Health

Bill to Restrict Outdoor Smoking Passes

Feb 22, 2013
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Cities and counties could bar smokers from beaches, parks and other public outdoor areas under a bill that passed an early Senate test Thursday.

The bill would expand the state's clear indoor air restrictions to more outdoor venues as long as smoking sections are also available.

According to local experts, the number of babies in Southwest Florida born addicted to prescription opiates has shot up 800% in the last eight years and they say the mothers don’t fit the typical profile of a drug addict.

Nationally, the number of babies born addicted has tripled in the last decade. We’ll explore what’s behind the trend, how Florida officials are responding and how Lee Memorial health System has become a national model for dealing with the problem.

A new type of prenatal screening can tell parents with more than 99 percent accuracy whether their baby will be born with a genetic abnormality, such as Down syndrome. The test reveals something else that may attract even low-risk moms.

Task Force Moves to Help Addicted Newborns

Feb 5, 2013

The Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns approved its final report Monday and will start implementing its recommendations.

The panel was created last year to examine the abuse of prescription drugs by expectant mothers. Attorney General Pam Bondi said now it’s time for action.

Florida Experiencing a Moderately Severe Flu Season

Jan 14, 2013

Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong says the state is experiencing a moderately severe flu season. His first bit of advice is to get a flu shot.

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