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There has been concerns for years over a disproportionate number of cancer cases among former and current students, faculty and staff at a Bradenton high school. That has led the Manatee County School Board and Board of Commissioners to request a study from the Florida Department of Health.

Bayshore High School has been in operation since 1962, but the district’s electronic records of students only go back to 1985 and to 1993 for the staff.

Broward Nursing Home Files Public Records Case

Feb 6, 2018
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A Broward County nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma has filed a public-records lawsuit alleging that the Florida Department of Health improperly refused to provide copies of death certificates from across the state.

House Targets Medical Marijuana Office

Feb 1, 2018
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The House on Wednesday froze $2.1 million in salary and expenses at the Department of Health for failing to respond to concerns raised by a joint legislative committee over a trio of emergency rules relating to medical marijuana.

Proposal Would Revamp Trauma Center Law

Jan 4, 2018
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A House Republican wants to revamp a law that helps determine where trauma centers can open, including eliminating a cap of 44 trauma centers statewide.

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The Florida Department of Health is warning health care providers about a steep uptick in cases of the mumps.

State Moves Forward With Disputed Pot ID Contract

Nov 21, 2017

After hearing a litany of complaints from lawmakers, state health officials are moving forward with a contested contract to process medical-marijuana patient identification cards.

Florida doctors are rarely punished by state regulators even after they are sued for malpractice according to a newspaper report.

Judge Backs Plan For Pediatric Trauma Center

Nov 15, 2017
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An administrative law judge said Tuesday that the Florida Department of Health should approve a proposal to open a pediatric trauma center at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville.

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Florida’s Department of Health has awarded a Homestead-based grower a medical marijuana license.

Judge Backs Decision In 'Early Steps' Program

Nov 2, 2017
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An administrative law judge this week backed a state Department of Health decision to change contractors for the Early Steps program in part of South Florida, rejecting a protest from a children's hospital that has long overseen the program.

$5 Million A Year Proposed For Health Care Generators

Oct 26, 2017

A House Democrat on Wednesday proposed offering $5 million a year in matching grants to help health-care facilities add backup power systems.

Senators Angered By Delays In Medical Marijuana Licenses

Oct 25, 2017
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Frustrated senators grilled Florida's pot czar Tuesday, demanding explanations for why his office missed a legislatively mandated deadline to issue new medical-marijuana licenses and why ailing patients are stuck waiting for state-issued ID cards.

Health Coach Sues Florida Department Of Health

Oct 4, 2017
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A Florida health coach is suing the state Department of Health because she was forced to shut down her diet advice business.

Agency Pushed To Give Go-Ahead To Edible Marijuana

Oct 3, 2017
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A medical marijuana operator is demanding that the Florida Department of Health develop a regulation so vendors can begin processing and selling edible marijuana products to patients.

State To Miss Deadline For Marijuana Licenses

Oct 2, 2017

Health officials won't be able to meet a legislatively mandated Tuesday deadline to hand out five new medical-marijuana licenses, the head of the state's Office of Medical Marijuana Use said Friday.

State Reports 14 More Zika Cases

Aug 22, 2017
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The number of Zika cases reported in 2017 in Florida jumped about 10 percent during the past week, with the total reaching 151, according to information posted Monday on the state Department of Health website.

Travel-Related Zika Cases Top 100 For 2017

Aug 15, 2017
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While officials say mosquitoes are not believed to be transmitting the Zika virus in Florida, the state's number of “travel related” cases this year has topped 100, according to information posted Monday on the Florida Department of Health website.

Jacksonville Nursery To Join Growing Marijuana Industry

Aug 11, 2017

A longtime Jacksonville nursery has received approval for a coveted medical-marijuana license, as state health officials continue carrying out a new law that resolved key issues about the rapidly emerging cannabis industry.

Senate Bill Seeks $2.4M In Infant’s Death

Aug 6, 2017
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The parents of an infant who died of bacterial meningitis after a mistake at a Martin County Health Department clinic would receive $2.4 million under a bill filed this week in the Florida Senate.

State Issues More Medical Marijuana Licenses

Aug 2, 2017

Two more medical-marijuana businesses have joined seven already licensed by the state, and another three are in the works, as the potentially lucrative industry continues to develop.

State Adds 3 ‘Travel Related’ Zika Cases

Aug 1, 2017

Florida added three new “travel related” Zika cases during the past week, bringing to 116 the number of reported cases of the mosquito-borne virus this year, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Department of Health website.

Zika Cases Continue To Increase

Jul 25, 2017

Florida has reported six additional cases of the Zika virus during the past week, bringing the total to 113 in 2017, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Department of Health website.

Health Department Crafts Medical Marijuana Framework

Jun 20, 2017
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Florida health officials have laid out a new process to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana, as they attempt to meet deadlines included in the November ballot measure.

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Officials in Florida are investigating two LA Fitness health clubs after four customers contracted Legionnaires' disease.

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A Florida city called state health inspectors on itself to report rats in a downtown park so it could evict homeless people living there.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/2rGeJFI ) that Fort Lauderdale called the state health department last month to report rats in city-owned Stranahan Park.

A state health inspector cited the city and gave it 30 days to clean the park. Using that citation, Fort Lauderdale ordered 60 people from the park and threw away any belongings that went unclaimed.

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Seven babies have been born in Florida with birth defects linked to the Zika virus.

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Florida voters overwhelmingly passed medical marijuana last election. Now what?

Health Officials Move Ahead With Medical Marijuana Process

May 26, 2017
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After state lawmakers failed to act, health officials on Thursday laid out a framework for adopting regulations required by a voter-approved constitutional amendment that could make Florida one of the nation's largest medical-marijuana markets.

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The Florida Department of Health’s Board of Medicine has found no probable cause for some of the first complaints filed against Jacksonville plastic surgeon Loren Clayman, The Florida Times-Union reports.

Health Department Rejects Trauma Center Ruling

Apr 28, 2017
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Amid a legislative debate about the approval of trauma centers, the Florida Department of Health on Thursday rejected a judge's ruling that the department improperly allowed a trauma facility to open at Orange Park Medical Center in Clay County.

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