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Survey: Florida Lags In Healthiest Cities

Feb 13, 2018
Bill Dickinson

Florida cities have some perks when it comes to healthy living, but overall they don’t make the cut when it comes to a newly published list of healthiest cities in the United States.

Nemours Children's Hospital Opens New 'Sensory Room'

Feb 1, 2018
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Nemours Children’s Hospital has opened a new room to help children with autism and other sensory issues.

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A 6-year-old Florida boy died from rabies he contracted after being scratched by an infected bat.

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Officials from other national memorials will be on a panel during the first public meeting to discuss what should be in a memorial to the victims of the Florida nightclub massacre.

Life After Pulse: A Special Report

Jun 12, 2017
WMFE

Health News Florida partner station WMFE in Orlando has produced an in-depth series for the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The coverage focuses on the stories of the people: people who survived and how they are moving forward; people who were lost and how they are remembered; and people – in the Orlando community and around the globe – who were moved to respond in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

People with asthma may want to limit time outdoors.

Nemours Children's Hospital

The state on Friday denied a request by Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando to establish a new pediatric heart transplant program.

Nemours Children's Hospital

A proposal to build a fifth pediatric heart transplant center in Florida is drawing opposition from at least two of the existing programs.

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Florida Hospital is gearing up to open a home for transplant patients.

The Bartch House at Florida Hospital in Orlando is expected to open soon. It will be a low-cost or free home away from home for organ transplant patients and their families.

Orlando To Buy Pulse Nightclub, Turn It Into Memorial

Nov 8, 2016
WMFE

The city of Orlando has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history into a memorial.

WMFE

For the next three years, a $250,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture will support healthy options in Parramore and west Orlando where residents there have managed without a major grocery store.

 

The project is part of the federal government’s $13 million plan to increase domestic consumption and boost community-based agriculture.

 

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A fund for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando contains more than $26 million in donations.

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Orlando's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount in Florida.

Orlando Children’s Group Home Working Toward State License

Aug 15, 2016
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The Russell Home in Orlando is working with the state to get licensed as a group home. The Russell Home is a private non-profit for children who are severely disabled.

State Cracks Down On Troubled For-Profit Facility For The Disabled

Jun 24, 2016
Alberto Cairo (For ProPublica)

After years of tepid action, Florida officials are moving to intensify monitoring and remove residents from a sprawling complex for the disabled that has a long history of abuse and neglect.

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A sheriff said charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signs.

In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, a U.S. Senator from Florida has filed a measure that he believes the National Rifle Association could get behind.

WMFE

Leaders of a research organization that has been key to the growth of a medical research community in central Florida say the firm is now in talks with the governor's office about having the University of Florida take over its Orlando facility.

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Details are emerging on Sanford-Burnham's planned exit from Orlando.

Orlando Decriminalizes Small Amounts Of Marijuana

May 10, 2016
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Orlando commissioners narrowly approved a measure to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana this evening. First time offenders will have to pay a $100 fine if found with less than 20 grams of the drug. The penalty will increase to $200 for second and third time offenders will have a mandatory court appearance. They will also have the choice of going to a substance recovery program.

Orlando Closer To Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Apr 20, 2016

The city of Orlando is a step closer to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, which other cities around Florida have done.

The city council's 4-3 vote Monday in favor clears the measure for a final decision May 9. It would make possession of 20 grams or less a violation of city code carrying a $50 fine for first-time offenders.

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Three Florida cities have been named the least walkable metro areas in the country, according to a new study released by the George Washington University School of Business and nonprofit group Smart Growth America.

Orlando was last in the ranking of 30 metropolitan areas. Tampa was only slightly better, at 28th. Miami came in at 23rd.

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A shortage of primary care doctors exists across much of Florida, not just in small, rural counties, the Associated Press reports. According to federal data, communities in Miami, Tampa and Orlando don’t have enough primary care physicians, either.