Stretching leg muscles every day may benefit seniors and other people with mobility problems, a new study reports. (more…)
Toned abs don’t just look great, they’re also vital for good posture and avoiding lower back pain. (more…)
Anxiety during middle age might signal impending dementia, a new analysis suggests. (more…)
Depression and anxiety is nearly seven times more common among graduate students than in the general population, a new study finds. (more…)
Children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are apt to have breathing issues in childhood and beyond, a new study has found. (more…)
For some people, following a diet is easier with emotional support. (more…)
Do you feel like you’re stuck in second gear when it comes to exercise? Maybe you just don’t experience the initial thrill of getting in shape anymore. Just as with dieting, it’s possible to hit a fitness plateau. (more…)
Sarasota Memorial appointed a new physical medicine, rehabilitation and brain injury specialist to guide rehabilitative care throughout the health system’s inpatient and outpatient network. (more…)
Every day, more than 300 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for poison that was accidentally ingested at home, and two children die from it. (more…)
SARASOTA, Fla. (March 30, 2018) — Today, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS) reached a final agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) on a new, three-year contract that will go into effect April 1, 2018. This agreement allows patients enrolled in BCBS health-insurance plans to continue to have uninterrupted, in-network access to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, its network of urgent and outpatient care centers, and its First Physicians Group providers.
With the existing contract set to expire March 31, there were concerns that Sarasota Memorial might become out of network for BCBS members. However, the new contract guarantees that there will be no disruption to patient care as SMHCS will remain in-network for BCBS members.
“Preserving our long-standing partnership with BCBS, and working together to ensure that our community has access to high-quality, affordable, comprehensive healthcare has been our top priority,” Sarasota Memorial President and CEO David Verinder said Friday. “We’ve appreciated the community’s continued patience and support throughout the negotiation process, and we look forward to continuing to work with BCBS to improve the health of the patients we serve.”
Food allergies are common among American kids, with nearly one-third of U.S. school nurses reporting at least one severe reaction to food among their students in the last school year, a new survey finds. (more…)
If you love exercise, one of the hardest parts of suffering an injury is being sidelined. But if you take the time to heal a sprain or strain correctly, you’ll get back in the game faster. (more…)
Come Sunday morning, the clocks will jump ahead one hour, but experts say there are ways to take the sting out of that time change. (more…)
Many of us will care for a parent at some point in our lives. If you’re shopping or cooking for Mom or taking Dad to doctor visits, you’re already a caregiver. (more…)
Does it seem as though the second you try to cut back on calories all you can think about is food? (more…)
If you hope to avoid dementia in old age, having an upbeat view on aging itself might help, new research suggests. (more…)
“Exergaming” — playing video games that get you off the sofa and into the action — has positive fitness benefits that span the generations. (more…)
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed two of Sarasota’s longstanding neurologists into its First Physician Group (FPG) network last week.
Board-certified neurologists Dean P. Sutherland, MD, Ph.D, and Gregory P. Hanes, MD, officially joined (more…)
Talk therapy can be a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don’t take or stop using antidepressants, a new study finds. (more…)
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently welcomed Dr. Paul Chomiak, MD, to its surgical oncology team.
A board-certified and fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon, Dr. Chomiak joined Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group network as Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology (more…)