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Mobile pediatric vaccination clinic happening in Cape Coral Friday

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Lee Health’s mobile pediatric vaccination clinic has been on the move all week and it’s latest stop is in Cape Coral. Anyone 12 and under is able to get a free COVID-19 vaccine at the walk-up clinic in Cape Coral on Friday, June 11. A parent or authorized guardian must accompany a minor for vaccination. The second dose will be set for the same location or one nearby. The pediatric vaccination clinic will be at the Family Health Centers on Del Prado Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The next events will be in Lehigh Acres: Monday, June 14, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,...

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Cape Coral doctor offers medical marijuana discount as COVID-19 vaccine incentive

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Businesses around the US are offering people incentives to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and the marijuana business is not excluded. One business in Cape Coral is copying the model in hopes of getting more people around Southwest Florida vaccinated. Companies like Krispy Kreme and brands like Samuel Adams have offered their products for free or at a discount, so Dr. Barton Hershfield decided he would try the same thing. “We wanted to help get things back to normal safely,” said Hershfield. Dr. Hershfield works at the Medical Cannabis Physicians of Southwest...

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Blue-green algae bloom detected in Orange River & two Lee County boat ramps

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – – Health officials have issued a health alert after detecting blue-green algae blooms at Alva and Davis boat ramps and Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins at all three locations Tuesday. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their...

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FDA approves first new Alzheimer’s disease drug in nearly 20 years

(CNN) – In a controversial decision, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of an experimental drug used for early phases of Alzheimer’s disease Monday. The drug aducanumab was approved despite an FDA advisory committee concluding last year that there is not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of the treatment, CNN reports. The drug was developed for patients with mild cognitive impairment, not severe dementia, and intended to slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease — not just ease symptoms. The FDA has not approved a novel therapy for Alzheimer’s...

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NCH Community Blood Center in urgent need of donations

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – The blood supply at the NCH Community Blood Center is critically low and in urgent need of donations. Donors are needed to quickly replenish inventories for types A-, O-, & O+. The Community Blood Center supplies blood to area hospitals. To donate, visit the Community Blood Center in Naples, located at 11190 Health Park Blvd at the NCH North Naples Hospital near the Brookdale entrance. You can donate on Thursday, Friday & Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Community Blood Center is closed Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays....

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Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19

How we work, raise our families, and go out in public, in 2020 our way of life changed—and clinical psychologists at Lee Health say, those changes have taken a toll on our mental health. “The pandemic posed a different kind of stress that we were not expecting or even prepared for,” said Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo, a clinical psychologist with Lee Health. Stress that doctors say triggered things like anxiety, depression, isolation, and fear. “The fear of the unknown is always a big thing so this presented a huge component about the fear of the unknown and what was going to happen,” said Dr....

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Health Matters: Preparing for Surgery

Whether it’s minimally invasive, robotic, or open surgery—health experts say there are a few things patients need to do to prepare for the procedure. It’s very important to pay attention to your diet. A lot of fresh fruits and veggies, try to limit processed foods, eat a lot of lean proteins, chicken breasts, fish. Try to increase or at least maintain physical activity,” explained Andrea Berecz-Prewitt, a physician assistant with Lee Health. If patients smoke or drink alcohol—health experts say it’s also important to stop using before surgery. “Smokers have significant risk factors due...

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Health Matters: Teens and Driving Safety

From speed to distractions, to inexperience—health experts say teenagers are three times more likely to have a crash than an adult. “They also get distracted too easily, so we don’t want them to have any other passengers in the car to start out with, they have to have adequate sleep. No alcohol or drugs before they get behind the wheel of that car,” said Syndi Bultman, Lee Health Trauma injury prevention coordinator. Memorial Day to Labor Day are the deadliest days on the road for teens. “From Memorial Day to Labor Day, typically we have 42 people that are killed in teen crashes each year....

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Health Matters: A Life-Saving Donation

“I was driving home from teaching an exercise class at Lexington Country Club. I had just crossed Summerlin Road onto Bass Road and I was T-Boned. I had a significant loss of blood. My car was totaled. Multiple fractures.” Dennis Lock was transported to the Lee Health Trauma Center where he underwent several surgeries. “Blood needs are constant for this health system. There are always people receiving blood products and we need people out to donate for that need,” said Lee Health blood center supervisor, Jeremy Puckett. Lee Health uses about 800 units of blood products a week. “It makes...

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Red tide bloom found on South Seas Plantation Beach on Captiva Island

CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. – A red tide bloom has been found near South Seas Plantation Beach access on Captiva. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County said some may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. People with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Symptoms usually go away after heading inside or leaving the area, according to local health officials. FDOH recommends that people experiencing symptoms stay away from the beach or go into an air-conditioned space. Beachgoers...

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