If you live in Florida, doctors say climate change is already affecting your health
Doctors in Florida say the changing climate is a public health risk, one they already see in their waiting rooms right now. Now, some clinicians have formed a new group to sound the alarm. They want to educate people and policymakers about the dangers of a hotter, more humid world, and the risks to their most vulnerable patients. [Source: Miami Herald]
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Florida ranks near the bottom, at 44 out of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, for poor dental health, according to a study by WalletHub, an online personal finance website. The Sunshine State didn’t shine at all in various dental metrics, with rankings varying from 31 to 38, according to the findings. See the study from WalletHub here and read more at the Naples Daily News.
The prevalence of obesity has risen dramatically in the U.S., but there has been little information about the economic impact of this trend for individual states. In 2015, Florida devoted five to six percent of its total medical expenditures to treating obesity-related illness More from the Insurance Journal and Science Daily.
Between summer 2015 and 2016, kids under the age of 18 in Florida were subjected to an involuntary psychiatric exam 32,000 times – almost a 50 percent increase over five years. Under The Florida Mental Health Act, a person can be held and accessed if there’s reason to believe that person has a mental illness or because of their mental illness. [Source: Health News Florida]
Pointing to “numerous conflicting decisions” by lower courts, a divided state appeals court ruled Friday against Progressive Select Insurance Co. in a dispute about how much should be paid to a hospital for treating a man injured in an auto accident. [Source: WLRN]
› Survey: Florida lags in healthiest cities [WalletHub]
Florida cities don't rank high according to a newly published list of healthiest cities in the United States. Orlando is Florida’s healthiest city, ranking No. 31 on a list published Monday by WalletHub, followed by Tampa which ranked No. 33, and Miami, which ranked No. 35. Conversely, Hialeah and Cape Coral were the unhealthiest Florida cities, and among the unhealthiest cities in the review, ranking in the bottom 20 percent. Also read more at WLRN.
› Permanent state funding for crisis pregnancy centers is now up to Rick Scott [Health News Florida]
Remember those billboards on the highway imploring drivers to "choose life"? Florida lawmakers want to fund them with taxpayer dollars. A bill that would cement contracts with pro-life pregnancy centers is heading to the Governor’s desk.
› FSU College of Medicine adds residency program in Winter Haven [Tallahassee Democrat]
Florida State University’s College of Medicine has established its fifth residency program with the announcement Friday of an agreement with Winter Haven Hospital. The college will establish a family medicine program in Winter Haven, about 45 miles southwest of Orlando.
› Tobacco settlement money not intended for research, attorney says [WUSF]
Tobacco settlement money used to prevent people from smoking has been extremely successful. But an amendment proposed by the state's Constitutional Revision Commission would take some of that money away from prevention and use it for cancer research.
› Pediatric cancer researchers gather in Tampa to share ideas, and hope for a cure [Tampa Bay Times]
The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is hosting its annual summit in Tampa this week, drawing dozens of physicians and scientists to discuss ongoing and future clinical trials with one mission in mind: curing cancer and saving kids.