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Take Care Clinics Offering Discounted Physicals

Take Care Clinics Offering Discounted Physicals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Though the cold weather lingers, summer is not far away, and with that comes sports and activities for children.

Take Care Clinics at area Walgreen's stores are offering physical examinations for children for $35 through the end of April. The normal cost is $60.

The exams will make sure children are up to date on immunizations and are fit for sports and camp activities.

"Sports and camp physicals are a great opportunity for families to interact with a trusted health care professional who can identify children who might be at risk for illness or injury during certain activities," said Sandra Festa Ryan, RN, MSN, CPNP, FAANP and chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems. 

New Masimo Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeter Takes the ‘Ouch’ Out of Testing Patients for CO Poisoning

Clay County Fire Rescue, now has the latest advanced technology available to quickly, easily and painlessly determine if a person is suffering from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  It’s called the Masimo Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeter and it uses multiple wavelengths of light to measure the level of carbon monoxide poisoning in a person’s blood on the spot, without a painful needle stick or blood draw. The department utilized grant funding to purchase Masimo Rad-57s to test for carbon monoxide poisoning in persons at the scene of emergencies, as well as those who present with the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, including firefighters and EMS personnel.

Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream Recalled Due to Unlisted Almonds

Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream Recalled  Due to Unlisted Almonds

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black alerts consumers to the recall of Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream because it contains almonds without listing them on the label.

North Florida’s First Robot-Assisted Lung Lobectomy Performed at Orange Park Medical Center

North Florida’s First Robot-Assisted Lung Lobectomy Performed at Orange Park Medical Center

Yesterday a surgical team at Orange Park Medical Center, led by cardiothoracic surgeon Nathan Bates, M.D., became the first in North Florida and South Georgia to perform a procedure called a lung lobectomy with robotic assistance. A lobectomy is a surgical procedure done to remove part of a patient’s lung because of lung cancer.

Robot-assisted surgery is not new, however, using the robot for thoracic (chest) surgery is a relatively new surgical advancement for the treatment of lung cancer. The traditional surgery to open the chest and remove all or part of a lung, is called a thoracotomy. To perform this procedure, the surgeon makes a large incision in the patient’s chest to access the lungs. Since muscles of the chest wall are cut, patients usually experience significant post-operative pain and a long recovery.

Dr. Bates made three small incisions, about 8 millimeters long, in the side of the patient’s chest to insert the robotic-controlled tools he used to operate and a tiny high-definition camera that allowed him to see inside the patient’s chest.

Bird Disease Detected in State

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently monitoring a Virulent Exotic Newcastle Disease diagnosis which occurred in Cormorants in Pinellas County last week.  Exotic Newcastle Disease is an extremely contagious and fatal foreign avian disease that affects most bird species but is not life threatening to humans.  Human contact with Exotic Newcastle Disease may cause minor irritations such as pink eye or skin irritations.

The Blood Alliance Urges You to Donate Life in 2011

The Blood Alliance Urges You to Donate Life in 2011

If you did not get what you wished for over the holidays, you may have a second chance -- with your blood donation!  The Blood Alliance invites you to start the New Year with a resolution to save lives and win!  “Resolutions for Life” blood drives will be held from January 10 - 15 at participating donor centers (Bloodmobiles and mobile drives are NOT included).  Donors who attempt to donate and give the gift of life at participating centers will be entered for a daily drawing to win Blu-ray players and a grand prize drawing for a 40-inch HDTV.  Everyone who registers to donate will also be eligible to win a 2010 Smart car from the Smart car Center Jacksonville, A Brumos Company.

Clay County Health Department Awarded Grant to Improve Access to Primary Care Services

The Clay County Health Department was awarded $375,000 in primary care funding to re-open the Health Department’s clinic location in Green Cove Springs. The funds come from The Haridopolos Primary Care Initiative that is helping health care organizations serving poor families in 36 Florida Communities, including Volusia and Marion Counties. The grant funds are for one year, with a possibility of continuing into future years.