Health

In Florida, poop in the water is... a problem we all live with.

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU News

A handful of Southwest Florida women traveled through rural Guatemala this past November, distributing much-needed reusable menstrual kits they spent months creating. They include hand-sewn cotton bases that clip onto underwear, and tucked into them are flannel pads, which can be changed out and washed for reuse. Medical experts in the Central American country say some women in rural areas there are isolated during their periods, sitting on rags at home, which can lead to health issues.

The Fort Myers women also assisted with sex education workshops in places where that kind of conversation is taboo. WGCU’s Jessica Meszaros journeyed with the women and has this report:

You might think that running errands will keep you fit over the holidays.  But if that isn't working, here are some ways to apply technology to your training.

Fitness blogger Denise Mastanza-Taylor of deniseisrundmt.com says there are plenty of free apps to help motivate you through the holidays, especially if you can't carve out time to hit the gym. 

At least 56 cases of mumps have been reported in Florida in 2017, a significant rise over prior years but well below outbreaks in other states, which have reported hundreds of infections this year.

In Florida, mumps cases have occurred across all ages, with the most infections reported in Broward, Collier, Duval, Hillsborough and Palm Beach counties, according to a Florida Department of Health advisory to physicians dated Dec. 11.

The percentage of Florida’s population properly inoculated against the flu is far lower than federal health officials recommend, according to a new report.

The Sunshine State has the 12th lowest vaccination rate in the country.


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