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Florida's new law that places restrictions on abortion clinics is going to remain blocked for now.

Climate change isn’t just an environmental problem. If you ask Michael McGeehin, climate change is a health crisis.

McGeehin is an epidemiologist who spent more than 30 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He developed the CDC’s Climate Change Program.

McGeehin was recently in Miami for an international epidemiology conference. And he spoke with Health News Florida about how public health is threatened by changing rain patterns, sea level rise and heat waves:

Judge Blocks Parts Of Florida's Abortion Law

Jul 1, 2016

Siding with Planned Parenthood, a federal judge late Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against two parts of a controversial new Florida abortion law.

Florida ranks fifth for income inequality in the country, according to a study recently published by the Economic Policy Institute.

It looks at the gap between what the top 1 percent and what the bottom 99 percent make nationwide.

A group of women in Miami walked into a dental office seeking pap smears and treatment for yeast infections.

It was a protest against a recently passed law that will cut funding to women’s reproductive healthcare in Florida.

More Than 100 Charged In Florida In Health Care Fraud

Jun 22, 2016
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In what the U.S. Department of Justice described as an "unprecedented nationwide sweep," more than 100 people in Florida have been charged with crimes related to Medicare and Medicaid fraud, the federal agency announced Wednesday. 

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Florida agriculture officials are distributing mosquito traps to areas that lack surveillance for the species that carries the Zika virus.

Commissioner Adam Putnam announced Thursday that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services held workshops in seven counties over the last two weeks for mosquito control and health officials.

Florida is up to 50 cases of Zika virus, including six in Central Florida.

Program Helping Trafficking Survivors Get Life Back

Sep 29, 2015
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In the shadow of the Sunshine State’s tourism industry, people are suffering through modern day slavery.

Churches, law enforcement, hospitals and other organizations are joining forces to combat human trafficking through the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force.

The area is a sex trafficking hub because of all of the visitors coming in and out year round, said Sarah Webb, with the Victim Service Center of Central Florida.

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Exploring Miami Beach one recent afternoon, Swiss tourists Adrian Cannistra and Shkunte Mustafa said they considered vacationing on a beach closer to home before booking the lengthy overseas flight.

Greece might have been ideal — with the financial crisis, bargains can be had and many Swiss are taking advantage. Cannistra has vacationed in Tunisia but said recent terrorist attacks there scared him away from North Africa.

"The Swiss don't go there anymore," he said. "They're afraid."

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Some physicians are starting to warn their patients who winter in Florida that physicians may be ordering tests they don’t need, the New York Times reports. 

Medicare data show that some doctors in Florida have been ordering tests at twice the rate of doctors in Massachusetts, according to analysis by the Times

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Florida has the 37th highest obesity rate among adults, up from its last ranking of 40th, according to a report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Florida's increase from 25.2 percent in 2012 to 26.4 percent in 2013 is not statistically significant, according to the annual report that's now named “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America." For the past decade, it was called the "F as in FAT" report.

As chikungunya fever sweeps through Haiti, forcing school, workplace and even  hospital closures because so many people are sick, public health officials say Florida needs to be on the lookout.
Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr., director of internal medicine at a hospital in Port-au-Prince, said half his staff  has already had the virus and he expects to get it too," the Miami Herald reports. "It's unbelievable how it's spreading," he said.

In an execution to be carried out at 6 p.m. today, Florida will begin using a sedative that has never been tried before for anything other than surgery, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. Because Europeans consider the death penalty uncivilized, they refuse to sell pentobarbital sodium, the drug that Florida used to use, to prisons in states that still conduct executions.

Florida's governor and legislature have said they won't cooperate with the Affordable Care Act. They could slow its implementation if they continue to balk.

Among the amendments roundly defeated were Amendment 6, involving abortion and the right to privacy, and Amendment 1, a symbolic rejection of the federal health law.

President Obama's lead on Medicare has shrunk to the margin-of-error zone, even in senior-rich states like Florida.

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