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On February 12, Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, announced that South Florida was awarded $8.5 million in federal funding to establish a South Florida Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (SFREC).

The South Florida area was one of 32 regional extension centers awarded nationwide as part of the nearly $1 Billion Recovery Act Investment in advancing the use of Health Information Technology. The SFREC will support health care professionals in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties with the adoption of electronic medical records. “Health information technology can make our health care system more efficient and improve the quality of care we all receive, said Secretary Sebelius.

On August 19, 2009 Karen Henderson, Walmart employee store #3397 in Miami Gardens, witnessed a burglary at her store. Karen immediately chased the burglary suspect into the parking lot and retrieved the stolen items. On her way back into the store she collapsed suddenly in the middle of the parking lot. Ms. Henderson had suffered a heart attack.

Fortunately, police officer George Yero of Metro Dade Police immediately responded performing both C. P. R. and applying A. E. D. to administer emergency care to the patient. Miami Dade Fire Rescue was dispatched to the site. The rescue team stabilized the patient and transported her to the Aventura Hospital Emergency Department where she was placed on the Arctic Sun Code Ice Machine, a special device that immediately cools the body temperature of a heart attack patient to save brain function.

Unfortunately, when someone walks into my office complaining of intense, throbbing, or pounding pain behind the eyes or around the temple area which is aggravated by daily activities and bright lights, the first thing that I suspect is a migraine headache. Migraine headaches affect millions of people, leaving many without the ability to function or maintain a productive life.

The most common symptom I've noticed to be associated with migraines is that most people wait until the pain is so bad that they can't leave their house before they seek treatment. In addition to that most people have heard of migraines but know very little of how they differ from other types of headaches, what causes them, and what can be done to get some relief.

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.