Stomach illness up in Marion County
When it comes to washing hands, the message from the Marion county health department is clear–wash them good. Health officials have seen a big jump so far this year in the number of stomach illnesses they think are caused by poor hand washing, and are asking people, especially parents with young children, to make sure hands are washed thoroughly and often. The caseload has jumped from 63 last year to more than 100 this year for the same time period. WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Marion County Health Department Spokesman Craig Ackerman about the enteric type illnesses and how some soap and water can save wear and tear on your stomach
For more information on enteric illnesses check out the Florida Department of Health website at www.floridashealth.com/atoz.html and click on the Diseases and conditions link.
More Stories in Health and Science
An app called What the Health offers users instant access to health inspection data for restaurants in the area. Launched in Florida on Jan. 26, the app assigns letter grades for restaurants based on county health inspection findings.
At the end of its one-week campaign, Eat The 80 raised $3,000 for meals to give away to families. The money will provide meals for four or five families over the next month.
Students struggle to get the required amount of sleep while dealing with the demands of college. A study by the National Sleep Foundation finds that most students fail to make sleep a priority in their busy lives.
The Feb. 15 deadline for the current health care enrollment period is less than one week away. Until that time, organizations such as the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, WellFlorida Council and Enroll America will host sign-up events and offer services to assist with enrollment, but some consumers will continue to experience unsolvable issues with the process.
The UF Space Plants team successfully launched the SpaceX5 capsule to the International Space Station Jan. 10. The capsule contained plants that will help the team study the effects that different environments have on plant life.