prevention

South Florida continues to have the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the country, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention.

On average, for every hundred thousand Americans, about 15 people were diagnosed with HIV in 2016, the most recent year of data analyzed by the CDC.

Three South Florida high school students have come up with an invention that could protect people from becoming rape victims. What's that invention? They call it the Smart Straw.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses in Florida’s state employee population. The state government and health insurers are working to crack down on the problem through Diabetes Prevention program.

Okaloosa County Health Department received a national award for best practices in working to prevent HIV infections.

African-American women are more likely to be infected with HIV than other women, and many don't know it. So public health officials and advocates are trying to get the word out about PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis. It's a daily medication that helps prevent HIV infection.

How do you get women who never talk about breast cancer to start opening up?

That was the question on the mind of Usman Saleemi, who along with colleagues Tiya Fazelbhoy and Jaison Ben created a bra designed to encourage breast self-examination among women in Pakistan.

According to Pink Ribbon, a national breast cancer charity based in Lahore, Pakistan has the highest incidence of breast cancer in Asia. More than 40,000 women lose their lives to the disease each year.

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.

The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like molecular Legos into diminutive baby bones.

Mosquito control and health officials are hoping mosquito prevention is on the minds of Floridians preparing for Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricanes can create perfect conditions for an explosion in mosquito populations.

Cancer research groups, dermatologists and sunscreen makers are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to move forward on approving more effective sunscreen ingredients, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Suncare products currently available in the United States contain effective protection against UVB rays, but are weak against UVA rays, something products widely available in Europe and Asia already address, the Times reports.

The chairman of the Senate panel that oversees the budget for criminal and civil justice  points to the decline in arrests and delinquency as evidence that the state’s prevention-and-diversion strategy is working, the News Service of Florida reports.  Now, there are bills in both chambers that would write prevention into the law that governs the Department of Juvenile Justice.

This year’s flu epidemic is well under way across the nation, and Florida is no exception. Each year about 3,000 Floridians die from flu or related complications, health officials estimate.

Recent reports have cited two deaths of pregnant women in Brevard County and 12 deaths in Gainesville; now another two have died in Broward, CBS4 reports.

At his blog Our Health Policy Matters, consultant Paul Gionfriddo laments the proposal by Congress to cut $1 billion from what has already been promised for public health and prevention. After all the dust settled with the Affordable Care Act, the Prevention Fund that was supposed to contain $80 billion had only $15 billion -- and Congress keeps trying to cut more. 

At his blog Our Health Policy Matters, consultant Paul Gionfriddo has his own measuring stick to compare states on how healthy they are.  He gives extra weight to prevention and public health, since those are disproportionately important in affecting community health.

Even though he lives in Florida, Gionfriddo doesn't place the state in the top 10.

This is not one of those posts that is going to beat you up for doing a crummy job exercising, eating better and all the other things you're failing to do to ward off death.

Instead, this post is here to say that if you improve one thing just one teeny bit, it's going to lower your risk of having a stroke. So pick something, and stick to it.

Stroke, which happens when a blood vessel bursts or is blocked in the brain, is a leading cause of death and disability.

A Manatee County mental health services organization says its team approach to helping emotionally disturbed children could be a model for the state, the Miami Herald reports.