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Community Health Systems says it is selling one hospital in Florida and four in Mississippi to Curae Health Inc.

SeaWorld To Serve Sustainable Food At Its Parks

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SeaWorld says it will serve only humanely raised and sustainably harvested food at its parks.

Suzanne Young

A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the city of St. Petersburg over a sewage spill.

A fertilizer company spokeswoman says one well on its property has seen contamination spread from a huge sinkhole that sent contaminated water and fertilizer into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.

Republican Leaders Expect Action on Workers’ Comp

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With Florida businesses facing a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and a key Republican senator said they expect lawmakers to take action during the 2017 legislative session.

U.S. House Approves $1.1 Billion To Fight Zika

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After months of squabbling about the issue, the U.S. House on Wednesday night approved a measure that provides $1.1 billion to help combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus. 

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President Barack Obama will be in Tampa on Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act at the University of South Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

Scott Glad Congress Allocated Funds To Fight Zika

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After making two lobbying trips to Washington, D.C., and authorizing $61.2 million in emergency state spending, Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is glad Congress reached agreement on a $1.1 billion initiative to fight the mosquito-borne  Zika virus.

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It's a busy Monday morning at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, and Philip Ertel is here for a check-up. The 60-year-old needs refills for his diabetes and cholesterol medications.

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A majority of Americans favor government action to restrain prescription drug prices, according to a poll released Thursday.

Senate Approves $1.1B Toward Fighting Zika Virus

Sep 29, 2016
MGN Online

With Zika cases climbing to 921 in Florida, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday advanced a federal spending bill that includes $1.1 billion in funding to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

Florida Death Penalty Still On Hold As Courts Seek Answers

Sep 29, 2016
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Florida’s death penalty has been in a state of limbo this year.

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12-year-old Christina Clark takes medical marijuana.

Her mother Anneliese Clark uses it to treat the seizures her daughter has had since she was three months old. At her worst, “she just literally, she wasn’t doing anything,” Anneliese Clark said. “She laid on the couch and shook and twitched.”

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More than a quarter of the Food and Drug Administration employees who approved cancer and hematology drugs from 2001 through 2010 left the agency and now work or consult for pharmaceutical companies, according to research published by a prominent medical journal Tuesday.

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A multi-state bus tour pushing for tougher gun legislation kicked off in Orlando on Tuesday. The tour is being led by former astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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This week, Congress will have another opportunity to compromise on a Zika funding measure.

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Money from the OneOrlando Fund will start going to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, despite a lawsuit trying to block disbursement.  A judge will hear a request next week to block payments until the fund has been audited.

Zika Cases Top 900 In Florida

Sep 28, 2016
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The number of cases of the ZIka virus in Florida has topped 900, with an additional 10 reported Tuesday, according to updated information posted on the Florida Department of Health website.

Bondi Announces Ban On Synthetic Drug

Sep 28, 2016
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday announced an emergency rule to ban a type of synthetic drug that she said has caused multiple deaths in Florida.

State Regulators Order 14.5% Increase In Workers' Comp Rates

Sep 28, 2016
Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

Florida regulators issued an order Tuesday that said workers' compensation insurance rates should increase 14.5 percent starting later this year.

Panel Recommends More Services With No Cost Sharing For Women

Sep 27, 2016
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The list of preventive services that women can receive without paying anything out of pocket under the health law could grow if proposed recommendations by a group of mostly medical providers are adopted by federal officials later this year.

Florida Reports 10 More Local Zika Cases

Sep 27, 2016
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Florida health officials Monday reported 10 additional locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus, including one involving a Palm Beach County resident.

Scott Orders Faster Notice After Pollution

Sep 27, 2016
Suzanne Young

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ordered new public notification rules after a sewage spill in Pinellas County and a sinkhole south of Lakeland that sent toxins into the drinking-water supply.

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Pfizer will not split into two publicly traded companies, a decision that for now ends Wall Street speculation over the drugmaker's future.

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Federal environmental regulators want to add an abandoned toxic waste site in Florida's Big Bend to the nation's list of most polluted places, a designation that could help fund cleanup efforts.

Debate Continues Over Fluoridation

Sep 26, 2016
Kaiser Health News

Many people take for granted the addition of fluoride into public drinking water systems that aims to prevent tooth decay. It’s a seven-decade-old public health effort. But it’s not nearly as universally accepted.

Anti-Marijuana Group Increases Spending

Sep 26, 2016
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A group fighting a proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would broadly legalize medical marijuana spent nearly $1.4 million from Sept. 10 through Sept. 16, with much of the money going to advertising, according to a new finance report.

3 More Zika Cases Reported In Miami-Dade

Sep 26, 2016
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Three more locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were reported Friday in Miami-Dade County as the overall number of such cases climbs toward 100.

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A new Commonwealth Fund study that examines some major health care proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people.

Before you hire a contractor you likely do a little research.

Maybe visit a website, read a few reviews or at least a Google search to see if you’re dealing with a criminal.

But when it comes to our doctors, how many of us do the same due diligence?

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