Health

New Device Helps Clear Up Low Vision

Jul 20, 2016
OrCam Website

The Lighthouse of the Big Bend is demonstrating a device to help people with limited or low vision navigate the world around them. 

MGN Online

Leon County Health officials are encouraging parents to book appointments early for back-to-school vaccines.

Florida Department of Health

Panama City Beach area chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus and two horses in Jefferson have contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The Florida Department of Health is warning the viruses are transmitted through mosquito bites.

Florida Department of Health's youtube

Florida health officials have unveiled a new campaign aimed at teaching kids about mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry, like the Zika virus.

CDC/MGN Online

National HIV Testing Day is Monday. But, ahead of that day, Bay County health officials are offering free HIV testing in several Panhandle counties.

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As of Wednesday, there are now 213 documented cases of the Zika virus in Florida. But some public health experts are saying the actual number is probably much higher.  

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A longstanding dispute over emergency medical care for undocumented immigrants is back in the courts. The First District Court of Appeal heard oral arguments Tuesday.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Florida’s Department of Health says nurseries could begin processing marijuana next month.  The department has been wrangling with the issue for more than two years.

MGN Online

There are now more than 180 cases of the Zika virus in Florida. State health officials reported the highest number of new cases in a single day Tuesday.

Bay County Health Department

A Northwest Florida transportation service is now providing rides for people with diabetes—free of charge.

Planned Parenthood
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are/mission

Florida’s Planned Parenthood clinics are suing the state over a law that cuts funding for non-abortion services.

Congress On Vacation With No Zika Plan Passed

May 27, 2016
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Lawmakers and advocates are disappointed Congress is on vacation, leaving town without passing a Zika response plan.

Pharmacy Discount Cards: Do They Help Or Hurt?

May 24, 2016
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  As health insurance plans change and prescription drug costs rise, some Floridians are looking to cut costs. One option is a prescription discount card. They work as coupons offering a reduction in the actual cost of prescriptions.

Tallahassee Team Wins Neighborhood Health Grant

May 23, 2016
Tallahassee skyline
UrbanTallahassee

The Invest Health Initiative is awarding community development grants to teams in 50 cities across the country. A group of Tallahassee leaders has won $60,000.

Oxitec

A British biotech company wants to release genetically modified mosquitos in Florida to slow the spread of the Zika virus. The fate of the program rests with the small community of Key Haven, and many residents are skeptical.

Florida Channel

It didn't take long for Dr. Celeste Philip to transition from acting to official Surgeon General and Florida Department of Health Secretary.

In March, she replaced her predecessor Dr. John Armstrong after the Florida Senate failed to confirm him.

Lauren DePaola's Perinatal Mental Health presentation

This week is Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week. Officials want to make people more aware of one of the top health complications surrounding pregnancy.

Leon County Health Department

The Leon county health department is asking for feedback from residents as it conducts an annual local health survey. A series of town-hall style forums are scheduled across the county, with the first set for May 14 in Frenchtown.

FloridaCharts.com / Florida Department of Health, Division of Public Health Statistics & Performance Management

Tallahassee is one of the most educated cities in the country. That’s according to the site, WalletHub. And the national association of counties recently named Leon as one of the best when it comes to management. But  when it comes to health, the city and county fall far down the list.

Local officers, school district representatives at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a healthcare center at Rickards High School, Feb. 2016
Ashley Tressel / WFSU News

A healthcare clinic that was supposed to open at Rickards High School is past due. But district administrators say they’ve got everything they need, and the office should open this Summer.

(L-R) Sen. Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), Rep. Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) and Jose Gonzalez of AIF.
Florida Channel

State lawmakers and healthcare industry leaders are taking stock in the wake of this year’s legislative session.  The Associated Industries of Florida just wrapped up a healthcare affordability summit.

People seeking help for mental disorders or substance abuse now have more options. 

Carlsbad Dentist via Google Images

Governor Rick Scott’s second veto of the year denies money for private dental care in rural communities. 

Pastor Julius McAllister discuss mental health and substance abuse
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Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is pushing for an assessment of available resources in Leon County to address mental health and substance abuse. The move comes after Proctor’s son was arrested this past weekend on drug charges.

Calhoun-Liberty Hospital

Calhoun Liberty Hospital is asking the community for help paying off debt. 

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