Health News Florida http://health.wusf.usf.edu en NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/ncaa-head-injury-settlement-includes-70-million-medical-fund <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=NCAA+Head-Injury+Settlement+Includes+%2470+Million+Medical+Fund&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MTU0Mjg1MDEzMTYwMTkyMzk3MTUwNQ004)"/></div><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:58:00 +0000 editor 7292 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Polio's Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem? http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/polios-surge-pakistan-are-parents-part-problem <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Polio%27s+Surge+In+Pakistan%3A+Are+Parents+Part+Of+The+Problem%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:59:00 +0000 Nurith Aizenman 7291 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/california-pharmacists-resist-translating-medicine-labels Every Saturday morning, a steady stream of Chinese and Vietnamese patients line up at the <a href="http://cim.ucdavis.edu/clinics/asian_clinic/index.htm">Paul Hom Asian Clinic</a> in Sacramento. Most of them speak little or no English.<p>Patient Assistance Director Danny Tao says people come here to get free medical consultations and drug prescriptions. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:59:00 +0000 April Dembosky 7290 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone Succumbs To The Disease http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/doctor-treating-ebola-patients-sierra-leone-succumbs-disease <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=Doctor+Treating+Ebola+Patients+In+Sierra+Leone+Succumbs+To+The+Disease&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:59:00 +0000 editor 7289 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/hidden-costs-fighting-polio-pakistan Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">hundred</a> cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.<p>Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 7288 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/court-rejects-law-threatening-mississippis-last-abortion-clinic A federal appeals court has rejected a Mississippi law that would have forced the state's only abortion clinic to close.<p>In a 2-1 <a href="http://jacksonfreepress.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2014/07/29/JWHO_Ruling.pdf">decision</a>, a panel of the 5th U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 7287 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/want-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-choose-mackerel-over-shrimp Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/329529110/food-mood-connection-how-you-eat-can-amp-up-or-tamp-down-stress">omega-3s</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111509588">vitamin D</a> and low on the food chain.<p>Those shining attributes have earned them plenty of nods from doctors and environmentalists alike, as we've <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/329529110/food-mood-connection-how-you-eat-can-amp-up-or-tamp-down-stress">reported</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:13:00 +0000 April Fulton 7285 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/american-doctor-sick-ebola-now-fighting-his-life A doctor trained in Fort Worth, Texas, is now a victim of the Ebola outbreak he was battling.<p>Kent Brantly, 33, had been caring for Ebola patients in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, for several months when he noticed he had symptoms of the deadly virus last Wednesday.<p>He immediately put himself into an isolation ward.<p>"He is still conversing and is in isolation. But he is seriously ill with a very grave prognosis," says Dr. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 7286 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life In Treating Ebola, Doctors Have Only Containment, Not Yet A Cure http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/treating-ebola-doctors-have-only-containment-not-yet-cure <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+Treating+Ebola%2C+Doctors+Have+Only+Containment%2C+Not+Yet+A+Cure&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>For more on the current Ebola outbreak, we turn now to Doctor Thomas Geisbert. He's a virologist with the University of Texas medical branch in Galveston, Texas, and has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 7284 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/welcome-nuclear-command-bunker The stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Lincoln, Neb., is straight and flat. High plains stretch out on either side.<p>But scattered along this unremarkable road, the Air Force keeps some of its most powerful weapons — <a href="http://www.boeing.com/boeing/history/boeing/minuteman.page">Minuteman III nuclear missiles</a>.<p>Outsiders are rarely allowed to see the missiles up close. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 7283 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker Meet the New Boss of USF Health http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/meet-new-boss-usf-health <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Dr. Charles Lockwood, the USF Health Senior Vice President and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, shared a number of thoughts with WUSF&#039;s University Beat." data-attribution="Credit USF Health" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wusf/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/UB_7-21-14_CharlesLockwood.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since becoming the new senior vice president for </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://health.usf.edu/index.html" target="_blank">USF Health</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and dean of the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://health.usf.edu/medicine/index.htm" target="_blank">Morsani College of Medicine</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in early May, Dr. Charles Lockwood has sat down with every department he oversees at the University of South Florida.</span><p>The former Dean of the Ohio State University's <strong><a href="http://medicine.osu.edu/about/lockwood/pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">College of Medicine </a></strong>is plotting a course for one of USF's flagship divisions as he takes over from <strong><a href="http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/klasko-leaving-usf-health-no-regrets" target="_blank">Dr. Stephen Klasko</a></strong>, who led USF Health for nine years before leaving last June to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wusf/audio/2014/07/UB_Charles_Lockwood_LONGFORM_64.mp3" class="asset-audio">WUSF&#039;s Mark Schreiner talks with USF Health Sr. VP Dr. Charles Lockwood in this extended University Beat. </a><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:41:02 +0000 Mark Schreiner 7282 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Meet the New Boss of USF Health Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/fist-bumps-pass-along-fewer-germs-handshakes A few weeks ago, we took a look at nonverbal greetings around the world. In Japan, they bow. Ethiopian men touch shoulders. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:19:00 +0000 editor 7281 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/report-says-big-changes-are-needed-how-doctors-are-trained The way American doctors are trained needs to be overhauled, an expert panel recommended Tuesday, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.<p>"We recognize we are recommending substantial change," says health economist and former Medicare Administrator Gail Wilensky, co-chairwoman of the nonpartisan <a href="http://www.iom.edu/About-IOM.aspx">Institute of Medicine</a> panel that produced the <a href="http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18754">report</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:06:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 7280 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/getting-hospice-care-shouldnt-have-mean-giving It's a painful dilemma for seriously ill Medicare patients: To receive the extra support, counseling and care provided by the program's hospice benefit, they have to agree to<strong> </strong>stop receiving curative treatment for their disease.<p>Faced with that stark either-or choice, many forgo hospice care until the last days of their lives. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:02:00 +0000 editor 7279 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up Time To 'Girl Up': Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/time-girl-teens-fight-right-school-soccer They are seven girls in their teens and early 20s, awake at the ungodly (for them) hour of 8:30 a.m. With sleepy smiles, the young women slip into a windowless conference room in a Washington, D.C., hotel to talk to a reporter, who's curious to find out: What's it like to be a global girl activist?<p>And they're the experts. They're supporters of the U.N. Foundation group called <a href="http://www.girlup.org/">Girl Up</a>, which has the manifesto of "uniting girls to change the world."<p>Girl Up fights for the rights of the 600 million adolescent girls of the developing world. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 editor 7278 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Time To 'Girl Up': Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer Rehab Center Assault Points to Residents http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/rehab-center-assault-points-residents <p>Investigators want to question two registered sex offenders at an assisted living facility after reports that a 75-year-old woman was sexually assaulted, according to <a href="http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140728/NEWS/140729477/1040?Title=2-sex-offenders-live-at-Daytona-nursing-home-being-investigated"><em><strong>The Daytona Beach News-Journal</strong></em></a>.</p><p>For more than two weeks, police have unsuccessfully tried to conduct interviews with patients and staff as well as obtain records from the facility, the <em>News-Journal</em> reports.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:42:50 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7277 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Final Convictions in $200M Medicare Scam http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/final-convictions-200m-medicare-scam <p>The last of about 40 defendants linked to a sprawling Medicare scam have been convicted in federal court, the <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/28/4259997/miami-jury-convicts-last-two-defendants.html"><em><strong>Miami Herald </strong></em></a>reports.</p><p>A jury took just a few hours to find Roger Bergman, 65, and Rodolfo Santaya, 55, guilty for their involvement in the American Therapeutic Corp. scam that was first discovered in 2010, according to the <em>Herald</em>.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:29:19 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7275 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Behind the Scenes at FMA http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/behind-scenes-fma <p>The Florida Medical Association surprised many this week when word came that its House of Delegates embraced a resolution calling for the legislature to expand Medicaid, the state-run program that's supposed to cover low-income people.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The money to do so, an estimated $51 billion over 10 years, had already been set aside by the federal government to begin in January this year, but the state House of Representatives refused to take&nbsp; it. The </span>FMA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> delegates want the Legislature to change its position.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:01:28 +0000 Carol Gentry 7271 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Behind the Scenes at FMA Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/athletes-should-fear-heat-more-heart-attack When a runner's heart stops during a marathon, it gets a lot of press — even though it's actually a pretty rare event. A more common killer among runners, and a condition that needs more prevention efforts, is heatstroke, according to a study by Israeli researchers.<p>During a 2011 running race, physicians at a Tel Aviv hospital noticed there were far more heatstroke victims admitted than <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1106468">cardiac patients</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:47:00 +0000 editor 7276 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass? http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/compromise-deal-overhauling-va-will-it-pass <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=A+Compromise+Deal+On+Overhauling+The+VA%2C+But+Will+It+Pass%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4OTAxNzAzMDEzMjc0MTc2MzA5ZDZlMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>As Congress prepares to leave town for summer recess at the end of the week, one item on the to do list appears closer to getting done - fixing the troubled health care system under the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 David Welna 7274 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/taliban-pakistan-derails-world-polio-eradication Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.<p>"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.<p>"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."<p>Jaffar was shot four times: twice in her arm and twice in her chest. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 7269 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/after-5-weeks-haggling-congress-inks-bipartisan-va-bill <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+5+Weeks+Of+Haggling%2C+Congress+Inks+Bipartisan+VA+Bill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 7268 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Medicare's Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/medicare-costs-stabilize-its-problems-are-far-fixed Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half of the health program for seniors and the disabled, won't run out of money until 2030, the program's trustees said Monday. That's four years later than projected last year, and 13 years later than projected the year before the passage of the Affordable Care Act.<p>But that's not the case for the part of Social Security that pays for people getting disability benefits. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:43:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 7270 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/fast-food-scandal-revives-chinas-food-safety-anxieties A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.<p>The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong, and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.<p>The privately held OSI is headquartered in Aurora, Ill., and claims 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 7267 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/mens-y-chromosome-size-really-may-not-matter Basic biology has it that girls are girls because they have two X chromosomes — the things inside cells that carry our genes. Boys are boys because they have one X and one Y. Recently, though, there's been a lot of debate in scientific circles about the fate of that Y chromosome — the genetic basis of maleness.<p>Very early in the evolution of the Y chromosome, explains <a href="http://wi.mit.edu/people/faculty/page">Dr. David Page</a>, a geneticist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, something pretty dramatic happened: The ancestral Y lost most of its genes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:41:00 +0000 Rob Stein 7265 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter Capital Report: 07-25-2014 http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/capital-report-07-25-2014 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wfsu/audio/2014/07/cr140725.mp3" class="asset-audio">Capital Report: 07-25-2014</a><p>This week voting rights groups presented their case for redrawing Florida’s electoral map immediately rather than waiting until after this year’s election.&#160; But as Nick Evans reports, officials charged with conducting elections are doubtful the plan could work.&#160;<p>Meanwhile, as Sascha Cordner reports, Monday is the last day for residents to register to vote in Florida’s August primary election.<p>Governor Rick Scott has gotten a reputation for not answering direct ques Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:12:21 +0000 wfsunews 7263 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu FMA Supports Medicaid Expansion http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/fma-supports-medicaid-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Florida Medical Association's House of Delegates overwhelmingly adopted a resolution supporting Medicaid expansion to cover uninsured low-income adults at FMA's annual meeting on Sunday, according&nbsp; to doctors who were there.</p><p></p><p><em>(Editor's note: This story has been updated with the statement from FMA.)</em></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:45:58 +0000 Carol Gentry 7259 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu FMA Supports Medicaid Expansion Scientology Center Plans Expansion http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/scientology-center-plans-expansion <p>A drug rehabilitation center with ties to the Church of Scientology is planning a 60-bed halfway house in Clearwater, the <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/operators-of-scientology-rehab-center-to-open-clearwater-halfway-house-/2190139"><em><strong>Tampa Bay Times</strong></em></a> reports.</p><p>The Suncoast Rehabilitation Center of Spring Hill has filed paperwork for a facility in Clearwater, home to the church’s headquarters. However, no one with the center or the Church is revealing details, the Times reports.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:22:53 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7262 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu No Break for Sick Doc, Pharmacist http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/no-break-sick-doc-pharmacist <p>Poor health is no excuse to avoid serving time, two health care professionals convicted in separate pill mill schemes have learned.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/brandon-doctor-draws-20-years-in-prison-for-pill-mill-conspiracy/2190080"><em><strong>Tampa Bay Times</strong></em></a> reports that both Dr. Ronald John Heromin, 58, of Brandon and pharmacist Steven Goodman, 70, of Treasure Island tried to use physical ailments to alleviate sentences related to their federal court convictions.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:05:12 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7261 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu Drug Errors Common at Nursing Homes http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/drug-errors-common-nursing-homes <p>More than 40 percent of Florida’s nursing homes have been cited for problems related to medication errors in the past three years, the <a href="http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140726/NEWS/140729562/1040?Title=Daytona-nursing-home-highlights-a-problem-in-medicine-x2014-medication-errors"><em><strong>Daytona Beach News-Journal</strong></em></a> reports.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:58:19 +0000 Health News Florida Staff 7260 at http://health.wusf.usf.edu