Daylina Miller

Health News Florida Reporter

Daylina Miller is a multimedia reporter for WUSF and Health News Florida, covering health in the Tampa Bay area and across the state.

She began her journalism career as a teen columnist at The Tampa Tribune in 2005, and has since worked as a reporter for several Tampa Bay news organizations.

Daylina is a graduate of the University of South Florida's School of Mass Communications, where she started the school's Her Campus Magazine branch, served as a correspondent for USA Today College and wrote opinion columns for The Oracle, the Tampa campus newspaper.

She received her master's degree in New Media Journalism at Full Sail University and through the program started Dames & Dice, a tabletop gaming blog.

Jamie Howe has been disabled for years after complications from a gastric bypass surgery, and was diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which she said causes debilitating pain.

After opiates put her in the hospital and then into rehab, she looked to marijuana to alleviate the pain.

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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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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell visited Tampa on Tuesday to remind Floridians they’re in the final days to enroll in the federal marketplace for health insurance.

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There's less than a week left in the Annual Election Period for Floridians enrolled in Medicare to change their plans.

Charlie Bellofatto stood on Ashley Drive at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa with a tambourine in one hand and a sign in the other.

The Tampa resident and Lakota Tribe member sang the Lakota “Four Directions Song” as he protested the Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline and a crude oil pipeline being built on native land in the Midwest.

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With one month left in the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace for insurance that starts Jan. 1, insurance navigators are encouraging people to examine their options.

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It's a hot Sunday afternoon in Tampa's historic Ybor City, but that doesn't stop coffee lovers from popping into the "Blind Tiger Cafe" on 7th Avenue for their caffeine fix.

While patrons sip their lattes and iced coffees in the front room, Cat Martin and her husband Phil Malthus set up in the back for their monthly "Death Cafe."

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According to a new report, more children than ever before have health insurance.

Florida joins 40 other states that insured more children between 2013 and 2015.

A new report shows that Florida hospitals have increased their number of residency slots 19 percent since 2013.

The state faces a severe shortage of about 7,000 medical specialists through 2025.

The University of South Florida College of Public Health is giving out free flu shots on Friday, Oct. 21 for their 20th Annual Free Flu Shot Drive.

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The president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund President was at the University of South Florida in Tampa Monday to encourage students to vote Hillary Clinton for president.

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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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The Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County will hold a Zika forum Friday in Tampa to address concerns about pregnancy.

Zika infection is linked to microcephaly, a birth defect that causes infants to be born with small heads.

Jane Murphy, the executive director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, said the forum will educate both the public and health care workers.

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It's a balmy Saturday morning at the Rotary campground in Brandon. Dark clouds are threatening to unleash the fury of a Florida summer rainstorm, so the canoes and kayaks have been packed up for the day.

Now, the teens are just hanging out. Some are getting their nails and hair done, others are doing arts and crafts.

But this isn't your typical summer camp.

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State officials are investigating Pinellas County’s first non-travel-related case of Zika virus, according to a release from Gov. Rick Scott’s office.

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Consumer advocacy group Florida CHAIN released a new report Wednesday that once again calls for the expansion of Medicaid in the state.

The push comes despite the fact that Florida House lawmakers have shut down expansion of the health care for the poor each year since 2010.

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Florida and 42 other states fail to give the public easy access to health care pricing, according to a new report.

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Pasco County Commissioners met Tuesday in Dade City to discuss an extension on a county-wide ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Commissioners say the ban is needed until the county gets on the same page with law enforcement and land development coding.

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  With the hum of the bus' engine in the background, Doctor Maria Pardo looks at 2-year-old Isabella Rodriquez's teeth. The toddler is nervous, and keeps closing her mouth. To help distract her, Pardo counts Isabella's teeth out loud as she inspects them with a dental mirror.

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It used to be that if you wanted to watch a surgery, you had to sit in a gallery behind a glass panel. And even then, you usually had to be a medical student. The surgeon performed on the other side, but there was no interaction between the doctor and spectators.

  The St. Petersburg Free Clinic has expanded its dental services to include providing dentures to low-income, uninsured and underserved adults in Pinellas County.

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Having a baby is expensive, even with insurance. A new report says the average cost varies greatly across Florida and nationally.

The report by Castlight, a company that looks at millions of patient claims a year, ranked by price the 30 most populated U.S. cities, including Tampa, Orlando and Miami.

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A program that helps seniors choose a Medicare program and save money on prescription drugs could be going away in Florida and across the country.

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According to a new report, children's health in Florida has improved overall, but is still lagging behind when compared to other states.

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Some Tampa Bay area residents who like to dress up like their favorite comic book and movie characters are stepping into a new role. These cosplayers are volunteering their time to brighten the lives of children dealing with serious medical issues.

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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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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.

More children in Florida had a parent in prison than nearly anywhere else in the country, according to a report released Friday.

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The latest Hospital Safety Scores released by the not-for-profit watchdog Leapfrog Group show less than 25 percent of general, acute-care hospitals in Florida earned an A.

Last year, nearly half earned As.

Florida is facing some serious doctor shortages in the next decade because of growth and an aging population. A statewide hospital network hopes more residency slots will help.

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