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Congressional Funding Is Imperative For Zika Fight, Surgeon General Says

Florida officials are still investigating what could become the first non-travel-related cases of Zika in the United States. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke with Health News Florida Editor Julio Ochoa about how the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is helping with the response.
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In a well-kept neighborhood in Miami with lush gardens, Larry Smart, a county mosquito control inspector, holds a turkey baster up to the light. "If you look closely, you'll see some moving fast. They're wriggling around," he says. "That's actually mosquito larvae." Smart uses the turkey baster to sample standing water in hard-to-reach places.

Florida officials are still investigating what could become the first non-travel-related cases of Zika in the United States.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke with Health News Florida Editor Julio Ochoa about how the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is helping with the response.

The Justice Department calls it the largest criminal health care fraud case ever brought against individual suspects: Three people are accused of orchestrating a massive fraud involving a number of Miami-based health care providers.

The three facing charges are all from Florida's Miami-Dade County; they include Philip Esformes, 47, owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing and assisted living facilities; hospital administrator Odette Barcha, 49; and physician assistant Arnaldo Carmouze, 56, the Justice Department says.

Health First

Central Florida hospitals are increasing security in the wake of a deadly shooting inside a Brevard County hospital.

Thursday was the first day some security guards at Health First Hospitals started carrying guns and batons.

Florida Joins Legal Fight Against Aetna-Humana Merger

Jul 22, 2016

Pointing in part to concerns about the Medicare Advantage market for seniors, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday joined the U.S. Department of Justice and other states in filing an antitrust lawsuit seeking to block a $37 billion merger between the health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc.

State Says Abortion Waiting Period Doesn’t Infringe On Rights

Jul 21, 2016
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Trying to move forward with a requirement that women wait 24 hours before having abortions, Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has filed a brief at the Florida Supreme Court saying such a waiting period "does not significantly burden the right to privacy."

The brief is part of a more than year-long legal dispute about a 2015 law that would require 24-hour waiting periods.

A Leon County circuit judge last year approved an injunction that blocked the state from carrying out the law, but the 1st District Court of Appeal in February overturned that ruling.

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An Orlando hospital doctor is still wearing the bloody shoes he wore as he treated victims after the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Study: Medicare Beneficiaries May Face ‘Treatment Gap’ For Painkiller Abuse, Misuse

Jul 21, 2016
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When most people think of the victims of the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, they seldom picture members of the Medicare set.

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A second possible non-travel related case of Zika virus was announced today in Broward County, health officials said.

Florida health department officials have been tight-lipped about the investigation into a possible locally-transmitted case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County.

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