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In Miami-Dade County, drowning happens year round. However, most fatal and non-fatal drowning takes place during the spring and summer. Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4 in Miami-Dade County.

The most common site for a childhood drowning death is a residential swimming pool. For every child who dies from drowning, another three receives emergency department care for non-fatal submersion injuries. Non-fatal drowning can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.

Dr. Fidel S. Goldson, Jr.Sleepiness, irritability, fatigue, depression, yawning, and cravings for sweet or salty foods usually serves as warning symptoms of upcoming migraine attacks.
The aura which commonly consists of visual symptoms such as flashing lights, zigzag lines, or blind spots in your vision also usually precedes the headache, although occasionally it may occur simultaneously with the headache.

Some elderly migraine sufferers may experience only the visual aura without the headache. A less common aura consists of pins-and-needles sensations in the hand and the arm on one side of the body or pins-and-needles sensations around the mouth and the nose on the same side.

EdmonsomVice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson (in white suit) and Paul Linder, CEO of Borinquen Medical Centers (to the right of former Congresswoman Carrie Meek) help the Congresswoman cut the ribbon of the new Carrie Meek Clinic located at Villa Patricia Towers, 7801 N.E. 2nd Avenue, in District 3's Little Haiti on Friday, April 29, 2011.

They were joined by, left to right, former Congressman Kendrick Meek and Lucia Davis-Raiford, Director, Miami-Dade Office of Fair Employment Practices, both children of Carrie Meek; Eva P'rez, Borinquen Board Chair; Miami City Commissioner Richard Dunn; Margaret Laforest, Borinquen Board Secretary; City of Miami Mayor Tom Regalado; Paul Velez, Chief Administrative Officer of Borinquen Medical Centers; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime; Congresswoman Corinne Brown from Jacksonville, Florida and North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre.

BVIAudiology students, professors, and alumnus from Nova Southeastern University's College of Allied Health and Nursing travelled to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) last month to provide hearing exams for special needs children. The group tested 141 children between Feb.27 to March 3. Of those tested, 32 children were found to have hearing loss.

The team went to BVI because the islands do not have an audiologist. One of the NSU audiology students, Gennell Bowen, is a BVI native who initiated the project. Some of the children with hearing loss will be candidates for hearing aids, while others will eventually need cochlear implants.

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