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Covid death rates are higher among Republicans than Democrats. The reason is up for debate.

Covid deaths are unevenly distributed among Republicans and Democrats. Average excess death rates in Florida and Ohio were 76% higher among Republicans than Democrats between March 2020 and December 2021, according to a working paper released last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Excess deaths refers to deaths above what would be anticipated based on historical trends.
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Outbreak investigations continue as FDA works to find sources of pathogens

Federal officials continue to investigate nine foodborne illness outbreaks even though three of the outbreaks have been declared over. Also, the Food and Drug Administration says there will be more information released on an outbreak traced to cantaloupe that is no longer being investigated. The outbreak has been determined to be over, according to the agency.
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Coronavirus Report: October 3, 2022

New coronavirus cases are falling at the national level; however, cases are again rising in some Northeastern and Western states. Hospitalizations are beginning to rise in most Northeastern and some Western states. The daily average number of new cases has fallen to 47,000 nationally. Though cases are falling across most...

Florida's waterways contaminated post-Ian, posing health risks

Sewage pipelines overflowed into waterways. Toppled port-a-potties spilled into floodwaters. Gasoline and motor oil leaked out from partially submerged cars and trucks. Downed trees have started decomposing on waterlogged roads. Dave Tomasko, director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, described several scenes such as these as he visited the city...

How to cope with stress and grief after Hurricane Ian

From round-the-clock news about its impending arrival to the devastating aftermath, Hurricane Ian has caused many Floridians extreme stress for nearly two weeks — and it's not over. Therapists with the Florida Behavioral Health Association say they are concerned about the toll this could take on residents, both now...

Rockford blood center sending donations to Florida

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Blood from the stateline is heading down to some of the regions hit hardest by Hurricane Ian. Rock River Valley Blood Center is sending 25 pints to Southwest Florida. However, blood supplies for the Rockford area will still take priority. Administrators said that blood donations have dramatically slowed in recent months, […]
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Wisconsin blood centers rally blood shipments for Hurricane Ian victims

When Hurricane Ian approached the coast of Florida in late September, blood centers across the United States made preparations to send available supplies to affected areas. Among those participating in the national response were multiple blood centers in Wisconsin. In a release, ImpactLife, a non-profit blood center with locations across...

Split loyalties could threaten recreational cannabis amendment

The lead signature-gathering firm has close ties to anti-pot U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. As the Midterm Elections approach, many are already looking ahead to 2024, when elections for President, U.S. Senate, and possibly recreational marijuana legalization will be on the ballot. The last one is uncertain. There have been attempts...

HCA Florida University Hospital Bolsters Sports Medicine Program with Addition of Dr. Alex Aylyarov

October 5, 2022 – HCA Florida University Hospital, a 165-bed facility, and part of HCA Florida Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in the state, today announced the addition of Dr. Alexandr Aylyarov as a sports medicine surgeon. In this role, Dr. Aylyarov will enhance the orthopedic surgery program at HCA Florida University Hospital.