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What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?
Physicians like me have seen a rise in unintentional fentanyl use from people buying prescription opioids and other drugs laced, or adulterated, with fentanyl.
Take precautions while enjoying water activities during the summer months
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages everyone to take a role in preventing injuries, drownings, and illnesses caused by germs in the water.  
Wastewater monitoring took off during the COVID-19 pandemic – and here’s how it could help head off future outbreaks
Wastewater surveillance takes advantage of the fact that many human pathogens and products of human drug metabolism end up in urine, feces, or both.
A call to action: CDC, Department of Health urging parents to immunize infants for vaccine-preventable diseases
National Infant Immunization Week is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases.
The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap and how an Orange County-based nonprofit is on a mission to repurpose it
Soaps are the single most-utilized amenity at hotel chains: 86% of guests who stay at a hotel for 1-2 nights use them, handily outranking other popular offerings.
Dr. Winston Morris: An inspiring career and a wealth of wisdom
In Apopka, there is a wealth of wisdom at Baptiste Orthodontics in the form of Dr. Winston Morris. He should be 'required reading' for anyone wanting to step more fully into life.

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COVID causing more type 1 diabetes in kids, with days revolving around blood sugar levels
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died, while the millions who survived, now faced with disability, are left to grapple with the harsh realities of long COVID-19.
UCF medical students team up to provide care at Apopka Farmworkers Clinic
The Apopka Farmworkers Clinic had paused, reduced capacity, and transitioned services to virtual care due to concerns about COVID-19 transmission.
What is palliative care? How is it different from hospice?
When patients and families are introduced to a palliative medicine physician, it's common to hear things like, “Does this mean I am dying?” or “I am not ready for hospice.” This article will help explain the difference between hospice and palliative medicine.
HCA Florida Healthcare offering new statewide nurse consultation line
From burns, rashes, sprains, GI concerns, and migraines to neurology and heart conditions, nurses can address a wide range of adult and pediatric issues.  
CDC study: Heart problems more likely to occur after COVID infections rather than vaccines
Heart complications have been increasingly connected to people who have contracted COVID-19, but other heart problems have been tied to the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Here's the difference.
Community Health Centers receives grant for behavioral health services expansion in Apopka
The grant from AdventHealth will be distributed to programs that address regional health challenges including homelessness and access to mental health services.
Police have seen a surge in DUI cases; here's why
In many states, Florida among them, police have seen a rise in DUI arrests. This may seem like a minor problem, but the damage caused by drunk drivers can ruin people's lives.
What is the new COVID-19 variant BA.2, and will it cause another wave of infections in the US?
BA.2 is the latest subvariant of omicron, the dominant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. While the origin of BA.2 is still unclear, it has quickly become the dominant strain in many countries, including India, Denmark and South Africa.
Farm Share distributing food to South Apopka residents
Farm Share, one of Florida’s leading food nonprofit organizations and the state’s largest food bank, is distributing food to food-insecure residents of South Apopka.
Dental Emergencies: Knowing what to do can lessen the trauma
Once I became a pediatric dentist, I started seeing an increasing number of children coming to the office for emergencies following an accident or trauma. Here are key tips to help should you find you, or your child facing one of these issues.
Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County Health Director, returns from administrative leave
Dr. Raul Pino, the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, has been reinstated from administrative leave by the Florida Department of Health.
Second Harvest Food Bank receives $300,000 grant from Florida Blue
Second Harvest Food Bank received a $300,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation to expand hunger relief efforts for training local health care providers to screen patients for risk factors that could indicate food insecurity.
Report: Florida children in jeopardy of becoming uninsured
The report said 2.9 million children could re-enroll in public health programs if they lose coverage, but about 3.8 million would have to find other insurance coverage or become uninsured.
Study: Mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus love to bite non-native lizards
The West Nile virus circulates among wild birds, transmitted by Culex mosquitoes, which transmit West Nile virus and other viruses in the southern United States.
The joy of being a pediatric dentist in Apopka
Take a trip with Dr. Alma Correia of Baptiste Dentistry for Kids as she experiences kindergarteners in Apopka and fields their surprising questions about teeth.