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7:44 am
Fri July 31, 2015

FIU Nursing School Earns Grant For Clinic At Miami Northwestern Senior High

Dr. Farouk Flickr Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:31 pm

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Florida International University’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Studies a $1.45 million grant to fund a free clinic at Miami Northwestern Senior High (MNW).

The Liberty City-based campus will begin providing family and pediatric care services in November. These will include preventative care, vaccines, flu shots, physical therapy, speech therapy and athletic training.

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8:46 am
Thu July 30, 2015

West Nile Virus Case Confirmed In Volusia

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The Florida Department of Health confirmed a case of the West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne disease, in Volusia County Wednesday.

  Health officials are expecting more cases, and warn residents to get rid of standing water and wear protective clothing.

Most West Nile Virus infections are mild, but about one percent of cases can cause permanent neurological damage, paralysis and even death. There is no treatment or vaccine for the virus.

Florida had 69 cases of West Nile Virus in 2012.

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8:43 am
Thu July 30, 2015

HIV 2020 Plan To Impact Florida

WMFE

President Barack Obama is unveiling an updated national strategy Thursday to combat the HIV and AIDS epidemic that could have a big impact in Florida, which leads the nation in new HIV infections.

The White House unveiled the first national HIV plan in 2010, with ambitious, measurable goals: reduce new HIV diagnoses, increase the number of youth with an undetectable HIV viral load, and reduce the death rate from AIDS.

There’s been positive progress on all those, and there’s been a drop in the number of women, heterosexuals and IV-drug users contracting the disease.

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8:15 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Federal Court Ok's 'Docs Vs Glocks' Bill

A federal appeals court has upheld Florida's "Docs Vs Glocks" bill banning physicians from discussing firearms with their patients.

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 4:21 pm

Doctors and gun advocates are trading potshots after a recent federal appeals court ruling.

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8:11 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Will More Arrests Occur In Corrections Officer Charged With Attacking Inmate Incident?

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 8:28 am

A north Florida correctional officer is facing charges of assaulting an inmate with a chemical agent and lying about it. He was arrested Tuesday and fired from the state’s prison agency.

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8:04 am
Thu July 30, 2015

New Car Seat Introduced to Prevent Hot-Car Deaths

Evenflo's 'Sensor Safe' technology
Evenflo photo

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:43 am

With the summer months heating up, many parents are taking their children on trips to the park, the beach and other attractions.

However, parents may need to be concerned about more than just sunburn and temper tantrums. Florida ranks number two in the nation for hot-car deaths among children.

Children’s bodies heat up faster than adults do, making them more susceptible to heat stroke in a hot car.

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5:30 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

TB Hospital Buyer Seeks Refund Over Land Estimate

Associated Press

A development company that acquired the site of the former A.G. Holley state tuberculosis hospital last year in Palm Beach County wants a $1.29 million refund from the state because the property has less land than advertised.

However, state officials contend that while the advertised acreage was an estimate, the Lantana property was sold under "as is, where is" terms.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will be asked next Wednesday to decide whether to approve the requested refund for Lantana Development LLC.

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4:56 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Scott Orders Planned Parenthood Inspections

Associated Press

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices to ensure they are obeying the law when performing abortions.

In a statement Wednesday, Scott called recent videos troubling and said it's against the law for any organizations to sell body parts. The Republican governor said the state will take quick legal and regulatory action against any of the 16 facilities found in violation.

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4:51 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Miami Activists Push For Needle-Exchange Program To Fight Region's Growing HIV Rate

Some activists say Florida needs a needle-exchange program to cut down on the spread of HIV and hepatitis C, but the idea lacks the necessary legislative support to become law.
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For the past three years, public health activists have been trying to convince Florida lawmakers to support a needle-exchange program to fight the HIV epidemic in South Florida, and for the past three years they’ve been turned down.

One Miami activist refuses to wait for lawmakers. George Gibson is an ordained minister. Nearly everyone calls him Elder as in a church elder.

He says his needle-exchange program is related to his religious work.

“I see it as being an AIDS ministry,” he said.

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4:49 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Miami Beach Planning Board Approves Baptist Health Urgent Care Center

Rendering of the recently approved Baptist Health urgent care center to open at 709 Alton Road.
Crescent Heights

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:24 am

The Baptist brand of health care is coming to Miami Beach.  

The city planning board voted 6-1 to give Baptist the green light to build an urgent care center at 709 Alton Road.

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9:14 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Menendez Case Gets Tense, Aggressive

Associated Press

The corruption indictment against Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey is only a few months old, but early court filings pull back the curtain on a legal fight that promises to be bitter, personal and contested at each step.

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9:11 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Appeals Court Upholds Doctor-Patient Gun Law

For the second time in little more than a year, a federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a controversial Florida law that restricts doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients' gun ownership.

The 2-1 decision by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates and a defeat for medical groups that argued, at least in part, that the law infringed on doctors' First Amendment rights.

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9:07 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Report: Health Care Spending To Accelerate

 The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.

Spending on health care will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, underscoring a coming challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.

A combination of expanded insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's law, an aging population, and rising demand, will be squeezing society's ability to pay.

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9:01 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Florida Matters: Homelessness Among Florida's Students

The learning center at the Homeless Empowerment Program in Clearwater
M.S. Butler

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:56 pm

When it comes to children, the definition of homeless includes more children than you may think.

Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act children and youth who "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless." That means children who are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds -- or doubled-up with relatives or friends  --are homeless, as well as those who stay in shelters, on the street or in abandoned buildings.

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8:56 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Rays, Y Team Up For Water Safety

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier made a splash at Northeast High School in St. Pete to promote safe swimming.

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 8:58 am

  

Nationally, Florida tops the charts for drowning deaths for children under five.  That's why the Tampa Bay Rays and the YMCA partnered again this summer to teach children in the Tampa Bay area how to swim.

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9:18 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Univita Health Losing Medicaid Contracts

Registered Nurse Miriam Delgado cares for Matthew, a resident at an Orlando group home for medically needy children.
Carol Gentry Health News Florida

Univita Health, which gained control of the entire Florida Medicaid home-care market a year ago, has suddenly lost all of its HMO contracts.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration made the announcement in an e-mail blast late Tuesday afternoon. 

Univita, based in Miramar, stopped processing requests for home health-care services, durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, and intravenous therapy “effective immediately,” AHCA said.

AHCA provided no reasons for its announcement, but released a statement this morning.

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10:41 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Lee Memorial Health System Moves Forward With "Bedless" Hospital

Courtesy Lee Memorial Health System

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 1:21 pm

Note: Audio to come.

Lee Memorial Health System is preparing to build a hospital without beds. The company bought land in Estero about a decade ago. It was originally intended to be an 80-bed facility. But, the state denied its plans. Now, the plans have changed. 

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8:41 am
Tue July 28, 2015

No Injuries After Shots Fired At UF Campus

Clay Allen Shanks, left, and Sara Elizabeth Gooden
Alachua County Jail

Two Gainesville residents face multiple charges following an argument that escalated into gunshots being fired outside a University of Florida dormitory.

University police Maj. Brad Barber told The Gainesville Sun an argument broke out as people were leaving a bar.

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8:35 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Auto Insurer Pushes For Hospital Contracts

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State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance is asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a dispute about whether a Jacksonville hospital needs to turn over information about contracts with health insurers.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal last month ruled in favor of Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, which now is known as UF Health Jacksonville, in the dispute stemming from personal-injury protection auto-insurance claims.

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8:26 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Execution Cocktail Arguments Continue

Florida Department of Corrections

Lawyers for Death Row inmate Jerry Correll on Monday backed a decision by the Florida Supreme Court to send his case back to a circuit judge, after Attorney General Pam Bondi's office asked justices to reconsider the decision.

Justices, in a 5-2 ruling last week, refused to lift a stay of Correll's execution and sent the case to a Central Florida circuit court for further consideration. Bondi's office responded Friday by asking for a rehearing in the state Supreme Court.

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8:08 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Children With Autism Express Themselves With Art At Wynwood Gallery

Children with autism made "Blue Daises" that was displayed at the Pan American Art Projects Gallery in Wynwood Friday night. The Art for Autism brought children and professional artists with autism together for a fundraising event.
Alexander Gonzalez WLRN

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 8:42 am

Alba Prieto says life with her son Daniel can be a “roller coaster.”

“One day you’re up, one day you’re down,” she says. “But at the end of the day, at the end of the roller coaster, you feel super excited about what you have been doing.”

Daniel Varela, 10, was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. It’s a spectrum disorder (one with varying degrees of severity) that can make communication and social interaction challenging. 

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8:05 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Krome Corps: Volunteers Reach Out To Immigrants In Detention

Danyel Ferraz, an immigrant detained at the Krome Service Processing Center, shows Peggy Mustelier photos of his children.
Maria Murriel WLRN

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:46 am

Every Thursday night, Peggy Mustelier drives to the muggy, buggy edge of the Everglades to visit a man without a country.

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8:53 am
Mon July 27, 2015

FL Medicaid Plans Seek Raise From State Amid Losses

Insurers participating in Florida's new Medicaid managed care program say they've lost $542 million through 2014 and want the state to raise their rates. But after losing major federal funding for hospitals, Gov. Rick Scott doesn't want to use any more state money for the Medicaid program.

Scott and the insurers are locked in intense negotiations that could undermine the fledgling program that gives federal funds to private health insurance companies to oversee medical care for poor and disabled people instead of reimbursing doctors and hospitals for each service.

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8:52 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Orlando VA Medical Center Faces Nurse Shortage

The hospital has more than 1,300 positions that have yet to be filled.
WMFE

Officials at Orlando’s VA Medical Center at Lake Nona are struggling with a shortage of nurses and doctors.

The hospital has more than 1,300 vacancies to treat Central Florida’s 400,000 veterans.

The number of veterans continues to rise, along with demand for treatment, spokesman Michael Strickler said.

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8:37 am
Mon July 27, 2015

UCF Offers Nursing Grad Students Loan Help

The University of Central Florida is offering nurses seeking a doctorate degree a loan forgiveness opportunity.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the school is offering nursing students a loan to cover the cost of online classes. They can then have 85 percent of that debt wiped away if they agree to teach at a college after graduation.

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11:46 am
Sun July 26, 2015

West Nile Case Confirmed

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 1:24 pm

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus for 2015. The case comes from Walton County.

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7:36 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Hospital Commission Makes Final Stop

Lottie Watts WUSF

Gov. Rick Scott’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding’s “Spotlight Transparency Tour” made its last scheduled stop Thursday at Miami-Dade College’s Medical Campus.

This meeting included a presentation from Steven Sonenreich, chief executive officer of the private non-profit Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He said there’s an industry-wide transparency problem when it comes to the rates of services.

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8:35 am
Thu July 23, 2015

State Medical Pot Office Gets New Chief

WMFE

State health officials on Wednesday announced that Christian Bax will replace Patricia Nelson as the new head of the Office of Compassionate Use, the agency charged with overseeing Florida's medical marijuana law.

Nelson's abrupt departure Friday sent ripples throughout the medical marijuana industry.

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8:30 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Medical Pot Group Submits 100,000 Petitions

Laurie Avacado Wikimedia Commons

The group trying to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is making headway in its second push to get the initiative on the ballot.

United For Care shipped more than 100,000 signatures Wednesday to election officials across the state. United For Care campaign manager Ben Pollara says the group still needs to collect more than 500,000 petitions.

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8:29 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Birdhouse Prompts Bomb Scare Near Hospital

Note- This is not the same birdhouse that prompted the bomb scare.
André Karwath/Wikimedia Commons

Authorities say a birdhouse prompted a bomb scare outside a Sarasota hospital.

Police say a “suspicious package” was reported Wednesday morning outside Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Traffic in the area was blocked off, and the building was placed on a “diversion” lockdown, meaning no patients were allowed in and out.

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