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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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