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Researchers at the University of South Florida say reducing your risk of dementia can be a mouse click away.  

A trio of degrees and a career as an anesthesia provider seemed to have put Jacqueline Darna on one path.

But complications following the birth of her second child led to an invention that has made the 2007 University of South Florida graduate one of the Tampa Bay area's up-and-coming businesswomen.

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Florida universities are making progress in expanding their research and development efforts but there is room for improvement, according to a new report from the Florida Council of 100.

About three years ago, Kristin Steffen was in a car being driven by her husband when he suffered a seizure and drove off the road.

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The University of South Florida has formed a partnership with a network of hospitals to train more doctors in the Tampa Bay area.

USF To Seek State Money As Medical School Moves Ahead

Sep 21, 2017
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The University of South Florida will ask lawmakers for an additional $21 million to complete funding for its downtown Tampa medical school and heart institute.

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The University of South Florida will use a $1.1 million dollar state grant for Zika research to look at how the virus infects fetuses.

The University of South Florida College of Public Health is giving out free flu shots on Friday, Oct. 21 for their 20th Annual Free Flu Shot Drive.

  It’s a problem that affects 700,000 people in the ten-county Tampa Bay area: food insecurity.

Thomas Mantz, the Executive Director of the group Feeding Tampa Bay says food insecurity is when people like you and me don’t have consistent access to food due to a lack of money or other resources. 

A doctor who will be portrayed by actor Will Smith in the upcoming movie, "Concussion," told a Tampa audience how his research into brain injuries has dramatically changed how professional football approaches players.

The University of South Florida has already received $17 million from state lawmakers for a new building that would house its medical school and heart health institute in downtown Tampa. 

Now comes word that university officials are going to seek an additional $22.5 million for the project in the next fiscal year - money they say they likely can't finance the project without.

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The University of South Florida student stuck in a Cuban hospital because her family doesn't have health insurance may be a step closer to returning home.

Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez, 22, was in a coma for five days after a car accident in Cuba. She's since come out of the coma, but has been stuck in Cuba since her family can't afford to fly her back to the U.S.

Now, according to Congressman David Jolly, a Bay area air ambulance company has offered to bring Jimenez home free of charge.


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The new top doctor at the for-profit Villages Health System is raising some eyebrows at the University of South Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It’s Dr. Jeff Lowenkron, who in December resigned as chief executive officer of the USF Physicians Group. That came after a multimillion dollar failure by USF’s medical school to create a clinic at the retirement community. 

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Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, is one of the most dangerous infections around, thanks to its resistance to most treatments, and its ability to easily spread to patients in high-risk areas such as hospitals and nursing homes.

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Gordon "Skip" Beadle has a prosthetic right leg, the tenth such device he’s depended on since the retired U.S. Marine was wounded during the Vietnam War 50 years ago.

"It’s a symbiotic leg. It has a microprocessor in the knee and also the ankle," he said. "This leg in particular gives me a huge amount of balance. Before this leg, I pretty much had to use a cane cause I’d lose my balance. (Now) I can walk without a cane; I can walk uphill, downhill."

If the University of South Florida wants more state money to build a new medical school, they first need to decide where they want to build it.

That was the caveat laid down by the Florida Board of Governors' faculty committee at a meeting in Jupiter Wednesday.

Most Tampa Bay-area hospitals have stopped using a surgical technique after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that the procedure spreads cancer in some women, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

For decades, doctors performing hysterectomies shredded tissue with a motorized blade called a morcellator, which allowing cancerous tissue to be removed easily during the laparoscopic surgery.

Oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana has sickened fish as far south as Sanibel Island, according to a study by University of South Florida scientists.

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the USF researchers used computer modeling to show the path of the oil. BP disputes the methodology, and says oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill didn’t make it near Tampa Bay.

Dr. Charles Lockwood is changing from a Buckeye to a Bull.

The current Dean of the Ohio State University's College of Medicine has been named the new senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.

Lockwood, 59, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and an internationally known researcher in obstetrics and gynecology, will take the helm at USF on May 5th.

He replaces Dr. Stephen Klasko, who left last September after nine years leading USF Health to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.

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Despite not having all the funding accounted for yet, ground was broken Tuesday on the USF Health Heart Institute. 

The five-story, 100,000 square-foot facility will sit in the middle of the USF Health campus -- Moffitt Cancer Center and the USF Health Morsani Center take up the other three corners of the intersection where the new Institute will be based.

When Charlie Bates sexually assaulted four University of South Florida students and terrorized dozens of others in September, he was under the influence of an ingredient found in synthetic bath salts.  An autopsy of the man killed in a shootout with police found “an extremely high level” of methylone in Bates’ system at the time of death, according to The Tampa Tribune.

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There's no rush to pick the new leader for USF Health, but three internal candidates have been named. 

The Tampa Bay Times reports search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer is still looking for candidates from outside USF, but has named three current USF Health executives, who are scheduled to be interviewed this Friday. 

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When members of USF Health Service Corps help their community, they’re also helping hone their own skills. 

Florida Matters: Living on the Autism Spectrum

Sep 17, 2013
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How do young adults diagnosed with a form of autism describe themselves? 

This week on Florida Matters, we meet Andrew Casey, 23, who interviewed his peers about their diagnosis and how they define themselves. And Andrew explains how he manages with Asperger's Syndrome which is on the autism spectrum. 

USF Health is investigating a breach that exposed the personal information of about 140 patients treated by its doctors at Tampa General Hospital.

For the last few years, the USF Ataxia Research Center and the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) have hosted a pair of events in Tampa: a national symposium that brings together Friedreich ataxia experts from around the world, and a gala ball that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for research.

While they're preparing for this year's events, there's a bit of extra pressure -- the USF Ataxia Research Center is also the lead site on a national study of a potent antioxidant treatment for the life-shortening, degenerative neuromuscular disorder.


Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on the University of South Florida Tampa campus Thursday afternoon to hand out $7.8 million in grants to help Floridians with the Affordable Care Act. 

The money will be given to eight organizations around the state to hire staff to help consumers enroll in a health insurance plan. Starting Jan. 1, almost all Americans will be required to buy health insurance under the ACA.

Klasko Leaving USF

Jun 20, 2013

Stephen Klasko, the longest-serving dean in the history of the USF Morsani College of Medicine and CEO of USF Health, has been named the new president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the TJUH System.

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Did Dr. Stephen Klasko pull his name from consideration for the position as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center due to questions about discrepancies on his resume? 

That seems to be the theory proposed by newspapers in both Tampa and Omaha.

And the issues aren't related to his education or his work experience - they appear to be over when exactly he ran a number of marathons.

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