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Florida Senate committee backs medical tourism bill

Florida Senate committee backs medical tourism bill

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The state will spend $5 million next year to entice people to bring their aches and pains to Florida, under a measure that completed its first Senate committee exam on Monday. The Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously backed the “medical tourism” measure (SB 1150) by […]

Former NFL player tackles diabetes in Daytona Beach

Former NFL player tackles diabetes in Daytona Beach

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Kendall Simmons is no longer tackling defensive players on the football field, but he’s tackling a different beast – type 1 diabetes. The former NFL player will be the featured speaker at a free diabetes seminar at the Center for Health and Wellness at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center […]

Sobering numbers continue for Blacks, HIV/AIDS

Sobering numbers continue for Blacks, HIV/AIDS

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7.  Initially observed in 1999, the 2014 theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!” The day has been set aside by activists as an awareness campaign for the Black community, which has historically shown a higher percentage of HIV/AIDS […]

Employers find returns when they invest in workplace wellness

Employers find returns when they invest in workplace wellness

BY LORRAINE MIRABELLA THE BALTIMORE SUN/MCT Janis Smith feels a lot healthier — and more confident — since shedding 65 pounds in six months, and that has helped in her job leading employee training for 1st Mariner Bank. “Being in front of a classroom of people … I don’t feel like everyone is looking at […]

Halifax Health receives Komen grant to provide free mammograms

Halifax Health receives Komen grant to provide free mammograms

For a limited time, uninsured women who are residents of Volusia and Flagler counties can receive free mammograms courtesy of a grant provided by Susan G. Komen Central Florida to the Halifax Health – Center for Oncology. “For several years, Halifax Health has been successful in obtaining funding from the Susan G. Komen Central Florida […]

HIV Infection Rates Decline Among Black Women by Zenitha Prince

HIV Infection Rates Decline Among Black Women by Zenitha Prince

Just in time for National HIV Testing Day, which was observed on June 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered some encouraging news: for the first time in a decade, the HIV infection rate among Black women declined. Between 2008 and 2010, the latest available data, the incidence rate among that group fell […]

Sulfur Emissions from Exxon Mobil Leak Harmful to Human Health

Sulfur Emissions from Exxon Mobil Leak Harmful to Human Health

 A leak in one of Exxon Mobil’s sulfur recovery units in Baton Rouge, La. last month resulted in the release of various chemicals harmful to human health, including benzene, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide, claims Exxon’s report to the National Response Center. The Advocate reported that employees rerouted the May 22 gas leak into an […]

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