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South Florida residents and families lined up outside of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center to take advantage of a wealth of health services offered by Chairman Joe A. Martinez at his 8th Annual Health and Safety Expo. Approximately 1,000 people attended the June 23rd event, undergoing free health check-ups for glucose, high blood pressure, HIV, cholesterol, and much more.

Children received free immunizations with a parent or legal guardian's permission and vaccination records, and Jackson Heath System provided over 30 free mammogram tests on a first-come, first-served basis. Among other services offered, residents were able to apply for a driver's license or ID card, and vehicle tag renewals with the assistance of representatives from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Baptist Health International is proud to announce that Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute is among the first in the United States to offer an experimental treatment for up-to-now uncontrollable hypertension.

The Institute, located at Baptist Hospital of Miami, is the only center in Florida selected to participate in the clinical trial, called SYMPLICITY HTN-3. Highly trained physicians use a low-energy radio frequency to zap a bundle of nerves located around the kidney arteries, which are known to help control blood pressure.

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Ladisbel Leyva to the Board of Directors, Florida Center for Nursing.Leyva, 28, of Hialeah, has been the corporate clinical rotation manager for Dade Medical College since 2009. Previously, she coordinated quality management, performance improvement and staff development for Palm Springs General Hospital.

She is a member of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Leyva graduated from the National School of Technology and received certification in licensed practical nursing from Florida National Colleg. Leyva is appointed for a term beginning July 10, 2012, and ending June 30, 2015.

Back to school vaccinations aren't just for children anymore. With the recent scare of what could be the U.S. biggest outbreak of whooping cough in fifty years, health care providers like Doctors Express warn parents to not only vaccinate their kids, but also vaccinate THEMSELVES from a disease that they are most likely to pass on to their own children.

What Is Whooping Cough?

  • Pertussis, also known as whooping cough” or the 100 day cough, is a highly contagious, airborne disease that can be fatal.
  • Those with pertussis usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others.
  • Whooping cough is most often spread to children by adults they have close contact with, such as older siblings, parents, grandparents, or other adults, such as caregivers, etc.
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