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WEDU's Smart Health Launches New Season

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SMART HEALTH Host Angie Moreschi
WEDU’s three-time Emmy award-winning magazine-style medical series, is now part of – an innovative new public media project focused on providing the latest medical and health information available to all Floridians. From game-changing research, to cutting-edge technology and timely information designed to provide insight on issues related to health and wellness, empowers citizens with the tools and information needed for a healthier life – via PBS television stations, NPR radio outlets and various websites and social media forums throughout the State.


Hosted by Angie Moreschi, SMART HEALTH premieres its new season on the last Thursday of each month at 9 pm beginning on March 31.  Each 30-minute episode features breakthrough advancements in medicine, healthy aging, innovative treatments and personal triumphs — real life stories that provide practical advice, insight and inspiration. This month’s episode airing Thursday, March 31 at 9 pm on PBS stations WEDU (Tampa), WGCU (Fort Meyers), WMFE (Orlando) and WLRN (Miami), features segments on:


Pain Pill Epidemic

Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in Florida. The number of deaths due to powerful, addictive narcotics is skyrocketing and the addicts are getting younger and younger. Discover how a young girl with a bright future got hooked because of easy availability. Are all pain clinics pill mills? SMART HEALTH presents a sobering perspective from a medical examiner – and input from those closest to this complex problem.


New Diabetes Vaccine

Rachel Burton is an active and athletic 16-year-old. She is busy with school, friends, and a position on the school volley ball team. But she’s also challenged daily with controlling her Type 1 diabetes. With this type of diabetes, the cells that make insulin are under attack by the body’s immune system.  Clinical trials are underway for a vaccine that could make a real difference for young people 10 to 20 years old – a vaccine that could help Type 1 diabetics preserve their ability to make insulin, and perhaps even one day provide an immunization against the disease.


Gluten-Free Diets

Grocery stores are offering an explosion of ‘gluten-free’ choices.  Restaurants are popping up with gluten-free menus. What is gluten? Is it bad for you?  SMART HEALTH visits a local gluten-free restaurant and Angie talks with health experts to find out what gluten is, and who needs to be concerned about it.



During this first episode of the new season of SMART HEALTH, reporter Dalia Colón also provides a special report on what some people feel is the price of beauty – gastric surgery.


WUSF (Tampa) will air SMART HEALTH on Thursday, March 31 at 9:30 pm on Channel 16-4 and on their main channel Sunday, April 3 at 7 pm.

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