Abe Aboraya

Health News Florida Reporter

Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.

Contact Abe at 407-273-2300 x 183 on Twitter @AbeAboraya or by email

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At a meeting for young stroke survivors at the University of Central Florida’s Aphasia House, it’s craft time.

Here, a few of the young people who have had strokes are chatting. They melt peppermints into cookie cutter shapes. But the crafts are really just pretext for hanging out and chatting with people who know what it’s like to survive a stroke at a young age.

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Knox Medical begins delivering medical marijuana Friday in Florida.

Knox is licensed by the Florida Department of Health to grow, process and distribute medical marijuana in Central Florida. The patient receiving the marijuana lives in Osceola County.

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

Juan Cruz is a smartly dressed 15 year old Deltona boy: Black ball cap, bow tie, jeans and sneakers.

Sitting on a comfy leather couch, he’s handed a blue bag with his latest prescription: An orange-flavored medical marijuana spray with 10 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams CBD per dose. He pulls it out of the bag.

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Orlando commissioners voted to delay for one month a decision on whether the city should buy the Pulse nightclub to create a memorial, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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Now that Florida voters have passed a medical marijuana constitutional amendment, some are already asking: Is recreational marijuana next?

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Adventist Health System is being sued under a class action lawsuit, alleging the company has underfunded its pension plans by $134 million dollars.

Based in Altamonte Springs, Adventist Health System owns 46 hospitals in 10 states. Adventist is Florida Hospital’s parent company, and is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Winter Park Memorial Hospital

Winter Park Memorial Hospital is planning an expansion.

The University of Florida is backing out of its deal to take over Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona.

The U.S. Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit with the nation’s largest private nursing home company.

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The Health Care Center for the Homeless received a grant Monday from the city of Orlando to build another clinic.

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United For Care’s John Morgan and Jessica Spencer squared off Tuesday night in a televised medical marijuana debate.

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United For Care’s John Morgan and substance abuse counselor Jessica Spencer squared off Tuesday night in a televised medical marijuana debate.

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A medical marijuana debate is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WESH, Channel 2 in Orlando.

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Surgical equipment used in open heart surgeries and liver transplants may have been contaminated by the manufacturer.

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The National Disaster Medical System has been activated in Brevard County due to Hurricane Matthew.

High Rates Of C. Diff Found At 3 Florida Hospitals

C. Diff is a potentially deadly bacteria that killed 29,000 people last year – and too many people are catching the bacteria at Florida hospitals.

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A protester was removed from a talk in Orlando on Friday about genetically modified mosquitoes.

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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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Orange County Sheriff’s Office released another batch of 911 calls Wednesday from the shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The calls released show the high number of calls coming in. Orange County dispatchers were unable to patch many of the calls through to Orlando Police dispatchers.

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Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson this month donated $1 million dollars to the campaign against Florida’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment, and the first ad buys have begun.

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Osceola County officials plan to use aerial spraying to control mosquitoes in rural areas.

Orange County will refrain from aerial spraying of the insecticide naled to fight Zika, even if there is local transmission.

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  Gerry Realin spent four hours with the dead inside of Pulse Night Club.

He remembers the blood. The smell. The scene was so bad, the eight-member Hazmat team wouldn’t let any other officers help them remove the bodies. That way fewer people had to witness what they saw.

WMFE

For-profit hospital operator HCA has been picked to build a teaching hospital at the University of Central Florida.

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The final shooting victim in the Pulse Night Club shooting has been released from the hospital after 86 days.

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Health insurance rates in Florida are going to jump next year by an average of 19 percent.

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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.

WMFE

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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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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