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Health

  • Health Department changes how it does things

    It's a trickle down effect: when something happens at the state level, it will almost certainly affect what happens in your county.

    The latest of those statewide changes are affecting the Florida Department of Health in Levy County and the people they serve.

    The health department will no longer offer adult primary care services, said Administrator Barbara Locke in a letter to patients dated March 18. The changes went into effect April 22, and they will still be available for assistance with urgent needs or prescription refills until then, the letter said.

  • Levy County's not healthy

    If you have not been feeling spiffy, consider this: You are not alone. Levy County is not a healthy place. 

    The county ranks 51 out of the state’s 67 counties in health outcomes according to the latest report from the University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two team up annually to provide a county-by-county snapshot of health in the United States. 

    While we are living longer, we are

    • More likely to be obese – 32 percent had a body mass index of 30 or more,

  • Take control of your cancer risks

    Get the latest and greatest information on how to control your cancer risks through a new online UF/IFAS Extension program.

    Linda Bobroff, professor of nutrition and health in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, developed the program, called “Take Control to Reduce Your Cancer Risk,” which went live in April.

  • Diabetics will help other diabetics

    Have you been diagnosed as a diabetic? Nationwide, about 11 million older adults have diabetes. Thousands of new cases are reported each year and millions more have it and don’t know it. Diabetes is a lifelong health condition but if individuals with the condition know how to manage it, they can live successfully without complications.

  • More teens using e-cigs

    Electronic cigarette use is on the rise with adolescents in the state according more than one survey taken by students.

    Figures doubled from 2013 to 2014 according to the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey.

  • Blizzards present a chance to help Northern friends

    While blood supplies in most of the Southeast are nearly back to normal, LifeSouth is asking donors to help those in the Northeast who are facing critical shortages brought on by blizzards and ice.

  • Smokeless tobacco use remains issue in region

    By Kristina Zachry

    kzachry@quitdoc.com

    QuitDoc and the statewide Tobacco Free Florida Program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco, like chew and dip, to help combat this deadly addiction. “Through With Chew Week”, a national public awareness campaign created to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people, takes place Feb. 15-21, with the Great American Spit Out on Feb.19.

  • Higher birth weight points to higher marks in school

    By April Frawley Birdwell

    UF Health writer

    It’s no secret that low-birth-weight babies face significantly greater risks for certain health problems early on, such as respiratory distress or infection. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University shows that lower weights at birth also have an adverse effect on children’s performance in school, which is likely due to the early health struggles small babies often face.

  • UF researcher still looking for allergen-free peanut

    By Brad Buck

    bradbuck@ufl.edu

    A University of Florida scientist has moved one step closer to his goal of eliminating 99.9 percent of peanut allergens by removing 80 percent of them in whole peanuts.

    Scientists must eliminate peanut allergens below a certain threshold for patients to be safe, said Wade Yang, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and member of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

  • Confusion about food expiration dates can lead to harmful food handling behaviors

    Expiration date labeling on food products is a source of confusion for consumers according to a new survey from NSF International, a global public health and safety organization.  The survey found that people are confused about how to interpret dates on food packaging such as expiration, “best used by” and “sell by” dates, causing many to keep some food dangerously long or prematurely throw away good food.