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Kissing bugs carry the parasite that causes Chagas disease. They can infect people by biting and contaminating food and drinks with infected feces. more
In the new medicinal garden at UF/IFAS Extension in Orange County, the interplay between horticulture and health takes center stage! more
A heat safety plan template helps organizations adopt procedures for monitoring the heat index, for providing hydration and for training staff. more
It is important to pay attention to local news reporting outbreaks of infectious agents in your area or travel destination. With these precautions in mind, you’re sure to have a terrific time, uninterrupted by the germs of summer. more
Dr. Jessica Ray, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington, explains what PFAS are, how scientists are trying to remove them from the environment, and what you can do to reduce the impact of PFAS on your own health. Exposure to PFAS … more
The recalled cucumbers are dark green, approximately 1.5-2.0 inches in diameter, and 5-9 inches long. Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in this recall. more
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 146 broken temperature records in Florida in the past month. The temperature rose to 100 degrees Fahrenheit on May 20th in Homestead, one of the state’s major agricultural areas. more
Taking control of your health will pave the way for a vibrant and fulfilling life. Remember, investing in your health today will pay dividends for many years. more
Here are just a couple of examples - focusing on employment and mental health - which show what’s out there for veterans who need a helping hand. more
The orange peel finding is significant because 5 million tons of orange peels are produced yearly in orange juice production nationwide. Nearly 95% of Florida oranges are used for juice. more
Extreme heat worsens common age-related health conditions such as heart, lung, and kidney disease and can cause delirium. Older people don’t sweat as much as younger people, which makes it harder for their bodies to cool down when temperatures spike. more
The EPA issued new standards last month for PFAS levels in drinking water. The standards give water systems three years to conduct testing and another two years to install treatment systems if contaminants are detected. more
Vaccines protect not only the patient but also those around them. Science has shown that a population can reach community immunity once a certain percentage of the group is vaccinated. more
Florida's trial on Medicaid eligibility, resulting in 1.8 million people losing coverage, has been indefinitely postponed because the judge overseeing the case had a death in her family. more
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is an ancient medicinal plant. Cannabis-based medicines have been used for at least 5,000 years for applications such as arthritis and pain control during and after surgery. more
While other metrics show Florida is getting “back to normal” from a business standpoint, statistics on hunger are grim. more
Census Bureau data shows that in 2021, nearly half of U.S. veterans were 65 years or older, compared to about 17% of the general population. more
Community Health Centers are in all of Florida's 67 counties, serving patients in more than 800 locations - including Apopka, and dozens of mobile units and school-based sites statewide. more
While Florida was one of 15 states that opted out of the Summer EBT program this year, according to the department's guidelines, state officials have until August 15th to notify the U.S. Department of Agriculture whether Florida will participate in the summer of 2025. more
Florida offers countless opportunities to enjoy water recreation in pools, lakes, and other surrounding bodies of water. That is why water safety is critical. more
This new floor will address the increasing demand for complex care within the community. The 30,230-square-foot expansion adds 38 inpatient beds, including cardiovascular progressive care beds and four dialysis bays.   more
Arguments are for and against increasing the legalization of cannabis for adult use in the U.S., but expanded access to legal cannabis may also have unintended consequences for adolescents. more
Under the new EPA rules, public water systems have until 2027 to complete monitoring for PFAS and provide publicly available data. more
he groups have penned two separate letters in recent days to the governor, who received the bill (HB 433) on Tuesday from the Legislature. more
Research has shown that when people have reliable access to fresh, local foods, they are more likely to make healthier choices, leading to better health outcomes.  more
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