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News Release Archive
Is Texting Helping or Hurting Your Relationship?
Texting your boyfriend to say you're running late is one thing. Trying to win an argument via text is quite another, suggests a new study that finds how young couples use text messaging may affect the quality of their relationships.
Fitness Linked to Lower Heart Attack Risk in Heart Disease Patients
Being physically fit can help prevent heart attacks and increase survival in people with stable coronary artery disease, a new study finds.
With Insomnia, Mind May Also Wander During Day
People with insomnia have trouble concentrating during the day because the "wandering mind" areas of their brains may not be turned off, according to a new study.
SMH Offers experimental device as alternative to open-heart surgery
Sarasota Memorial offers experimental mitral clip as alternative to open-heart surgery to correct leaky valves.
Learning Challenging Skills Tied to Better Memory in Seniors
Learning mentally challenging new skills such as digital photography may help keep older adults' minds sharp, a new study suggests.
SMH named region's preferred provider for 16th straight year
For the 16th consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Hospital was named the top destination for health care in the region
Marijuana Not a 'Safe Drug,' Review Finds
Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is not a "safe drug," particularly for teens, a new review reveals.
FHA Installs New Board Members, SMH CEO Appointed Vice Chair,Chair-Elect
Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie was elected vice chair and chair-elect
New Ligament Discovered in Human Knee
Orthopedic surgeons say they've confirmed the existence of a new ligament in the human knee.
SMH Announces Physician of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Winners
Sarasota Memorial honored two outstanding physicians for their service to the hospital and community.
Nutritionists - FDA Trans Fat Ban Good for America's Heart Health
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to ban trans fats from the food supply will trigger some scrambling by manufacturers and restaurant chains, but ultimately it will be a boon to the nation's health, dietitians say.
SMH Installs New Physician Leaders
Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff installed its new leaders for 2013–2014
Tweaking Dietary Fat Mix Might Boost Prostate Cancer Survival
Men with prostate cancer may boost their survival chances if they replace animal fats and carbohydrates in their diet with healthy fats such as olive oils, nuts and avocados, new research suggests.
Childhood Obesity Again Tied to Earlier Puberty in Girls
U.S. girls are developing breasts at a younger age compared to years past, and obesity appears to explain a large share of the shift, a new study suggests.
Hepatitis B Vaccination Cuts Deaths From Liver Disease, Cancer: Study
Taiwanese researchers report a 90 percent reduction in deaths from complications of hepatitis B since the country began its infant vaccination program in 1984.
CDC Sounds Alarm on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
More than 2 million people come down with infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year in the United States, leading to at least 23,000 deaths, according to a report released Monday by federal health officials.
Psoriasis Drug May Help People With Crohn's Disease: Study
The drug Stelara, used to treat the skin condition psoriasis, may also be effective against Crohn's disease, according to a new study.
Low Testosterone Linked to Possible Heart Problems in Men
Men with low testosterone may have a slightly increased risk of developing or dying from heart disease, according to a new review.
Free lung cancer screenings
Join us on November 9th for free lung cancer screenings.
Childhood Bullying Can Leave Lifelong Scars
Children who are bullied often carry the scars of their experience into adulthood and suffer from anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, a new study indicates.
SMH Opens Urgent Care & Health Center in Venice
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opened its fourth urgent care center – and first in Venice at 997 N. US 41 Bypass – this month.
More Links Seen Between Autism, ADHD
Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are 20 times more likely to exhibit some traits of autism than children without ADHD, according to a new study.
Immune-Boosting Foods May Add to Flu Defense
As U.S. health officials recommend flu shots and frequent hand washing for protection during this season's influenza season, dietitians point to another significant defense weapon: healthy foods.
Volunteering May Boost Teen Heart Health
Helping others is good for teens' hearts, a new study suggests.
Stressful Events May Raise Risk of Falls in Older Men, Study Finds
Older men have a significantly increased risk of falling in the year after they go through a stressful life event such as the death of a loved one or serious money problems, new research shows.
Mammos & Manicures
A FREE afternoon of prevention, pampering and fun! Saturday, October 12, 2-5 pm
Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program Site Visit
In November 2013, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is applying for re-designation.
Most Women Don't Understand Their Breast Cancer Risk: Survey
Most women do not have an accurate idea of their personal risk of breast cancer, according to a new survey that polled more than 9,000 women.
New family physician expands care in medically underserved North Port
Janet Lewis, MD, accepting new patients in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics office in North Port
Could Immune Cell Discovery Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine?
An experiment based on the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic may have helped scientists move closer to developing a universal flu vaccine, according to a new study.
U.S. Schools Show Progress in Healthy Behaviors, CDC Says
U.S. Schools Show Progress in Healthy Behaviors, CDC Says
Room with a View: First Patient Admitted to SMH’s new Courtyard Tower
The very first patient admitted to the patient care tower is greeted by a sea of smiling faces.
Health Tip: Protect Your Hips From Arthritis Damage
Osteoarthritis can strike the hip following years of wear and tear that causes damage to the joint. Protecting the hips from further stress can help reduce damage.
Sarasota Memorial Presents Free, Informative Lectures by Our Surgeons and Healthcare Experts
SMH presents FREE Physician Lecture Series covering Orthopedics, Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Oncology, Urology and Vascular Surgery
Fitness in Middle Age May Help Shield Men From Cancer Later
Men who are physically fit in middle age have a lower risk of developing and dying from certain cancers, new research indicates.
Skepticism Needed When Buying Foods Labeled 'Healthy': Expert
Clever food labeling can fool well-intentioned consumers into believing that foods labeled sugar-free, fat-free or whole-wheat are healthy choices, a dietitian says.
Loneliness May Take a Physical Toll
Being lonely does more than just make a person feel sad -- loneliness can affect a person's physical health, researchers report.
Taking the Sting Out of Insect-Bite Allergies
Insect-sting allergies are on the rise, with 5 percent of Americans now affected, according to a new report.
A Good Mood May Boost Seniors' Brain Power
When older people's mood improves, so does their brain power, new research suggests.
SMH Geriatrician Recognized for Long Term Care Expertise
Heather Cappello, MD, has been granted the specialized title of Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care by the American Medical Directors Certification Program (AMDP)
Study Links Coffee to Lower Risk for Rare Liver Disease
Just a few extra cups of coffee each month might help prevent the development of an autoimmune liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a new study suggests.
Even Mild Weight Loss May Lower Diabetes Risk in Obese Teens
Obese teens don't need to lose large amounts of weight to lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study.
Preordered School Lunches May Be Healthier, Study Finds
Young students are more likely to choose healthier school lunches if they can preorder them, away from the temptations of the sights and aromas of food in the lunchroom, a new study finds.
Health Tip: Watch for Signs of Elder Abuse
Caring for an elderly person can be a stressful challenge, and sometimes that can lead to abuse.
Men’s Health: Tips for Living Longer
Regular screenings can help keep men healthy by detecting serious illnesses in their early stages, thereby increasing their life expectancy.
Pain Reliever Lowers Blood Sugar in Type 2 Diabetics, Study Says
An aspirin-like drug appears to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research.
Drowning Prevention Measures to Keep Kids Safe in Water
Every day in the United States, three children drown. Although many people expect a drowning child to splash and yell for help, these accidents often happen quietly without anyone noticing, according to a pediatric safety expert.
Stem Cell Technology May Help Rejuvenate Immune Cells
Stem cell technology may one day give new life to tired immune cells so they can battle diseases such as HIV and cancer more effectively, two new studies suggest.
More Evidence Shows Breast-Feeding Helps Babies' Brains
Breast-feeding is good for a baby's brain, a new study says.
Skipping Breakfast a Recipe for Heart Disease, Study Finds
Men who skip breakfast have a 27 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart disease than those who start the day with something in their stomach, according to a new study.
Health Tip: Keep Kidney Stones Away
Kidney stones are small, hard formations of various materials that can be found in the urine. By making some changes in your diet, you may be able to reduce the risk of kidney stones.
More Evidence Links BPA to Childhood Obesity
There's fresh evidence that the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, may play a part in childhood obesity
Hundreds Die From Extreme Heat Each Summer, CDC Warns
It's only mid July, but already soaring temperatures have hit some parts of the United States. So government health officials are reminding the public that while hundreds die from heat exposure each summer, there are way to minimize the risk.
Medical Marijuana: Voodoo or Legitimate Therapeutic Choice?
Imagine a 68-year-old woman with advanced breast cancer, looking for a better way to ease her chronic pain, low appetite, fatigue and nausea. Should she or shouldn't she be prescribed marijuana?
SMH ranks among 50 “Best Hospitals” for GYN Services, #1 in Region for Overall Quality & Care
Once again, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only local hospital to make the grade on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list, this year ranking #48 in Gynecology and recognized as "high performing" in six additional specialties.
First Non-Hormonal Remedy Approved for Menopausal Hot Flashes
Brisdelle (paroxetine) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first non-hormonal treatment to treat hot flashes associated with menopause.
Berries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women, Study Finds
Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries each week may help reduce a woman's risk of heart attack, a large new study suggests.
Concerned about Hereditary Cancer?
Understand Your Testing Options and Their Limitations.
Low Testosterone Linked to Later Arthritis in Study
Men with low levels of the hormone testosterone may be at greater risk for rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study.
Early Exposure to Gluten May Help Babies Avoid Celiac Risk: Study
Modifying an infant's diet to include the protein gluten while the mother is still breast-feeding could lower the risk of celiac disease, a common intestinal disorder, according to a new Swedish study.
ADHD Treatments Not Working for Most Young Children
Most young children being treated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- either with or without medication -- still have serious symptoms of their condition, according to a new long-term study.
Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota teams up with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation for the 2013 Key To The Cure charity shopping weekend
Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) have announced that actress Jennifer Aniston has been named the EIF ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2013 Key To The Cure campaign. In the 14 years since the inception of the Saks Fifth Avenue charity shopping weekend, the company, together with its vendors and partners, has raised over $33 million for cancer research.
Does Chewing Gum Give Your Brain an Edge?
That wad of gum you're chewing may be more than a breath-freshener -- it might also boost your powers of concentration, a small new study suggests.
Obesity, Exercise May Affect Risk for Key Type of Colon Cancer
Obesity increases a person's risk for a certain type of colorectal cancer, while exercise lowers the risk, according to a new study.
1 in 8 Americans Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes: Poll
A staggering one in eight Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDaypoll suggests.
ER Visits Linked to Energy Drinks Double - Report
As the popularity of energy drinks has soared, so has the number of Americans seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms after consuming these highly caffeinated beverages, federal health officials report.
Blacks With Kidney Disease Should Watch for Blood Pressure Shifts: Study
Large day-to-day blood pressure changes in blacks with kidney disease are associated with an increased risk of premature death, a new study suggests.
Green Spaces Boost City Dwellers' Well-Being
Parks and urban gardens may do more than just get city dwellers back to nature -- a new British study suggests there's also a large benefit to their overall well-being.
Health Tip: Ice a Sprained Ankle
When you sprain an ankle, applying ice can help ease pain, swelling and stiffness associated with the injury.
SMH Contracts with Radiology Associates of Florida
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System's partnership with Radiology Associates of Florida begins June 1.
Hear This: 3-D Printing Creates Lifelike Artificial Ears
The emerging field of 3-D printing is able to now create artificial human ears that look and act like real ears, researchers say.
Don't Minimize the Risks of Mini Strokes
A TIA (transient ischemic attack) is a warning sign that you’re at increased risk for having a full-blown stroke
Older Adults' Posture May Predict Future Disability
The shape of an older person's spine may predict their future need for home assistance or admission to a nursing home, according to a new Japanese study.
ALS Clinic Helps Patients Live Longer, Better with fatal disease
Comprehensive Care Clinic Can Help ALS Patients Live Longer, Easier
Pediatrics Group Issues New Ear Infection Guidelines
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for identifying and treating a common childhood ailment that can cause a lot of misery -- the ear infection.
Health Career Scholarships Awarded
Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteer organization awarded college scholarships to four outstanding high school students who plan to pursue careers in health care.
Brisk Walking Equals Running for Heart Health: Study
Brisk walking is as good as running for reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk -- three key players in the development of heart disease, a new study finds.
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.