Cancer

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU News

 

I’m in a lab at Florida Gulf Coast University, talking to a 4-year-old about every photo in her mom’s camera roll.

 

Her mom, Alana Underwood, asked Curious Gulf Coast, “Is there some factor in this area that’s causing more cases of pediatric cancer than other parts of the nation?"

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Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida says it would have to close its Immokalee clinic, and possibly pull back on other services, if a change passed by Congress and signed into law last week by President Donald Trump were to strip them of Title X family planning funding.

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Firefighters put their lives on the line to every day, but the dangers they face are not the same dangers faced by firefighters in years past. The smoke that comes from modern fires include particulates from very different materials; plastics, petroleum-based products, and chemical-treated woods. 

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A group of alumni from the old Bayshore High School in Manatee County, demolished in 1999, say more than 400 cases of rare cancers, birth defects, and other illnesses have been reported among former students and faculty. The group, Bayshore High School Concerned Alumni and Friends, contends toxic contamination at the site of the old school, possibly from buried diesel tanks, is to blame.

Updated Feb. 20, 12:34 p.m.

University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute treated nearly 200 kids with cancer last year. Now doctors there are hoping a new app will help young patients prepare before they arrive for treatment.

 

The Proton U App was developed by UF Health child life specialist Kim Todd. It’s an interactive storybook that introduces kids to the hospital environment to make treatment less intimidating.

 


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