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Flu protection without an injection? A prototype of how to fight the next pandemic

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This article was originally published by Chicago Tribune. When the next deadly pandemic flu hits, the first challenge will be to develop a vaccine. But looming behind that obstacle is another: how to get an inoculation to millions of people without inadvertently exacerbating the crisis. After all, droves of people – some perhaps already sickened – who […]

Investigation still open a year after 12 died from heat at nursing home

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This article was originally published in the Sun Sentinel. A year after Hurricane Irma rolled through South Florida, Hollywood detectives are still trying to determine whether anyone should face criminal charges for not preventing a dozen people from dying from sweltering heat in a nursing home. The Hollywood Police Department has not given a timeline for when […]

Flu season is around the corner. Is your family prepared?

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This article was originally published by CNN. (CNN) It’s time to call your pediatrician. All children should get a flu shot as soon as it becomes available this season, preferably before the end of October, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends in apolicy statement published Monday. It also emphasizes that the shot is preferred over the nasal […]

Four ways to keep away ‘the silent killer’

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By Bob LaMendola, Florida Department of Health in Broward County As hurricanes and tropical storms spin in the Atlantic Ocean, let’s think about things we can do to avoid danger. Here’s one: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Tragically, a few Floridians die from CO gas almost every time a storm or an emergency knocks out power. […]

Florida — And Broward — Will Get More Federal Funding To Combat The Opioid Crisis

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This article was originally published by WUSF. Broward County is about to get more money for programs helping people fight their opioid addictions.  The federal government set aside nearly $1 billion to fight the opioid crisis nationwide this year. Florida is set to receive $49.3 million from those funds, of which  an estimated $7-10 million […]

New Experimental Drug More Potent Than Morphine Minus The Addictive Side Effects

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This article was originally published by Inverse. Researchers have been working on an experimental painkiller more powerful than morphine but without the potential for dependence or abuse. A team from Wake Forest School of Medicine, in support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, might have found a solution to the country’s growing opioid problem. They found that […]