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June 27, 2017

Healthcare

Sen. Marco Rubio joins colleagues in introducing legislation to uthorize fve VA medical leases in Florida

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined a group of 16 other senators in reintroducing the Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act, legislation that would authorize pending leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities in 15 states, including five in Florida. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2017

Obamacare Enrollment Enters Final Day

While talk of repeal and replace has dominated the recent conversation about the Affordable Care Act, consumers have quietly been signing up in record numbers. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2017

NSU researchers probe shark DNA to find their immune cancer-related genes

The study was done with participation from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Save Our Seas Shark Research Center and Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2017

Florida lawmakers look to Colorado for Cannabis advice

One of the most contentious elements in Florida's medical cannabis industry is who gets to grow and sell the drug. Lawmakers approved a limited number of companies to ensure security, but now some see the state's seven growers as a cartel. Read more »
Published on 1/27/2017

American Lung Association: Florida receives 'F' for tobacco prevention and cessation funding

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and in Florida. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association in Florida calls for the following three actions to be taken by our elected officials: Read more »
Published on 1/26/2017

New cancer-fighting assets for Moffitt Cancer Center network

In November, Moffitt Cancer Center leaders unveiled plans for a 10-year, $800-million expansion... Read more »
Published on 1/26/2017

Doctors' rights to ask about guns not affected by health law provisions

The practice is not addressed in the health law and federal courts have upheld doctors' rights thus far. Read more »
Published on 1/24/2017

Being rude to your child's doctor could lead to worse care

Emotions tend to run high in hospitals, and patients or patients' loved ones can be rude to medical professionals when they perceive inadequate care. But berating your child's doctor could have harmful — even deadly — consequences, according to new research. Read more »
Published on 1/17/2017

APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Miami-Dade County, Florida

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Florida. Read more »
Published on 1/10/2017

Florida might face physician shortfall as medical marijuana expands

While state officials debate the best regulatory framework for medical marijuana in Florida, a more practical challenge may be on the horizon. The current list of doctors may not be enough to meet the demand of an expanding pool of patients. Read more »
Published on 1/9/2017

Hope Healthcare board of directors announces new members

Five local community leaders have joined the board of directors for Hope Healthcare. Read more »
Published on 1/9/2017

Nutrition, fitness & executive health: Lifesaving checkup

When the Orlando Magic decided to send its executives for an annual physical in 2011, Pat Williams was the first on the list. “I didn't want to do it,” the NBA team's senior vice president recalls. “It required getting up before dawn and being out there at 7 a.m. with no breakfast.” Read more »
Published on 12/28/2016

House Report: Overall Medicaid costs rising, but individual costs down

When Florida lawmakers new and old arrive for the annual lawmaking session they'll be faced with a $25 billion issue: Medicaid. The state's health insurance program for low-income Floridians just keeps getting bigger, despite continued efforts to control costs. Read more »
Published on 12/13/2016

All areas cleared of active Zika transmission in Florida

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has cleared the Miami Beach area of local Zika transmission. The newly cleared area is about 1.5 square miles between 8th and 28th streets. Florida no longer has any identified areas with active Zika transmission. Read more »
Published on 12/9/2016

Medical tourism: Global med

Tourists have long flocked to Florida for recreation. More recently, medical facilities have become an attraction. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2016

SMH moves forward with plans for a new 'destination' cancer center

Sarasota Memorial is moving ahead with plans to develop a comprehensive cancer center, a premier facility that will offer services across the entire continuum of cancer care, from prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment, to follow-up care, survivorship and support. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2016

Florida adult and teen smoking rates hit record low

Ten years ago this month, Floridians voted overwhelmingly in support of a state constitutional amendment to fund a tobacco education and use prevention program, now known as Tobacco Free Florida. Read more »
Published on 11/14/2016

Report: More children insured, but Florida still lags nationally

Florida is home to about 445,000 uninsured children. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2016

A look at the state of medical tourism

An interview with Dr. Rafael A. Rosado-Ortiz, Chair/Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Management at Saint Leo University Read more »
Published on 10/28/2016

Florida TaxWatch supports more telehealth in Florida

“We are pleased that the Telehealth Advisory Council is moving forward in its goals to find policy solutions to telehealth expansion in Florida. Telehealth expansion would result in billions of dollars of savings for Florida taxpayers and is a recommendation of the Government Efficiency Task Force,” said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2016

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