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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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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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A 2013 report from the United Kingdom’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers finds that between 30% and 50% of all food produced worldwide ends up wasted every year. Now, researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are working to extend the shelf life of some of Florida’s harvested produce such as tomatoes and strawberries as well as improve nutrient and taste retention of the fruits.

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Lee Memorial Health System has opened two breast milk depots at Cape Coral Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center.  Florida’s first breast milk bank opened in Orlando this month, which gave Lee Memorial the idea to open a breast milk depot to help families locally.  A breast milk depot collects donated breast milk for sick or premature infants or if the mother’s milk is not available for some reason.

820 Floridians could die from melanoma this year. It’s the most lethal form of skin cancer. A recent study cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 6000 cases of melanoma are estimated to be related to indoor tanning in the U.S. each year. This story looks at one group of people seeing a dramatic rise in the number of these cases. They’re young women and teens. And they’re the same group also going to tanning salons more often.

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