Immunotherapy drugs changing the standard of cancer care

SARASOTA- Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer in men and women, but immunotherapy drugs are transforming the way lung cancer is treated and helping patients live longer. Patients like David Cerone, who went to the doctor after intense coughing over the holidays. “Came back with the diagnosis that I’d been dealt this card,” Cerone said. “Stage 4 lung cancer and a tumor in my right arm.” Dr. Steve Mamus started him on...

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Congressman Buchanan introducing 7-point plan to combat opioid epidemic

MANATEE COUNTY- Congressman Vern Buchanan is introducing “The Opioid Emergency Response Act” this week, the act combines 7 bipartisan bills already introduced in Congress to help fight the opioid epidemic. The bill targets the epidemic through research and prevention, enforcement, and expanded access to treatment. When it comes to fighting the opioid epidemic, Congressman Vern Buchanan says prevention has come a long way, but...

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Focus on education for National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

SARASOTA- Education about prevention and treatment can help save lives when it comes to HIV and AIDS, and on National Youth HIV and AIDS awareness day local groups are spreading that message to young adults. Middle Schooler Lily Zuber says the only time HIV comes up at school is at the end of a punchline. “The kids at my school,” Zuber said. “They usually just make fun of it, and kind of just laugh it off like it’s nothing, or like...

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Gonorrhea “Superbug” spreading globally

SARASOTA- A new superbug is discovered in the UK, and researchers say it’s only a matter of time before we see it in the United States. This new bug is an untreatable strain of the STD gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is one of the most common STD’s, but the new untreatable Gonorrhea “superbug” is popping up, with the most recent case discovered in the UK. “The last antibiotics that we have for gonorrhea,” Shukla said. “This patient is resistant...

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‘Handle With Care’ program connects schools with law enforcement

MANATEE COUNTY- “Handle with Care” it’s a quick message law enforcement can send to schools that has the potential to make a big difference in the lives on students. If a child is dealing with trauma at home, it can affect their focus in the classroom. ‘It could be spousal abuse,” Kramer said. “It could be a shooting in the neighborhood; so many different things are traumatic for kids. So, the intention is when there is law...

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Alzheimer’s placing an increasing burden on caregivers

SARASOTA- Alzheimer’s deaths have more than doubled in the last 15 years, and those rates continue to increase. As the population ages and lives longer, more people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “We still haven’t come up with a good treatment yet,” Dr. Andrew Keegan said. “That’s one of the challenging aspects, so people may be living with good care, but still are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and eventually dying from...

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