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Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Straight Talk, a unique partnership of the Jaguars Foundation with local media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens is airing its 2011 show from June 2 through June 9, 2011.   This year’s show is co-hosted by Samantha “Sam,” cheerleader from The ROAR of the Jaguars, Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.

Family Devastated by Multiple Brain Surgeries

Family Devastated by Multiple Brain Surgeries

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The family of a Clay County Sheriff's Deputy are living through a nightmare. Two of their four children are undergoing brain surgery just a week apart and the other two children are likely to need brain surgery in the future. 

Brayden Wendorff, 7, just had his third brain surgery in a year.  He has Chiari Malformation, a brain disorder that causes him to have excruciating headaches.

"It is devastating," said his mother Amanda Wendorff. 

Only weeks ago, Brayden's 4-year-old brother Zachary was also diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. His brain surgery is Thursday. It was a devastating blow for the Wendorff family.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

HOT Hammerhead Olympic Triathlon

HOT Hammerhead Olympic Triathlon

Swim in the clear water of Kingsley Lake, bike and run on the protected roads of Camp Blanding for an awesome day of racing. There will be a Sprint distance as well as the famous Oplympic distance offered. Sing up immediately because  space is limited in both events!Camp Blanding, FL
August 29, 2010. (Olympic Distance - 1.5K Swim| 40K Bike| 10K Run). Go to www.hammerheadolympictriathlon.com for entry information or to print an application. Again sign up ASAP, you don't want to miss out!!!

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Looking for a challenge?? Well, sign up for the 6th annual Hammerhead Ocean marathon!The swim marathon has two sepreate legs that are1.25 miles, and 2.5 miles respectively in OPEN WATER. It will be held on August 13, 2011 and begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Bring your swimming gear, and most importantly your endurance!!! For more information log on to www.hammerheadtriathlonclub.com. See you there!