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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There’s a lot of confusion in Florida when it comes to medical marijuana.

There are existing laws, Amendment 2 that was passed by voters but still needs to go through the legislature, and somewhere in between, the Florida Department of Health is issuing rules.

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Oviedo Medical Research begins screening patients Monday for a novel treatment for chronic constipation – a vibrating capsule. 

Healthcare.gov

While talk of repeal and replace has dominated the recent conversation about the Affordable Care Act, consumers have quietly been signing up in record numbers.  

WMFE

The four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge is this week at the Daytona International Speedway. Michael Johnson will be driving a BMW at the race. Johnson is paralyzed from the middle of his chest down, and drives the car using specialized hand paddles.

Insurer Aetna was making a profit selling health insurance under the Affordable Care Act when it exited Florida.

Sunscreen is more effective than an umbrella at preventing sunburns – but may not be enough to completely prevent sunburns.

Florida Hospital Medical Center did the most heart transplants in 2016 in the southeastern United States.

Source: Journal of the American Medical Association study

Researchers are now saying Florida’s “stand your ground” law coincided with big increases in the homicide by firearm rate.

Ed Fluker

Per capita, Osceola County has the worst rates in Florida for asthma hospitalizations and the second worst rate for emergency room visits for asthma.

But a free lung clinic is helping residents breathe easy.

A new drug is giving hope to infants with an often fatal genetic disease similar to Lou Gehrig’s.

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For people who want their insurance to kick in January 1st, enrollment has been extended through Monday Dec. 19.

With that said, the big question for those who get their health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act is, what will happen to the ACA once President Elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20?

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Florida Hospital is gearing up to open a home for transplant patients.

The Bartch House at Florida Hospital in Orlando is expected to open soon. It will be a low-cost or free home away from home for organ transplant patients and their families.

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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.

WMFE

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.

Bill Dickinson

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

WESH

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

WESH

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.

WMFE

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

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