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The Obama administration has once again refused Florida Gov. Rick Scott's request to declare a federal state of emergency because of algae blooms on the St. Lucie River.

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Nearly eight years after a Sarasota County woman committed suicide, the Florida Supreme Court said Thursday her husband can pursue a lawsuit against a physician about care provided before her death.

Scott Plans D.C. Trip To Urge Zika Funding

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Gov. Rick Scott will travel to Washington, D.C. in early September, when Congress returns from its summer recess, to seek funding to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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There may be plenty of room for debate about whether some aspects of everyday life cause cancer — whether it’s drinking too much coffee, eating too much sugar or talking too much on a cell phone.

Push Continues For Florida Lethal Injection Details

Aug 25, 2016
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Lawyers representing Arizona Death Row inmates aren't backing down from a battle with Florida corrections officials over the release of documents related to execution drugs, part of a drawn-out challenge to Arizona's lethal-injection process.

State Benefits Ordered For Man With Severe Epilepsy

Aug 25, 2016

Rejecting the position of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday said a man with a severe form of epilepsy is eligible for benefits under a state home- and community-based services program.

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Orange County officials held a panel Wednesday looking at the media’s role in covering mental health issues.

While many of the topics discussed are well-known in certain circles, some of these may surprise the average reader. So I’ve put together six things that stood out on the issue.

Court Sides With Tampa General In Malpractice Case

Aug 25, 2016

An appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling that cleared Tampa General Hospital from potential liability in a medical-malpractice case stemming from the death of a patient during surgery.

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Mario Perez was grazed by a bullet inside Pulse Night Club. In addition to the physical and psychological recovery from that experience, he’s had another worry: The uninsured Miami resident was told his bill from Orlando Regional Medical Center would be $20,000.

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It's a balmy Saturday morning at the Rotary campground in Brandon. Dark clouds are threatening to unleash the fury of a Florida summer rainstorm, so the canoes and kayaks have been packed up for the day.

Now, the teens are just hanging out. Some are getting their nails and hair done, others are doing arts and crafts.

But this isn't your typical summer camp.

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  With the first locally-transmitted case of Zika in Tampa Bay the question on everyone’s minds is where?

Rep.  David Jolly, who represents Pinellas County, is pushing for an answer.

Government-Protected ‘Monopolies’ Drive Drug Prices Higher, Study Says

Aug 24, 2016
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The “most important factor” that drives prescription drug prices higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world is the existence of government-protected “monopoly” rights for drug manufacturers, researchers at Harvard Medical School report Tuesday.

Supreme Court Turns Down Chinese Drywall Case

Aug 24, 2016
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The Florida Supreme Court has declined a couple's request to take up a dispute about whether a property insurer is required to cover damage related to Chinese drywall in a Tampa home.

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Doctors describe 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon as a walking miracle – he’s only the fourth person in the U.S. to survive an infection from the so-called brain-eating amoeba in the U.S.

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State officials are investigating Pinellas County’s first non-travel-related case of Zika virus, according to a release from Gov. Rick Scott’s office.

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Failures by a Tampa assisted living facility to follow its policies helped lead to an 81-year-old man’s death a state investigation found, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

Miami-Dade Gets $5 Million For Zika Fight

Aug 23, 2016
Florida Department of Health

Gov. Rick Scott said Monday the state is sending $5 million to Miami-Dade County to help in the ongoing effort to stem an outbreak of the Zika virus.

Geriatric ERs Reduce Stress, Medical Risks For Elderly Patients

Aug 23, 2016
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The Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room looks and sounds like hundreds of others across the country: Doctors rush through packed hallways; machines beep incessantly; paramedics wheel stretchers in as patients moan in pain.

CMS Identifies Hospitals Paid Nearly $1.5B In 2015 Medicare Billing Settlement

Aug 23, 2016

A year after paying nearly $1.5 billion to more than a third of U.S. hospitals to resolve longstanding Medicare billing disputes, the Obama administration has disclosed who got paid.

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The tanning salon industry is feeling burned by "Obamacare."

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Pfizer is buying the cancer drug company Medivation in a deal valued at about $14 billion.

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The Zika virus has changed how blood banks collect donations in Florida – and now it’s changing sperm and egg donations as well.

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Bruce Bradford is a longtime Republican who dislikes big government and government handouts. But he acknowledges that he's been saved by insurance obtained under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

NIH official: Gulf Coast states most vulnerable to Zika

Aug 21, 2016
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A National Institutes of Health official says the Zika virus could "hang around" the United States for a year or two.

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The CEO of Adventist Health System today announced his retirement.

Medical Marijuana Group Raises $34K

Aug 19, 2016

With the November election starting to draw closer, a group backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would broadly legalize medical marijuana raised $34,526 from Aug. 6 to Aug. 12, according to a finance report posted Thursday on the state Division of Elections website.

Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Abortion Law

Aug 19, 2016
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

A federal judge Thursday issued a permanent injunction against a new Florida abortion law that would have led to increased inspections of clinic records and prevented abortion providers from receiving public money for other health services.

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U.S. health officials are warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach, where Florida officials say mosquitoes have spread the Zika virus to five people.

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Officials at an Orlando hospital say the only survivor of the Pulse nightclub massacre who was still in critical condition has seen their condition improve.

Three More Local Zika Cases Found In Miami-Dade

Aug 18, 2016
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State health officials said Wednesday they have found three more Zika cases believed to have been caused by mosquito bites in Miami-Dade County, bringing to 33 the number of locally transmitted cases in South Florida.

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