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Category Archives: Health and Science

Q&A with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare CEO Maggie Labarta

By on January 16th, 2014 | Last updated: January 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare is a private nonprofit that aids those affected by mental illness and substance-use disorders in and around North Central Florida. Its main campus is located in Gainesville at the corner of Williston Road and Southwest 13th Street, [...]

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Brain Exercises May Improve Cognition in Older Adults

By on January 13th, 2014 | Last updated: January 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Mental exercise can provide long-lasting benefits to the minds of older adults, a University of Florida researcher Dr. Michael Marsiske found. The research was published online Monday by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.

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North Florida severe flu cases on the rise

By on January 10th, 2014 | Last updated: January 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

This year’s flu season is seeing an increase of severe cases especially among young people.

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Florida Medicaid Decision Affects RTS Gainesville Paratransit Service

By on December 12th, 2013 | Last updated: December 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

The state of Florida’s decision to opt out of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will alter the application process for MV transportation, according to the Regional Transit System.

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Health Officials: It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot

By on December 9th, 2013 | Last updated: December 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

With the holiday season in full swing, Marion County officials said this is the “perfect time to get your flu vaccination.”

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Alachua County Commissioner Proposes E-cigarette Regulations

By on November 20th, 2013 | Last updated: November 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson is drafting an ordinance to place regulations on e-cigarettes, a nicotine-vapor-based alternative to tobacco cigarettes. The regulations would include a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

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UF Study Shows Pelvic Pain Underreported For Women

By on November 15th, 2013 | Last updated: November 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

A new UF study shows that pelvic pain often goes underreported or unreported in women of all ages. To combat the problem, Dr. Nash Moawad spearheaded research to understand why pelvic pain is often not reported.

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New Guidelines Recommend Statin Therapy For Patients With Heart Problems

By on November 14th, 2013 | Last updated: November 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

New guidelines were released identifying patients who can reduce their risks of cardiovascular problems and recommends statin therapy for some.

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Apps, Pets Serve As Therapy For Mental Illness

By on November 12th, 2013 | Last updated: November 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Emotional service animals and mobile applications are being offered as therapy tools for those who suffer from mental illness.

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Fla. Senate Backs Bill to Ban Selling E-Cigarettes to Minors

By on November 7th, 2013 | Last updated: November 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Electronic cigarettes could be regulated by a Florida Senate Bill to prevent minors from buying them.

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