Group helping community live smart, healthy is making Positively Jax difference

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Talk with members of local families that the Overflow Health Alliance serves and they will tell you that Marcus Harden Givens and the people who work with him are a blessing. In fact, they’ll agree they make a Positively Jax difference.

The Overflow Health Alliance offers a number of services with the goal of empowering the people of this community to live healthier lives. The group was recently featured on River City Live for its Community Market, Making Ends Meet

The group opened a food pantry in the Moncrief area. Members pay a $10 registration fee and once a week they can come shop for free at the community market and have access to healthy food.

The group also helps seniors with health care needs. During the pandemic, they’ve provided COVID testing and vaccinations.

And there are job training programs and financial literacy classes. The Overflow Health

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Need for liver transplants due to heavy drinking soared during pandemic, study says

The need for liver transplants because of heavy drinking soared during the pandemic, researchers reported Tuesday.They found the number of people who got a liver transplant or were put on a waiting list due to alcoholic hepatitis was 50% higher than what was forecast based on pre-pandemic trends.With alcoholic hepatitis, the liver stops processing alcohol and instead creates highly toxic chemicals that trigger inflammation. The inflammation can kill off healthy liver cells, creating irreversible damage to the liver that may force the patient to get a liver transplant to survive.Alcoholic hepatitis is a condition that often develops after years of heavy drinking, but it can also develop after a short period of excess. Scientists still don’t know why some people develop this condition and others don’t.For this study, University of Michigan researchers compared the actual number of new people put on the U.S. organ transplant list from March 2020 to … Read More

Need for liver transplants due to heavy drinking soared during pandemic, study finds

They found the number of people who got a liver transplant or were put on a waiting list due to alcoholic hepatitis was 50% higher than what was forecast based on pre-pandemic trends.

With alcoholic hepatitis, the liver stops processing alcohol and instead creates highly toxic chemicals that trigger inflammation. The inflammation can kill off healthy liver cells, creating irreversible damage to the liver that may force the patient to get a liver transplant to survive.

Alcoholic hepatitis is a condition that often develops after years of heavy drinking, but it can also develop after a short period of excess. Scientists still don’t know why some people develop this condition and others don’t.

For this study, University of Michigan researchers compared the actual number of new people put on the US organ transplant list from March 2020 to January 2021 with the projected numbers that were based on pre-pandemic data.

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Poll shows support for Healthy Living Campus

The Beach Cities Health District has found support for its proposed Healthy Living Campus, after four years of largely negative public reaction.

A district-commissioned poll of 600 registered voters in the three beach cities, conducted Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, showed 61 percent in favor, or somewhat in favor, of the Healthy Living project and, and 21 percent opposed or somewhat opposed. 

Unsure were 19 percent.

The $43,750 poll was conducted by FM3 (Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates), based in Los Angeles. The results were reported last Friday by Adam Sonenshein, FM3 vice president, during a half-day, BCHD planning meeting. 

Sonensheim noted “broad favorability” in sub-groups; those living closer to, as well as farther away from the former site of South Bay Hospital. 

In a follow-up segment of the polling phone call, after more information was relayed to the subject on the line, the margin increased to 71 percent

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