Health News Florida
12:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Doctor Faces Discipline for Sexting

Tuan Kishfran Imran Dean

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:50 pm

A doctor who got into trouble for sexting at work will be called before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday to explain why he should be allowed to keep practicing.

Dr. Tuan Kishfran Imran Dean, a family practitioner in The Villages, was working at a Doctor Today walk-in clinic in Lakeland when he displayed inappropriate conduct in August 2011, according to Department of Health records.

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12:08 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Tale of Two Republicans: While Rubio Does Well with Women Voters, Scott Struggles

Lead in text: 
Public polling shows that Rubio does 13 percentage points better with women than Scott when voters are asked if they disapprove of the job the two are doing. While 39 percent of women disapproved of the job Rubio is doing (actually 7 points better than President Barack Obama), Scott has 52 percent of women disapproving of the job he is doing.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have a lot in common. Both are conservative Republicans. Both were elected in 2010. And both have no love lost for former Gov. Charlie Crist, whom Rubio beat in 2010 and Scott hopes to beat in 2014.
12:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Florida Ranks Third in Parents Snooping on Kids Online

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Reasons for the sudden growth are unknown, said Ivory Thompson, operations manager at Retina-X, parent company of Mobile Spy. But one thing the company does know: 95 percent of South Florida parents surveyed said their children regularly access social media sites on smartphones. "In Florida, it just seems like a lot of families are worried about their children on social media sites, and they want to find out what they're doing," he said. "It could be that more kids are coming of age and getting a phone, or more parents are buying their kids phones, or it could just be product awareness."
South Florida parents are serious about keeping their kids safe online. In a recent survey by the mobile tracking software company Mobile Spy, Florida ranked third in the nation for the number of parents watching over their children's online activities- and the vast majority of them are in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, Mobile Spy officials said.
12:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

‘Pot Trucks’ On Tap In Florida?

Lead in text: 
The latest plan also would loosen restrictions on who could own the dispensing organizations. Nurseries with only one-quarter ownership of pot distribution businesses would be eligible for licenses, according to the draft rule released late Tuesday by the state Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use. Despite numerous complaints expressed by nursery owners, lobbyists and others at a rule-making workshop earlier this month, health officials aren’t backing away from a lottery-based system to choose the recipients of five licenses, a competition drawing operators and investors from around the world.
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) - Health regulators have proposed a revised rule which could allow Florida pot dispensers to truck their products to the patients. All this comes in advance of a workshop Friday about the state's move to a limited type of medical marijuana. The latest plan also would loosen restrictions on who could own the dispensing organizations.
Health News Florida
11:11 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Insurers: 2015 Exchange Rates Could Spike

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 10:31 am

State insurance officials are preparing to release figures next week on how much health plans will cost under the Affordable Care Act for 2015, and rate increases seem inevitable as insurers say their new consumers are older and sicker than anticipated.

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Health News Florida
10:21 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Kills 1, Sickens 1

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 10:30 am

Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.

Officials said Tuesday that 11 cases were reported statewide in 2014 and 41 cases in 2013. The two Sarasota people who contracted vibrio vulnificus were middle-aged and had medically compromising conditions.

Vibrio is an infection caused by a bacteria found in warm salt water. It's in the same family of bacterium that causes cholera.

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Health News Florida
8:19 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Hot Car Deaths: Tragedy or a Crime?

Dr. Beth Walford, a pediatric surgeon at All Children's Hospital, discusses the effects of heatstroke in children at a St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue and Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition event in June.
Megan Milanese WUSF

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 8:40 am

 The large digital thermometer attached to a car read 88 degrees when the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue and the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition started a recent demonstration.

The interior temperature quickly rose to 118 degrees, much higher than the temperatures pediatric surgeon Dr. Beth Walford says are potentially lethal.

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Health News Florida
6:59 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Court Sides With Patient On Confidentiality

The judges of the 4th District Court of Appeals, 2013
Credit 4th District Court of Appeals

A South Florida appeals court Wednesday ruled that a sheriff's deputy cannot testify about a conversation he heard between a patient he was guarding and a psychotherapist in a hospital emergency room.

The 4th District Court of Appeal ruling said the facts of the case presented a first-of-its kind issue in Florida. The Broward County case stemmed from the arrest of Avery Topps on a felony cruelty-to-animals charge after a dog was stabbed to death.

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Off The Base
6:02 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S. House Passes VA Reform Legislation

Chairman U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller during a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Reform within the VA medical system is one step closer as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a compromise VA reform bill Wednesday afternoon.

The joint House and Senate legislation provides $10 Billion so veterans on waiting lists can seek care from private doctors. It also authorizes leases for 27 new medical facilities, including one in New Port Richey, and budgets $5 Billion to hire more VA doctors and medical staff.

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Law & Order
3:43 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Credit Associated Press

Eight U.S senators including Florida's Marco Rubio introduced legislation Wednesday they say will iprove the way colleges handle sexual violence.

Rubio said he is troubled by how many students experience sexual violence on campus.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Fact-Checking Wasserman Schultz on ACA Court Rulings

Credit politifact.com

The Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- was dealt another setback recently when the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled that people in states that don't operate their own insurance marketplace cannot get subsidies for the insurance they buy on the federal marketplace.

That's because the language of the ACA doesn't specifically say that.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:04 pm

Government scientists can speak Southern after all.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Officials at the scientific complex in east Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. They've now responded to the anger of offended workers.

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Florida Matters
9:08 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Florida Matters: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses (LISTEN)

WUSF's Craig Kopp with Aaron Hubbard, Assistant State Attorney with the sex crimes division for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Hillsborough County (left), and Sabrina Griffith, the Associate Director of Residential Communities and Residence Life at the University of Tampa.
Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF

 A report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence. Dozens of schools are under investigation for how they have handled sexual assault cases. 

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Health News Florida
8:44 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Florida Researchers Pave Way for Alzheimer's Study in Europe

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:37 pm

Scientists in Sarasota researched a drug that is now being tested in a large study in Europe.

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Health News Florida
8:37 am
Wed July 30, 2014

FMA Pours $300K into 'Better Florida' Committee

The Florida Medical Association, a powerful doctors' lobby, funneled $300,000 this month into a political committee that has run attack ads in at least one closely contested legislative race, according to campaign-finance reports. The Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee contributed the money July 14 to another committee known as the "Better Florida Fund Corp." In February, the FMA also put $1.25 million into the Better Florida Fund Corp.

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