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The local branch of a United States-based conservation group has been angered by an American business news website's article that promotes the investment potential in the medicinal knowledge and plants in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community nation's rainforests, the English-language news website, DevSur, has reported.

DevSur said the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) Suriname has questioned the article published last month, in which a columnist for MarketWatch, which is owned by Dow Jones and Company, said uncontacted tribes roam over potential investments in plant medicines in the Surinamese hinterland, in an apparent pitch to would-be investors.

Today, Governor Rick Scott appointed Dr. John H. Armstrong M.D. to serve as State Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. He will assume this role on May 23, 2012.

Dr. Armstrong is recognized as a national expert in medical team training and public health preparedness for disasters, and his leadership will be a great asset to the citizens of Florida,” said Governor Rick Scott. As an outstanding trauma surgeon, public health professional, educator and military veteran, he will be a great addition to my executive leadership team.

ronald-brummittWith its students, employees and the community's needs in mind, Miami Dade College (MDC) Medical Campus recently celebrated the opening of its new Wellness Clinic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Wellness Clinic will provide services to Medical Campus students and Medical Campus part-time employees. It will provide physical exams, labs, drug screening, HIV Testing, bone density scans and EKGs. Services to the community-at-large are being planned for a later time.

v_sundaram_patientAny cuts to Medicaid pose a danger to African Americans and Latinos, groups disproportionately suffering from high rates of chronic disease and lack of health insurance, according to a study released last week.

According to the report “Medicaid: A Lifeline for Blacks and Latinos with Serious Health Care Needs,about one in four African Americans and Hispanics with heart disease or who survived a stroke rely on the state- and federally-funded health insurance program for low-income Americans.