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Legal battle over Florida importing drugs from Canada continues

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Legal battle over Florida importing drugs from Canada continues

| 2/28/2023

Legal battle over Florida importing drugs from Canada continues

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking another step in his fight with the federal government over where some prescription drugs are coming from. Here in the United States, drug manufacturers and insurance companies control the price of medications, but in Canada, the government controls the price, so those drugs are cheaper. Bringing drugs into Florida from Canada could be a game-changer, but some argue there's an iron curtain in the way.: Washington, D.C. More from KFOX4 and WPEC.

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The Seminole County Fire Department is using paramedics to help fill health care gaps. Currently, 150 residents are enrolled in the year-old program — most of them referred to the program by firefighters/paramedics called repeatedly to an address for medical issues. The program aims to reduce the strain on the 911 system and curb emergency department visits and hospital readmissions by providing care and preventative services to residents in their homes. Last year, the paramedicine team visited 1,912 homes. [Source: Florida Trend]

Out-of-state patients fuel an increase in abortions in Florida

More people got abortions in Florida last year despite the state’s decision to ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with people traveling from out of state largely fueling the increase. Agency for Health Care Administration data shows 82,192 people got abortions in Florida in 2022, up from 79,817 in 2021. Of those, 6,708 people came from out-of-state, a 38% increase from the year before. [Source: WUSF]

Florida will no longer ask high school athletes about their menstrual cycles, but many states still do

Concerns are being raised across the U.S. about whether schools have a right to compel female athletes to provide information about their menstrual cycles. The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors rejected a proposal in February 2023 that would have required high school girls to answer four questions about their menstrual cycles in order to play on school sports teams. The questions had previously been optional. [Source: WKRG]

Using artificial intelligence and patient medical records to predict Alzheimer’s disease

Using data in electronic health records, University of Florida researchers have designed an artificial intelligence system that can predict which patients will develop Alzheimer’s disease up to five years before receiving a diagnosis. Currently, there are no early screening tests for Alzheimer’s disease, which is diagnosed only after patients develop symptoms. By that time, the disease already has caused significant brain damage. [Source: UF News]


› Refugees fall into gaps in the US health care system. This Tampa free clinic steps in to help
In early February of last year, Natalia went to a doctor in her hometown, near Kiev, for a thyroid exam. The doctor recommended a biopsy. But Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks later, and she and her husband had to flee. Almost a year later, the couple is living in the Tampa area, and a free clinic at the University of South Florida is helping Natalia, 59, finally get the biopsy she needs.

› CEO of Metro Inclusive Health to retire
The longtime CEO of Metro Inclusive Health will retire in December, the nonprofit’s board of directors announced. Lorraine Langlois has served as the top executive at the LGBTQ health care provider since 1997, according to Brian Bailey, chief marketing and experience officer at the Tampa Bay area nonprofit.

› Broward nursing home chief acquitted in patients' Hurricane Irma deaths
A judge has acquitted a Broward County nursing home administrator accused of causing the overheating deaths of nine patients after Hurricane Irma in 2017, saying that his employees had provided care and prosecutors had not proven he should have known lives were in danger. Circuit Judge John J. Murphy III on Friday dismissed the charges against Jorge Carballo during the third week of his trial, days before it was expected to go to jury. He had faced nine counts of manslaughter, which could have sent him to prison for up to 15 years.

› Baptist Health announces $38 million Yulee development
Baptist Health announced Feb. 27 it will break ground in spring 2023 on the $38 million Baptist Nassau Crossing Medical Campus, a free-standing Baptist & Wolfson Nassau Crossing Emergency Room & Imaging Center and medical office building. The release said it will provide additional health care services to the fast-growing areas of central and western Nassau County.

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