Health News Florida http://health.wusf.usf.edu en Senegal Is Fifth West African Nation Hit With Ebola http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/senegal-fifth-west-african-nation-hit-ebola <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=Senegal+Is+Fifth+West+African+Nation+Hit+With+Ebola&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:14:00 +0000 editor 7668 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/our-use-little-words-can-uh-reveal-hidden-interests One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.<p>The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours they did a rotation, making small talk with people they did not know, one after another, in three-minute increments.<p>I had gone to record the night, which was put on by a company called Professionals in the City, and what struck me was the noise in the room. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:17:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 7666 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/pretending-be-medical-patient-pays-teen Some of us are lucky enough to stumble into a job that we love. That was the case for Gabrielle Nuki. The 16-year-old had never heard of standardized patients until her advisor at school told her she should check it out.<p>"I was kind of shocked, and I was kind of like, 'Oh, is there actually something like this in the world?' "<p>Since Nuki wants to be a doctor, the chance to earn $15 to $20 an hour training medical students as a pretend patient was kind of a dream come true. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Patty Wight 7667 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/x-prize-competition-could-make-tricorder-reality <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=X+Prize+Competition+Could+Make+%27Tricorder%27+A+Reality&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:45:00 +0000 editor 7665 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Ebola Prevention Supplies Running Short In Liberia http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/ebola-prevention-supplies-running-short-liberia <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=Ebola+Prevention+Supplies+Running+Short+In+Liberia&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODQ3NzExMDEyMTczNzkxNDU5MmE1Yg004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:50:00 +0000 editor 7664 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu A Trip With Her Folks Turned Barbara Bush Into A Global Activist http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/trip-her-folks-turned-barbara-bush-global-activist Barbara Bush may be known as the quieter of the Bush twins, but when it comes to global health, she's anything but. At 32, the Yale graduate is co-founder and CEO of <a href="http://ghcorps.org/">Global Health Corps</a>, a nonprofit organization that pairs young volunteers — she calls them "fellows" — with health and development organizations.<p>They work in countries like Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and even the United States, which is not immune from global health issues, Bush reminds us. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Linda Poon 7663 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu A Trip With Her Folks Turned Barbara Bush Into A Global Activist Liberia's Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/liberias-ebola-routine-wear-your-temperature-your-lapel After 10 days in Liberia, NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer has just landed in London. "You don't realize how much has been hanging over your head until you're out," she says.<p>She's talking about Ebola, the virus raging in Liberia as well as Sierra Leone and Guinea. "It was silent and invisible," she says. "So you're always on edge, always careful."<p><strong>How did you protect yourself?</strong><p>I got used to not touching anyone, no handshakes. And there are buckets of chlorine solution everywhere — outside every office building, police station, government office, hotel, store. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Marc Silver 7662 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Liberia's Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel NIH Hopes Ebola Vaccine Will Help Protect Aid Workers http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/nih-hopes-ebola-vaccine-will-help-protect-aid-workers <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=NIH+Hopes+Ebola+Vaccine+Will+Help+Protect+Aid+Workers&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MTExMzYxMDEzMTU0MTU2MDdlYjM2Nw004)"/></div><p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:31:00 +0000 editor 7661 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Results From Screening Tests Can Be High In Anxiety http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/results-screening-tests-can-be-high-anxiety For years I've had a patient who is a gym teacher. As you might expect, he's pretty fit. Well into his 60s, he can do an impressive number of pushups, as he demonstrated one morning in our exam room.<p>He surprised me in a different way at an appointment several months ago. He pulled out results from medical tests that he'd had done at his church. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:12:00 +0000 John Henning Schumann 7660 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Results From Screening Tests Can Be High In Anxiety Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/federal-judge-blocks-texas-restriction-abortion-clinics A federal judge in Austin struck down part of a Texas law that would have required all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:49:00 +0000 Carrie Feibel 7659 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/co-discoverer-ebola-never-imagined-outbreak As a young scientist in Belgium, Peter Piot was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976.<p>He took his first trip to Africa to investigate this mysterious disease. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he met people who had contracted it. "I'll never forget the glazed eyes, the staring and the pain ... this type of expression in the eyes ... telling me I'm going to die," says Piot. "That I'll never forget."<p>Piot went on to study AIDS in the 1980s and became founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:30:00 +0000 editor 7657 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/app-can-reveal-when-withdrawal-tremors-are-real <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmrmFR50RWI</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 7658 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/experimental-drug-saves-monkeys-stricken-ebola Scientists are reporting strong evidence that the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp may be effective for treating victims of the devastating disease.<p>A <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13777">study</a> involving 18 rhesus macaque monkeys, published Friday in the journal <em>Nature,</em> found that the drug saved 100 percent of the animals even if they didn't receive the drug until five days after they had been infected. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Rob Stein 7656 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola Just 30 Buy FL Health Exchange Policies http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/just-30-buy-fl-health-exchange-policies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just 30 uninsured Floridians have signed up for policies on a 6-month-old health, state-backed insurance website, according to the <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-website-aimed-at-the-uninsured-draws-little-interest/2195173"><em><strong>Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau</strong></em></a>.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:53:47 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7655 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Just 30 Buy FL Health Exchange Policies Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/rats-new-york-city-tries-drain-rodent-reservoirs New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats.<p>City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.<p>When Caroline Bragdon, a rat expert with the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, walks through the East Village, she's not looking at the people or the storefronts. Her eyes point down, at the place where the sidewalk meets the buildings and the street. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Joel Rose 7654 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' Your Daily Dose of Health Humor http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/your-daily-dose-health-humor-20 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; 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. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:07:00 +0000 Jonny Hawkins 7613 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Your Daily Dose of Health Humor When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/when-zero-doesnt-mean-zero-trans-fats-linger-food Last we heard, the once ubiquitous trans fats had mostly disappeared from packaged cookies, muffins and french fries.<p>That's what we reported back in November 2013, when the Food and Drug Administration <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/07/243730263/fda-moves-to-phase-out-remaining-trans-fats-in-food-supply">announced</a> it was intending to ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all food products. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0000 editor 7653 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food Tom Frieden's Ebola Assessment: The Risk Is Increasing http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/tom-friedens-ebola-assessment-risk-increasing The Ebola outbreak has crippled local health systems. It's flooded wards with patients, killed doctors, scared away medical staff and forced some hospitals to shut down entirely.<p>That's the grim assessment of Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov">U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a>, who's visiting West Africa this week for a firsthand look at the situation. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 7649 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Tom Frieden's Ebola Assessment: The Risk Is Increasing Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/texas-law-could-lead-closure-clinics-offer-abortions A federal judge in Austin, Texas, will issue a decision in the next few days about whether clinics that perform abortions in the state must become outpatient surgery centers.<p>The Texas law is part of a national trend in which state legislatures seek to regulate doctors and their offices instead of women seeking abortions.<p>The laws are collectively known as TRAP laws, for "Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers."<p>"They do just that," says Rochelle Tafolla, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Carrie Feibel 7650 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions They Are The Body Collectors: A Perilous Job In The Time Of Ebola http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/they-are-body-collectors-perilous-job-time-ebola "When I wake up in the morning, I will pray to God to give me strength and focus," says 21-year-old Sorie Fofana.<p>His job is collecting the bodies of those who die from Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia's capital city of roughly 1 million people. Before, Fofana was an artist, making designs for T-shirts. The new job pays better — $1,000 a month. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 7652 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu They Are The Body Collectors: A Perilous Job In The Time Of Ebola Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/scentless-losing-your-sense-smell-may-make-life-riskier Losing your sense of smell may not sound like a big deal, but it can increase your risk of injury, researchers say. Without the sniffer serving as early warning system, it can be hard to know if the pan is burning on the stove or the chicken has gone bad.<p>The more a person has lost sense of smell, also called anosmia, the more likely they'll experience a hazardous event, including letting things catch fire on the stove, eating spoiled food or not noticing gas or smoke in the house, according to researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 7651 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier Experimental Ebola Vaccine Will Be Put To Human Test http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/experimental-ebola-vaccine-will-be-put-human-test An Ebola vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is going to get a try in healthy people <a href="http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/Pages/EbolaVaxCandidate.aspx">starting next week</a>.<p>The number of Ebola cases and deaths continues to climb in Western Africa, underscoring the need for a vaccine to protect people from infection. There's no such vaccine now.<p>"This is a public health emergency that demands an all-hands-on-deck response," Dr. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:28:00 +0000 editor 7648 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Experimental Ebola Vaccine Will Be Put To Human Test Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/ebola-rapidly-mutating-it-spreads-across-west-africa For the first time, scientists have been able to follow the spread of an Ebola outbreak almost in real time, by sequencing the virus' genome from people in Sierra Leone.<p>The findings, published Thursday in the journal <em>Science,</em> offer new insights into how the outbreak started in West Africa and how fast the virus is mutating.<p>An international team of researchers sequenced 99 Ebola genomes, with extremely high accuracy, from 78 people diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone in June.<p>The Ebola genome is incredibly simple. It has just seven genes. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:08:00 +0000 editor 7647 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa In Haiti, An 'American Idol'-Style Contest About Child Slavery http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/american-idol-songs-about-haitis-child-slaves <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwRfIniat7U</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:21:00 +0000 editor 7646 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu In Haiti, An 'American Idol'-Style Contest About Child Slavery Hey, You've Got Mites Living On Your Face. And I Do, Too http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/hey-youve-got-mites-living-your-face-and-i-do-too When Megan Thoemmes first found a tiny critter living in the pores of her nose, she was disgusted.<p>"The first time I found one on my face I didn't sleep for four nights," says <a href="http://robdunnlab.com/people/megan-stroup-thoemmes/">Thoemmes</a>, a graduate student at North Carolina State University.<p>But she's made peace with her <em>Demodex </em>mites, not only accepting that the microscopic arthropods are hers for life, but conducting a study that finds that everybody else has them, too.<p>"They're actually pretty cute," Thoemmes tells Shots. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:03:00 +0000 editor 7645 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Hey, You've Got Mites Living On Your Face. And I Do, Too Medicare Fraud Snags Agency Owner http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/medicare-fraud-snags-agency-owner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The co-owner of a Miami home health agency was sentenced to 70 months in prison for fraudulently providing therapy to Medicare recipients.</span></p><p>Between 2008 and 2014, Annarella Garcia’s Professional Medical Home Health received approximately $6.25 million in fraudulent Medicare claims, the <strong><a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/August/14-crm-899.html">U.S. Department of Justice</a>&nbsp;</strong>announced Wednesday.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:27:16 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7644 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu WellCare, Amerigroup Name New FL COOs http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/wellcare-amerigroup-name-new-fl-coos <p>Two major health care groups have named new Chief Operating Officers for their Florida operations.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:11:18 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7643 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu WellCare, Amerigroup Name New FL COOs Jackson Health Faces Charity Care Complaint http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/jackson-health-faces-charity-care-complaint <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Complaints alleging that the Jackson Health System is barring Miami-Dade residents from the hospital’s charity care program have been filed with the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/27/4312867/advocates-for-poor-say-jackson.html#storylink=cpy"><b><i>Miami Herald</i></b></a>&nbsp;reports.</span></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:10:21 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7642 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Insurers Find Ways to Discourage Enrollment http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/insurers-find-ways-discourage-enrollment <p>Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.</p><p>Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they cover under a plan; requiring patients to make large, initial payments for HIV medications; or delaying participation in public insurance exchanges created by the overhaul.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:42:41 +0000 Associated Press 7640 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/how-foster-farms-solving-case-mystery-salmonella <a href="http://www.fosterfarms.com/">Foster Farms</a>, California's biggest chicken producer, has been accused of poisoning people with salmonella bacteria. After an outbreak last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture <a href="http://www.marlerblog.com/files/2013/10/Foster-Poultry-Farms-Est.-6137P.pdf">threatened</a> to shut down three of the company's plants.<p>Since then, though, the company has <a href="http://www.fosterfarms.com/about/press/press_release.asp?press_release_id=184">reduced</a> its rates of salmonella contamination dramatically. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:43:00 +0000 Dan Charles 7639 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella