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The Florida Supreme Court is going to decide whether or not the state's 24-hour waiting period for abortions is unconstitutional.

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Florida agriculture officials are distributing mosquito traps to areas that lack surveillance for the species that carries the Zika virus.

Commissioner Adam Putnam announced Thursday that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services held workshops in seven counties over the last two weeks for mosquito control and health officials.

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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday heard arguments in a key case that led to an overhaul of the state's death-penalty sentencing system and could have sweeping implications for the 390 inmates awaiting execution in Florida.

The case involves Timothy Lee Hurst, who was sentenced to death for the 1998 killing of a fast-food worker in Pensacola.

Suicide rates are rising for children and young adults, both nationally and statewide --- and Florida policymakers are trying to reverse the trend.

While suicide is increasing for nearly every age group, it's now the second-leading cause of death for Floridians aged 25 to 34, according to the state Department of Health Vital Statistics, and the third-leading cause of death among youths aged 10 to 24.

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In an effort to expand services and reduce unnecessary hospital visits, Tampa Family Health Centers opened its first facility connected to a hospital.

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Twelve health centers in Florida will get more than $10 million from the federal government to renovate, expand and increase capacity to serve underserved patients, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week.

A federal jury has convicted a north Florida doctor of 162 counts of health care fraud.

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Florida's governor says the U.S. government needs to prepare for the Zika virus like it's a hurricane.

Thousands In Orlando For International Child Care Conference

May 5, 2016
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More than two thousand researchers, foster parents, and non-profit leaders are in Orlando today and tomorrow to talk about child care. The Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) is hosting the International Child Care Conference at First Baptist Church of Orlando.

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The lives of nearly 400 death row inmates hang in the balance during oral arguments Thursday before Florida's Supreme Court, which will ultimately decide if their sentences should be reduced to life in prison.

Hospital, Insurer Clash Over Payment Information

May 5, 2016
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In a battle between a major Jacksonville hospital and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with questions about how much information the hospital should be required to disclose about its charges for care.

House Bill Would Curb Regulation Of E-Cigarettes, Cigars

May 5, 2016
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Vape away.

Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products.

Judge Says South Broward Should Get Transplant Programs

May 5, 2016

In a dispute between two public-hospital districts, an administrative law judge Wednesday said the South Broward Hospital District should get approval to open kidney-transplant programs for children and adults.

Humana became the latest health insurer to serve notice that it might leave some Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, creating more uncertainty for customers ahead of this fall's enrollment window and presidential campaign, during which the law is sure to remain a hot debate topic.

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  The Florida Department of Agriculture will begin testing mosquitoes for the Zika virus.

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The Florida Department of Health says its dramatic drop in the number of new cases of HIV can be attributed to duplicate cases and changes to the way they are counted, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Too many preschoolers with ADHD still are being put on drugs right away, before behavior therapy is tried, health officials say.

High-Profile Lawyers Urge Court To Commute Death Sentences

May 4, 2016
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Arguing that state law requires it, a who's who of prominent attorneys --- including former presidents of the American Bar Association --- are advising the Florida Supreme Court to reduce the death sentences of all inmates awaiting execution to life in prison.

Judge Gives Preliminary Approval To Medicaid Kids Settlement

May 3, 2016

A federal judge has preliminarily approved the settlement of a decade-long lawsuit focused on allegations that Florida's Medicaid program did not provide adequate care to children.

Lawsuits Filed Over Closure of Broward Re-Entry Center

May 3, 2016
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Inmates are named as plaintiffs in three lawsuits challenging a Florida Department of Corrections decision to close a re-entry center in Broward County.

The lawsuits, filed late Monday in Leon County circuit court, are part of a dispute in which contractor Bridges of America is seeking to prevent the shutdown of facilities in Broward and Manatee counties.

Judge Leaves Open Possibility Of Three Pot Licenses In Northeast Florida

May 3, 2016
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Medical marijuana licenses given to two Northeast Florida nurseries by state health officials cannot be challenged by a grower who lost out in the application process, an administrative law judge ruled Monday.

Opioid Epidemic Fueling Hospitalizations, Hospital Costs

May 3, 2016
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Every day, headlines detail the casualties of the nation’s surge in heroin and prescription painkiller abuse: the funerals, the broken families and the patients cycling in and out of treatment. Now, a new study sheds light on another repercussion — how this public health problem is adding to the nation’s ballooning health care costs and who’s shouldering that burden.

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents.

Florida Heroin, Fentanyl Deaths Skyrocket

May 3, 2016
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Florida medical examiners have recorded a sharp increase in deaths related to opioid overdoses, especially in South Florida.

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 The CDC is investigating an outbreak of a stomach bug aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship last week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 92 passengers and 5 crew members reported falling ill.

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As Bayfront Health St. Petersburg transformed from a non-profit hospital losing money to a slimmed down for-profit venture with corporate headquarters in Tennessee, it reduced the amount of charity care the hospital provides, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

FAQ: Medicare Lays Out Plans For Changing Doctors’ Pay

May 2, 2016
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Federal officials have unveiled their roadmap to a revamped Medicare physician payment system designed to reward doctors and other clinicians for the quality of care delivered, rather than the quantity.

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State inspectors say a failing sewage plant in southwest Florida pumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of inadequately treated liquid sewage into nearby mangroves earlier this year.

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Authorities on Monday released the name of an elderly man who died after possibly being left out in the sun at a Pinellas Park nursing home on Saturday.

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The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.

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