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Health Care 2015: How To Solve Enrollment Issues

By on February 9th, 2015 | Last updated: February 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm

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.

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UF Successfully Sends Plants To The International Space Station

By on January 27th, 2015 | Last updated: January 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

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.

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Fire Resuce Officials Offer Tips To Heat Homes Safely

By on January 8th, 2015 | Last updated: January 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

As a result of the recent cold front, Gainesville Fire Rescue reminds residents to take the necessary safety precautions while heating homes.

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Cart Program Gives Rural Disabled New Opportunities

By on November 24th, 2014 | Last updated: November 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

A volunteer workshop outside Jacksonville produces carts for disabled members of rural communities overseas. Designed for those with little to no use of their legs, the carts are propelled by hand-powered handles.

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Crohn’s Disease Patient Still Looking For Answers After Amendment 2 Fails

By on November 13th, 2014 | Last updated: November 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Amendment 2 failed in Florida by a narrow margin, resulting in outrage from the bill’s supporters. A student who suffers from Crohn’s disease gives his perspective on the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the wake of continued debate.

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Alachua Fire Rescue Upgrades Ambulance Routers for Enhanced Patient Care

By on November 6th, 2014 | Last updated: November 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm

With help from area hospitals, Alachua County Fire Rescue has upgraded the wireless routers inside their ambulances, which transmit patient information to the hospital prior to their arrival.

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CDC Creates Stricter Guidelines For Treatment Of Ebola Patients

By on October 21st, 2014 | Last updated: October 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created stricter guidelines for the treatment of Ebola patients. The new guidelines address training and hands-on experience, preventing skin exposure, and strict observation of putting on and taking off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Hydrocodone Now More Difficult to Obtain for Prescribed Users

By on October 21st, 2014 | Last updated: October 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

The Drug Enforcement Agency is tightening restrictions on oxycodone, making it more difficult for prescribed patients to obtain refills for their prescriptions.

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Local Student Develops Epilepsy App, Wins $75,000

By on October 16th, 2014 | Last updated: October 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Amir Helmy’s science fair project idea has since developed into Seizario, an app that will allow epilepsy patients to monitor their seizures using the sensors from smartphones.

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Florida’s Fight Against Flu More Forceful This Season

By on October 14th, 2014 | Last updated: October 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

More than 27 Florida counties are participating in a campaign to help fight influenza this season by giving free inhaled flu vaccines to students enrolled in elementary through high school. The campaign is being promoted by Healthy Schools LLC and Families Fighting Flu.

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