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Florida researchers 3D-print first human cornea in U.S., paving way for advancements

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Florida researchers 3D-print first human cornea in U.S., paving way for advancements

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Florida researchers 3D-print first human cornea in U.S., paving way for advancements

Research led by Florida A&M University Pharmaceutics Professor Mandip Sachdeva has resulted in the creation of the first high throughput printing of human cells in a 3D print of the cornea in the U.S. The scientific breakthrough – created in two research laboratories in the Dyson Pharmacy Building on campus – could lead to far-reaching advancements in the medical field, from transplants to testing of new cornea-relief products to cornea wound treatment. More from and CBS Miami.

Florida justices to consider insurer malpractice lawsuit

The Florida Supreme Court has quickly decided to take up a dispute about whether an insurance company can sue a law firm for alleged malpractice after the firm represented one of the insurer’s policyholders. The Supreme Court issued an order Thursday saying it would hear the case, after Arch Insurance Co. filed an initial notice in the court April 22. Justices Ricky Polston, Alan Lawson, Robert Luck and Carlos Muniz agreed to hear the case, while Justice Jorge Labarga dissented. [Source: Health News Florida]

Commentary: Active legislative session reshapes Florida’s health care industry

The Florida Legislature sent a number of bills to the governor’s desk this session that will impact the Florida health care landscape. Health care legislation was a priority for many of Florida’s new leaders and, as a result, much of the new legislation passed with strong support from the legislature. Several new laws serve to deregulate the health care industry while new additional regulations are on the horizon for health care practitioners. [Source: Daily Business Review]

Board of Medicine takes new action to prevent Brazilian butt lift deaths

The Florida Board of Medicine is taking new action to prevent deaths from the Brazilian butt lift procedure in Florida. The board voted unanimously to issue an emergency rule in Florida that prohibits a doctor from injecting fat into or below the muscle. If a doctor is caught doing so, their license can be immediately suspended and revoked. The new rule will go into effect over the next two weeks. More from and the Miami Herald.

USF Health, Tampa General Hospital strengthen relationship

University of South Florida Health and Tampa General Hospital announced at Thursday's USF Board of Trustees meeting that they will be strengthening their partnership. The two have been working together since the College of Medicine's creation in the early 1970’s, and TGH already serves as the official teaching hospital for USF. [Source: ]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Sen. Scott pushes to cut prescription prices
Pushing to cut prescription drug prices, Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is drawing fierce opposition from groups that usually are allies — those on the political right, who are condemning his proposal as “socialism.” Scott rarely hears criticism from solid conservatives. But Scott himself may be an unusual advocate for lowering drug prices.

› St. Petersburg City Council supports universal health care
City Council took up a national political debate Thursday, voting to support universal health care. The resolution, which passed 6-2, was requested by Council member Steve Kornell. "I think it's a basic human right," he said. "I don't think the broad public realizes how many people go without" healthcare.

› South Florida stem cell clinic, federal prosecutors ordered to hash out details of injunction
A federal judge in the Southern District of Florida has ordered a South Florida stem cell clinic to discontinue one of its treatments and convene with prosecutors to agree on the parameters of a permanent injunction issued against it.

› New urgent care option for veterans in Northeast Florida begins
Thursday was the first day the Department of Veteran Affairs says veterans will have more ways to access urgent care clinics by going to approved non-VA medical providers. The change comes from an expansion of the Veterans Choice Act called the VA’s Mission Act.

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