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Lee County hospitals saw a significant rise from 2013 to 2014 in the number of babies born experiencing withdrawal from narcotics like heroin and some prescription drugs.

The Way We Worked

Apr 1, 2015
National Archives, Records of the Children’s Bureau, photo by Lewis W. Hine, January 1909

The Marco Island Historical Museum hosts the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked” April 4 through May 16. Through photographs, film, audio and archival accounts from the National Archives and Records Administration, the exhibition explores work in American society going back 150 years and the many changes that have impacted the country’s workforce and work environments. The Marco Island Historical Museum and the Florida Humanities Council have also put together a series of local exhibits and lecture events related to the Smithsonian exhibit with a sharper focus on the history of work in Florida. From the growth of manufacturing to the rapidly increasing use of technology, we’ll explore how America’s and Florida’s workforce have changed throughout history. 

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Skin. It’s the largest organ of the body. So, it’s not surprising that skin cancer, specifically melanoma, is in the top five of the most common cancers in the United States. The American Melanoma Foundation says one American dies of melanoma almost every hour. In the Sunshine State, melanoma is responsible for about 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths.

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Marine scientists from across the globe are joining a growing number of Floridians opposed to oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast.

In a letter made public Thursday, the 75 scientists warn the seismic testing would have a widespread and long-lasting impact on marine life.

Remembering Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark

Feb 27, 2015
Mote Marine Laboratory

On Wednesday a pioneering researcher - known as the "Shark Lady" - who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.