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Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Information

February 17th, 2021
The staff at Florida Health Care News aim to provide our readers with the latest information on the spread of the coronavirus and vaccine information. The state of Florida is providing COVID-19 vaccines to eligible persons at sites throughout the state. For eligibility, registration and scheduling information, visit MyVaccine.FL.gov The statistics reported here are collected from multiple trusted and reliable sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and national and state public…

Holding Off Heart Disease

February 22nd, 2021
It’s February, and you know what that means – it’s American Heart Month. It’s that annual opportunity to review what we know about heart disease. And it’s our chance to be sure we’re doing everything we can to prevent or manage it in our lives. After all, heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the US. About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. What’s more, almost…

Common ENT Disorders

February 15th, 2021
According to the American Academy of Otolayrngology’s Division of Head and Neck Surgery, ear, nose, and throat disorders are one of the main reasons children see a physician, and ear infections rank as the number one reason. February is Kids ENT Health Month, so this blog reviews a few of the more common ENT disorders that affect children. Just about every child will experience an ear infection at some point. My child was no exception; he had his share. Acute…

Children’s Dental Health: Starting Off Strong

February 10th, 2021
Children have 20 baby, or primary, teeth – 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom. The primary teeth begin to come in at around 6 months of age, and by the time your child is 2 to 3 years old, all of the primary teeth should have come in. On the flip side, most adults have 32 permanent teeth, including four wisdom teeth, which are often removed for lack of space in the mouth. Primary teeth are technically…

Playing for Keeps

February 1st, 2021
February is observed as International Recreational Therapy Month. Also known as therapeutic recreation, recreational therapy incorporates a definition of health that goes beyond the “absence of illness.” It includes efforts to enrich physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual functioning as well. Recreational therapists are integral members of the health care team. They use sports, games, crafts, animals, and other fun activities to help individuals experiencing injury, illness, or disability participate fully and independently in daily living routines. It also enables…

Blood Donors Rock!

January 26th, 2021
Are you one of the estimated 6.8 million people in the US who donate blood each year? If not, have you ever thought about becoming a donor? January is National Blood Donor Month, so I’m dedicating this blog to the facts about blood donation, to salute current blood donors and encourage more people to donate. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. They  need it for surgery or cancer treatment, or to…

A Brief Overview of COVID-19 Testing

January 18th, 2021
As the number of COVID-19 cases in this country continues to surge, there has been a rush of Americans seeking to get tested for the coronavirus that causes it. If you’re considering testing but are confused about the various types of tests and what they do and when to get them, here’s a brief overview that might help. The first thing you need to understand is that there are different types of tests that are used at different times. Certain…

Raise Your Glaucoma IQ

January 11th, 2021
Glaucoma is a group of progressive diseases that can damage your eye’s optic nerve and cause vision loss, even blindness. There are many theories, but the exact cause of glaucoma is unknown. It is most often related to a build-up of pressure inside your eye. When this pressure, called intraocular pressure, or IOP, remains high over time, it begins to harm optic nerve fibers. IOP increases when the fluid inside your eye, called aqueous humor, which normally flows out of…

Be Aware of Birth Defects

January 6th, 2021
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born in the US, which is about 3 percent of all babies. The CDC also reports that birth defects are the leading cause of infant death in the US, accounting for 20 percent of all infant deaths. This blog takes a closer look at birth defects and offers a few strategies to prevent them. A birth defect is a problem that forms when…

Holiday Drinking: Time for Wisdom and Moderation

December 22nd, 2020
The holidays are marked by festive celebrations with family, friends and coworkers. Typically, alcohol flows freely at these celebrations, and it’s not uncommon to drink more at these events than you do during the rest of the year. But binge drinking has negative physical and emotional effects, and puts you – and others – at risk. Most people know that drinking too much is bad for your liver. Consistent heavy drinking causes different types of inflammation in the liver, such…

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