Southwest Florida is fortunate to have some of the best skilled nursing facilities in the country, but for sheer ambition and innovation, Life Care Center of Sarasota still manages to stand out. Nina Willingham, senior executive director for Life Care Center of Sarasota, describes the features...

A regional collaborative between two large healthcare systems in Florida is showing early signs of success with both organizations leveraging their joint buying power, saving millions while providing better patient care, according to an article in The American Journal of Accountable Care. University of Florida and Shands Teaching Hospital...

The year 2013 was one for the books — for the good books, that is, as publishers surprised and often delighted us with new offerings worth sinking our teeth into (or chewing over in book clubs and online). In nonfiction, for example,Sheryl Sandberg rekindled the national conversation about women and work...

Medicare has begun tracking the outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgeries, identifying 95 hospitals where elderly patients were more likely to suffer significant setbacks. The government also named 97hospitals where patients tended to have the smoothest recoveries. The analysis, which was released last week, is the latest part of...

Fear of harmful side effects leads far too many patients to avoid taking their medications. In fact, it's a key reason half of all prescription drugs aren't taken as prescribed, says Lars Osterberg, M.D., a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University. But consider this: Some...

En español l Thirty-five years ago, cardiologist Dean Ornish, M.D., made headlines with his claim that yoga and meditation, when combined with improvements in diet and exercise habits, could reverseheart disease. Since then, research into the health benefits of yoga, especially its effect on adults 50-plus, has exploded. Here, a brief guide...

Across the state, four out of 10 people who come to hospital emergency rooms with nonfatal gunshot wounds were shot by accident, according to the Orlando Sentinel (paywall alert). The rate is even higher in Orange County, with accidents accounting for more than half of firearm-related...

With my 97-year-old father in a nursing home, I find myself getting a lot of valuable, firsthand experience with the nation's health care delivery system -- especially the costs. The other day, I received a bill for ambulance service incurred back in January when we had...

Studies show that during the two-month holiday season that starts with Halloween candy and ends with Christmas pudding, most of us will gain about a pound. "No big deal," you say. "That's easy to take off." In theory, yes, but in reality, most of us never bother to...

The holidays are times for family, friends and food. Time-honored traditions of gathering with loved ones and sharing in the holiday spirit are things to look forward to, but for some, there can be isolation and even depression in seniors, who can have an especially hard...