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Florida Department of Health continues to investigate the one reported case of non-travel related Zika virus in Pinellas County.

DOH announced Aug. 23 that it was investigating five new cases of non-travel related Zika virus, including one in Pinellas. However, officials do not believe local mosquitoes in Pinellas are actively transmitting the Zika virus.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - It has been said that every athlete needs a challenge: a challenge to motivate training and a challenge to test the limits of the athlete’s ability.

For cyclists there are no shortages of challenges - there are meets and races all over the country during the summer months.

Retired Belleair Bluffs dentist Norbert Beck chose as his challenge the annual Pan-Mass Challenge in New England that he completed in early August.

“I’ve been a cyclist all my life,” he said. “This is the fourth time I have done this.”
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Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease.

One in nine seniors over the age of 65 and one in three seniors over the age of 85 are diagnosed with the disease.

Alzheimer’s kills more each year than breast and prostate cancer - combined.

The disease has reached epidemic proportions, said Lisa Milne, vice president of programs with the Alzheimer’s Association chapter in Clearwater.

“Our country is finally recognizing that Alzheimer’s is an epidemic,” she said. “Alzheimer’s is a terminal disease with no cure that affects over 5 million people. It’s only going to get worse.”
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I was not a very good daughter. That knowledge has haunted me for the last decade.

I first became aware of my failing about 10 years ago, as I made an infrequent trip back home to the small, rural town of my youth.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Meridien Research, at 4751 66th St. N. in St. Petersburg, currently needs men and women 18 years of age or older who have acne with facial redness for a comparative study of an investigational topical rosacea medication.

Participants should have 15 to 70 facial inflammatory lesions (papules and pustules).
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Tuesday, August 23
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CLEARWATER - Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health is investigating five new non-travel related cases of Zika. One of these cases is in Pinellas County and four cases are in the impacted area in Wynwood neighborhood in Miami.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, DOH has already started door-to-door outreach and sampling in Pinellas County and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place. DOH still believes ongoing active transmission is only taking place within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County. More details will be announced when the Pinellas County investigation concludes.
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Tuesday, August 16
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ST. PETERSBURG - There is a dramatic increase in the demand for O Negative blood by area hospitals and as a result, OneBlood, the local blood center, is urging people with O Negative blood to please donate as soon as possible.

O Negative blood is in constant demand because of its universal power to save lives. O Negative red blood cells can be given to any patient regardless of the recipient’s blood type - and that is why it is so vital. Trauma patients, cancer patients and premature babies are among the people requiring O Negative every day.
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SEMINOLE - On a recent Tuesday, Oliver Kugler was laughing and joking with his terminally ill stepdaughter Elise Hall.

“And that’s a good day,” Kugler said.

He and his wife, Alison Hall, are lucky to sometimes have a conversation an hour a day with Elise, who is suffering from a rare type of medical condition called rhabdoid tumor, which forms in the kidneys, other organs and soft tissues.

Over the past 15 months Elise, 17, has seen numerous doctors and specialists. She has endured six surgeries and nearly 400 intense chemo treatments and two rounds of radiation. She has taken numerous drugs to ease her pain and has participated in clinical trials in Boston.
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LARGO - The Sun Coast Osteopathic Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2015-16 Community Grant Program.

The Community Grant Program is open to all area organizations that support the health of those most vulnerable in area communities. Grants are awarded yearly and applications for 2016-17 will be accepted beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

Following is a list of 2015-16 grant recipients:
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Dr. Arthur Wernick, PharmD, recently established an independent health care practice in the area that provides Medication Therapy Management for individual clients.

This concierge service provides detailed personal medication reviews that tie into a person’s clinical conditions and lifestyle. This service benefits both patients and families who are caring for a loved one. The goal of Medication Therapy Management is to improve a patient’s use of medication, to reduce medication errors and adverse interactions, and to improve a patient’s health.

Having been a practicing retail and hospital Pharmacist for 35 years in the New England area, Wernick has a unique combination of clinical skills, passion for his work and passion and caring for the people he serves. He frequently gives presentations and talks in independent living communities, 55+ communities and with healthcare professionals and organizations in which he discusses the consequences of overmedication and misunderstandings about medications.
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