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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…

Minding Mental Health

May 3rd, 2021
May is a great month! Spring is in full bloom (which isn’t entirely GOOD news for those of us with allergies), and it’s a time to celebrate our very special Moms. There’s another tradition we observe in May. It’s the time we become more aware of mental health and mental illness. Mental illness is a huge issue, and there’s still a lot of misinformation about it in our popular culture. The American Psychiatric Association defines mental illness as “any health…

Soothing An Irritable Bowel

April 26th, 2021
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a syndrome, a set of symptoms that occur together and are associated with a particular abnormality or condition. The most common symptoms of IBS, which affects your large intestine, or colon, include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating and gas, and a change in bowel habits. There are three types of IBS. One is IBS with constipation (IBS-C). With IBS-C, it may be difficult to move your bowels. You may not move your bowels often, and…

You Can Defeat Diabetes

April 19th, 2021
The cells in your body need a steady source of energy to function. They get it from a simple sugar called glucose that is released when the food you eat is broken down. But glucose can’t get into your cells on its own. It needs the help of insulin, a hormone produced by the beta cells of your pancreas. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease that develops when your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin or your body can’t use insulin efficiently,…

A Sneak Peek at Sarcoidosis

April 12th, 2021
What is sarcoidosis? It’s an inflammatory disease that most often affects your lungs and lymph nodes but can impact any organ in your body, including your eyes, skin and heart. Sarcoidosis is characterized by small clusters of inflamed cells, called granulomas, that form in the affected organ. Granulomas can alter the normal structure of the organ and interfere with its function. Sarcoidosis affects between 150,000 and 200,000 people in the US and an estimated 1.2 million worldwide. Some people with…

Autism Answers

April 5th, 2021
Autism, or more correctly autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex developmental condition. Typically, people who have ASD face persistent challenges with communication and social interaction, and often perform repetitive behaviors. ASD is considered a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the book of standards for diagnosing a host of conditions published by the American Psychiatric Association, divides the symptoms of ASD…

Keeping Up With Kidney Health

March 29th, 2021
If you’re like most people, you have two kidneys, the bean-shaped organs about the size of your fist that lie just below the rib cage, one on each side of your spine. March is National Kidney Month, so let’s review what the kidneys do, examine a few common diseases that can affect them, and learn some ways you can help keep them healthy. Adult and child holding kidney shaped paper, world kidney day, National Organ Donor Day, charity donation concept…

A Brief Overview of Brain Injuries

March 23rd, 2021
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and organizations such as the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) want you to know more about these dangerous injuries and their aftermath. Here’s a little information to help. According to the BIAA, injuries to the brain that are not hereditary (passed down in families), congenital (present at birth), degenerative (get worse over time), or caused by birth trauma are considered acquired brain injuries, or ABIs. These injuries involve changes to brain activity that…

Multiply Your MS Knowledge

March 15th, 2021
National MS Education and Awareness Month, observed each year in March, is a nationwide effort by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and affiliated groups to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis. This year, we’re joining in that effort by dedicating this blog to a brief overview of MS. A recent study funded by the National MS Society reports that there are nearly 1 million people living with MS in the United States, more than double the estimate from a previous study. MS…

Concerning Colorectal Cancer

March 8th, 2021
The colon and rectum are part of the body’s gastrointestinal tract. The colon makes up the first 6 feet of the large intestine, and the rectum makes up the last 6 inches. Cancers of the colon and rectum are typically grouped together as colorectal cancer because they have some characteristics in common, most notably the presence of abnormal growths called polyps. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 104,610 new cases of colon cancer and 43,340 cases of rectal…

What Does Diet Really Mean?

March 2nd, 2021
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “diet”? Did you immediately think of a restrictive eating regimen that deprives you of your favorite foods? I think most people look at “diet” that way, and because they see it as depriving, they consider diet a bad thing. For most people, a diet is a tool for losing weight. And according to a survey spearheaded by the International Food and Information Council, 77 percent of Americans…

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