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  1. Coming soon at two Tampa Bay area hospitals: a cancer treatment that could replace chemo

    Health

    A new cancer treatment that could eventually replace chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants — along with their debilitating side effects — soon will be offered at two of Tampa Bay's top-tier hospitals.

    Dr. Frederick Locke at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is a principal investigator for an experimental therapy that retrains white blood cells in the body's immune system to fight cancer cells. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved these so-called "CAR-T" treatments for adults this month. In trials, 82 percent of cases responded well to the treatment, and 44 percent are still in remission at least eight months later, Locke said. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  2. Study: When you die, your brain knows you're dead

    Health

    Have you ever wondered what happens after you die?

    According to a new study from NYU, researchers say that a person's brain may function after their death. [iStockPhoto]

  3. Californians will soon have nonbinary as a gender option on birth certificates

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    Californians who don't identify themselves as male or female will soon be able to get a gender-neutral birth certificate.

    A new California law written by the Democratic state senators Toni Atkins, right, and Scott Wiener, left, offers a third gender option on state-issued identification. [Rich Pedroncelli | Associated Press]
  4. These Tampa Bay 'swolemates' work hard at fitness and love

    Health

    ...You know the couple. The one posting those sweaty gym pics with the #fitcouple and #mealprep and #coupleswholift tags, with expressions of absolute bliss.

    Chris Werner gives girlfriend Kaeli Ellis a lift during a workout inside the ANX at Anytime Fitness in downtown St. Petersburg.
  5. U.S. obesity problem is not budging, new data shows (w/video)

    Health

    NEW YORK — America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research.

    New government figures released Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 showed small increases that were not considered statistically significant but were seen by some as a cause for concern. The adult obesity rate rose from to about 40 percent, from just shy of 38 percent. [Associated Press]
  6. For many, rising premiums for Part B Medicare will erase Social Security gains

    Health

    More than 2.4 million seniors in Florida rely on Medicare, and a good chunk of them could face rising health care premiums next year.

    Christopher Wittmann, a physician assistant, examines a patient for lower back pain at Trinity Pain Center in Pasco County. Outpatient health care visits like this are covered under Medicare Part B, which will see premium increases of more than 5 percent on average in 2018. Medicare open enrollment begins Sunday and runs through Dec. 7, with a special extension to Dec. 31 for people affected by the recent hurricanes. [Times | 2014]
  7. Candlelight vigil honors the victims of drug overdoses

    Health

    TAMPA — Lynne Knowles suspected for months that something bad was going on with her daughter.

    Law enforcement officers and family and friends of victims of drug overdoses gather for a past Candle Light Vigil sponsored by NOPE, or Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education, of Hillsborough.
  8. Social media is harming our youth, right? Maybe not

    Health

    It was 1:30 a.m., and Anna was trying to keep her mind off her ex-boyfriend, with whom she had ended a painful relationship hours earlier. It was too late to call the therapist she was seeing to cope with low self-esteem and homesickness, and too late to stop by a friend's house.

    The negative effects of social media on young people's mental health are well-documented by researchers and the press. But some academics and therapists say they have found that social media may also help improve mental health by boosting self esteem and providing a source of emotional support. [Getty Images/iStockphoto]
  9. Are you experiencing recurring tiredness? Join the growing crowd

    Health

    Marie Sullivan says that she knew something "wasn't quite right" during a doctor visit five years ago.

  10. Mayo Clinic Q&A: the pros and cons of a hair transplant; the safety of artificial colors in food

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    HAIR TRANSPLANT HAS PROS AND CONS

    What is involved in a hair transplant, and how long does it last? How does this differ from hair plugs? I'm only 34 but have lost a lot of hair already and have tried hair-growth shampoo without much luck.