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Millions of people are driven to collect things most of us would consider junk. Now there’s mounting evidence that in some cases, hoarding is in your genes.

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firefighters couldn’t even get inside his home to rescue him. It’s a mental disorder affecting as many as six million Americans. A Maryland woman who asked to be identified only as “Amanda” is one of them. “I was obsessed with this,” “Amanda” said.

Reporting Ted Scouten tscouten@cbs.com MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) — It’s often hidden behind closed doors but millions of people are driven to collect things most of us would consider junk. They are compulsive hoarders and now there’s mounting evidence that in some cases, hoarding is in your genes. Imagine living with clutter, trash, filth and, in some cases, rodent infestation. These are the homes of hoarders, as seen on popular TV shows. There’s tons of clutter that can fuel a small fire into a raging inferno, like it did inside one Phoenix home. In Minneapolis, a woman barely escaped her cluttered house alive when fire broke out. In Charlotte, one hoarder died when

For 15 years, “Amanda” filled up her home with things her neighbors threw in the trash. “Books, ,boxes, stuffed animals, newspapers, magazines, clothing, paper. A lot of paper,” she said. “I would think to myself, `Wow, I cannot believe people are actually throwing out these perfectly good, wonderful things.’” So many things became piled up, her home became a health and a fire hazard. “Someone came in and said `You must clear this out or you will be evicted,’” she said. Eviction, family disputes, shame and isolation are often the side effects of hoarding. So why do people do it? “It’s definitely in the realm of psychiatric conditions,” said psychologist Dr.

Gregory Chasson. Chasson points to recent studies by Johns Hopkins University researchers, which found hoarding may be as much biological as it is psychological. “Research suggests that there is a genetic component,” Chasson said. “I’ve come to learn very shockingly my father was stashing and storing everything, either in storage in his building or closets,” “Amanda” said. “I didn’t go out seeking the help; it was my family that brought the help into me.” Cognitive behavioral therapist Andrea Batton worked with “Amanda” for five years, helping clear her clutter while

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treating her underlying psychological issues. “It’s very hard. It’s a very, very difficult process,” Batton said. Difficult but rewarding. Her shame is now gone, replaced by a determination not to let her home return to the health hazard still facing millions of hoarders. Batton says while the progress is profound, it is the result of a lot of hard work. To learn more about the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, visit www.ocfoundation.org.


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Million Dollar Donation Toward Dade Schools WiFi Goal Tuesday, they took a big step toward their goal thanks to a very generous donation. John and Carrie Morgridge, part of the Cisco Systems family, wrote a check to the district for one million dollars. “Our family has decided to invest one million dollars in Miami-Dade,” said Carrie Morgridge. “Access to all to excellent education requires technology.”

MIAMI (CBS4) – Students in MiamiDade are on the brink of bridging the digital divide. Miami-Dade Schools had set a goal of raising $7 million in order to get a matching $70 million so they could install WiFi in every school in the district. “It would be the opportunity to create 24/ 7, anytime, anywhere learning,” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

The Morgridge’s check will go a long way toward help the district achieve its goal. “It’s a ten to one match, so our million dollars will bring down ten million dollars,” said Morgridge. One of the school which will benefit from the donation is Riverside Elementary where most parents can’t afford WiFi in their homes. The Morgridge’s donation is being matched by the district which brings their

total to $6.5 million. The school district has until the end of the month to meet their goal. Carvalho said he’s confident they’ll reach it and on August 21st, the first day of the new school year, every student will be able to log on to the worldwide web.

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BSO Stops The Madness In ‘Operation March Mayhem’ Reporting Lisa Cilli BROWARD (CBSMiami.com) – More than 300 drug dealers, prostitutes and people with child pornography have been arrested in a 2 day sting in Broward County. The Broward Sheriff’s Office partnered with several law enforcement agencies in a large-scale, two-day crackdown on street-level crime. BSO officials said they confiscated more than a thousand grams of cocaine and shut down a marijuana grow house in West Park during their “Operation March Mayhem.” 158 plants and more than 150 pounds of marijuana were seized in the West Park warehouse. In addition, detectives found hundreds of Oxycodone pills, seven guns and more than $50,000.

Law enforcement officers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Metro Broward Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, U.S Postal Inspectors, U.S. Marshals, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State Probation and Parole and Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Lauderhill, Sunrise and Coral Springs Police Departments all partnered together for the sting, involving more than 200 police officers. “We joined forces with our law enforcement partners so the residents of Broward County can sleep soundly in their beds tonight knowing that streetlevel criminals are where they belong – in jail,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “I am proud of all of the participants for their hard work and dedication.”

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Unemployment Holds Steady In February MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The unemployment rate remained unchanged in February after the economy added 227,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists had been expecting an addition of 204,000 jobs in February, but also expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged. The balanced unemployment report reiterated a slow, but steady recovery from the Great Recession. Still, in South Florida, where construction is key; the housing sector remained in a long-term slump. In January, unemployment dropped to 8.3 percent after employers added 243,000 jobs. But, the Labor Department revised the number Friday to show that 284,000 jobs had been created in January.

The unemployment numbers would likely be better had governments at all levels not gone through borderline austerity in shedding jobs over the past few years. For President Barack Obama and Democrats, as long as the unemployment rate is remaining steady or decreasing, it’s good news politically. President Obama’s advisers have long said that it would be difficult for him to get re-elected if the unemployment rate remained well above 8 percent. Weekly jobless claims edged up last week by 8,000 to 362,000. The four-week average, which is typically a better indicator of unemployment, was unchanged and stayed near a four-year low.

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Top 10 Consumer Complaints The Department just released the top 10 consumer complaints filed during the 2011 calendar year. The department received 41,961 complaints, a nine percent increase over the previous calendar year. While complaints about telemarketing and from “Do Not Call” list subscribers topped the list for the third year in a row, the department takes each complaint seriously in an effort to protect all consumers. Reporting Cynthia Demos CDemos@cbs.com TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami.com) – Most people love to complain. Now some people in Florida are realizing they can complain over the phone and actually get paid for it. We’re talking about filing an official complaint with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“Protecting consumers is one of our top priorities,” said Commissioner Adam Putnam. “Because an informed consumer is the best defense against fraud and deception, I encourage Floridians to learn about products and businesses before making purchases or entering agreements.” The top ten consumer complaints received by the department in 2011 were: 1. Do Not Call, 11,769

2. Telemarketing, 7,983 3. Communications, 2,730 4. Real Estate Broker/Salesperson, 1,792 5. Motor Vehicle Repair, 1,773 6. Credit/Banking, 1,726 7. Landlord/Tenant, 1,416 8. Travel/Vacation Plans, 1,682 9. Motor Vehicle Sales/Accessories, 1,168 10. Cable, 898 Of the 41,961 complaints received by the department, 25,187 were successfully closed. The department’s consumer services team recovered $5,597,163 on behalf of consumers during this time period. That’s the part consumers really look forward to; actually making money off their complaints or at least getting money back when they were wronged. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and

information. The call center is staffed with trained analysts who answer more than 218,000 telephone calls and emails annually from consumers and businesses. The staff is able to respond to questions about programs and regulations under the department’s purview, provide information on a wide variety of topics, or direct callers to the appropriate government agency. In addition, the Division of Consumer Services is responsible for regulating various business industries operating in Florida. To check check the history of a business or file a complaint, consumers can contact the department’s consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832) or visit www.800HELPFLA.com.


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Lawmakers Can’t Agree On PIP Reform insurance fraud by well-organized rings play a big role in the state’s above average auto insurance rates. But how to put the bad guys out of business has divided lawmakers, even as time is running out on the current session which wraps up on Friday. State fraud investigators are constantly tracking staged accidents in which socalled ‘victims’ submit phony personal injury claims. MIAMI (CBS4) – In addition to rising fuel prices, drivers in the Sunshine State have to pay inflated insurance rates if they want to hit the road. This year, some Florida lawmakers say they have to plan to cut insurance costs by overhauling Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Law enforcement and politicians know

“Florida is one of the states that pays the most of insurance, mainly due to the fraud that we have in Florida,” said Jessica Turner with Direct General Insurance. Fraudulent medical claims cost Florida about a billion dollars a year and that’s driven PIP coverage up by a whopping 66 percent.

While lawmakers agree that PIP needs to be changed to crack down on fraud, they can’t agree on what exactly those changes should be. In the Senate, lawmakers want more detailed crash reports and more oversight over medical clinics and their operators. In the House, lawmakers want to cap medical payments, attorneys’ fees and class action suits. Critics claim reforming the state’s ‘no fault’ coverage isn’t about cutting fraud. “It’s really more aimed at increasing insurance company profits and limiting the access of the individual the person to meaningful healthcare for injuries arising out of an automobile accident,” said North Miami attorney Ken Dorchak. The only thing everyone seems to agree on is that unless some major changes are

made, insurance fraud will continue to increase as will the cost of auto insurance. Florida is one of only two states which does not require bodily injury coverage. As a ‘no fault’ state, medical bills are paid by the insured’s coverage provider no matter who is charged in the accident.


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“Seymour” Saved In A Real-Life Dolphin Tale the coast of southwest Florida between Cape Romano and Marco Island. Seymour, estimated to be about 8-years old, was first spotted with the line around his tail at the end of 2011 by members of the Ten Thousand Islands Dolphin Project.

MARCO ISLAND (CBSMiami.com) – Like a scene out of the movie “Dolphin Tale,” an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin was rescued in the waters off Marco Island after its tail became entangled in fishing line. A team of marine animal rescue experts worked together to free “Seymour,” a dolphin who is well-known in the Ten Thousand Islands, a chain of islands off

A team of marine experts and biologists determined that the line, which was wrapped around his lower body between his dorsal fin and tail, was cutting into his flesh and could endanger his life, so a plan was put in place to rescue him.

After monitoring Seymour for several weeks, the team of 26 people using half a dozen boats managed to secure Seymour on Friday, March 9, 2012. He was quickly taken to a boat ramp where they removed the fishing line,

used a mobile X-ray machine to check for additional damage, took body measurements, and tagged him with an identification number and satellite tracking tag before he was released back to the wild. “Discarded fishing line poses a very serious threat to all marine life, including manatees, sea turtles and dolphins like Seymour,” said Steve Lehr, from SeaWorld’s rescue team. “The easiest way to help is to always recycle fishing line properly in bins found at most docks.” Even the smallest amount of line can be fatal to marine wildlife. The rescue team was made up of participants from Sea World Orlando, NOAA Fisheries Services, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Chicago Zoological Society, Mote Marine Lab, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and

University of Florida. Seymour’s injury is similar to what happened to Winter, a dolphin whose story was told in the 2011 movie “Dolphin Tale.” Winter’s tail had to be amputated and she was fitted with the first-ever marine mammal prosthetic tail. She lives at the Clearwater Aquarium.


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“Red Robin” Wants Workers For First South Florida Location The restaurant is the first Red Robin in this part of Florida, which has 6 other locations in the state, mostly on the west coast and the Tampa area. While the restaurant at The Falls will open in the space occupied by the “Hops” restaurant which closed last year, a hiring office has been set next to the T-Mobil store in the mall. Walk-in applicants can visit 8888 SW 136th St., store 406, to apply, or they can apply online at www.redrobin.jobs. Company’s First Expansion Into South Florida SOUTH MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami.com) – The first of 2 South Florida locations for the fast growing Red Robin burger restaurant chain is planning an April opening, and it’s looking for about 100 people to staff the first restaurant, which will open at The Falls.

The opening at The Falls is the first foray by Red Robin into the South Florida market, but the company is looking at an expanded presence here. Spokesperson Jamie Winter said the company already has plans to expand into Broward County later in 2012, at a still unannounced Pembroke Pines location. The company is also planning 2 other restaurants in the Tampa area in 2012.

Red Robin bills itself as the Gourmet Burger expert, and has more than 450 locations in the US and Canada. Red robin pushes customer service and food made with fresh ingredients. The first Red Robin opened in 1969 in Seattle.

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Wells Fargo Adds Monthly Fees; Florida Excluded For Now the country’s biggest financial institutions say they’ll have to recoup the losses by adding new monthly fees. Wells Fargo confirmed that starting June, it will raise checking account fees for new customers by $7 a month in six more states nationwide. The move followed new federal laws limiting extra credit card charges the banks claim are cutting into their profits. But this latest round of new fees will not be hitting Florida account holders just yet. Reporting Al Sunshine asunshine@cbs.com MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Free checking appears to be going the way of the free lunch at one of the country’s biggest banks, Wells Fargo. New credit card regulations aimed at trimming consumers’ fees are costing many national banks big bucks. Many of

When CBS4 News asked Wells Fargo when fees could start rising in Florida, we were told in a prepared statement by Florida Regional Vice President for Corporate Communications Christina Smotryski, “Regarding your question about Florida, we plan to eventually introduce the fee for essential checking across the bank and as always will communicate with customers well in

advance”. If your bank raises its’ rates, check out your neighborhood community bank to see if it offers free checking. Also double check your local credit unions, which usually offer non-profit banking services, including free checking. The full statement on the new checking account fees from Wells Fargo, released by Smotryski: “Wells Fargo stopped offering free checking to new customers in 2010. A similar change for Personal Checking was introduced to existing customers in legacy Wells Fargo states in 2011. This month, we began communicating to customers in 6 Eastern states that a $7 fee /$5 with online statements will be charged for Essential Checking if the customers do not waive the fee with direct deposit or balances. The fee can

be waived by maintaining a $1,500 minimum daily balance or qualifying direct deposits totaling $500 or more each statement cycle. We encourage our customers to speak with a banker if they have questions about the changes and to discuss which accounts and services best fit their financial needs. The states included are: GA, NJ, DE, CT, NY and PA. It is always our first priority to communicate any changes to customers first, so that we have the opportunity to answer questions and help ensure they are in the right account for them. Although we are communicating to customers in these 6 states now, the fees will not be assessed until June. Regarding your question about Florida, we plan to eventually introduce the fee for Essential Checking across the bank and, as always, will communicate first with customers well in advance of any change affecting them.”


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Docs Say Less Is More When It Comes To Skin Creams Velencis said the more products she used, the worse her skin got! “There are really 2 major problems,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. “Using inappropriate products and the other which is more common which is using the correct product but using it the wrong way” Valencis was overusing products which irritated her skin. She also did serious damage by overusing a cleansing brush. Reporting Cynthia Demos CDemos@cbs.com MIAMI (CBS4) – The assortment of beauty products are a tempting array of quick fixes for your skin, but they can have a dark side. “I just figured I was doing the best thing for myself, for my skin, and I was harming myself,” said skincare user Angela Velencis.

“If you have scratches in the skin it leads to irritation inflammation which in turn can clog pores give you blemishes,” said Dr. Schulman. Some people thinking using the product more is better, but doctors say that is not the case. Marsha Edelman used too much moisturizer which clogged pores under her eyes.

“I never breakout but if its a little red then it is the product I am using,” said Edelman.

Experts say follow package directions, and if there’s redness or tingling or other irritations, stop using it immediately.

Dr. Debra Jaliman suggested Edelman stop using everything she had.

“Anything that’s causing me a problem I’m dumping,” said Edelman.

“Even if the product says using sparingly, people use a heavy hand because they think they will get a better result,” said Dr. Jaliman.

Doctors recommend trying one product at a time, and sparingly.


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More Mothers Using Placenta Pill To Combat Postpartum Depression placenta and then pureeing what’s left into a fine powder. The powder is capped in a small pill. This entire process is known as placenta encapsulation. “So, what a lot of moms are choosing to do now is to take their placenta home after they have a new baby and have it prepared into these little capsules that they can then ingest,” Ferguson said.

Reporting Rhiannon Ally rally@cbs.com MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) — Having a baby changes everything. For one in five mothers, those changes involve a series, and often silent disease, postpartum depression. But there are some women who are trying to avoid that fate using a pill derived from their own baby’s placenta. Anne Ferguson, mother of two, is one of those women. She prepares placenta pills by boiling, slicing and dehydrating the

The placenta is a temporary organ that connects a developing fetus to the uterine wall, via an umbilical cord, allowing for the baby to receive nutrients and other essential compounds from the mother. The placenta also releases oxytocin, a hormone that helps during birth. Ferguson said putting those nutrients back into your body helps during the postpartum period, when fluctuating hormones can spark depression. “Many mothers have found it gives them more energy, believed to help with milk supply, and increase your iron levels,” Ferguson said. Ferguson began offering the service last

year after she became what’s known as a doula, or birth coach.

OB/GYN Peter Weiss said he considers the practice dangerous.

“I just think it makes so much sense biologically. Almost all mammals eat their placenta right after they give birth,” Ferguson said.

“You can take the placenta home, there’s no problem with that, but ingesting it?” Weiss said.

Ferguson receives about 10 placentas a month from mostly first-time mothers, like Stephanie Johnson. “I do feel it has helped,” said Stephanie Johnson, whose own mother and sister experienced postpartum depression. Unlike those women in her family, Johnson said she’s feeling happy and healthy at home with her baby. The Federal Drug and Food Administration said it doesn’t keep tabs on the practice “given that human tissue is not food or a dietary ingredient and that it may transmit disease.” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said it doesn’t have an opinion since it is a largely unregulated practice that has not been given much study.

“The placenta can contain many diseases, from bacterial infections, hepatitis, you name it, it can carry it,” said Weiss, adding, “And for somebody to think that they’re going to take it home, and just because it’s a natural product makes it’s safe, that’s absolutely wrong.” Ferguson disagrees; continuing to offer the service she believes helps new mothers. She said she knows it’s not a magical solution to postpartum depression: “Placenta encapsulation is a small, one piece of the puzzle.” She said one placenta usually produces approximately 120 pills, for a $150 fee. Consuming the placenta is common in some cultures. The placenta pills cost on average $150-$300 in the U.S.


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Pet Pacemakers Can Be A Real Life Saver Over the last four years, Rocky has become part of the family. “He’s very loving,” said Pruett. Two months ago when the 125 pound dog started collapsing ten times a day Pat was terrified. “He would just walk and collapse and have shivers and contorting,” said Pruett.

Reporting Cynthia Demos CDemos@cbs.com MIAMI (CBS4) – You’ve certainly heard of pacemakers for people but how about if your dog or cat needed a pacemaker.

So she brought him to Dr. Robert Prosek in Homestead, cardiologist for animals. Prosek is one of the five veterinarians in the state to perform the pacemaker procedure in animals and that’s exactly what Rocky needed. “His heart wasn’t going as fast as we needed it to go,” said Prosek.

Believe it or not it’s happening more and more. In Florida there are only five pet cardiologists who can perform this life saving surgery.

So the pacemaker was put in and Rocky is doing much better. Pruett said she herself had a massive heart attack and was nursed back to health a few years ago.

Pat Pruett in Homestead bought Rocky the boxer for protection. Pruett, a bail bondsman, said Rocky gives her a sense of security.

“No one gave up on me so I didn’t want to give up on him,” said Pruett.

“As soon as the door is knocked on he goes to the door and barks viciously,” she said.

The pacemaker procedure for animals runs about three thousand dollars.

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Jackson Announces Large-Scale Layoffs volumes that we have.” Still, Migoya said in his memorandum announcing the cuts that Jackson will not close any service lines. “Having these reductions that we are talking about will not have any impact on any service line. We will continue to have every service line that we currently have, and we are not closing any service line in the hospital,” said Migoya. Reporting Jim DeFede jdefede@wfor.cbs.com MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Jackson Health System chief executive officer Carlos Migoya announced recently that more than 900 people will be laid off and nearly 200 positions will be eliminated in a cost cutting move for the troubled hospital system. Migoya said a total of 920 people will be laid off and that layoff notices will go out as early as April 6. In addition, 195 positions will simply be eliminated from the books, or as Jackson and businesses are trying to spin it today, “right-sizing.” In all, 1,115 positions will be either laid off or eliminated, which represents 10 percent of Jackson’s workforce. “This is not about a profit and loss, this is about efficiency,” said Migoya, at an afternoon news conference at the hospital. “What we are looking to do at this point, is right sizing this organization so we have the right number of employees for the kind of

According to Migoya, the layoffs will help save the hospital system $55 million in 2012 and another $69 million next year. Migoya also said the move will put Jackson back into the fiscal black and it could possibly turn a profit by summer. Jackson had previously saved approximately $12.5 million. Approximately 350 employees will be rehired as part-time workers with benefits. Elizabeth Bilz practically lives at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Her mother Patricia has been recovering here for more than a year after complications from surgery at another hospital. She says care here has gone downhill with recent budget cuts. “The nurses are phenomenal but they’re overworked,” Bilz told CBS4? s Natalia Zea. Now that she knows Jackson plans to chop 10 percent of its staff, she questions whether her mother will be safe there. “It already seems like they’re understaffed to

begin with so cutting 10 percent, I think they need to be going in the other direction, I think they need to be adding 10 percent.”

“If he decides to send me home what I can do? I go,” he told Zea. He says morale at work has never been so low.

Migoya says patient care will not be affected.

”It’s a big difference, big difference. Lay off people, people go home, when they have layoffs people cry, what can they do? Bills come every day.”

“We are going to have the right staff of employees in every department that we have,” he said. The layoffs are coming at the same time that Migoya is pushing to expand by adding trauma centers to Jackson North and Jackson South. But Migoya says that could be months away.

Late Tuesday night, Martha Baker, president of the nurse’s union released a statement saying in part,

“We cannot afford to have extra staff waiting for those positions to happen, if and when they happen.”

“This is what you get when you hire a billionaire banker and then cut him loose to take a chainsaw to healthcare in MiamiDade County. We have no idea how Mr. Migoya thinks patient care can be maintained with such drastic cuts to frontline caregivers.”

Felix Joseph has cleaned the floors at Jackson for 21 years.

Migoya says the pink slips will go out April 6th and will be effective 21 days after that.


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S. Fla. Doctors Seeing Rise In Illnesses That Just Won’t Quit annoying cough that just won’t stop. Justin Wilson has the same problem. “Basically every time I would take a deep breath and I coughed, Bam! Headache,” said Wilson. He’s in the emergency room with his parents after, what appeared to be the flu, turned into a nagging cough that wouldn’t quit. Reporting Ted Scouten tscouten@cbs.com FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – A nasty bug has been making its way around South Florida, making everyone miserable in its path. “I’m up all night coughing,” complained Luanne Johnstone as she sits in the emergency room at North Broward Medical Center. “I got, like a real heavy chest and a headache.” She has what so many people have, an

“It’s horrible,” says his mom Carleine Romain. “He still has this persistent dry cough which is very painful for him and it does not allow him to catch any sleep,” she said. “So the worst part of this is he cannot sleep.” That cough turned into pneumonia. Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, the head of emergency medicine for Broward Health, told CBS4’s Ted Scouten that he is seeing a lot of patients with what appears to be the flu,who eventually are coughing up a storm days and sometimes weeks later. For the most

part, he said the worst is over in a day or two, but watch out for other complications. “If things start getting a lot worse, high fevers, 102-103,” Dr. El Sanadi said. “If you start seeing a purulent discharge, yellow or green discharge from either the lungs or the nose, that may be a sign that you need to seek professional medical help. “ And be careful not to spread it.

“If you’re coughing or sneezing make sure you over your mouth,” said Dr. El Sanadi. “Either cough in your sleeve or cover your mouth.” He also suggests frequent hand washing, which lasts at least 15 to 20 seconds. Dr. El Sanadi also advises if you’re sick, stay home from work or school.


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Horoscopes provided by www.starlightastrology.com

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

Taurus (Apr. 21-May 21)

Use your charm, but don’t be phony. Strengthen your position among your peers. Arguments with children or friends may leave you steaming. Try to iron out any friction over money with your mate or conflicts could prevail. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Kick your shoes off and relax. You will communicate with ease this month. You could be drawn to events that concern children. You can get ahead if you play your cards right. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 22) Don’t overdo it. You need to enjoy yourself. You will want to take off and have some recreation. Problems with skin, bones, or teeth may mess up your schedule. Things may not be as harmonious as you would like with colleagues or employers this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Social events may lead to a romantic interlude. You will get drawn into groups that are not favorable to you. Enlist the aid of family members and consider the feelings of your mate. You could experience unusual circumstances and meet eccentric individuals. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Don’t try to hide your true feelings from your mate. Partnerships may be plentiful. Go with the flow and don’t be concerned about your own job. You can make or break your personal relationship this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 18)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 20)

Money may slip through your fingers. You have so much to offer; open up and let your thoughts be known. Strength will come from your ability to overtake just about any one. Don’t invest too much of your own money. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

You can ask for favors and get sound advice from close friends or relatives. Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find yourself looking for a new one. You’ll be pleased with the results if you take the time to decorate your home. You might find that the extra cash will come in handy when an opportunity to invest comes along. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Try not to be so demonstrative. You will get great satisfaction from your efforts. Your talents might just be discovered. You have been going through a period of change that has caused problems for you with your loved ones. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Sagitarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

Your attitude is changing rapidly and your plate is overloaded. Talk to an older, established individual about your present situation. Your main concern will be to spend as little as possible of your own cash in the process. You may have difficulties at an emotional level with mates. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

You’ll find love and you’ll get into tiptop shape at the same time. Your involvement in groups will be favorable for meeting new and exciting individuals. Don’t let emotional upset force you into the poorhouse. Problems with female members of your family may play on your emotions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Love can be heightened if you sit down and discuss your future plans. Don’t donate more than you can afford in order to impress others. Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. If you can work at home, do so. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

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