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Alachua County gets immunization recognition

Alachua County’s action against the flu has earned national recognition. The“Protecting Alachua County from Flu” program helped immunize 50% of the county’s elementary and middle school students. Program coordinator Cuc Tran says it’s important to focus on protecting this age group. “Before, it used to be immunize the elderly folks, …

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NFRMC in an expansion phase

Scheduled to begin in September, North Florida Regional Medical Center will expand its facilities. The project is being funded by corporate money and will include expansion of the Heart and Vascular Center. The 58 million dollar project will also include a patient tower addition and employ 800 new personnel.

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Cracking down on pill mills

The Florida House has passed a bill that will crack down on “pill mills” that supply prescription painkillers to addicts and drug dealers. The bill originally included a repeal of the state’s prescription tracking system scheduled to begin in August. University of Florida Pharmacy Professor Dr. Paul Doering says it …

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COW bus put out to pasture

The Clinic on Wheels program in Marion County is retiring one of its older buses. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Tori Saputo reports, the older clinic will be replaced. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/StrausserWrap.mp3]

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Don’t litter: no ifs, ands or cigarette butts

Every day, people throw their cigarette butts onto the ground without giving it any second thought. However, that one cigarette being thrown on the ground contributes to the millions of butts that are tossed out each year. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Samantha Taub tells us about a certain program in Alachua …

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Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno participates in opening of UF’s new Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration

Former Martin County commissioner Maggy Hurchalla and her sister former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of UF’s new Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Reno, who announced she had Parkinson’s disease in 1995 toured the new center with her sister. As Lauren Buchwald reports, the …

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Sniffing out bed bugs, literally

They are the size of an apple seed and feed on your blood. After being dormant for the last 50 years, bed bugs are back. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Milani Beaudrault has more on the resurgence of this pest. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MilaniBedBugRadioProjectNew.mp3]

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Raising awareness about autism

The Centers for Disease Control estimate an average of 1 out of 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder. Saturday is World Autism Awareness Day. WUFT-FM’s JoAnna Wise spoke with Marie Trempe the founder of Autism Oasis, a school for autistic children. She outlined what people should be more aware …

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Watching what you eat

The Dining Out Locally initiative is reflective of the mandate for national chains to provide nutritional information to consumers. Registered dietician and co-chair of the Dining Out committee for healthy communities in Alachua County, Kathryn Parker says, locally owned restaurants will offer residents access to the same information as chain …

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