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Rethink Summer From a Skin Health Perspective

Rethink Summer From a Skin Health Perspective

Help Kids Understand That Fun in the Shade is Cooler

School’s out; sun’s out; summer’s here.  But the tradition of summer fun in the sun all day is losing ground, as awareness of skin cancer (the most common form of cancer in the U.S.) rises, and more of us make smarter decisions about sun protection.

Still, parents face the challenge of what to do to keep easily bored children and teenagers engaged out of the house and also out of the sun during the peak summer hours of sun damage risk (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

In keeping with its In Pursuit of Health mission, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida offers these suggestions to help parents help kids understand the risk factors for skin cancer and make healthier choices about outdoor summer activities.

Learn About the Skin You’re In

Rethink Summer From a Skin Health Perspective

Rethink Summer From a Skin Health Perspective

Help Kids Understand That Fun in the Shade is Cooler

School’s out; sun’s out; summer’s here.  But the tradition of summer fun in the sun all day is losing ground, as awareness of skin cancer (the most common form of cancer in the U.S.) rises, and more of us make smarter decisions about sun protection.

Still, parents face the challenge of what to do to keep easily bored children and teenagers engaged out of the house and also out of the sun during the peak summer hours of sun damage risk (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

In keeping with its In Pursuit of Health mission, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida offers these suggestions to help parents help kids understand the risk factors for skin cancer and make healthier choices about outdoor summer activities.

Learn About the Skin You’re In

DUI Saturation Patrol Planned for July 23, 2011

DUI Saturation Patrol Planned for July 23, 2011

The Atlantic Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI saturation patrol on Saturday, July 23rd in the 500 block to 1500 block of Atlantic Blvd (S.R. 10), as part of the Impaired Driving Campaign.  The saturation patrol will be conducted from 9:00pm – 3:00am on July 23rd.  The goal is to save lives through the use of high visibility DUI enforcement operations.

Innovative Internships Open Job Opportunities For Floridians Overcoming Mental Illness

Floridians who have been treated for mental illnesses will have the opportunity to be employed by private businesses under a new partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).


Twenty-five paid internships will be available within the next few months for persons who are ready to go to work as part of their treatment and recovery from serious mental illnesses. Typically the unemployment rate of adults with significant mental health issues is extremely high – around 80 percent.

St. Luke’s Hospital Launches New 30 Minute ER

St. Luke’s Hospital Launches New 30 Minute ER

The wait is officially over at St. Luke’s. The hospital just launched a 30 Minute ER campaign designed to reduce long waits in the Emergency Room. The goal is for each patient to be seen by a physician or physician’s assistant within 30 minutes of their arrival to the St. Luke’s ER.

“We understand the last thing people want to do is sit in a waiting room when they are not feeling well,” said Donnie Romine, President of St. Luke’s Hospital. “We have allocated resources to better ensure patients are seen in a more, timely manner.”

Our commitment to increased efficiency includes adding staff, many who are on-call, waiting to respond should wait times start to increase, beginning triage as quickly as possible to evaluate patients and prioritize the severity of conditions and ordering tests and treatment as soon as possible.

“St. Luke’s Hospital has a long history of delivering quality care to patients.

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The traffic, the noise, the smell.

A lot of different reasons why Westside neighbors don't want a new landfill in their neighborhood. 

"I've lived there for 15 years. I don't want it. I don't know who in their right mind, just like I said in there, would want a landfill near their house," said Otis Road resident James Diamatta.

He was one of dozens of people in the neighborhood to speak out against the landfill, which he said will decrease his property value, and hurt the environment.

"Who wants to hear 60 dump trucks a day? On top of the traffic, on top of the fact I gotta work at night, it just don't add up," said Diamatta. 

The Council listened to more than an hour of public comment on the bill, which got heated a number of times.

The Right Dose: Finding Aneurysms Before They Kill

The Right Dose: Finding Aneurysms Before They Kill

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- If you smoke, Mayo Clinic Neurosurgeon Dr. Ricardo Hanel says you're more likely to have a brain aneurysm.

He says the same substance that destroys your lungs and causes emphasema, also destroys the elastic membrane of your blood vessels.

Medical Experts say there's a 50-50 chance a person will survive a burst brain aneurysm.

Dr. Hanel is working to improve those odds by being proactive; finding and treating a brain aneurysm before it bursts.

Medical specialists are finding more undiscovered brain aneurysms in patients, because more people are having brain scans for other health issues like sinus problems or sports injuries.