May 28, 2020

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| 10/14/2019

Florida health providers receive guidance on vaping injuries

With 1,299 reported cases of lung injuries associated with vaping and electronic cigarettes across the nation, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced interim guidelines for health-care providers treating people who have the conditions. The cases included 26 deaths reported from 21 states, including Florida. The guidelines are meant to give providers guidance during the initial assessment, evaluation, management and follow-up of people who have the lung injuries. More from WUSF.

New camera could help Florida in fight against pythons

A new camera that uses special wavelengths of light could help Florida in its fight against the invasive Burmese python. Researchers at the University of Central Florida and the non-profit company Imec developed the camera to help expose the snake. The python is typically very difficult to detect because of its camouflage markings. Thermal imaging doesn’t work because pythons are cold-blooded and adopt the temperature of their surroundings. More from WFLA.

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Secrets of hemp, a ‘plant from another planet,’ unfold with Central Florida research

With the recent legalization of hemp, the Florida Department of Agriculture is working on regulations for farmers to grow the crop to meet demand for cannabidiol, or CBD, products. Universities are also studying the plant, with projects coming to the forefront in Central Florida, while consumers already consume products containing CBD. “This is emerging crop development on steroids and right now it’s the wild west out there,” said Roger Kjelgren, the director of UF’s Mid-Florida Research and Education Center. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Publix rolls out new shopping carts for wheelchair-bound customers

The cart is designed to hook on to the front of a wheelchair, making the shopping experience easier for those who may be wheelchair bound by allowing them to roll themselves through the store without having to push the cart. The lower sides also allow for easier loading abilities. More from WTVT.

Florida employees more likely to quit because of a bad boss

Tampa Bay workers are more likely than employees in other metro areas to quit because of a boss they don’t like. That’s according to a recent survey of 2,800 employees in 28 metro areas by staffing firm Robert Half. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Under the Sea
How many horseshoe crabs are in Florida? Growing volunteer effort aims to find out

They’ve been around for 450 million years, but just how they’re doing in Florida is a mystery, especially after last year’s devastating red tide event.

Now, there’s a growing, volunteer-led effort under way to tag and count Florida’s horseshoe crabs for the first time. It began in 2015 in Levy County, and has grown to include 16 counties, mainly in north and central Florida. Sarasota just joined.

» More from WJCT.


Native Content
Three benefits developers should expect

floridaDesign-build is quickly gaining traction in the United States as the preferred project delivery method in construction. In fact, according to Fails Management Institute (FMI), it will represent nearly half of construction spending by 2021. There are many benefits to the design-build approach over traditional design-bid-build methods. These benefits include faster construction and delivery, decreased cost overruns and schedule delays, and lower chance of litigation or other risks for the construction manager. In addition to considering these well-documented benefits, there are other deliverables you should expect from your design-builder.

» Read more from FINFROCK.

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Mega pantries already operate in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, serving an average of almost 4,000 people every week.
Mega pantries already operate in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, serving an average of almost 4,000 people every week.

Feeding Tampa Bay opened the new drive-through food bank — dubbed a mega-pantry — in Manatee County in response to an all-time high demand for meals and groceries from local food banks.

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