Health

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.

Naples author and medical doctor Robin Cook is out with his latest medical thriller. “Nano” is a warning about nanotechnology and what could happen as companies compete to be first with the medical discoveries coming from this science.

Flu Season Arrives in Florida

Dec 17, 2012

Flu season has arrived, but doctors say it's not too late to get a flu shot. In Florida, the disease is most active in late December and early January.

Dr. Karen Wong is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She says it should be pretty easy to get vaccinated.

"Flu vaccine is actually pretty widely available not just in doctors' offices but also in places like supermarkets, pharmacies, sometimes people's workplaces."

While anyone can get the flu, it can be more dangerous for some groups, including the young, the elderly and pregnant women.

Revamped Florida Abuse Hotline Up and Running

Dec 13, 2012

The Florida Department of Children and Families Wednesday showed reporters through its redesigned abuse hotline. The revamped system quickly researches a family's history and sends crucial data to child protective investigators.

The changes were inspired by the gruesome 2011 murder of ten-year-old Nubia Barahona by her adoptive parents. 

Shortly before her death, a hotline caller said the girl and her twin were tied up in a bathtub.

DCF Secretary David Wilkins says the agency didn’t quickly follow-up as it should have.

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