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Some Florida Beaches More Prone To Bacteria

County health departments have been testing beach water quality since 2000, and issuing advisories when bacteria levels get too high.
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After issuing a heath advisory for West Nile Virus earlier this week, the Department of Health in Pinellas County has confirmed its first case of the virus in a human since 2007.

With a large aging population, Florida is an epicenter of Alzheimer’s cases in the United States. Roughly half a million people in the state live with the disease and by 2025, that number is projected to increase by 44 percent.

Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and University of Florida Health just got 1.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to run the only full-time Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in the state to try and combat these numbers.

Thousands of Florida families could face increased out-of-pocket health care expenses starting October 1.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered three tobacco companies to stop claiming their cigarettes are "additive-free" or "natural."

The agency said those claims could mislead smokers into thinking those cigarettes are safer than others.

Florida health officials said Wednesday they would give insurers a 7.7 percent rate increase in the fledgling Medicaid managed care program, in what has been a contentious battle between Gov. Rick Scott, the insurers and hospitals.

The scene in front of clinics where abortions are performed is often tense, with clinic workers escorting patients past activists waving signs and taking photographs.

But increasingly, another drama is unfolding out back. There, abortion opponents dig through the trash in search of patient information.

Workers-Comp Ruling Rejected In Air Show Injury

Aug 27, 2015
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An appeals court said Wednesday a security guard who was injured in a 2011 tornado can pursue a lawsuit against a company that put on an air show in Polk County.

Court Overturns $4.1M Medical Malpractice Verdict

Aug 27, 2015
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Pointing to the unfair use of expert witnesses, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday ordered a new trial in a medical-malpractice case that led to a $4.1 million verdict against a pediatrician accused of negligently diagnosing a child's kidney disease.

House Forms Panel To Push Health Proposals

Aug 27, 2015
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The House has formed the Select Committee on Affordable Healthcare Access, a potential vehicle for ideas that were cast aside this year by the Senate during a fight over health-care policy.

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County health departments have been testing beach water quality since 2000, and issuing advisories when bacteria levels get too high.

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