As COVID-19 quickly spread worldwide this spring, shortages of supplies, including the nasopharyngeal (nasal) swabs used to collect viral samples, limited diagnostic testing. Now, a multisite clinical trial led by the University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine and its primary hospital affiliate Tampa General Hospital (TGH) provides the firstContinue Reading

By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe Mushroom lovers watch out! The FDA, the CDC, and state and local partners are investigating an ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections linked to wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA. As of today, 41 people in 10 statesContinue Reading

The first infusion of an investigational drug that aims to delay or help to prevent the earliest memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease took place in September at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I., researchers announced.   Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Eisai Inc., a US subsidiaryContinue Reading

CareerSource Tampa Bay’s Young Talent of Tampa Bay program has more than $500,000 to assist recent high school graduates ages 16 to 24 years old, begin post-secondary training, paid-work experience, or entrepreneurial training. Due to the COVID-19 healthcare crisis, The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts explosive employment growth for theContinue Reading

LifeLink® of Florida is excited to celebrate National DMV Appreciation Week during September 21-25, 2020, to thank local Motor Vehicle Departments (DMVs) and Tax Collector offices for their lifesaving work through organ, eye and tissue donor registration. The week of appreciation was originally created in 2016 by Donate Life America toContinue Reading

LifeLink® of Florida is thrilled to announce that 41 local hospitals have earned recognition for their work and dedication in support of organ, eye and tissue donation through the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HealthContinue Reading

At the request of former Board Chair Brad Prechtl and his wife Terri, the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation (FCSF) is transferring all proceeds from the Brad & Terri Prechtl Fund to a newly-created special fund for immediate financial assistance to cancer patients who have been affected by COVID-19. The FCS Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization thatContinue Reading

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, many people may find themselves spending more time outdoors for a much-needed change of scenery. While gardening, hiking in the woods and swimming can provide relief amid continuous social distancing measures, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say the increasedContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported 8502 positive COVID-19 cases out of nearly 100,000 tests performed Friday, bringing the state totals to 526,577 cases with 8,109 deaths related to COVID-19. Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the formation of Florida’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-TermContinue Reading

Hillsborough County health officials issued a health advisory for Bahia Beach in Ruskin because of high bacteria levels. Samples taken July 29 were above threshold for enterococci bacteria. The beach will be re-sampled, Wednesday, August 5, 2020. When re-sampling indicates that the water is within the satisfactory range, the advisoryContinue Reading

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is seeking to reduce deaths and suffering from hereditary cancers with the launch of a cancer genetics program across its statewide practice. The use of a powerful and proven technology tool developed by Chicago-based software and data analytics company, CancerIQ, and the addition of a specially-trainedContinue Reading

During the month of August, LifeLink of Florida will celebrate National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM) to bring heightened awareness to organ and tissue donation and transplantation in minority communities. Minorities often experience higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease which can contribute to organ failure, especiallyContinue Reading

A new study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings by University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers shows that, in a nationwide survey of young American adults age 18-44 years, nearly a third of non-Hispanic Blacks and a fifth of non-Hispanic whites and Mexican Americans have hypertension. Vibhu Parcha, M.D., a clinical research fellow inContinue Reading

COVID-19 update The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported 216 COVID-19 related fatalities for Tuesday, a one day record, bringing the state total to 6,333. Of the more than 88,000 COVID-19 tests performed, 9,446 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported, slightly higher than 12 percent of the total. Florida’s totalContinue Reading