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Michael-Schennum-The-RepublicHaiti seems to possess a pull that lures social workers, doctors, adoption agents and others to return again and again. Mayo Clinic Hospital’s Mitchell Humphreys has no doubt he will return to the country still struggling with basic health-care needs after a 2010 earthquake — even though he visited for the first time this week.

Humphreys is one of six doctors, three nurses and a support staff member who flew to Haiti last week, donating talent and time to treat patients associated with the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti.The foundation provides health care and education and was started by the Rev. Rick Frechette, an American priest, doctor and recipient of the $1 million Opus prize that rewards faith-based entrepreneurship.

dengue-mosquitoThe Florida Department of Health last month issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory for Miami-Dade County. The first locally acquired dengue fever case in 2013 was been confirmed in an 18-year-old male.

Symptoms of dengue fever may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, and confusion. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is advising the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts. The public should follow the steps below.

skin-cancerThe dangers of skin cancer is being highlighted this month, especially in South Florida. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, the EPA reports.

No one is immune. Asians, non-white Latinos, and people of African or mixed descent can develop melanoma and other forms of skin cancer-and are doing so at increasing rates, according to national statistics. An aggressive form of skin cancer killed several famous people, including Jamaican-born reggae legend Bob Marley, who died at age 36 more than three decades ago in Miami, Florida.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMAn aggressive form of skin cancer silenced the living voice of Bob Marley, the legendary reggae star, who died more than three decades ago in Miami. Marley's musical legacy endures with sad notes about skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Every year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed, the EPA reports.

No one is immune.  Asians, non-white Latinos, and people of African or mixed descent can develop melanoma and other forms of skin cancer-and are doing so at increasing rates, according to national statistics.

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