At The Manatee Memorial Hospital Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

How Sleep Can Impact Your Waistline

April 30, 2024

When we don’t rest and recharge, our bodies are impacted, and getting enough sleep is a non-negotiable in a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Falls Are Painful, Dangerous and Preventable

April 30, 2024

Falls are not only painful but can also lead to ongoing complications and difficulties. Know the risk factors and how to reduce your risk.

How Do You Know If You're at Risk for Vascular Diseases?

April 30, 2024

Vascular diseases are pretty common. Here's what they are and what increases your risk.

Strokes and Mini-Strokes: How They're the Same and Different

April 30, 2024

Not sure if your symptoms are due to a stroke or TIA? Here's how to tell.

Saving Lives Through Organ Donation

April 29, 2024

Organ donation can change the lives of individuals awaiting transplant.

Do You Have Responsible Drinking Habits?

March 26, 2024

Many enjoy drinking alcohol, but overdrinking can make any party turn sour. Learn how to spot the signs of alcohol use disorder and alcohol overdose.

These Protein-Packed Breakfasts Keep You Fuller Longer

March 26, 2024

Begin your day with one of these meals and you'll be off to a strong start.

Don't Miss These Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

March 26, 2024

Although there's no exact pattern of symptoms in MS, don't ignore these possible warning signs.

A New Hip, and a New Lease on Life

March 5, 2024

Melissa Durham thought something was wrong when she had pain in her thigh and hip for over a year.

A Chicken Dish with a Little Zest

February 22, 2024

Try Making Crispy Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes & Carrots

Is Your Joint Pain More Than Just the Usual Aches?

February 22, 2024

Joint health is important, and understanding what’s normal helps in maintaining your quality of life.

The Most Common Causes of Accidental Poisoning

February 22, 2024

Most poisonings occur at home. Here's where the danger lies and how to keep your family safer.

What's That Smell? And What Does It Mean?

February 22, 2024

Here's what body odor comes from, why it changes and how to control it.

These Symptoms May Mean You Have Kidney Disease

February 22, 2024

Symptoms during early stages of the disease are hard to spot, but don't ignore these red flags.

A Heart-Healthy Recipe for Salmon

January 29, 2024

This recipe will yield perfectly cooked, 4-ounce salmon fillets with a delightful honey balsamic glaze, ideal for a tasty, healthy meal.

Would You Recognize These Warning Signs of Stroke?

January 29, 2024

Here's how to spot a stroke and what to do.

Here Are 7 Signs You Might Have Heart Failure

January 29, 2024

Don't ignore these common symptoms of this serious heart condition.

This Is What a Heart Attack Really Feels Like

January 29, 2024

In real life, heart attack symptoms are usually more subtle than what you see in movies.

A Guide to Easing into Exercise after a Heart Attack

January 29, 2024

Exercise helps you recover after a cardiac event and here are tips to help you do it more safely.

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeries Explained

January 29, 2024

Today, minimally invasive techniques can offer reduced scarring, less pain and quicker recovery for those with cardiovascular conditions.

Your Weight-Loss Surgery Questions Answered

January 23, 2024

The director of the Manatee Weight Loss Center provides helpful information on weight-loss surgery options.

Winter Comfort Food with an Asian Twist

December 27, 2023

Bring the authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine right into your kitchen.

Weight Gain Isn't Always About Appetite or Willpower

December 27, 2023

If your yearly resolution has to do with reaching a healthy weight, it may be smart to check your thyroid.

Do Diabetes Drugs Help You Lose Weight?

December 27, 2023

Here's why drugs originally developed to treat diabetes are being used for weight loss.

4 Small New Year’s Resolutions to Inspire Change

December 27, 2023

Broad and big new year resolutions can be hard to stick with. Try these small habit changes that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

4 Foods That May Help You Lose Weight

December 27, 2023

Stay fuller while eating fewer calories by making these satisfying foods part of your diet.

7 Good Reasons to Try Dry January

December 27, 2023

This may be the incentive you need to start the new year alcohol-free.

How to Quit Smoking Gradually

December 27, 2023

Ready to kick your habit? Instead of doing it cold turkey, here are tips to ease into a smoke-free life.

A Healthy Side Dish for the Holidays

December 6, 2023

Roasted Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffing balances great taste and good health

6 Ways to Care for Your Skin This Winter

November 28, 2023

Here’s why you should pay extra attention to your body’s first line of defense as temperatures drop.

Keep Illnesses Away from Your Holiday Gatherings

November 28, 2023

Getting sick slows you down and prevents you from enjoying the festivities. These tips can help you avoid it.

Watch Out for These Common Injuries During the Holidays

November 28, 2023

Don't let an injury ruin your holiday fun. These tips can help keep you injury-free.

Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Travel

November 28, 2023

Before you pack your bags, read these tips so you're more likely to stay healthy during your travels.

'Tis the Season When You're Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack

November 28, 2023

Here's why your heart is more at risk during the holidays, and what you can do to protect it.

4 Strategies to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

October 25, 2023

A good night’s sleep can set the tone for the day. These factors play a role.

How Risky Is Vaping?

October 25, 2023

E-cigarettes and smokeless nicotine were once regarded as a way to avoid lung cancer risk, but there are concerns.

The Best Time to Exercise If You Have Diabetes

October 25, 2023

All exercise is good if you have diabetes, but here's when it may help the most.

How to Save 1,000 Calories at Your Thanksgiving Meal

October 25, 2023

The average American consumes over 2,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Here's how to save half those calories!

The Best Way to Catch Lung Cancer Early

October 25, 2023

If you are a current or former smoker, here's how to protect yourself from lung cancer.

How to Ease Hip Pain

October 24, 2023

If you have pain, stiffness and inflammation in your hip joint, these tips can help.

What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

September 29, 2023

Those with dense breast tissue are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other breast-related issues.

What You Should Know About Diabetes and Sugar

September 29, 2023

High blood sugar causes many of the symptoms and complications of diabetes. Here’s how to manage your blood sugar.

7 Things You'll Notice After Losing Weight

September 28, 2023

More than just the number on the scale will change when you lose weight.

The Scariest Health Hazards of Halloween

September 28, 2023

This holiday is all about having fun. Here are 5 ways to keep it that way.

These 10 Foods Help Fight Inflammation

September 28, 2023

Wondering what inflammation-fighting foods to add to your diet? Try these 10 powerhouses.

Are You Missing This Sign of Ovarian Cancer?

August 21, 2023

If you often feel full quickly when eating, don't ignore it.

These 9 Things Make It More Likely You'll Fall

August 21, 2023

Here's how to recognize common fall hazards so you can do something to lower your risk.

Understanding the Basics of Epilepsy

August 21, 2023

Learn how to identify, and manage, this neurological condition.

These Are the 3 Most Common Prostate Problems

August 18, 2023

If you're a man, here are three conditions that may affect your prostate as you age.

Here's Why AFib May Be Especially Dangerous for Women

August 18, 2023

Women need to be aware of this serious heart arrhythmia because early detection is important.

Don't Miss These Signs of Heat-Related Illness

July 26, 2023

Heat-related illnesses can be very serious, so it's important to recognize if they are happening.

4 Frequent Causes of Knee Pain

July 23, 2023

Your knees aren’t getting any younger. Here’s how to keep them in order.

Stay Safe on the Sports Field

July 23, 2023

Don’t let a sport injury keep you off the field this season. Here’s how to be safe before, during and after an activity. 

Don't Forget to Schedule These Medical Appointments

July 22, 2023

Now is as good a time as any to get these appointments on your calendar.

How to Overcome Loneliness

July 19, 2023

If you are lonely, following these 5 tips can help you feel more connected to others.

Should You Take These Vitamins Every Day?

July 19, 2023

Many people take multivitamins and other supplements daily, but do you need them?

How to Treat Any Burn

June 27, 2023

Whether from the sun, the grill or a sparkler, summer is burn season. Learn how to tell the painful inconvenience from the true emergency.

Living with Congestive Heart Failure

June 27, 2023

While serious, people can have fulfilling lives with this condition.

Make Restaurant-Quality Salads at Home

June 27, 2023

Save money and calories with these 10 tips for creating salads that taste like a chef made them.

Is Long COVID Becoming a Chronic Disease?

June 27, 2023

Although poorly understood, some people have symptoms after COVID-19 that don't go away.

20 Common Causes of Back Pain

June 27, 2023

Is your back hurting? This may be why.

Protect Your Eyes from These Summer Hazards

June 27, 2023

Keep your eyes free from injury and irritation this season with these tips.

Bradenton’s Ernie Withers Returns to Spot of His Cardiac Arrest

May 4, 2023

Just a week after his cardiac arrest on the baseball field, he is feeling blessed to be alive.

The Best Ways to Keep Your Feet Happy

March 20, 2023

Here are 7 tips for keeping your feet as pain-free as possible.

These Could Be Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease

March 20, 2023

Are you or a loved one trembling, shuffling or stooping? These may be signs of a serious disease.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 16, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 16, 2023

It's a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

What to Do Now to Ease Allergy Symptoms Later

February 21, 2023

Don't wait to start sniffling and sneezing before treating allergies. Now is the time to take action.

Are You Among the 1 in 3 People at Risk for Kidney Disease?

February 21, 2023

This chronic disease affects more people than you may realize. Could you be one of them?

Which Colorectal Rest Is Right For You?

February 21, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for you.

The ABCs of Joint Replacement

February 21, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here's the breakdown.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

February 3, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

February 2, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

Can Lack of Sleep Cause High Blood Pressure?

January 31, 2023

If you needed another good reason to get enough shut-eye, here it is.

What You Can Do to Prevent Cancer

January 30, 2023

Here's how to lower your risk for many types of cancer.

Consider These Alternatives to Open Heart Surgery

January 26, 2023

February is Heart Month, and we highlight Manatee Memorial’s Structural Heart Program.

The Key to Sticking with Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 30, 2022

The time to build healthy habits is here. Don’t think too hard, we’ve come up with a list of resolutions worth keeping.

Are You Struggling With Your Weight-Loss Journey?

December 29, 2022

If your goal is to lose weight, but nothing seems to be working, bariatric surgery can get you where you want to be.

Common Signs of Thyroid Problems

December 28, 2022

It can be hard to tell if you have thyroid issues. Here are the signs to look out for.

Don't Ignore These Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

December 27, 2022

It may be hard to tell that these symptoms are a sign of this disease.

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

December 24, 2022

During the holiday season when families gather, the risk of spread is high. It’s important to be aware of common RSV symptoms, treatments and preventative actions.

Another Heart Saved, Thanks to Impella Pump

December 13, 2022

Chuck Jenkins didn’t know a major heart attack was looming, but the potential crisis was averted by the physicians at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

8 Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies Everyone Will Love

November 17, 2022

You may be surprised by how delicious cookies can taste even with these healthy substitutions.

3 Keys to Derailing Cancer

November 17, 2022

Learn how you can improve your chances of preventing, and surviving, cancer.

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

November 16, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

November 14, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

If You Do These Things, Don't Drive

November 14, 2022

Drinking alcohol isn't the only thing that should stop you from getting behind the wheel.

A Cheat Sheet for Preparing Healthier Holiday Meals

November 1, 2022

Enjoy holiday favorites with less fat, sodium and calories with these tasty tips.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Unrecognized, and Dangerous

November 1, 2022

It’s more common than you might expect. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 31, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment. 

How to Protect Yourself from Pneumonia

October 27, 2022

Follow these tips to prevent a potentially serious lung infection.

Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

September 30, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

When Should You Get a Flu Shot?

September 29, 2022

Getting a flu shot makes it less likely you'll get sick and has been shown to reduce the severity of illness if you do catch the virus.

5 Benefits of Physical Therapy After Surgery

September 28, 2022

Here's how physical therapy helps you recover more quickly and completely.

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

September 26, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

August 25, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key. One of the best tools available is the Cardiac CT Calcium Score.

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 24, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among American men, and often progresses with few outward signs. Screening for it is important.

What You Need to Know about Monkeypox

August 23, 2022

Here's information about the virus — what it is, how you get it and ways to prevent infection.

How to Recognize an Addiction

August 22, 2022

Here are some signs that someone you know may be battling addiction—and what to do to help.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

July 25, 2022

It's the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide. Learn how to deal with it.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

July 25, 2022

These recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

Why It's a Great Time to Try the Mediterranean Diet

July 24, 2022

Although not technically a "diet," this style of eating helps improve health while being delicious

Have Diabetes? Don't Skip Your Eye Exam

July 22, 2022

Diabetes may affect your eyes, but regular screenings help keep them healthier.

Do Slow and Steady Workouts Win the Race?

July 2, 2022

Research is accumulating that high-intensity workouts aren't always best.

The ABCs of Hydration

July 1, 2022

Our lives literally depend on water. But does it matter if it's from the tap or a bottle, sparkling or vitamin-infused?

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 12, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Checkout these tips.

9 Essential Screenings for Men

June 1, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

Enjoy Summer Safely

May 30, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

6 Things You'll Hear at the Doctor That May Save Your Life

May 28, 2022

Hate going to the doctor? What you hear while there may be life-saving.

What Is Aphasia?

May 11, 2022

This communication disorder forced Bruce Willis into early retirement.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 10, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

Recognition for Our Remarkable Nurses

May 4, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction. We celebrate nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

How Common Are Mental Health Disorders Among U.S. Adults?

May 4, 2022

You may be surprised to find out 1 in 5 American adults are affected.

Watch Out for These Health Issues If You're a Woman

May 3, 2022

Here's how to lower your risk of common health conditions affecting women.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 22, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 27, 2022

Knowing what’s happening in your head could save your life.

When You Need Care, Make the Smart Choice

March 27, 2022

Learn when to visit the emergency room versus urgent care.

Answers to 5 Common Cancer Questions

March 26, 2022

Here's information about a disease that affects millions of Americans each year.

Doing This One Thing May Improve Kids' Mental Health

March 26, 2022

Help kids combat stress and depression with these tips to get them exercising more.

Prevention Is Key to Keeping Your Colon Healthy

March 22, 2022

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Have you had a screening colonoscopy?

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Signs You May Have Long-Haul COVID

February 11, 2022

If you have these symptoms after you've had COVID-19, you may be a long-hauler.

What You Can Do to Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

February 11, 2022

You can't change every risk factor for colorectal cancer, but here are ones you can control.

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

What Is HPV?

December 27, 2021

You've likely heard this acronym before, but do you know how HPV may affect you?

How the Pandemic Is Affecting Cancer Outcomes

December 27, 2021

Here are some of the effects COVID-19 has had on diagnosing and treating cancer.

How Can I Protect Myself from Omicron?

December 17, 2021

Here's what we know about the new variant and what you can do now.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 15, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 15, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

How Many Calories Should I Eat a Day?

December 15, 2021

Follow this guide to figure out how much to eat based on your specific body and goals.

3 Ways to Avoid Weight Gain After You Quit Smoking

December 15, 2021

These tips will keep your weight in check after you stop smoking.

Kids Ages 5 to 11 Can Now Get COVID-19 Vaccines

November 22, 2021

Younger kids are now eligible for the shots. Here's what parents need to know.

How to Pump Up Your At-Home Workout

November 22, 2021

Need some inspiration for a well-rounded workout at home? Here it is.

Does Handwashing Really Prevent Illness?

November 22, 2021

You likely washed your hands at the start of the pandemic. But do you still need to do it so much?

A Guide to Less Stressful Get-Togethers

November 22, 2021

Keep stress in check whether you're the host or a guest with these effective stress-busting tips.

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

November 2, 2021

As you get ready for the winter, it’s a good time to ramp up your immunity and consider a flu shot.

Are You More Likely to Get Sick When the Seasons Change?

October 18, 2021

Here are some of the reasons why more people get sick at this time of year.

Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

October 18, 2021

Here's how healthier habits may help some people reverse or better manage the disease.

What Are the Signs of Lung Cancer?

October 18, 2021

Learn about symptoms, screenings and prevention to lower your risk of this common cancer.

Manatee Memorial Hospital Welcomes New CEO

October 12, 2021

Healthcare is a family affair for Tom McDougal. Learn more about Tom's career and how he will lead Manatee forward.

How to Tell What's Causing Your Symptoms

September 17, 2021

If you're feeling under the weather, here's how to determine what may be to blame.

Do You Have These Signs of Depression?

September 17, 2021

Depression is a very real but treatable illness. Knowing the signs can help you start feeling better.

Can Exercise Lower Breast Cancer Risk?

September 17, 2021

As if you needed another good reason to move more, here's one worth smiling about.

What Will College Life Be Like This Fall?

August 26, 2021

Ready to head to campus for in-person learning? Here's what to expect when you get there.

Can AFib Cause a Stroke?

August 26, 2021

This common heart arrhythmia can lead to serious complications, including stroke.

How to Lower Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

August 26, 2021

Take these steps to help protect yourself from this common cancer in men.

The Link Between Marijuana and Suicide

August 26, 2021

New research shows that young adults who use marijuana may be more likely to consider suicide.

Is Less Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery Right for You?

July 29, 2021

Here are pros and cons to traditional and less invasive techniques for hip replacement surgery.

Why You Shouldn't Skip Recommended Vaccines

July 29, 2021

Vaccinations protect you from serious diseases – and here's why you need them.

7 Tips to Prepare for the Coming School Year

July 29, 2021

This year may require more preparation to get into school mode, but these tips can help.

5 Tips for Healthier To-Go Lunches

July 29, 2021

Get tips that give your lunch staying power so you don't suffer an afternoon slump.

Enjoy a Safe Summer!

July 21, 2021

Summer days mean swimming, sports, hanging at the beach and fun family activities. Here are some tips to stay cool and safe.

Prevention Is Key to Keeping Your Colon Healthy

March 22, 2021

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Have you had your screening colonoscopy?

Early Detection, Compassionate Care Beats Breast Cancer

August 25, 2020

After early detection of breast cancer through a regular mammogram and treatment at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lisa Montanye is cancer-free.

A COVID-19 Clinical Trial Begins in Our Community

August 3, 2020

A clinical trial using plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may show promise in helping to improve those hospitalized with the condition.

Spinal Surgery Home Run

July 20, 2020

When baseball enthusiast Robert Long’s back pain grew worse, specialty orthopedic care at Manatee Memorial Hospital gave him a new lease on life.

Robotic Surgery Offers Many Advantages

June 29, 2020

Certain procedures at Manatee Memorial can be performed robotically through small incisions, supporting quicker recoveries and other benefits.

Quality Care Through the Generations

May 21, 2020

When he found out a fellow veteran had succumbed to the virus, nurse Marc Kagan sent him off with a military honor — a heartfelt salute.

Nurse Honors a Fellow Veteran Lost to COVID-19

May 21, 2020

When he found out a fellow veteran had succumbed to the virus, nurse Marc Kagan sent him off with a military honor — a heartfelt salute.

What Are the Top Health Concerns Affecting Men Today?

May 17, 2020

Get answers from physicians Angel Llanio, DO, and Indu S. Menon, MD, as they discuss key health concerns for men, such as heart disease and mental health.