health

StateImpact Florida
6:01 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Why Miami-Dade High School Students Are Teaching Their Classmates About Health

HIP founder Risa Berrin says the program always provides food during after school training sessions because some students don't get regular meals at home.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Abuse. Drugs. Mental health issues.

It’s tough enough for anyone to talk about those problems. It can be even harder for teens facing them for the first time.

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Health Care
6:36 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Florida Is No. 32 in Health Rankings

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:18 am

A new report places Florida as the 32nd healthiest state in the nation.

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Health Care
6:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Young Adults Remain Enrollment Challenge

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:37 am

Christian Ward lounges on a couch in the University of South Florida student center in Tampa. He props crutches against the armrest and stretches out his leg, which is covered in a cast up to his thigh.

Like a lot of college students, Ward’s parents handle his health insurance. He'll tell you that having it definitely came in handy during his moment of need.

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Newscast
8:14 am
Thu December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014: Florida Ranks Near Bottom In National Health Study

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Health Care
9:01 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Sheryl Sandberg's Mom Cares About Your Hearing

Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Three years ago, when the noise level at the American Airlines Arena shrieked to a deafening level, fan Adele Sandberg covered her ears and winced. Intent on the fast-paced court action, she didn’t yet know about the growing danger of hearing loss. She didn’t know yet that preventing it would become her passion.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Scott Defends Order on Ebola Monitoring

Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:16 am

Gov. Rick Scott defended his decision to monitor anyone coming from Ebola-affected countries, saying Monday it's "the right thing to do" to protect Floridians. 

Appearing beside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a campaign event in Wellington, Scott said his executive order would ensure that the state wards off an outbreak and goes beyond actions by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I want to make sure that ... we don't do what CDC did — they got behind," he said. "We're not going to get behind. We're going to be prepared."

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

rosegeorge.com

10/21/14 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents looks at the world’s biggest public health crisis.  No – not more information about the Ebola virus.  We talk human waste disposal. Four in ten people in the world lack what you and I take for granted:  a toilet.  That’s nearly three-billion people who use crude latrines or open ground. Human waste contributes to one-in-ten of the world’s communicable diseases.

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Business
12:22 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Medicine, Money & Marijuana

Boston ferns grow under one of Alpha Foliage's 80 acre shade houses in Homestead. Alpha is one of the more than six dozen Florida nurseries that may qualify to grow medical marijuana.
Credit Tom Hudson

John Demott has been growing palm trees, hibiscus flowers, ferns and any number of plants from the rocky South Dade County soil for more than 40 years. He never traveled to Tallahassee for a Florida legislative hearing until this spring, when Florida lawmakers were considering legalizing a certain kind of marijuana for a limited number of diseases.

Lawmakers did approve the bill and Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law in June, making growing pot legal in Florida, but with lots of rules.

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Ebola
4:04 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Rick Scott Says Following CDC Guidance Might Be Wrong

HE HAS DEMANDS: Gov. Scott wants more federal help to keep Ebola out of Florida and also a ban on travel from West Africa.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

 Gov. Rick Scott opened fire on the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, accusing the agency of starving Florida of the information, equipment and even the testing kits the state needs to be safe from the deadly Ebola virus.

"The CDC has not fulfilled any of Florida's requests," Scott said angrily. "We are now asking publicly to support us in these important efforts for our state."

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Halloween
3:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Decorative Contact Lenses Could Haunt You

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute warns consumers to ditch decorative lenses for Halloween.
Credit tanakawho / Flickr Creative Commons

As you shop around for the perfect Halloween costume, beware.  

Don’t reach for those decorative contact lenses that will transform your boring pupils into green feline eyes or spiral hypnotizers.

The Food and Drug Administration warns these cosmetic lenses sold in Halloween supply stores, flea markets and mall kiosks are illegal and can lead to blindness.

Contact lenses are medical devices that can only be distributed by licensed eye care professionals, according to a federal law passed in 2005.

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Health
7:30 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Miami Jackson Doctors Show Off Ebola Gear

Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

After Sunday’s false Ebola alarm that disrupted life and traffic in Jackson Health System's Miami neighborhood, hospital officials used Monday for an Ebola-related media event that was oddly reassuring.

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Health Care
2:23 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Miami-Dade Moms Among The Highest In C-Section Rates

Karolina Salas had two unplanned C-sections because the doctor told her it was necessary for the baby.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Although the World Health Organization recommends Cesarean rates stay between 10 and 15 percent, last year almost half of all babies born in Miami-Dade County were delivered by C-section.

That’s a 49-percent rate.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the cesarean rate in Miami-Dade County has been steadily growing during the past decade. 

Karolina Salas had her first baby two years ago. She had planned with her doctor for a relaxed atmosphere with no drugs and, most importantly, no surgery.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

The Multi-Billion Dollar Surgery Industry And The Cost of Cutting

Courtesy of Berkley Trade Paperback

09/29/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with practicing surgeon Dr. Paul Ruggieri, who’s written THE COST OF CUTTING:  A Surgeon Reveals the Truth Behind a Multibillion Dollar Industry.  Operating rooms are a main source of hospital revenues.

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The Florida Roundup
11:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Florida Roundup: Into Florida's Health Care Costs And East Coast Railway Police

Credit Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net

On the Florida Roundup, a WLRN-Miami Herald investigation finds hundreds of arrests by the Florida East Coast Railway Police are for pedestrians illegally crossing train tracks in Miami-Dade County, mostly at one spot. Often the charges are thrown out of court but kept on the record.

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News
3:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

How South Florida Modeling Agencies Could Help Stamp Out Human Trafficking

A 2008 United Nations conference on human trafficking inspired former Ford Modeling Agency CEO Katie Ford to join in the fight against modern-day slavery.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Youth sells.

Both in the glamorous world of high-fashion modeling and, sadly, in the dark underworld of human trafficking.

A fake promise of modeling or acting jobs is just one way human traffickers lure young victims -- female and male -- into lives of prostitution or domestic slavery. And now one of the most famous names in the fashion world says South Florida modeling agencies and talent scouts can play a part in the fight against the modern-day slave trade.

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