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Flu Season

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By Bob LaMendola Florida Department of Health in Broward County As winter flu season approaches, a new study shows that getting a flu shot “significantly reduced” the risk of children dying from influenza virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine was 65 percent effective in preventing deaths among children, researchers […]

National School Lunch Week

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This article was originally published on National Nutrition Association.  President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962. During this annual weeklong celebration, SNA members and students around the country celebrate in their cafeterias with decorations, special menus, events, and more. The 2017 NSLW theme is “School Lunch: Recipes for Success”, and […]

Obesity-related cancers on the rise in the U.S.

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There’s a link between obesity and 40 percent of all the cancers diagnosed in the United States, health officials reported Tuesday. That doesn’t mean too much weight is causing all these cancer cases, just that there’s some kind of still-to-be explained association, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, the study findings suggest […]

FEMA helps the city with hurricane clean up efforts

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This article was originally published in the Sun Sentinel. Hurricane Irma battered Fort Lauderdale for a weekend, but clearing the debris left in her wake could take two months. “We know the piles are there, and we’re on our way,” said Melissa Doyle, program manager for Solid Waste and Recycling. Officials estimate more than 1 […]

Hospitals lean on practice to treat mass shootings

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This article was original published on Modern Healthcare. When 23 severely injured patients arrived at University of Colorado Hospital in 2012 after a gunman opened fire on the moviegoers, the trauma team immediately jumped into action. The team implemented its protocols for mass casualty events. Extra staff was called in to help and patients were […]

Obamacare premiums in Florida to rise 45 percent on average next year

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This article was originally published in the Miami Herald.  Health insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans in Florida will raise monthly premiums by nearly 45 percent on average next year, the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation said Tuesday. Florida regulators said most of the average rate hike — 31 percentage points — came from standard plans sold […]

The Florida orange — state icon — is dying

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This article was originally published in MarketWatch. Florida is synonymous with oranges. They’re on the state license plate. At the product’s heyday in 1977, the state boasted 53 orange juice processing plants. Today, beset by bacteria, hurricanes and international competition, there are seven. A disease called “citrus greening” is pushing Florida’s orange juice industry toward […]