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U.S. regulators have approved new competition for EpiPen, the emergency allergy medicine that made Mylan a poster child for pharmaceutical company greed.

Congressional Democrats on Thursday sharply criticized President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs, saying it would harm veterans by rapidly expanding private care while neglecting core VA hospitals and programs.

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A Miami-area beach has been shut down by Florida officials after levels of bacteria from animal intestines were too high.

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Florida is cracking down on those found in possession of fentanyl.

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The health department is investigating another Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Central Florida – including a fatal case.

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The North Miami Police Department is firing the commander in charge when an officer shot a therapist who was protecting an autistic man.

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The attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando helped drive up Florida's murder rate in 2016 to its highest level since 2008, according to crime statistics released Wednesday by the state's top law enforcement agency.

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President Donald Trump promised to make health care more affordable but a government report finds that out-of-pocket costs — deductibles and copayments — would average 61 percent higher under the House Republican bill.

And even though the sticker price for premiums would be lower than under the Obama-era law, what consumers actually pay would edge up on average because government financial assistance would be curtailed.

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A new conservative group wants to end the death penalty in Florida, citing the expense and the morality of taking another life.

Scott Signs Fentanyl, Pollution Notification Bills

Jun 15, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott signed measures Wednesday that will impose minimum mandatory sentences on people who traffic in the dangerous drug fentanyl and require increased public notification of pollution incidents.

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On a hot, sunny Saturday morning at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, Kathy and Dani Dahlberg walk up to a white truck holding portable fish tanks that emit a loud hum.

The new homeowners are trying to describe the size of their pond to Hillsborough County Mosquito Control officials.

Florida is the second worst state in the nation at providing home- and community-based health care options for seniors and the disabled, a new report says.

Counseling Services Continue After Pulse Anniversary

Jun 14, 2017
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Hispanic Family Counseling’s Orlando and Kissimmee offices are open Tuesday for free counseling for anyone in need. The organization worked in conjunction with the city for support at Monday’s Lake Eola event to mark one year since the Pulse shooting.

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Less than six weeks after he helped revive a flagging House Republican health care bill and push it to passage, President Donald Trump now says the measure is "mean" and is asking GOP senators to make it more generous.

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The Florida Department of Health is investigating two gyms in the Orlando area for a possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

Four people have caught the bacterial lung infection in Orange County. When epidemiologists started investigating the four cases, they found two locations in common among the sick: An LA Fitness in MetroWest and an L.A. Fitness in South Orlando.

Gov. Rick Scott has until Wednesday to act on a bill that would create harsher punishments for opioid possession.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program Rejected

Jun 14, 2017

Upholding recommendations from an administrative law judge, the state Agency for Health Care Administration on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Baptist Hospital of Miami to establish an inpatient bone-marrow transplant program.

Tampa Bay Trauma Fight Continues To Brew

Jun 14, 2017
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Amid a series of legal battles across the state about new trauma centers, an administrative law judge has ruled that Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa can intervene in a case to try to prevent a rival hospital from opening a trauma center.

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Of the three medications that treat opioid addiction, one got more attention in the Florida Legislature this year.

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The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study.

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Continuing a dropout trend seen in the Obama years, about 16 percent of consumers who signed up for coverage this year through public health insurance markets had canceled their plans by early spring, the government said Monday.

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Officials in Florida are investigating two LA Fitness health clubs after four customers contracted Legionnaires' disease.

`Docs Vs. Glocks’ Battle Ends In Doctors’ Favor

Jun 13, 2017
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Six years after Florida lawmakers tried to stop doctors from asking patients about guns, health-care providers have emerged victorious in a legal battle as the state did not appeal a federal-court ruling striking down major parts of the 2011 law.

Zika In America: One Mother’s Saga

Jun 13, 2017
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When her daughter was born at Providence St. Peter Hospital in January, the first thing Maria Rios checked was the baby’s head.

She’d seen the terrifying photos on the internet — infants in Brazil and in Puerto Rico whose skulls were misshapen, even collapsed, ravaged by the Zika virus that has engulfed Latin America.

Judge Ends Legal Battle Over Care For Disabled Children

Jun 13, 2017
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With the state pointing to changes it has made, a federal judge Friday dismissed a long-running legal battle about whether Florida's Medicaid program provided proper services to children with severe medical conditions.

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Florida has made significant improvements in providing for its children, a recent study shows.

Life After Pulse: A Special Report

Jun 12, 2017
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Health News Florida partner station WMFE in Orlando has produced an in-depth series for the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The coverage focuses on the stories of the people: people who survived and how they are moving forward; people who were lost and how they are remembered; and people – in the Orlando community and around the globe – who were moved to respond in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Court: Marijuana Investor Information Is Public

Jun 11, 2017
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Information about investors and partners in medical-marijuana businesses is not a trade secret and should be disclosed under Florida's public-records law, an appeals court ruled Friday.

Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Deal

Jun 11, 2017

Florida will have 10 additional marijuana operators — more than double the number of the state's current vendors — within four months, under a medical marijuana proposal approved by lawmakers Friday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he "absolutely" intends to sign the medical marijuana bill passed Friday by the state Legislature.

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