rates.
'Ice Cream Headaches' Might Offer Clues to Migraines
That "brain freeze" headache you experience when eating ice cream or other cold foods may be caused by a sudden change in brain blood flow, researchers report.
Sarasota Memorial First Physicians Group Wins Best of Venice 2012
Readers of the Venice Gondolier voted Sarasota Memorial First Physicians Group as the first place winner.
Smoking Rates Much Higher Among the Mentally Ill: CDC
The smoking rate for American adults with mental illness is 70 percent higher than for those without such problems, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.
Telescopic Vision: Sarasota Patient First in Florida to Receive Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration
For the first time in Florida, a physician at SMH has surgically implanted the first FDA-approved telescope prosthesis for patients with end-stage macular degeneration.
Exercising at Midlife May Stave Off Dementia Down the Road
Being in good shape during your 40s may help lower your risk for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia in your senior years. And the better shape you're in, the lower this risk may be, a large new study suggests.
Skin Tests Catch Metal Sensitivity Before Joint Replacement
Testing patients for metal hypersensitivity before they receive joint or bone implants helps identify those at increased risk for complications due to metal hypersensitivity, a new study shows.
SMH First Physicians Group Rated Superior
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) report has identified Sarasota Memorial's First Physicians Group as a “better performer”.
Study Finds Link Between Heart Failure, Brain Changes
Heart failure is associated with a loss of gray matter in the brain and a decline in mental processes, according to a new study.
USF College of Nursing, USF Sarasota-Manatee, and SMHCS have Tremendous Impact in Sarasota-Manatee
In the past 40 years, the Sarasota-Manatee area has greatly benefited from the unique partnership among the University of South Florida College of Nursing, USF Sarasota-Manatee, and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.
Weight Loss May Increase Testosterone Levels
Shedding pounds may help overweight men with low testosterone boost their levels of the male hormone, new research finds.
First ever SMH-Columbia University Medical Center Joint Cardiac Summit Feb. 2, 2013
The latest advances in cardiac care presented by internationally and nationally recognized cardiovascular specialists from Columbia and Sarasota Memorial,
Health Tip: Don't Combine Medication and Alcohol
If you're on any medication -- even over-the-counter cold medicine -- you should avoid drinking alcohol. The combination of alcohol and medication can be deadly, the National Institute on Aging warns.
USF College of Nursing Students and Alumni Bring Teddy Bears to Tampa Bay Area’s Hospitalized Children Over the Holidays
It’s not much fun to be a child in a hospital, especially during the holiday season, but the University of South Florida College of Nursing brought some relief and joy to pediatric patients this past season.
How Well Do You Rise From Sitting on the Floor?
The ability to sit and then rise from the floor is a strong predictor of the risk of death in middle-aged and elderly people, according to a new study.
Lack of ZZZs May Fuel Appetite
Getting too little sleep can make you hungrier than normal and may lead to weight gain, a small study suggests.
For Texas Man, Bariatric Surgery Led to Diabetes-Free Life
Paul Garcia, 54, came from a family that loved to eat. "We always had a lot of food at home, and whenever we ate, it was like a feast," said Garcia.
Vitamin D May Cut Stress Fracture Risk in Girls
Preteen and teenage girls whose diets are rich in vitamin D may be at lower risk for stress fractures, particularly if they are involved in high-impact activities, according to a new study.
People With Darker Skin Still at Risk for Melanoma
Skin cancer is more common among white people, but people with darker skin are also at risk, a dermatology expert cautions.
Sarasota Memorial Presents Free, Informative Lectures by Our Surgeons and Healthcare Experts
SMH presents Robotic Surgery FREE Physician Lecture Series, Total Joint FREE Physician Lecture Series and 1st Annual Sarasota Memorial and Columbia University Medical Center Cardiac Summit
Diabetes Rates Higher in Countries Using Lots of High Fructose Corn Syrup: Study
In the United States and elsewhere, high fructose corn syrup is ubiquitous in soft drinks, sweet baked goods and many processed foods. But a new study shows that as a nation's rate of fructose intake rises, so do levels of type 2 diabetes.