Category Archives: Health and Science

UF Student Survives Cancer, Goes On To Medical School

By on September 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: September 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

After surviving cancer, Gainesville native Hanna Peterson is attending the College of Medicine at UF. She hopes to use her personal experience to help her compassionately deal with patients.

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Parents Use Social Media To Share Experiences With Health Providers

By on August 8th, 2015 | Last updated: August 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm

After accusations of a Jacksonville dentist’s mistreatment of patients, some parents have turned to Facebook to voice concerns about dentists who will not allow them to accompany their child during procedures. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports there are no set policies mandating access during treatment.

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Woman Launches Facebook Page For Those Facing Medical Difficulties

By on August 4th, 2015 | Last updated: August 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

Carly Strange was born with her intestines outside her body. To help others not feel alone, she created the Facebook page “The Many Faces of a Survivor.”

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HIV Bill Establishes New Patient Screening Routine

By on August 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: August 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Florida House Bill 321 is bringing HIV testing out of the shadows.  Signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on June 10 and put into effect on July 1, HB 321 streamlines the process of HIV testing in medical settings and establishes it […]

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Armadillos May Be Cause for Rising Leprosy Rates in Florida

By on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Florida health officials are warning people to stay away from armadillos as they may be the cause of recent leprosy cases in the state. There have been nine cases reported in the last seven months, but none have been reported in Alachua.

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Florida Hospitals Promote Breastfeeding

By on July 28th, 2015 | Last updated: July 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Hospitals around Florida are working to create initiatives to help mothers and future mothers with breastfeeding.The Florida Health Department connected with hospitals in 15 counties in June to participate in the Healthiest Weight Florida’s Baby Steps to Baby Friendly Initiative.

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Former Addict Finds Purpose In Biking

By on July 7th, 2015 | Last updated: July 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Andrew Tatum battled multiple addictions with hard drugs and junk food. Now he finds peace and purpose in biking and blogging about his struggles in order to help others.

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Brain Training Center Treats Learning Disabilities

By on July 5th, 2015 | Last updated: July 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Brain Works in Gainesville uses auditory training to treat learning disabilities and brain trauma. It’s helped 13-year-old Nate with his dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia, but scientists question how effective the treatment really is.

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UF Study Shows Grape Seed Oil Can Reduce Obesity

By on June 30th, 2015 | Last updated: June 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

A new study has found that muscadine grape seed oil can help reduce obesity. Containing a vitamin E derivative, the oil can help prevent the formation of new fat cells.

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Columbia County Upgrading Plumbing To Conserve Springs

By on June 19th, 2015 | Last updated: June 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

The Columbia County Water Conservation project encourages commercial buildings to decrease water usage by upgrading to high efficiency plumbing models. This project will reduce the amount of water used per flush in a toilet, which can save about 90,000 gallons each day and 32.8 gallons per year.

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