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Improving health for hispanic women in Florida

In the past few years, efforts to increase awareness of breast cancer have increased. But for one group, Hispanic women in the United States, where about ten percent have a probability of developing invasive breast cancer, additional programs are being started. While Hispanic women have a lower incidence rate for …

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Governor Scott’s plan for public hospitals

Governor Rick Scott has created a seven-member commission to review taxpayer funded hospitals. The review will affect 30 active public hospital districts. University of Florida Chairman of Health Service Research, Paul Duncan, says the biggest issue facing hospitals in Florida is how to provide care for those unable to pay. …

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Can a whole grain diet improve your health?

Eating whole grains may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Boston researchers say they found about a 20 percent decreased risk of developing hypertension in those who ate whole grain breakfast cereals at least seven times a week. Gainesville dietician Laura Acosta says the potassium and magnesium in whole …

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National Kick Butts Day

As part of National Kick butts day, Marion County students will take a stand against tobacco. Students Working Against Tobacco will team up with anti-tobacco activist Chad Bullock to host a four day event across Marion County. Marion County Health Department Health Education Supervisor Evelyn James says the main focus …

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Prisons to go tobacco free

Florida’s new prison chief says state prisons will go tobacco free. Alachua County Jail spokesman Eugene Morris agrees with this plan and says it will save taxpayers money in the long run. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Jennifer Eckhart reports, jails in Alachua County have been practicing this policy for years. …

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UF student dies over Spring Break

University of Florida student Molly Ammon died in Pinellas County over the past week while students were on Spring Break. UF spokesman Steve Orlando says the university is always worried about students over spring break. Police are waiting for the results of a toxicology report to determine the case of …

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is a time set aside to remind men and women alike to speak with their healthcare providers about getting screened for the colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women. More than 142-thousand new cases …

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