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New HIV vaccine debuts in Ybor City listen

03/02/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Amid the festivities at Southern Exposure, the nation’s first all-gay carnival held in Ybor over the weekend, a press conference was held on Saturday to announce the next steps in the development of a new HIV vaccination.

Referred to as the “GaYbor District,” Ybor currently hosts the nation’s highest gay population. At the Hampton Inn, the Atlanta-based GeoVax Labs Inc. educated some of the city’s residents and weekend visitors about the intended effects and next phase of their ...

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Clinical trial for Alzheimer's drug in Tampa listen

02/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to a study published online this week by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, drugs used to keep diabetes under control may also shield memory-forming nerve connections from harmful Alzheimer’s related proteins.

The discovery that insulin may slow or prevent Alzheimer's-related memory loss fuels existing theories that the disease may be caused by a third type of diabetes.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's, which is characterized by ...

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Fibromyalgia support group to meet in Pasco listen

01/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Fibromyalgia is often called an “invisible” illness because the people who have it typically do not look sick. But for them, something as simple as a hug or a handshake can be excruciatingly painful.

It’s the most common chronic widespread pain condition in the U.S., affecting more than six million Americans. It can have devastating effects on a sufferer’s life, impacting people’s ability to work and engage in everyday activities, as well as their relationships with family, fr...

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Alternative Medicine

12/22/08 Dr. Carol L. Roberts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Dr. Carol Roberts’ Holiday gift to you is a table of homeopathic remedies for common conditions. Homeopathics are listed in the United States Pharmacopaeia and are FDA approved. They are generally regarded as safe, are sold over the counter in health food stores and some pharmacies, and do not interact with pharmaceutical drugs. They are extremely diluted substances which are always made from natural sources. They are safe for infants and children and work equally well for pets.

The fol...

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Doctors: Exercise staves off dementia listen

11/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the U.S. some five million people have Alzheimer’s disease and 10 million boomers will be at risk for memory problems over their lifetime. Worldwide, more than 100 million people may have Alzheimer’s by the year 2050.

Although there has been tremendous progress in understanding brain changes that accompany aging and dementia, no medications have proven effective for preventing Alzheimer’s to date. According to Scientific American magazine, in recent years, however, more evidence i...

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St Pete Mayor and City Council get flu shots listen

11/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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To draw attention to flu season, St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker and several members of the City Council received influenza immunizations this morning. They hope it encourages others to do the same.

Jolene Bivens is with the American Lung Association of Florida Gulfcoast Area and promoted their Faces of Influenza campaign.

Visit the website Facesofinfluenza.com to see if you belong to a population that should get a flu shot.

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Conference on health disparities among minorities begins listen

08/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Minorities don’t get the same quality of health care as whites in the U.S. A conference addressing these disparities began today in Tampa.

Florida’s Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Florida Minority Health Disparities Summit. The theme of the conference is "Bridging the Gap: Embracing Solutions to Eliminate Health Barriers.”

Viamonte Ros said there are seven health areas that disproportionately impact minorities: “HIV-AIDS, immunization...

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Healthcare United holds voter registration drive listen

07/21/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Healthcare United, a new, national movement of healthcare workers for healthcare reform, held a press conference outside of Bayfront Medical Center on Saturday. They organized a voter registration drive to encourage healthcare workers to sign up to vote.

State Sen. Charlie Justice from St. Petersburg was the keynote speaker at the assembly. He said there needs to be an “urgency for healthcare reform,” just as people have demanded change for “property taxes and insurance over the pas...

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Healthcare for America Now launched listen

07/08/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Health Care for America Now, a new coalition group, held a press conference today at the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa to unveil their new national campaign for healthcare reform. The group is organizing to assure that quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans will be the first order of business addressed by the next president.

Bill Newton, executive director of the Florida Consumer Action Network, said the campaign calls for the government to establish and enfor...

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Dan Buetner on living longer - Part 2 listen

05/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dan Buetner is the founder of Quest Network, which has created more than a dozen online, interactive global expeditions. His team’s work led to a 2005 National Geographic cover story “Secrets of Living Longer,” which was a finalist that year for the National Magazine Award.

In the second part of his interview with the author of The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, WMNF asked Buetner about some 7th Day Adventists in Southern Californ...

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