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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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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The CEO of Adventist Health System today announced his retirement.

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Laly Santiago-Leon (Lolly Santiago Loom) lost her cousin Luis Wilson Leon (Louis Wilson Loom) and his boyfriend Jean Mendez Perez in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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For 20-year-old Patience Carter and her two best friends, that Saturday night of dancing at Pulse night club was literally the best night of her life. And then the shooting started.

Carter immediately dropped to the floor and started scooting backwards. Suddenly, she found herself outside.

“And I didn’t even realize it until I was outside with my hands on the grass and Akyra hovered over me, and I see the sky behind her head, and I’m like: Where’s Tiara?” Carter said.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a field trial to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

WMFE

The University of Central Florida is actively seeking a partner to build an academic teaching hospital in Medical City.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not adding Florida or Miami to its list of areas where pregnant women should avoid traveling. 

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Congress’ failure to fully fund the fight against Zika could slow down development of a vaccine.

Health First

Central Florida hospitals are increasing security in the wake of a deadly shooting inside a Brevard County hospital.

Thursday was the first day some security guards at Health First Hospitals started carrying guns and batons.

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Walker Dawson huddles up a group of friends around Matt Bellina’s wheelchair on Cocoa Beach. The plan is to paddle out a little further south, where the sandbar is more crumbly.

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The state of Florida has issued an emergency order to shut down Grace Manor Assisted Living and Memory Care in Port Orange.

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Florida confirmed 11 new cases of the Zika virus Wednesday – the most new infections logged in the state during a single day.

Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to Pulse for Latin night.

At 2 a.m., he heard gun shots. Loud. He knew it was real.

WMFE

Dr. Joshua Corsa was at Orlando Regional Medical Center when he got the first alert that a shooting had happened: A page that read TRAUMA NOW.

WMFE

Ivy Hernandez promotes Latin Night at Orlando’s Parliament House, so she knows the LGBT Latino community.

She was not at the Pulse nightclub Sunday night; she was working at Parliament House on the other side of town. But she got a phone call as it happened.

WMFE

  Orlando Regional Medical Center got 44 patients from the Pulse night club shooting.

It’s a Level 1 Trauma Center, and medical staff there were pushed to the limit as they dealt with the onslaught of patients coming from the Pulse nightclub shooting that happened just three blocks away. Medical staff and patients recounted the events of early Sunday morning.

WMFE

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is urging the governor to approve the University of Florida takeover of Sanford Burnham. The governor was in Orlando for a press event, where Dyer talked with him about what the state can do to help keep Sanford Burnham in Medical City.

WMFE

The University of Florida hopes to have a deal outlined in the coming weeks to negotiate the takeover of Sanford Burnham Prebys Institute in Orlando.

Keeping guns away from those with serious mental illness could help reduce gun suicides.

Men who live near the Daytona International Speedway  have higher death rates than state averages, according to an analysis of health statistics from the Florida Department of Health.

Colon cancer rates are 10 times higher than the state average in the area code surrounding the speedway, and stroke rates are almost 13 times higher.

WMFE

Osceola County is getting its first pediatric intensive care unit beds this week. Osceola Regional is opening a six-bed ICU beds for children and eight private pediatric beds, attached to a new pediatric emergency room.

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration approved two new hospitals Friday and denied two others.

Three unvaccinated horses in Central Florida have caught eastern equine encephalitis.

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Lake Nona Medical City’s first class of health care tech startups is underway.

The Health Box Studio program will help grow 11 companies through the end of June, when they will make a pitch for investor money. Products range from software to artificial intelligence to a smart pill box.

Jessica Houston is with Guide Well, Florida Blue’s Parent, which has hosted the HealthBox in other parts of the state.

“We had studios across Florida, in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami,” Houston said. “This is the first time we’re hosting the studio in Lake Nona.”

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A central Florida lab can now test mosquitoes for the Zika virus.

County workers at Mosquito Control departments across the state can now send mosquitoes to the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Kissimmee. Once there, the insects are tested for Zika and its viral cousins, Dengue and chickungunya. 

If you had medieval Legos as a kid, The Dragon at Legoland Florida Resort is the roller coaster incarnation. And it’s the biggest, baddest, still very kid-friendly roller coaster at Legoland Florida Resort.

Photo: Wedgefield Homeowner's Association.

When voters pick new Orange County commissioners this election, one issue will be front and center for east Orange residents: Water quality.

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Details are emerging on Sanford-Burnham's planned exit from Orlando.

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An autistic man’s family who says Disney’s new disability access program discriminates against guests with autism are continuing their legal fight.

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During a conversation about health care recently with WMFE, the chief executives of two major hospitals in Central Florida said making prices more transparent to patients is important, but the task itself is hard to accomplish.

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