Health News Florida http://health.wusf.usf.edu en Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments? http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/would-prize-help-speed-development-ebola-treatments The human toll of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is becoming clearer by the day. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Scott Hensley 7564 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments? The 10-Year-Old Boy Has Died, Probably Of Ebola http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/10-year-old-boy-has-died-probably-ebola It was a photo that took the Ebola outbreak raging in West Africa and made it very personal.<p>A little boy named Saah Exco, 10 years old, lies in a crumpled heap. He had been found naked on a beach in West Point, an impoverished Monrovia neighborhood. Saah had been a patient at the Ebola holding center there, for suspected Ebola cases.<p>And then there he was, naked on the beach. Drifting in and out of consciousness.<p>People in the neighborhood knew him. But they were afraid to touch him. Many folks in West Point — and throughout West Africa — don't think Ebola is real. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Marc Silver 7565 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu The 10-Year-Old Boy Has Died, Probably Of Ebola U.S. Diplomatic Cable Puts Chill On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/us-diplomatic-cable-puts-chill-als-ice-bucket-challenge Don't expect Secretary of State John Kerry to accept the ALS "<a href="http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html">Ice Bucket Challenge</a>" anytime soon: Lawyers at the State Department have banned high-profile U.S. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:54:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 7563 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu U.S. Diplomatic Cable Puts Chill On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/sea-lions-and-seals-likely-spread-tuberculosis-ancient-peruvians When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought some nasty diseases — smallpox, cholera and typhus, to name a few.<p>But one pathogen was already there. And it likely traveled to the shores of South America in a surprising vessel.<p>By analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have found evidence that sea lions and seals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the New World. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 7562 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians A Third With Medicaid Chose Own Plan http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/third-medicaid-chose-own-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Only about one-third of Florida’s Medicaid recipients transitioning into managed care statewide chose their own health insurance plans.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Enrollment for the general population started in May and ended in August. Consumers received a letter in the mail two months before enrollment and were given at least 30 days to choose an insurance plan. Those who did not choose a plan were automatically enrolled into a plan by state health officials.</span></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:10:58 +0000 Associated Press 7561 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu A Third With Medicaid Chose Own Plan Mental Health Meets 'Moneyball' In San Antonio http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/mental-health-meets-moneyball-san-antonio The jails aren't overflowing in San Antonio anymore. People with serious mental illnesses have a place to go for treatment and the city has saved $10 million a year on. How did it <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/08/19/338895262/mental-health-cops-help-reweave-social-safety-net-in-san-antonio">happen</a>?<p>"You know Brad Pitt in the movie <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/13/146576144/brad-pitt-making-moneyball-and-being-billy-beane">Moneyball</a>?" asks Gilbert Gonzalez, Director for the Bexar County Mental Health Department. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Jenny Gold 7560 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Mental Health Meets 'Moneyball' In San Antonio Mistakes In Medicine: Dr. Brian Goldman Answers Your Questions http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/mistakes-medicine-dr-brian-goldman-answers-your-questions Brian Goldman is an emergency room physician who has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto for more than 20 years. He's also a prominent medical journalist and the host of CBC Radio's <em><a href="http://www.cbc.ca/whitecoat/" target="_blank">White Coat, Black Art</a></em>. He says every doctor makes mistakes but medicine's culture of denial keeps doctors from talking about and learning from those mistakes. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:29:00 +0000 NPR/TED Staff 7558 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Mistakes In Medicine: Dr. Brian Goldman Answers Your Questions USF Student, Palestinians Share the Healing Power of Dance http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/usf-student-palestinians-share-healing-power-dance <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wusf/audio/2014/08/UB_Palestinian_Dance_Class_8-18-14_64#2_0.mp3" class="asset-audio">University Beat report on USF St. Petersburg student Dwayne Scheuneman&#039;s visit to the West Bank to teach dance to disabled and able-bodied Palestinian teachers and students. </a><p>In times of strife, people try to find comfort any way they can—and sometimes, it's in art.<p>The power of dance was on display for a group of Palestinians in the West Bank recently, and they had a <strong><a href="http://www.usfsp.edu/" target="_blank">University of South Florida St. Petersburg</a></strong> student to thank for that.<p>Dwayne Scheuneman, 45, is a senior studying education. The retired U.S. Navy veteran was left a paraplegic after suffering a spinal cord injury in a diving accident almost two decades ago.<p>http://youtu.be/zaMaeHcVgzI<p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:52:11 +0000 Mark Schreiner 7557 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu USF Student, Palestinians Share the Healing Power of Dance SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/seaworld-wont-appeal-ban-trainers-performing-orcas SeaWorld has decided not to appeal a court ruling that prohibits its trainers from performing with killer whales, <a href="http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-08-19/business/os-sea-world-osha-appeal-20140819_1_seaworld-orlando-killer-whales-tilikum">the Orlando Sentinel reports</a>, citing a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>The legal battle has lasted for years, beginning with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/02/seaworld_whale_kills_trainer_d.html">the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau</a> by an orca named Tilikum in 2010.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.o Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:46:42 +0000 Dana Farrington 7556 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas Coasters Thrill, Drill the Body http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/coasters-thrill-drill-body <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just hearing the CLICK, CLICK, CLICK of a roller coaster car making its ascent makes some of us on the ground break into a cold, cold, cold sweat.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The heart's racing. And you're queasy. Very, <em>very </em>queasy.</span></p><p>But what exactly is happening inside those bodies brave enough to be strapped into massive body harnesses so they can head up, up, up… and very far <em>down </em>in three minutes or less?</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:47:43 +0000 Mary Shedden 7548 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Coasters Thrill, Drill the Body An Unstoppable Killer: New Research Suggests Cancer Can't Be Eradicated http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/unstoppable-killer-new-research-suggests-cancer-cant-be-cured Since Richard Nixon declared <a href="http://dtp.nci.nih.gov/timeline/noflash/milestones/M4_Nixon.htm" target="_blank">war on cancer</a> in 1971, the National Cancer Institute has poured some $90 billion into research and treatments. Yet a cure remains elusive. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:09:00 +0000 editor 7553 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu 'I Am Thrilled To Be Alive': American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/american-ebola-patients-will-leave-atlanta-hospital The two U.S. patients who were treated for Ebola have been discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where they had been in an isolation ward since returning from Liberia early this month. They are the first patients treated for Ebola on American soil.<p>Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol have been released after "a rigorous course of treatment and thorough testing," Emory's Dr. Bruce Ribner said. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 7554 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu 'I Am Thrilled To Be Alive': American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital How Much Bigger Is The Ebola Outbreak Than Official Reports Show? http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/how-much-bigger-ebola-outbreak-official-reports The latest numbers on the Ebola outbreak are grim: 2,473 people infected and 1,350 deaths.<p>That's the World Health Organization's official <a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_08_20_ebola/en/">tally</a> of confirmed, probable and suspect cases across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 7552 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu How Much Bigger Is The Ebola Outbreak Than Official Reports Show? Your Daily Dose of Health Humor http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/your-daily-dose-health-humor-14 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Enjoy this&nbsp;quirky look at medicine and health care, from cartoonist Jonny Hawkins. His "Daily Dose" will be a part of Health News Florida's all month long. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:05:00 +0000 Jonny Hawkins 7514 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Your Daily Dose of Health Humor The Momentum Of The Ice Bucket Challenge — And What It Means For ALS http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/momentum-ice-bucket-challenge-and-what-it-means-als A recent fundraising challenge has gone viral on social media, calling attention to research into Lou Gehrig's disease. Audie Cornish talks with Forbes contributor Dan Diamond about the state of that research and where it goes from here after the fundraising success. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:20:00 +0000 editor 7551 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu In Liberia, An Ebola Quarantine Descends Into Riots http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/liberia-ebola-quarantine-descends-riots <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Liberia%2C+An+Ebola+Quarantine+Descends+Into+Riots&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Things are tense in Liberia where there are now more than 970 reported cases of Ebola. This morning a riot broke out in one neighborhood of the capital, Monrovia. Officials had just imposed a quarantine on the community known as West Point. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 editor 7549 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Bondi, Experts Tackle Human Trafficking http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/bondi-experts-tackle-human-trafficking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Human trafficking is the topic of a special <a href="http://www.wusf.usf.edu/news/program/florida_matters"><strong>Florida Matters</strong></a> show scheduled to air Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and again Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 a.m. on </span>WUSF<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 89.7 FM. &nbsp;A panel discussion on the issue was recorded Wednesday at Tampa's Centre Club, sponsored by the Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring.</span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:28:44 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7547 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Bondi, Experts Tackle Human Trafficking Photographing An Ebola Riot: Put Your Fear Aside And Go Forward http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/photographing-ebola-riot-put-your-fear-aside-and-go-forward People were screaming and throwing rocks. The police were firing shots and hitting protesters with their batons. A riot had started in the slum neighborhood of West Point, in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.<p>"A riot is tough enough without knowing that you're in an Ebola-infected neighborhood," says NPR photographer David Gilkey, who was in West Point when it began.<p>West Point is where angry residents rushed into an Ebola holding center on Saturday night; the 17 patients were suspected of having the virus. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:53:00 +0000 editor 7546 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Photographing An Ebola Riot: Put Your Fear Aside And Go Forward Liberia Blocks Off Neighborhood In Ebola Quarantine, Sparking Riot http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/liberia-blocks-neighborhood-ebola-quarantine-sparking-riot <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Liberia+Blocks+Off+Neighborhood+In+Ebola+Quarantine%2C+Sparking+Riot&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Liberia has been overwhelmed by the Ebola outbreak. This country has seen the highest number of deaths so far. Late last night, Liberia's president announced a 9 p.m. curfew in the capital, Monrovia. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:30:00 +0000 David Greene 7545 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/what-kids-drawings-say-about-their-future-thinking-skills At age 4, many young children are just beginning to explore their artistic style.<p>The kid I used to babysit in high school preferred self-portraits, undoubtedly inspired by the later works of Joan Miro. My cousin, a prolific young artist, worked almost exclusively on still lifes of 18-wheelers.<p>These early works may be good for more than decorating your refrigerator and cubicle, researchers say. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:23:00 +0000 editor 7544 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills Hospital to Plead for Residency Program http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/hospital-plead-residency-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lakeland Regional Medical Center’s plan to launch a medical residency program could hinge on a meeting between hospital leadership and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator today, the <a href="http://www.theledger.com/article/20140819/NEWS/140819214/1023/life02?Title=LRMC-Officials-in-D-C-Pleading-for-Residency-Program"><em><strong>Lakeland Ledger </strong></em></a>reports.</span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:18:13 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7543 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Hospital to Plead for Residency Program Prisons Chief Announces Reforms http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/prisons-chief-announces-reforms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After reports that a mentally ill inmate was killed by guards, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews announced several system-wide reforms, according to the <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/20/4299167/florida-prisons-boss-under-fire.html"><em><strong>Miami Herald</strong></em></a>. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Changes will include expanding crisis intervention training for guards, and developing separate re-entry centers for mentally ill inmates, the <em>Herald </em>reports.</span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:52:57 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7542 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Investments Boost Baptist Health Earnings http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/investments-boost-baptist-health-earnings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earnings at Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida improved in its fiscal third quarter, the <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2014/08/19/baptist-health-q3-earnings-more-than-double.html"><em><strong>South Florida Business Journal</strong></em></a> reports.</span></p><p>The nonprofit hospital and health care provider reported $165.1 million in earnings for the quarter that ended June 30. That’s up $8.1 million for the same period a year ago, the <em>Business Journal </em>reports.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:41:07 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7541 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Bondi Hopes To Build On Past Efforts With Newly-Formed Human Trafficking Council http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/bondi-hopes-build-past-efforts-newly-formed-human-trafficking-council <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Attorney General Pam Bondi during the first meeting of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Monday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:07:58 +0000 Sascha Cordner 7540 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Bondi Hopes To Build On Past Efforts With Newly-Formed Human Trafficking Council Scientists, Gov. Scott Talk Climate Change http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/scientists-gov-scott-talk-climate-change <h1 itemprop="name" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 28px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: left; line-height: 30px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</h1><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Five scientists who met with Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday are convinced that climate change is real, but what they are less sure about is whether the governor believes them.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Associated Press 7538 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Scientists, Gov. Scott Talk Climate Change Group says Florida's Major Wastewater Violators Go Unpunished http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/group-says-floridas-major-wastewater-violators-go-unpunished <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wgcu/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/header1.gif" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wgcu/audio/2014/08/SP0380.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent report from a watchdog group monitoring the state’s environmental regulators found Florida’s major wastewater dischargers-- including three in Southwest Florida-- are violating clean water laws with little enforcement from state officials.</span><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:02:46 +0000 Ashley Lopez 7539 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Group says Florida's Major Wastewater Violators Go Unpunished Reporting On Ebola: An Abandoned 10-Year-Old, A Nervous Neighborhood http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/reporting-ebola-abandoned-10-year-old-nervous-neighborhood Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, is under nighttime curfew as that country struggles to contain the Ebola epidemic. On Wednesday, an entire neighborhood in Monrovia was quarantined, sealed off from the rest of the city by the government. The neighborhood is called West Point and it's where a holding center for patients suspected of having Ebola was attacked over the weekend. Patients fled, and looters carried off bloody mattresses and other possibly infected supplies. The NPR team in Liberia visited West Point on Tuesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 7537 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Reporting On Ebola: An Abandoned 10-Year-Old, A Nervous Neighborhood Your Daily Dose of Health Humor http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/your-daily-dose-health-humor-13 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Enjoy this&nbsp;quirky look at medicine and health care, from cartoonist Jonny Hawkins. His "Daily Dose" will be a part of Health News Florida's all month long. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:49:00 +0000 Jonny Hawkins 7513 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Your Daily Dose of Health Humor Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/doctors-without-borders-what-we-need-contain-ebola With the continuous uptick in the number of cases and deaths in the current Ebola outbreak, the few agencies that are on ground are stretched thin.<p>That includes <a href="http://www.msf.org/">Doctors Without Borders</a>, also known as MSF. It's one of the main health care providers in West Africa, where there are more than <a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_08_19_ebola/en/">2,000 cases</a> of Ebola and 1,200 deaths. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7536 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/ebola-skies-how-virus-made-it-west-africa The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the most explosive in history. One reason the virus spread so fast is that West Africa was blindsided. Ebola had never erupted in people anywhere close to West Africa before.<p>The type of Ebola causing the outbreak — called Zaire — is the deadliest strain. Until this year, it had been seen only in Central Africa, about 2,500 miles away. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 7534 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa