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Eternal Optimist listen

06/25/10 Dawn Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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David Niven's new book, Up, gives a positive answer backed by research, to the notion that life is bad and keeps getting worse.

DN: The number of different ways that life is getting better is quite astounding. The idea behind Up is that, if we think about that, if we pay some attention, it’s not just a matter of trivia, it sustains us, and the things we care about, in family life or career. Any aspect, if we have a little sense of hope and optimism, it’s h...

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Tampa locals speak out on the new Health Bill listen

03/22/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With the health care bill passing the U.S. House last night, many Republicans are outraged, Democrats are encouraged, and some don’t seem to really know anything about the bill. Today, WMNF asked students and Tampa locals what they thought about the bill outside the Marshall Center at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus.

*I think it’s a good thing, just because so many people are uninsured i...

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Holistic Health Expo in St. Petersburg showcases alternative medicine listen

03/15/10 Joshua Lee Holton
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As Americans struggle to get essential health services many people are now looking to alternative approaches to pair with preventative care. Last Saturday, there was a Holistic Health Expo at First Unity Church in St. Petersburg where nearly a hundred people sought to look at their health on a deeper level.

Hand drummers, massage therapists, fruit smoothie makers and alternative-health businesses brought together the holistic health community last weekend. Ven...

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Latino HIV Awareness Day listen

10/19/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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October 15 was Latino HIV Aids Awareness Day. The Highpoint YMCA in Clearwater helped raise awareness this past weekend by throwing a Fall Health Awareness Festival Fair.

Ebony Murray is a single mother who lives in the High Point community surrounding the YMCA. She said she recalls what it was like to not have the proper healthcare when she gave birth to her first child. Ebony now has insurance through her job. She said that most people in her community are not as lucky to have health...

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Local Health officials prepare for H1N1 virus listen

07/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today that though media coverage of the swine flu (H1N1) virus has fallen in recent months, the federal government is working hard on having a vaccine ready by mid October for what could be an expansion of the virus.

Sebelius says of particular interest to U.S. officials is the nature of the virus right now in the Southern Hemisphere.

On Thursday, some 500 state and local health officials met from around the country to talk about...

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David Kessler on 'The End of Overeating' - Part 2 listen

06/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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David Kessler is a professor at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. He was also the commissioner for the Food & Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997 for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

He’s also the author of the new book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, in which he tries to answer the question about why Americans overindulge and what they can do about it.

In the second part of our interview cond...

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New book: go vegan to get buff listen

05/01/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Monday, the new vegan diet book "Skinny Bastard:A Kick in the Ass for Real Men Who Want to Stop Being Fat And Start Getting Buff" was published. Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin's book "Skinny Bitch" was a #1 New York Times Best-seller.

We spoke with Rory Freedman yesterday, and asked her if the essential message about both books is the only way to ...

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Campaign begins for medical marijuana ballot measure listen

04/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last month, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a law allowing the use of medical marijuana on a doctor's recommendation. If it were to be signed by the state’s Governor, they would become the 14th state to allow medical marijuana.

Now an Orlando woman is going to try to get a similar law passed in Florida.

Kim Russell is the founder of People United for Medical Marijuana . She’s working on circulating petitions for the 2010 electoral ballot asking residents to legali...

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Planned Parenthood, MTV team up for against STDs listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated April as a time to raise public awareness about the impact STDs have on the lives of Americans and the importance of discussing sexual health with health care providers and sexual partners. The CDC estimates there are approximately 19 million new STD cases each year, almost half of them among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

So today in St. Petersburg, Florida Planned Parenthood affiliates announced a nationwide partn...

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Castor hails stimulus funding for Tampa health clinic listen

03/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Congresswoman Kathy Castor spoke in front of a community health clinic in North Tampa today, where she announced that new federal stimulus money will allow the center and its Hillsborough affiliates to hire 9 new employees, including two family practice doctors.

Two billion in grants from the stimulus bill was set aside for community health centers nationally. Approximately three-quarters of that is for construction, renovation and equipment, with the other $500 million to go directly to c...

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