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Kathy Kino has been helping people during some of their most vulnerable times since she began volunteering at a hospital when she was 13. She worked as a trauma nurse and a hospital chaplain for more than 15 years, and now she’s a nursing professor.

This is National Nurses Week, and Kino spoke with WLRN about how becoming a patient herself changed the way she thinks about her profession:

University of Miami doctors have published a case study about the first locally transmitted case of Zika in the United States. The patient was a 23-year-old pregnant women whose symptoms included a fever, joint pain and a rash. Her baby tested negative for the virus.

A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said Tuesday.

A University of South Florida senior is in a Cuban hospital following a recent car crash, but she can't return to the United States because her family doesn't have health insurance. 

A nurse accused of masturbating at the bedside of a female patient has been arrested and suspended by the Sarasota rehabilitation hospital where he worked for five months, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

A cancer patient is having trouble getting treatment because of a name change he says he knew nothing about, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. Brett Pillar, who has recurrent non-Hodgkins lymphoma, discovered only recently that his mother had changed his last name while he was a child but never told  him. To get his Medicaid treatment, he needs a government-issued picture ID that matches his health insurance information.

Elaine Litherland / Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Even though Bunny and Claflin Garst had what can be described as an atypical marriage (they often slept in different homes), Bunny says she never expected the legal mess that would ensue as she petitioned to become her husband’s permanent guardian. As the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports, she was competing with her former son-in-law for the right to take care of her husband, who has dementia.

The Florida Supreme Court has thrown out an arbitration agreement signed by a man before he received hernia surgery at North Florida Surgeons, News Service of Florida reports. According to Florida law, non-economic damages could be as high as $1 million, much higher than the $250,000-cap imposed in the agreement between the surgical center and the patient.