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June 09
Antibiotic Safety

Antibiotics are an important tool in healthcare, but they must be used only when necessary and appropriately.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a stewardship program for patients and professionals that provides the following guidelines:

  • Don’t use antibiotics when they aren’t necessary
  • Take your antibiotics exactly as your doctor tells you
  • Don’t share or save antibiotics

For more information please see:

http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/

June 02
CDC Develops an Application to Help Identify Tick Borne Diseases

​Because of the large number of cases of tick borne diseases the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been looking at ways to share information.  This application has been designed as a way for health care providers to access concise, comprehensive, and updated information about the prevention, identification, and treatment of tick borne diseases.

http://www.cdc.gov/mobile/applications/MobileFramework/tickborne-diseases.html

June 02
New Synthetic Drug Flaaka Making a Scene in Florida

​A hazardous new synthetic drug originating in China is being blamed for 18 recent deaths in a single South Florida county. Also known as gravel, flakka made a sudden and explosive entrance into South Florida’s illicit drug market about six months ago, particularly in poor neighborhoods, where drug users including homeless people were lured by the low price, $5 a dose. Read more

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/25/us/police-in-florida-grapple-with-flakka-a-cheap-and-dangerous-new-drug.html?_r=1

May 18
Two Minutes of Walking per Hour May Lead to Better Health and Longer Lives

​Sitting for many hours of the day has been shown to adversely impact health, even for those who exercise after work.  A newly published study shows that adding 2 minutes of strolling each hour confers a health benefit and may improve longevity.  See details of the study here.

May 06
Food Preservation

Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and friends, but it can be risky or even deadly if not done correctly and safely.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have compiled information to help make sure your canning experience is nutritious and successful, click the following link to learn more:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/homecanning/

May 06
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. In 2013, state and local health departments reported over 35,000 cases of Lyme disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), making it the fifth most commonly reported Nationally notifiable condition. Research suggests that as many as 300,000 Americans may be diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease each year.​  To learn more about this disease click the following link:

http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/index.html

May 06
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 2 | Volume 6 | March-April 2015

​The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook.  In this issue, the following topics are presented:

  • Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • Distracted Driving Poster
  • Fighting the Flu
  • What's the Buzz on Mosquitoes

Click here to open the newsletter:  Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook

April 28
College Campus Safety

​With all the incidents occuring on college campuses around the country, student safety is a priority for campus administration and safety departments. Many news reports cite the Clery Act reports when refering to various incidents that occur on campuses. What is this act and what information does it provide to the public? A college campus news website http://www.collegeview.com/articles/article/campus-safety discusses the Clery Act topics from campus fire safety to reporting sexual violience and provides information about the Act. To see FSU's annual report please visit http://police.fsu.edu/Clery.

April 27
Five Minutes for Health

According to the CDC small changes that take less than 5 minutes can go a long way to improve or maintain good health. ​ The following article lists those actions:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/fiveminutes/index.html
April 21
The Dastardly Chemistry of BBQ

Are you grilling your burgers and chicken safely?  Read here to find out...

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