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Health Matters: Communicating with Kids

It’s the part of parenting doctors say many parents struggle with. “If we ignore the behavior, generally that behavior is going to get worse,” said Golisano children’s Hospital pediatric psychologist Dr. Jason Sabo. He says behaviors like slamming doors and talking back need to be addressed and corrected. “So when it comes to acting out, there’s always a reason for it and it’s important for us as parents to really identify why is that there and what’s it doing?” For older children, he recommends parents lead a conversation with their child—making sure you keep the tone calm and direct....

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Considering the COVID-19 vaccine? Here are FAQs that get you the facts about the shot

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Making the decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine is confusing and a lot of people have questions about the shot and virus itself. NBC2 spoke with the Collier County Department of Health to tell you what you need to know in order to stop the spread of misinformation and get you the facts.  Here is our entire interview with Kristine Hollingsworth, a spokesperson for DOH-Collier, so you can read what she has to say:  What are the side effects?  KH: “Side effects are usually mild, as of May 2021, over 1.3 billion COVID vaccines have been administered....

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Johnson & Johnson booster shot generates increased immune response, company says

CNN — Booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine generate a big spike in antibodies, which the body uses to protect against infection, the company reported Wednesday. People who got another dose of the J&J vaccine saw antibodies increase nine-fold higher than 28 days after the first shot, Johnson & Johnson said. The data comes from two Phase 2 studies conducted in the United States and Europe, the company said in a statement. Some of the people in the study got their booster doses six months after their first doses of J&J’s Janssen vaccine. “New...

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Students in LaBelle get COVID-19 vaccine before returning to school

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. – Parents are getting their kids ready for the new school year with pencils, a new backpack, and, now, a COVID-19 vaccine. With COVID-19 cases on the rise and the spread of the Delta variant, parents in LaBelle were able to get their kids vaccinated before returning to the classroom. “One of my kids is going to college and plus the new delta [strain] is getting concerning,” Isidra Cardona said. “Schools should take extra precautions. I have a son that has some health issues, he’s 9, and I’m concerned for him.” Parents like Cardona said it was a...

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Cape Coral doctor part of COVID-19 vaccine ‘Disinformation Dozen’

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing, health professionals want to make sure people are educated about the safety of vaccines instead of misinformation.  The New York Times recently published an article showing nearly two-thirds of all vaccine disinformation comes from 12 people. A study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate calls them the Disinformation Dozen. At the top of the list is Cape Coral-based Dr. Joseph Mercola. Mercola is active on social media and posting blog posts on his website, where some of his articles tout...

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Coronavirus infects vaccinated leader at Florida condo site

MIAMI, Fla. – A vaccinated Miami-Dade county commissioner who helped other local officials in Surfside following the collapse of a condominium building announced that he and his chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19. The news release late Sunday from Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz said he and his chief of staff Isidoro Lopez, who also received a vaccine against COVID-19, came down with flu-like symptoms earlier in the day and later tested positive for the virus. “Staff and others who have been in close contact with them will be getting tested between...

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Health Matters: Helping Patients Address Anxiety and Depression

“How are things going with your husband? How are you getting along with your children? Have you been having any problems at work?” These are just a few of the basic questions health experts like Lee Health nurse practitioner Laura Partlow may ask at your next doctor’s visit. “A lot of people have symptoms of depression but they don’t want to talk about it because it’s stigmatized.” Symptoms of anxiety and depression can manifest differently for each patient. “It can be anywhere of physical symptoms of chronic pain, unexplained with no illness, it can be abdominal pain, or muscle aches...

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Health Matters: Shipley Weekly Valve Conference

It’s an undertreated disease—and doctors say more patients die from not getting their valvular heart disease taken care of. “It’s important for patients to know that if they have a valvular heart problem, there are fixes for it. It may not be surgery, it may not be trans-catheter, but there are fixes for valvular heart disease,” said Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Lee Health. Which is the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center created a valve clinic—bringing to the table surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and medical teams to evaluate each patient’s condition. “We have...

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Collier County mosquito crews working to get rid of the pesky pests

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Mosquitoes are swarming Southwest Florida and because of prime breeding conditions brought on by standing water left behind by Tropical Storm Elsa. Collier Mosquito Control crews are trying to get rid of the pesky pests today, July 12. Their helicopters will be applying granules of Natular G30 that will control the numbers of mosquito larvae. Crews will be working in the area of Oil Well Grade North and Shady Hollow around 6:30 a.m. Two types of mosquitoes have been found in Collier County traps. One is capable of transmitting Yellow Fever and Venezuelan...

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Florida reports rise in coronavirus cases over the past week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials reported an increase in COVID-19 cases and a higher positive test rate over the past week. The number of virus cases in Florida rose by about 8,000 compared with the week before, for a total of 23,747 new cases, the state Department of Health reported Friday. New cases of the coronavirus have been on the rise in Florida over the past month. The rate of positive tests was 7.8% last week after trending at about 4% positivity in recent weeks. There were 172 deaths in Florida from COVID-19 last week, the health department reported. More than 2,300...

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