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The science of weed: interview with National Geographic cover story author listen

06/15/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, pot, National Geographic, science, cancer, drugs, law


Humans have used the marijuana plant for thousands of years; the cover story in this month's National Geographic magazine looks at the science behind pot.

The author of High Science, Hampton Sides, is a journalist and author of bestselling nonfiction books.

We explored the 5,000 year history humans have had with marijuana, where marijuana use is legal, the pioneering research of Israeli chemist Raphael Menchoulam & Spani...

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Holistic doctor: GMO foods are weapons of mass destruction listen

02/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: GMO, food, Carlos Garcia, Health, cancer, holistic medicine


Could genetically modified foods be causing cancer? Holistic Dr. Carlos Garcia thinks so. He’s so convinced GMOs can be deadly, he calls them a weapon of mass destruction. During a lecture at USF Tampa in January, he outlined the hazards and why they’re being ignored.

“The animals that were not fed or were fed non-genetically modified foods had a death rate of 20% female, 30% males before two years. They feed them the genetically modified foods – 70% of the female die, 75% of the males di...

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Cancer Votes campaign wants voters to think about how candidates will support cancer treatment listen

10/16/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A cancer-advocacy group wants voters to consider how politicians will support cancer research.

They’ve launched a campaign called Cancer Votes.

This week I spoke with Karen Moffitt, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

"If one American can fight cancer a nation can rise up to defeat it. So, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Netowrk is working to educate the public and elected officials on the importance of...

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In Sarasota, Planned Parenthood branch criticizes Komen decision to stop grants listen

02/02/12 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This week a leading breast cancer foundation announced it will cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Some have said the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure was a reaction to pressure from pro-life groups opposed to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services. At a press conference in Sarasota yesterday Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida expressed its disappointment with the decision.

Barbara Zdravecky, president and CEO of [Planned Parenthood of Southwest...


24th Annual Women's Cancer Education Conference in Tampa listen

09/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Cancer can often be difficult to diagnose and treat, but doctors and cancer survivors say it’s important for women to do self-examinations to catch the disease early. On Saturday Moffitt Cancer Center and FACTors hosted the 24th Annual Women’s Cancer Education Conference. More than 400 women from all over Florida flocked to a hotel near USF’s Tampa campus. Lynn Hildreth w...

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Skin cancer screenings and other health services available at MacDill Air Force Base listen

09/14/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida is called the Sunshine State for an obvious reason. More than 5-thousand state residents are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. It’s why Moffitt Cancer Center is encouraging residents to get screened, free of charge. Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center rolled out the mole patrol, as they like to call it. They offer free Skin Cancer screenings to anyone, whether you have a particular concern or not.

“An exam of visible skin only, no biop...

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Patients with preexisting conditions helped in new health care law listen

04/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The new health care reform law signed last month will not cover all Americans. But one large group will get some relief. Insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. That helps Sharon Williams, whose coverage was dropped after she survived breast cancer 19 years ago.

*They showed me a list of different types of diseases that they covered. And prostate cance...

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Are cell phone towers dangerous?

03/18/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. On today’s program we’ll hear about an upcoming meeting in Pinellas County that will look at what kinds of mass transit will best serve the County’s residents in the future.

But first cell phone towers. They are a hot issue at school boards and local governments as some people are questioning their safety. 3.5 billion people use cell phones around the world. Those billions of phones require millions of cell phone towers. We’re joined now ...

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Nuclear workers still looking for compensation listen

05/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Beginning in 1957, Pinellas County was home to a plant that built triggers for nuclear weapons. Some of that Largo plant’s former workers claim that they were exposed to toxic substances and are fighting for compensation.

Dave Bossard worked at the General Electric Neutron Devices plant for 34 years and eventually became a supervisor. His duties included supervising the area that contained the chemical storage building. He said the workers were exposed to 473 “deadly toxins … chemic...

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Nutritionist examines link between diet and cancer listen

12/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to a major report released earlier this fall, being overweight increases an individual's risk of getting cancer.

The American Institute of Cancer Research issued a stark warning about the clear links between lifestyle, diet and exercise and the risk of developing the often fatal disease.

It states that there is a direct relation between the extent of excessive weight and alcohol intake and the likelihood of falling victim to cancer.

Sally Scroggs is a nutrition counselor...

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