Dr Koop honored at the Magnolia Ball 2015

2015 Magnolia Ball Raised $1.4 Million to Benefit the NCH Oncology Unit. A magnificent evening of Southern Charm unfolded at the beach estate of Sandra and Alan Gerry where nearly 300 guests experienced the 2015 Magnolia Ball on Saturday, April 11. This signature event started with a cocktail reception overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, followed by dinner and dancing. Chairs Simone and Scott Lugert announced the event raised $1.4 million.

Proceeds from the 2015 Magnolia Ball will make possible special improvements to the William and Susan Dalton Oncology Unit at the NCH Downtown Hospital. Patients undergoing cancer treatment--who often spend 30 to 60 days on the unit--will benefit from a more holistic approach to care promoting a comfortable, calming environment that encourages healing.

Dr. Koop was honored at the Magnolia Ball this year, a donor gave money to NCH in his name , for "excellence".

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Read the Full Article - No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe by Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS | April 30, 2014

"Responsible drinking" has become a 21st-century mantra for how most people view alcohol consumption. But when it comes to cancer, no amount of alcohol is safe. That is the conclusion of the 2014  World Cancer Report (WCR), issued by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on CAncer (IARC).

Declared a carcinogen by the IARC in 1988, alcohol is casually related to several cancers. "We have known for a long time that alcohol causes esophaegeal cancer, says Jurgen Rehm, PhD, WCR contributor on alcohol consumptio, and Senior Scientist at the Centre of Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, "but the relationship with other tumors, such as breast cancer, has come to our attention only in the past 10-15 years.

The New York Times, June 29, 2015

Poisonings from a toxin carried by barracuda and other sport fish have been seriously underestimated in Florida, according to a new study — and the problem is far more common in fishing communities around the world than has been recognized, the lead author said.

In Florida, poisonings from the ciguatera toxin were highest among Hispanics, presumably because they are more fond of eating barracuda, according to the study, which was published this week in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Ciguatera (pronounced sig-WAH-terra) is produced by algae that grow in warm water, and there is a risk of it spreading north as ocean waters warm, said Elizabeth G. Radke, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and the lead author of the study.   

The poison is picked up by coral reef fish that eat vegetation and concentrates in larger carnivorous fish that eat them. The highest levels are found in barracuda, but it is also found in grouper, amberjack, hogfish, snapper, mackerel and mahi-mahi. Neither cooking nor freezing affects the toxin.

“We recommend not eating barracuda at all,” Dr. Radke said. For the rest, which are common in fish markets, “it’s a good idea to be aware that you’re taking a risk. If you get ill, see a doctor, tell them you ate fish, and if you have some fish left, freeze it so it can be tested.”

Fish caught in colder northern waters are unlikely to be have the toxin, she said, but the risk is not zero, because fish migrate.

Severe vomiting within three hours is the most common symptom, but some people have pain and tingling in the mouth, hands and feet, and sometimes leg weakness. Most cases recover, but in some people, the neurological symptoms, including hot surfaces feeling cold and vice versa, last for months.

There is no specific treatment, although mannitol, a type of sugar with many medical uses, appears to help, Dr. Radke said.

Dr. Radke’s study combined an analysis of poisoning reports and an email survey of more than 5,000 sport fishermen. Ciguatera poisoning is supposed to be reported to the state by Florida doctors who diagnose it, and the official estimate is one case per 500,000 residents a year.

Dr. Radke’s study estimated that it is 28 times more common. Ciguatera poisoning occurred most frequently in people who fished near Miami, the Florida Keys and the Bahamas, but it was rare in northern Florida. Poisonings were three times more common among Hispanics compared with other ethnic groups.

The illness, often called just “fish poisoning,” is well known in areas around warm water in the Caribbean, the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean, she said. A survey Dr. Radke did in St. Thomas, V.I., found that 25 percent of all residents had experienced it, and half of those had had symptoms that lasted more than three months.


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