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Florida health officials are reminding parents and caretakers they can get kids’ back-to-school vaccines with no out-of-pocket costs — with or without insurance. All Florida counties offer the shots.

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  Amidst the recent dramatic rise in opiate addictions and overdoses, a Jacksonville author says it’s not hard to see how we got here by looking back over the last hundred years.

University of North Florida history Professor David Courtwright has long studied the use of drugs in the U.S. Thirty-five years ago, he authored “Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America.” It focused on the narcotics scourge of the late 1800’s. Recently, he’s focused on today’s opioid crisis.

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  A new and non-invasive technique known as GAINSWave is helping men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. It uses high-frequency pulsating sound waves to produce a shock wave to open up blood vessels which stimulates cells and improves blood flow.

Appearing on Thursday’s “First Coast Connect,” Medical Director of Cenegenics Jacksonville, Dr. Earl Eye, said said erectile dysfunction becomes more common as men grow older.

Nowadays, men with ED don’t have to take pills or face surgery or injections.

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A health care replacement plan is expected to be up for a vote in the U.S. Senate after the July 4 holiday.

In Jacksonville Friday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) had some strong words for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans after the plan failed to go up for a vote last week.

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UF Health Jacksonville doctors and the hospital’s CEO say more money is needed to deal with babies born addicted to opioids — that was the message to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) when he visited the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit Tuesday.


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