AS WE ROLL INTO SUMMER in the south, people begin spending more time enjoying the outdoors. With this increase in activities comes a higher concern for vector borne diseases like West Nile virus, dengue fever, and malaria. In the U.S., West Nile Virus is the most prevalent vector borne disease (transmitted by mosquitoes), accounting for about 100 deaths and almost 1,000 reported cases just in the last year alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile infections in people, birds, and mosquitoes in 2019.
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Adult Daycare Stimulates Minds While Offering Caregivers a Change of Pace
Gessler Clinic’s Dr. Alan Gasner Approaches 50 Years of Medical Practice
Health and Happiness Have No Age Limit
Everybody wants to live a fulfilling life, age gracefully and enjoy the golden years. Maintaining your physical and mental health plays a crucial role in that endeavor. That means it’s important not only to eat right and keep your body moving but also to keep your mind stimulated as well. In this Senior Edition of Central Florida Health News, we touch on some of these very important issues.
National Infant Immunization Week
Many have received immunizations throughout their lifetime, but it’s often taken for granted how much of an impact these vaccines have on the lives of those in our communities, counties, state and even country. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County recognizes April 24-May1 as National Infant Immunization Week. This is an annual observance promoting the benefits of immunizations for children from birth to age 2.
Don't Just Feed Your Appetite, Feed Your Brain
You invite friends over for dinner and spend a couple of days planning, shopping and cooking. By doing so, you have not only created an enjoyable evening for all, but you have exercised your brain.
SHARING IS CARING
Central Florida Health Care Explains the Importance of the Health Information Exchange
7 Ways to Sharpen Your Mind at Any Age
If getting older is getting old to you, you can do many things to improve your brain and your life. Many of us worry about developing dementia, and it’s never too early or too late to boost your brain’s functioning. We all know how it feels to walk into a room and ask, “Why did I come in here?” This can happen at any age and can make you feel like you’re losing your mind. In some ways, you are losing access to short-term memory. The good news is your memory can be restored and enhanced. The earlier you begin to implement holistic tools, the better your aging experience will be. These eight tips are good places to start.
When Man's Best Friend Is Also the Best Medicine
The powerful bond between humans and their pets has always been easily recognizable. Still, every year when we put together the Pets & Your Health edition of Central Florida Health News, we find stories of courage and understanding so strong we can’t help but be inspired.
Pet Allergies? Get the Facts on the Best Way to Cope
A Service Canine, A Veteran, and the Journey Back From the Edge
The LAST PANDEMIC
TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS AND POLICY PROGRESS MEAN HUMANITY MAY NEVER AGAIN HAVE TO ENDURE A DISASTER LIKE COVID-19.
AIRLINES PUSH WHITE HOUSE TO REJECT TESTING FOR US FLIGHTS
Leaders of several major U.S. airlines met online with White House officials to press their case against requiring coronavirus tests for passengers on domestic flights, saying it would undermine the already fragile industry.
COPING WITH THE LOSS OF Home for the Holidays
A wise man once wrote, there’s no place like home for the holidays, but this year, unfortunately that’s not the case. With the CDC recommending that we don’t head home this holiday season, the typically joyous time of year that we could all really use has to be put on pause.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO GET MY 2ND VACCINE SHOT?
As U.S. health officials try to get COVID-19 vaccines to people more quickly, it’s already time for some people to get their second shots.
IS IT SAFE TO STAY IN HOTELS DURING THE PANDEMIC?
Is it safe to stay in hotels during the pandemic?
KEEP YOUR EYES HEALTHY DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
During the coronavirus pandemic, people should guard their eyes with glasses or face shields to protect their eyes from virus infection.
UF/IFAS Extension Helps Farmworkers Stay Safe From COVID
UF/IFAS EXTENSION EXPERTS are communicating with agricultural workers to connect them with COVID-19 free testing, safety information and training – a role they have been serving throughout the pandemic.
WE CAN STILL PASS THIS TEST
With the seasons changing and a vaccine a ways off, the U.S. needs to dramatically improve its infrastructure for rapid Covid testing. It’s got options
HIGH DEMAND FOR FLU SHOTS? EXPERTS HOPE TO AVOID ‘TWINDEMIC'
October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a “twindemic” with COVID-19.
The Science of Us : Stephen S. Hall
What If They Make a Vaccine and Nobody Takes It? There are already clear signs that the public is suspicious about corners being cut.