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With Spring comes changes in weather. While most would agree that Spring weather is more favorable than Winter, the change itself can play havoc on our health. The human body is continually defending itself from the outside world. The immune system is responsible for shielding us from things in the environment which cause us harm. To do this different cells, organs and tissues have to work together. Some of these systems have many functions while others are more specific. For example the digestive system not only removes and absorbs nutrients from foods we eat but it also destroys organisms in foods that would make us sick.  

MIAMI-DADE – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and expresses appreciation to the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the fourth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released today. This study uses traditional, established data, much of which was obtained from the Department and is available to the people of Florida at www.floridacharts.com.

These rankings serve as a snapshot of the health of individuals across counties in each state. The report highlights that health is a combined work in progress across a variety of community partners. The Florida Department of Health (DOH), through its county health departments, works together to improve the health of all Floridians. The data used in these rankings are available in each state and include information related to physical environment, social and economic factors, health behaviors, education, crime rate/law enforcement and clinical care.

TORONTO, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, through Scotiabank's global philanthropic program, Bright Future, the Bank announced a pledge of $1 million to support the Caribbean-SickKids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Project. These funds will be used to support the project's telemedicine programs in Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Bahamas.  

The telemedicine element of the project will allow physicians in the Caribbean to connect directly with leading paediatric cancer and blood disorder experts at SickKids. As well, physicians specializing in areas other than cancer and blood diseases can also connect with both Caribbean and international colleagues, enhancing their ability to diagnose and care for Caribbean children. The goal of this project is to expand access to world-leading medical professionals allowing children to get the best care possible in their own country.  

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman will join breast cancer survivor dragon boat racing team, Save Our Sisters, for a first-hand experience on the water, Saturday, March 16, at the team’s annual Professional Day event. Held at the Miami Rowing Club on Key Biscayne (next to the former Marine Stadium), the team will also host doctors and other medical professionals who care for breast cancer patients and survivors, to help them better understand the benefits of dragon boating.

In a twist to this year’s event, SOS will also host Herb Wagner, a male breast cancer survivor and pioneer in the field of male breast cancer awareness (www.malebreastcancer.ca).