Health

GuideWell Says It will Add 750 Jobs At Florida Blue Complex On Riverside

Oct 16, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

GuideWell Inc., the parent company of Florida Blue, announced Wednesday it will add 750 new jobs at its Riverside Avenue office Downtown.

Duval Among 7 Counties Targeted By State To Combat HIV With Federal Dollars

Oct 16, 2019
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More than $490,000 is being doled out to seven Florida counties, including Duval, as part of a national effort to try to eradicate HIV and AIDS in the next 10 years.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

LifeSouth organizers are hoping to see a boost in blood donations on Friday, October 11 and Monday, October 14.

Lawmaker Seeks To Raise Age For Vaping, Smoking

Sep 13, 2019
News Service of Florida

A state House member wants to increase the legal age for vaping and smoking tobacco from 18 to 21 in Florida.

Vaping-Linked Lung Problems Surface in Florida

Sep 10, 2019
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VAPI. It isn’t the latest internet slang.

LifeSouth

Now that Hurricane Dorian has moved away from the First Coast, LifeSouth is calling on donors to help replenish the local supply of blood.

Person getting a flu shot
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While flu season typically doesn’t peak until late fall, Jacksonville based insurance company Florida Blue — together with Walgreens — is offering free flu shots now, statewide.

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For those with disabilities, travel can seem out of reach.

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Gov Ron DeSantis has appointed three physicians to the Florida Board of Medicine, including one from Jacksonville.

The Surterra Wellness medical marijuana dispensary on Park Street in Jacksonville is pictured.
NEWS4JAX

State health officials have agreed to allow a second Florida medical marijuana operator to exceed a statutory limit on storefronts.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The Florida Board of Medicine has agreed to eliminate its rules governing telehealth after the Legislature approved a bill that authorized out-of-state physicians to use technology to treat Florida patients remotely.

Surgeon General Declares Health Emergency; First Coast Logs 21 Hepatitis A Cases

Aug 2, 2019
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After more than 2,000 cases of reported hepatitis A cases in Florida this year, state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees has declared a public health emergency.

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UF Health North will close its birth center on Wednesday, July 31.

Emergency Call Goes Out For Blood Donations

Jul 24, 2019
Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jeremy L. Grisham/U.S. Navy / Via Wikimedia Commons

Donations to blood banks slow down every summer.  But Karen Patterson with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Jacksonville said they’ve dropped off a lot more this year.

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The parent company of Jacksonville-based Florida Blue is asking for ideas on how to end hunger.

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