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The Sickle Cell Foundation expands services to Madison County

The Sickle Cell Foundation (SCF), Inc. is pleased to announce its expansion into Madison County. They offer services to clients with sickle cell disease and trait. The Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. was founded in February of 1980 and is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. The foundation is a part of 16 chapters under the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Florida. The area covered locally by the foundation includes Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison and Taylor counties. The SCF will conduct monthly support group meetings in Madison. The meetings are…

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The Well Woman Visit is the first step in the fight against women’s number one killer, heart disease

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases, while 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. Today, in the U.S., about 285 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day. Cardiovascular disease death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years. It still remains the number one killer of women, killing more women each year than all cancers combined. The…

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Florida has more than 12,000 Registered Nurse vacancies and expects new growth

The 2015 Survey of Florida’s Nurse Employers surveyed six nurse-intensive industries to evaluate the state’s demand for registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants (CNA)/home health aides. This survey has been conducted by the Center for Nursing biennially since 2007. The overall survey response rate was 20 percent and included information on 43,179 nurses (37,875 RNs; 627 ARNPs; and 4,677 LPNs) and 11,181 CNAs. Evident from survey respondents is the fact that turnover has increased for hospital indirect care RNs and decreased or remained…

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How new dietary guidelines affect you

The US Departments of Agriculture and Health have released new dietary guidelines for Americans to follow. In whole, these guidelines can be cumbersome and it is difficult to understand how food contributes to health. But when broken down and compared with local data, it is easy to see how these guidelines can lead to healthier lifestyles and how to achieve them. Lower salt intake: the new guidelines recommend that you consume less than 2,300 milligrams of salt per day. But how many teaspoons is that? The answer: one half. When…

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