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Suzanne Young

St. Petersburg faces $820,000 in fines from the Department of Environmental Protection for releasing over 200 million of gallons of sewage during summer storms.

Court Overturns Probation, Treatment For Drug Offender

Dec 2, 2016
WMFE

A state appeals court Thursday overturned a circuit judge's decision to commit a drug offender to a treatment program and place her on probation instead of sending her to prison.

Court Orders Disability Hearing For Death Row Inmate

Dec 2, 2016
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A divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower court to hold a hearing about whether a Death Row inmate has an intellectual disability that would prevent him from being executed.

Kaiser Health News

As the only insurer to offer plans in the Affordable Care Act marketplace in all of Florida's 67 counties, Florida Blue is keeping a close eye on proposed changes from Donald Trump's administration.

.S. Department of Health and Human Services

There's less than a week left in the Annual Election Period for Floridians enrolled in Medicare to change their plans.

Tighter Prescribing Rules: An Anti-Abuse Strategy That Could Hurt Patients In Pain

Dec 1, 2016

As rates of prescription painkiller abuse remain stubbornly high, a number of states are attempting to cut off the supply at its source by making it harder for doctors to prescribe the addictive pills to Medicaid patients.

Chloe Harris

A blood treatment that was popular 75 years ago but faded away when antibiotics came along may be making a comeback with the increasing popularity of “integrative medicine.”

Court Rejects $18.5M Award In Smoker’s Death

Dec 1, 2016

A South Florida appeals court Wednesday said an $18.5 million damages award against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was excessive in a lawsuit filed by the daughter of a woman who died of lung cancer.

Supreme Court Ready To Hear Malpractice Case

Dec 1, 2016
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More than three years after a legislative battle about the issue, the Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments next week about a medical-malpractice law that spurred debate over access to health information and patients' privacy rights.

Miami-Dade Reports 4 More Local Zika Cases

Dec 1, 2016
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State health officials said Wednesday they have found four more locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Miami-Dade County, while two "travel-related" cases were reported in the Orlando area.

healthcare.gov

Federal health officials say more than a half million Floridians have picked a health care plan through Obamacare since open enrollment began at the start of November.

Insurance Regulators Appeal Workers’ Comp Ruling

Nov 30, 2016
Florida Court System

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said Tuesday it is appealing a circuit judge's ruling that would block a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

State Reports 7 New Zika Cases

Nov 30, 2016
WMFE

State health officials said Tuesday that seven more Zika cases have been reported in Florida, bringing the overall number of cases in the state to 1,213.

The Orlando VA Medical Center breaks ground Wednesday on a place for family members to stay while a loved one is getting treated.

Bill Seeks Repeal Of Florida’s ‘Tampon Tax’

Nov 30, 2016
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Following the lead of other states, a South Florida House member filed a proposal Tuesday to create a sales-tax exemption for feminine hygiene products.

Tampa General Hospital president and CEO Jim Burkhart abruptly resigned Tuesday, officials said.

The hospital released few details about Burkhart's resignation. His name and biography have been removed from the hospital's website. 

Burkhart came to Tampa General nearly four years ago from Shands Jacksonville Medical Center where he was president and CEO.

“We appreciate all that Jim has done during his time here,” John Brabson, Tampa General’s board chairman, said in a release.

Florida Supreme Court Asked To Hear Malpractice Case

Nov 29, 2016
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The estate of a woman who died during surgery in 2009 has asked the Florida Supreme Court to take up a medical-malpractice dispute that focuses on whether Tampa General Hospital could be held liable.

Rep. Metz Diagnosed With Parkinson’s

Nov 29, 2016
Florida House of Representatives

State Rep. Larry Metz, a House committee chairman who is seeking an appointment to the Florida Supreme Court, disclosed Monday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Women Could Pay More For Insurance Under Trump Plan

Nov 29, 2016
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As the prospect began to sink in of losing access to free contraceptives if the health law is repealed or replaced, women have reportedly been racing to get IUDs or stockpile birth control pills before President Barack Obama leaves office.

Invasive Plant Moves Into Central Florida

Nov 29, 2016

A fern at the heart of a dispute threatening a national wildlife refuge in the Florida Everglades is poised to become the state’s latest and greatest invasive plant species.

Court Backs Notifying Minors’ Parents Before Abortion

Nov 29, 2016

With one judge pointing to a lack of "sufficient maturity to make this critical decision," a state appeals court Monday rejected a minor's attempt to get an abortion without her parents being notified.

Moffitt Cancer Center

Promising new treatments are providing hope that a cure for some forms of cancer may be within reach.

Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center are using one form of immunotherapy and awaiting FDA approval for another. 

WMFE

A clinic at the University of Central Florida helping veterans with PTSD is seeking funds to stay open. Dr. Deborah Beidel started the clinic with a Defense Department grant in 2011.

Judge Blocks Workers’ Compensation Rate Hike

Nov 27, 2016
Florida Court System

Little more than a week before businesses were slated to get hit with increased workers' compensation insurance rates, a Leon County circuit judge Wednesday blocked the hike because of violations of Florida's Sunshine Law.

Business Groups Challenge Pollution Notification Rule

Nov 27, 2016
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Five major business groups have challenged a plan by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to impose new requirements for notifying the public when pollution incidents occur.

Florida health officials are celebrating the first baby born to a mother who enrolled in a state program that helps pregnant women stop smoking.

National Key Deer Refuge

Wildlife officials say a two-month-long screwworm outbreak among Key deer has helped biologists develop better counts of the elusive herd.

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Sherry Riggs didn't stay awake to find out who the next president would be. Her heart literally couldn't take it.

Riggs, a 55-year-old barber, has been ordered to avoid stress after a heart attack and bypass surgery last month. Last year, she had a stent put in, paid for by insurance she purchased under President Barack Obama's health overhaul.

The suicide of a firefighter who had a reputation for being a brave and positive force in his Florida community last month has shined a light on post-traumatic stress disorder in his profession.

Moffitt Cancer Center

A criminal investigation is underway after a 65-year-old man died at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

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