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New Medical Marijuana Bill in Senate Weaker than House Form

Posted: 03/02/2015 - A new bill to legalize a form of medicinal marijuana in Georgia has been filed in the state Senate, and unlike its House counterpart would set up a four-year study rather than making the drug available immediately.

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Some Floridians Getting Another Week to Buy Health Insurance

Posted: 02/17/2015 - Federal health officials are granting a special enrollment period for consumers who unsuccessfully tried to buy health insurance before Sunday's deadline and were sidelined by long wait times or computer glitches.

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Some Floridians Getting Another Week to Buy Health Insurance

Posted: 02/16/2015 - Federal health officials are granting consumers who unsuccessfully tried to buy health insurance before Sunday's deadline and were sidelined by long wait times or computer glitches a special enrollment period.

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Urgent Need for O Negative Blood Donations

Posted: 02/12/2015 - The supply of O Negative blood has reached extremely low levels due to high usage in area hospitals. An immediate appeal is being issued for all O Negative donors to donate as soon as possible.

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Expanding Medical Marijuana

Posted: 02/09/2015 - Fears that a new constitutional amendment in 2016 legalizing medical marijuana is the first step in legal recreational pot, the same people who opposed Amendment 2 last fall are now behind legislative efforts to expand medical marijuana. But that support comes with some big catches.

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Sudden Infant Deaths Drop in Florida

Posted: 02/09/2015 - The number of babies dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is declining in Florida, down 86 percent compared to 20 years ago.

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Is It Time to Make Measles Vaccines Mandatory by Law?

Posted: 02/03/2015 - In a rare moment of agreement, both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, believe it shouldn't take a federal law to increase rates of vaccination against the measles in the United States.

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness

Updated: 02/03/2015 - February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The Bond Community Health Center is observing the day with several events throughout this week.

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CDC "Very Concerned" About Potential for Large Measles Outbreak

Posted: 02/02/2015 - Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said his agency is "very concerned" about the possibility of a large measles outbreak in the U.S. because of the growing number of people who have not been vaccinated against the disease.

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Pinellas County Sheriff Supports Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted: 01/28/2015 - Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told a Florida newspaper that he supports a bill introduced by a state senator that would allow a variety of patients to use a number of different marijuana strains.

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US Health Secretary Burwell visits Florida

Posted: 01/23/2015 - The Obama administration's top health official is heading to Florida where insurance sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act have been robust.

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DOH Partners with USDA in Promoting Child Care Food Program

Posted: 01/15/2015 - The Florida Department of Health joins the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in promoting the Child Care Food Program, a federally funded USDA program that reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children.

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