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  1. Hospitals face Medicaid cuts in first drafts of state budget

    Blogs

    Florida state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed cuts to Medicaid that could take as much as $621.8 million away from hospitals next year.

    Reps. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, and Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford.
  2. Aggressive efforts to stop Zika in Florida continue, officials say

    Research

    MIAMI — Florida officials say they're continuing aggressive efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott and state officials say they're continuing aggressive efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus. [Associated Press]
  3. Hospitals on edge as lawmakers weigh cuts to Medicaid in Florida

    State Roundup

    The nurses and doctors at Brandon Regional Hospital worried Lakota Lockhart wouldn't make it when he was born.

    Krystal Lockhart reaches into a bag checking on supplies as Lakota Lockhart, 7, waits in the backseat with a portable ventilator on Wednesday. Health care advocates are keeping a close eye on the health care changes in Washington, like many people, but they see a more urgent threat closer to home: The prospect of cuts to Medicaid. Lower rates would hit hospitals that already take a higher portion of low-income and charity-care patients, including the state's safety nets. That worries patient advocates and patients themselves, including Lakota Lockhart who has a rare congenital disease and whose mother says he has the greatest access to good care when they are on Medicaid. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

  4. Drug dosage doubled before girl live-streamed suicide

    Health

    MIAMI — A month before a South Florida foster child live-streamed her suicide on Facebook Live, the dosage of an antidepressant given to her was doubled by a doctor.

     Naika Venant had been prescribed an increased dosage of Zoloft before she killed herself during a Facebook Live broadcast, according to a report. [Times files]
  5. TGH Healthplex readies for service in Brandon

    Health

    TAMPA — Folks describe it as a one-stop shopping center in healthcare.

    hillshealthplex032617: The TGH Brandon Healthplex on Palm River Road in Tampa is set to open its emergency center component on Monday (March 27). The ambulatory surgery center will become operational in mid-April and the remainder of services offered inside the $60 million complex will be available by the year?  s end. Photos courtesy of Tampa General Hospital
  6. Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

    Health

    WASHINGTON — Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.

    Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found. The economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, argue in a paper released Thursda that the loss of steady middle-income jobs for those with high school degrees or less has triggered broad problems for this group. [Associated Press]
  7. 'Trump Troubadour,' who attended 45 Trump rallies to honor his late son, feels 'betrayed' because of health care

    National

    The grieving father stood with his guitar and his cowboy hat in the cold, crowded lines for hours, driving to towns big and small in nearly every corner of the country.

    Kraig Moss, then a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, walks by a truck with a Trump painting in which he was touring Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Moss now feels Trump has betrayed him with the Republican health care bill. [Photo by Brendan Hoffman | Getty Images]
  8. Future of medical pot in Florida still cloudy after Senate discussion

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — What began as a decisive instruction from voters that patients who need medical marijuana should have access to it is shaping up to be a complex and contentious fight in the Florida Capitol.

     Some of the medical marijuana products on display in the “Garden” at Surterra Wellness Center, 2558 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, on Feb. 27. Surterra Holdings is one of seven companies in Florida licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana products in the state.
  9. Mayo Clinic Q&A: relief from dry eyes

    Health

    WANTED: DRY EYE RELIEF

    My eyes have gotten drier as I've gotten older, and I've tried eye drops for relief. But some eye drops feel irritating, and others seem to have a thick consistency. What options do I have?

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  10. Give your health and fitness routine a spring clean

    Health

    Spring is in the air, and all across the nation people are weeding through closets, kitchens and garages, resulting in hauls to Goodwill, curbside freebies and overflowing trash cans everywhere.

    Young athletic woman doing push-ups.