Bariatric surgery – why are so many lap bands failing?

SARASOTA – There are quite a few options if you’re looking for weight loss surgery, but one procedure in particular has alarming rates of failure. What was once the most common weight loss surgery in the U.S now has a 75% failure rate, that’s according to research from JAMA and the Obesity Surgery Journal. “The reason I don’t like the lap band is I don’t think it offers enough assistance,” says Dr. Arun Rao, Director for the Bariatric...

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A game changer for breast cancer treatment

SARASOTA – Three little words can change your life forever: you have cancer. What if you could beat it without chemo? “The thought of losing my hair, the thought of being sick,” says Madri Wilson. “It’s so devastating.” A genetic test called Oncotype DX has been guiding treatment for certain types of early-stage breast cancer for more than a decade. “If you had a score of less than 10 you absolutely did not need chemotherapy, if you...

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Award winning wound care program heals patients

MANATEE COUNTY- Manatee Memorial’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric treatment program received National Awards for healing for the 8th year in a row with a healing rate of 91% in less than 30 days. Just a warning, one image in this story is a little graphic. When you’ve tried everything in the medicine closet and wounds still won’t heal, that’s when you visit the wound care program at Manatee Memorial. “If they’re not healing within 4 weeks,...

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Skin checks can help catch melanoma early

MANATEE COUNTY- If its caught early, melanoma can be cured in less than 15 minutes, when it’s ignored it can be one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Bob Trisolini is an avid swimmer, who spends lots of time outdoors. He wears sunscreen regularly, but is always concerned about the risk of skin cancer. “I try to swim every day half hour to 45 min,” Trisolini said. “and because I’m an outdoor person I go to my dermatologist at least 3...

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Common food and drug interactions to be aware of

BRADENTON- Even if you’re taking your prescriptions on schedule, the food you eat and vitamins you take could be changing the way that medicine works. When your taking medication, it’s important to watch what you’re eating and drinking. You’ve probably seen ‘don’t take this with alcohol’ on your pill bottles. “Alcohol can make drugs stronger,” Pharmacist Audrey Mills said. “And it can cause some serious side-effects with certain...

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Drug shortages place burden on patients and doctors

SARASOTA- You’ve been taking the same medication for years, you head to the pharmacy to place your usual prescription, and the pharmacist has bad news. “The medication isn’t available anymore,” Dr. Cooper said. “And the doctor didn’t know, the patient didn’t know, and perhaps even the pharmacist wasn’t even aware of it. So often times it’s a surprise and then everyone has to scramble to find the right substitute.” Dr. Daniel Cooper...

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