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Alzheimer’s informational session July 8

Alzheimer’s informational session July 8

Learn about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease during a free program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on July 8 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Beverly Engel, a community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and North Florida, will discuss: •Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease […]

Free HIV testing in Daytona June 26

Free HIV testing in Daytona June 26

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will recognize the 20th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day by offering free HIV testing on June 26 — one day earlier than the annual kick off. Themed “Take the Test, Take the Control,” the campaign encourages people of all ages […]

Hospitals profiting from exorbitant markups

Hospitals profiting from exorbitant markups

Florida is home to 20 of the 50 high markup hospitals identified in a new report. The rest are spread across 12 other states – mostly in the South and in urban areas. BY JAZELLE HUNT NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – Hundreds of American hospitals are turning a profit by charging patients exorbitant rates for […]

Rare reaction puts kid on list for second heart transplant

Rare reaction puts kid on list for second heart transplant

BY JONEL ALECCIA THE SEATTLE TIMES/TNS An 8-year-old Spanaway, Wash., girl has been hospitalized since December with a failing heart, waiting for a second transplant that could save her life. Doctors at Seattle Children’s say Aiyana Lucas is battling a rare reaction that has caused the arteries of her first donor heart to narrow dangerously, […]

Avoid complications during pregnancy

Avoid complications during pregnancy

BY SHANTELLA Y. SHERMAN NNPA NEWS SERVICE Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she could manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life. Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the Centers […]

Most dog bites to kids come from family pets

Most dog bites to kids come from family pets

BY JIM MCVEIGH MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK/TNS PHOENIX — Prior studies have shown that most dog bite injuries result from family dogs. A new study conducted by Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children’s Hospital shed some further light on the nature of these injuries. The recently published study, in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, demonstrated that […]

More turning to walk-in clinics for convenience, cost

More turning to walk-in clinics for convenience, cost

BY TONY PUGH MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS WASHINGTON — The tradition and inconvenience of appointment-based health care is under attack across America. A growing number of walk-in health clinics, with late-night and weekend hours, on-site prescription drugs and cheaper prices, are proving a hit with busy patients who’ve grown tired of getting medical treatment when it’s […]

EYE CARE as you age

EYE CARE as you age

From Family Features Which health screenings and exams are top priorities for you? If you’re like most adults, monitoring your weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure is probably part of your health care routine. But what about vision care? When adults reach their 40s, they often start to notice small changes in their vision, which can […]

B-CU center to provide free sickle cell screenings in April, May

B-CU center to provide free sickle cell screenings in April, May

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Bethune-Cookman University’s Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity is sponsoring free sickle cell screenings for the community in April and May. Dr. Diana Lee, director of the center, says a grant received from Volusia County Government will pay for the tests, which will be administered at no cost […]

Being overweight costing more than extra food

Being overweight costing more than extra food

BY SHARELLE D. LOWERY NNPA NEWS SERVICE Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. The overall impression is universal: Being severely overweight is taxing on almost every level, says Dr. Eleazar Kadile, […]