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So many people are raising bees in Florida, the state is bucking a national trend when it comes to the number of managed bee hives.  While colony collapse disorder, parasites, pesticides and other threats plague bee populations around the world, the state Department of Agriculture says the number of managed bee colonies here has increased 145% in the last eight years.  Florida has emerged as an anomaly in large part because of the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping.

Disease Threatens Florida Roses

Aug 24, 2015
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A disease is threatening Florida's $20 million rose industry. The disease is rose rosette. It's appeared in three north Florida nurseries and a retail store.

Mathews Paret of the University of Florida is part of a national team of researchers working on a cure.

"The problem is that it takes some time for symptom expression", Paret said. "It takes sometimes about a year or two. It takes three or four years for the plants to completely die, and people could wrongly assume that this is due to some other problem."

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A new study from Johns Hopkins University shows Florida’s pill mill crackdown worked in its first year.

After becoming the epicenter for prescription opioid abuse, the state passed tougher laws for pain management clinics. The state also implemented a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program which gave healthcare professionals a better look at patients’ prescription drug histories.The laws went into full affect in 2011. Researchers at Johns Hopkins looked at hundreds of millions of prescriptions from the year before and after.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV Surveillance Report ranks the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area 16th in the nation in 2013 when it comes to the number of new cases of HIV.  We’ll explore what’s behind the area’s startling increase in HIV infections, the scope and status of HIV/AIDS treatment options in Southwest Florida and public education outreach efforts encouraging prevention and targeting at-risk communities.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.7 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic Hepatitis C.  Between 2012 and 2013, the number of reported acute cases of hepatitis C increased from just over 1,700 to more than 2,100. 

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