Health

Sunscreen is more effective than an umbrella at preventing sunburns – but may not be enough to completely prevent sunburns.


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Women are drinking more heavily, and alcohol is behind a growing number of their deaths, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal health data.

The number of white women dying from alcohol-related problems rose 130 percent nationwide since 1999; for Hispanic women, alcohol-related deaths grew by 30 percent in that same time frame. Federal health data shows the prevalence of binge drinking among women up by more than 40 percent since the late 1990s, leading to more ER visits and a growing number of accidents, injuries, and chronic diseases.

Researchers at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center are testing a vaccine to fight breast cancer,  and they say  that it appears to be working for some patients.

University of Miami doctors have published a case study about the first locally transmitted case of Zika in the United States. The patient was a 23-year-old pregnant women whose symptoms included a fever, joint pain and a rash. Her baby tested negative for the virus.

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People in Naples are living some of the longest lives in the nation, according to a national review of metro areas by 24/7 Wallstreet. Those living in the Naples-Marco Island-Immokalee area live, on average, into their 88th year.

But quality of life is just as important as longevity, which is why Blue Zones of Southwest Florida (operated by NCH Healthcare) is working to improve well-being across the region, to have the area join the world's "Blue Zone" communities.

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