Health

Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

More than 5,000 walkers will participate in the Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) North Florida Chapter on Saturday, April 9th at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The local chapter’s goal is to generate $575,000 for research of type 1 diabetes and its complications. This year’s Walk presented by Vistakon, CSX, Lender Processing Services (LPS) and the GATE Foundation, has festivities planned to begin at 8 a.m. with the D-Line of the Jacksonville Jaguars leading walkers out of the Fairgrounds onto Bay Street for the three mile walk official beginning at 9 a.m.

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Works to Keep Young People Healthy During STD Awareness Month

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Works to Keep Young People Healthy During STD Awareness Month

To help reduce the alarming rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people in the U.S., Planned Parenthood of North Florida is joining with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage youth to GYT — Get Yourself Tested — during National STD Awareness Month in April. 

As many as one in two sexually active young people will contract an STD by age 25 — and most won’t know it[1].  In Duval County there were 2,200 reported cases of STDs among 15-19 year olds in 2009 according to the Florida Department of Health. The award-winning GYT campaign is focusing this year on getting sexually active Americans under age 25 to embrace STD testing as part of a healthy, productive life. According to the CDC, this age group represents half of the estimated 19 million sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. When left untreated, STDs can increase the risk of HIV infection, infertility and cancer.

Smoke from Georgia Wildfires Pose Potential Health Dangers

Smoke from Georgia Wildfires Pose Potential Health Dangers

Step outside and you can smell it immediately. The smoke generated from several wildfires burning in southern Georgia is blowing our way. That smoke can cause health problems for people who don’t limit their exposure.

Second Chance for Kidney Transplant Patient

Second Chance for Kidney Transplant Patient

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After Shands Jacksonville's transplant division closure two months ago took her off the waiting list, a kidney transplant candidate is getting another chance.

Tammy Patterson was one of more than 100 "status 1" kidney transplant candidates affected by Shands' closure.

She first found out her life would be filled with dialysis and new kidneys in 1989, on her first anniversary, after getting sick at dinner. They believe the disease came from a blood transfusion Tammy Patterson received as a baby.

First Coast News spoke with Tammy and her husband Hugh in January, the day after they found out about the closure.

Hugh was frustrated, telling First Coast News in that interview, "We could have had a transplant tonight at Shands if a donor became available."

Days later, a donor did become available. Tammy was a match but was no longer on the waiting list.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

New Behavioral Health Network To Launch

There is an urgent need for mental health and substance abuse treatment in our city.  One out of four children deal with behavioral health issues each year.  Studies show that 22 percent of Jacksonville’s population- more than 188,000 people- have a mental disorder during a one-year period.   Of people with severe mental disorders, 27 percent of them use illegal drugs each year.  Twelve percent of all residents use illegal drugs annually.  Thousands of Jacksonville residents are not getting the mental health and substance abuse treatment that they need.

To make the community aware of the critical need for help, and to inform people in need about resources that are available to help them, the Behavioral Health Network of Northeast Florida is being launched.  This is the first-ever effort to bring together the resources of agencies that assist people with substance abuse and mental health issues, people in recovery from mental health and substance abuse disorders, and family members affected by mental health disorders, all with the purpose of transforming Jacksonville’s behavioral health system.  The network will hold a kick-off event that is free to the public on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the Jacksonville Public Library’s Downtown Library, 303 North Laura Street.  This event will also take place at Hemming Plaza next to the Library.

Winn-Dixie Protects Customers' Health with Exclusive Service Sanitizing Shopping Carts

Winn-Dixie Protects Customers' Health with Exclusive Service Sanitizing Shopping Carts

Winn-Dixie Stores announced it recently signed an exclusive agreement with Green Secure Solutions, Inc. to use its patent-pending process to clean, sanitize and protect shopping carts, hand baskets, handicap carts, food trays and other equipment at the grocer’s 484 stores.