Health

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

St. Johns County School District Summer Food Service Program

St. Johns County School District Summer Food Service Program

The St. Johns County School District will once again be participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children June 13 through August 5.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.

St. Johns County Extends Burn Ban for 90 Days

St. Johns County Extends Burn Ban for 90 Days

St. Johns County has extended its burn ban for the next 90 days due to weather conditions including lack of substantial rainfall, high temperatures, worsening drought and significant wind. The ban also prohibits the discharge of any fireworks.

Smoky Conditions Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Smoky Conditions Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Smoke lingered in downtown Jacksonville Sunday and all around the First Coast.

According to the Division of Forestry, 200,000 acres were burning within a 50 mile radius of Jacksonville.

First Coast News has received reports of heavy smoke in Mandarin, on the Southside, in St. Augustine, and throughout St. Johns County.

Some medical experts say breathing the smoke from brush fires can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, runny nose and watery eyes.

Dr. Andrew Schare of St. Vincent's Medical Center said the smoke should not  "have too much impact on healthy people, but people with chronic lung disease like asthma and COPD certainly can get a flare up of the disease from his smoke."

Free Hypnosis Demonstration and Lecture, June 12

Free Hypnosis  Demonstration and Lecture, June 12

An author and the founder of St Johns County’s only licensed hypnosis clinic will be giving a free demonstration and lecture open to all members of the general public.

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Straight Talk, a unique partnership of the Jaguars Foundation with local media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens is airing its 2011 show from June 2 through June 9, 2011.   This year’s show is co-hosted by Samantha “Sam,” cheerleader from The ROAR of the Jaguars, Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.