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Even before the devastating earthquake, malnourishment was a huge problem in Haiti. Markets sell “cookies made of clay for 4 cents so mothers can stave off their children's hunger pangs. To tackle the hunger problem, the Baptist Health South Florida Board of Trustees Tuesday night unanimously agreed to provide emergency funding for Haitian relief.

More than $170,000 was committed to purchase the ingredients for one million meals for Haiti through an organization called Feed My Starving Children. Calvin Babcock, chair of the Baptist Hospital Board, has worked with this organization for three years in Haiti. The meals are packages of rice, soy protein, chicken broth and vitamins and will be assembled by Baptist Health employees who volunteer to help.

Miami Dade College (MDC) will once again offer free medical, dental and vision screenings to hundreds in the community at its popular Fifth Annual Community Health Fair, sponsored by Aetna, which will take place at the college's Medical Center Campus, located in the heart of the city's medical district, on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The fair, free and open to all ages, will include glaucoma, glucose and cholesterol tests, some mammograms,  information on nutrition, heart disease, cancer prevention, a blood drive, and so much more. This year's new event will be a “Stress Relief Zone that will include free chair massages and more.

The global humanitarian organization Save the Children is supporting efforts to promote breastfeeding among new mothers in Haiti to ensure the protection of the youngest and most vulnerable survivors of the devastating January 12 earthquake.

The agency has translated internationally recognized public health messages into Creole, which are currently being broadcast on local radio stations.

As a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary expanded its recall of some of its over-the-counter drugs on Friday, federal health officials said a warning letter has been sent to the company for failing to act quickly to take the products off the shelves after customers were sickened by a moldy smell on the medications.

"This morning, McNeil Consumer Healthcare voluntarily expanded its recall of over-the-counter drugs to include approximately 500 lots of products," Deborah M. Autor, director of the Office of Compliance in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said during a morning teleconference Friday.

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