Health News Florida
2:54 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Police: FL Toddler Dies After Being Left In Hot Car

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 2014.

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 3:50 pm

Authorities say a 16-month-old north Florida girl died when her father left her in the car after forgetting to drop her off at day care.

It's the second hot car death reported in the nation in 2015, and the first in Florida. 

Columbia County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call Tuesday afternoon and found the child was unresponsive.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified the child's mother as Wendy Kwon, an assistant state attorney, and her father as Young Kwon, an assistant public defender.

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It's All Politics
10:25 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Jeb Bush Backtracks On Iraq, Says He 'Interpreted The Question Wrong, I Guess'

Jeb Bush continues to struggle to articulate a position on Iraq and separate himself from his brother's most unpopular policy.
Ricardo Arduengo AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 11:50 pm

Jeb Bush is walking back an answer on the Iraq war, in which he had said he would have authorized the invasion — even knowing what we know now.

"I interpreted the question wrong, I guess," he told conservative Sean Hannity on Hannity's radio show Tuesday afternoon. "I was talking about given what people knew then, would you have done it, rather than knowing what we know now. And knowing what we know now, you know, clearly there were mistakes."

Still, Bush did not say the invasion was a "mistake," or that he would not have authorized it.

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Health News Florida
10:24 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Congressional Hearing Planned On LIP Showdown

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 9:26 am

A congressional committee will hold a hearing on Gov. Rick Scott's showdown with the federal government over health care funding, but that meeting could come too late to help close a potential $2.2 billion hole in the state budget.

Scott announced Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., will have the House Energy & Commerce Committee look into the governor's allegations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to illegally coerce the state into accepting Medicaid expansion.

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Health News Florida
10:24 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Scott Takes Funding Fight Back to D.C.

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 9:25 am

Just days after flying to Washington in hopes of convincing the Obama administration to extend federal hospital funds, Gov. Rick Scott was back in the nation's capital Tuesday slamming federal health officials for denying his request.

The administration wants the Florida governor to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 Floridians, which it says is a more efficient use of federal funds than paying hospitals retroactively for caring for the uninsured.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Engineer Applied Emergency Brake Before Fatal Amtrak Derailment

Emergency personnel help a passenger at the scene of a train wreck, Tuesday, in Philadelphia.
Joseph Kaczmarek AP

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 7:54 pm

The engineer of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 that was traveling at 106 mph in a 50-mph zone in Philadelphia applied the full emergency braking system moments before the derailment that claimed seven lives and caused dozens of injuries, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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The Two-Way
10:01 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Jury Will Hear Final Arguments In Sentencing Of Boston Marathon Bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 9:48 am

A jury in Boston will hear final arguments in the sentencing of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

After hearing from the defense and prosecution, the jury will decide whether Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

The twin bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 200.

The New York Times reports:

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PolitiFact Florida
1:01 am
Wed May 13, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Scott Giving LIP to the Feds; Clinton on Immigration

The quagmire in Tallahassee over health care spending forced an early end to the spring legislative session. At the heart of it is a federal program known as the Low Income Pool, or LIP. It reimburses Florida hospitals more than two billion dollars a year for providing care to low-income or indigent patients. The federal government is phasing the program out as it shifts to new programs provided by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. 

Now, Gov. Scott is making the rounds in Washington D.C., trying to prod the feds to keep funding LIP. Now, Scott has backtracked from his previous position on supporting expansion of Medicaid in the state to serve low-income residents.

Scott recently spoke to reporters in the nation's capitol.

"The families that are covered through the Low Income Pool is a different group of individuals than are covered by Obamacare," Scott said.

Click on the video below to hear what he had to say about LIP and Medicaid:

PolitiFact Florida rated his statement "Mostly False," saying:

This makes it sound as if the people who would qualify for Medicaid under an expansion are completely different than patients who leave hospitals with unpaid bills the LIP fund helps pay to providers. Health policy experts said that while there would still be uninsured people not paying their bills under an expansion, plenty of overlap exists between the two, especially at lower incomes.

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5:03 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Domestic Violence Victim and Paramedic 'Prince Charming' Engaged

Melissa Dohme and one of the EMTs who helped save her, her new fiancee, Cameron Hill
Tampa Bay Rays

A Clearwater woman who became an advocate for domestic violence victims after her own horrific attack is now engaged to a man she calls her "Prince Charming" - an EMT who helped save her life.

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University Beat
4:27 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Working Together to Increase Minority Enrollment in Clinical Trials

Walter Niles, with the Hillsborough County Health Department’s Office of Health Equity, addresses the National Physician and Family Referral Project’s recent Community Advocacy Matchmaking luncheon.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Clinical trials help medical professionals find out how effective new treatments are – but as Dr. Kevin Sneed, the dean of the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy points out, they’re not a “one size fits all” proposition.

"Very often, when we think about how are we going to effectively treat somebody, whether it be cancer, cardiovascular disease, or anything neurodegenerative in nature, when we do the clinical research to gather the evidence, if you don’t have enough people from enough varied backgrounds; we can’t automatically transfer knowledge gained in one part of the population onto another part of the population," Sneed said.

But minority populations – specifically the African American and Hispanic and Latino communities – don’t take part in clinical trials at a level that would give researchers the data they need.

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Florida Matters
4:14 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Florida Matters: Enchanted Earth

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Meg Lowman and WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck
Jim Webb

The Tampa Theatre recently hosted "Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Syliva Earle and Meg Lowman." The conversation with two of America’s most beloved explorers and conservationists was moderated by  was moderated by WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck.

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Law & Order
3:28 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Police Recover Gun from Zimmerman, 2 Guns from Other Man

A truck is towed at the scene of a shooting involving George Zimmerman, Monday, May 11, 2015, near Trailhead Park in Lake Mary, Fla. The man who called 911 to report he was involved in the shooting appears to be Matthew Apperson, the same person allegedly involved in a road rage incident Zimmerman last year. (Jeff Weiner/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Credit Jeff Weiner / AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel

Police recovered a handgun from George Zimmerman and took two guns from a man accused of shooting at Zimmerman while both were driving, authorities said Tuesday.

Police also released a 911 call in which the caller says the other man, Matthew Apperson, told him he was forced to fire his gun Monday at the former neighborhood watch leader on a busy street in the Orlando suburb of Lake Mary.

“A guy says he had to shoot a guy through the window and he wants the police to come,” the man said on the call. “He had to shoot at somebody ... He said it was George Zimmerman.”

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Health News Florida
9:42 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Scott Names Hospital Panel Without Hospital Executives

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:37 am


Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed nine people --- none of them hospital executives, and only one of whom appears to have significant medical experience --- to a commission meant to examine the economics of health care and hospitals in Florida.

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Health News Florida
9:41 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Conjoined Twin Babies Separated At Jacksonville Hospital

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:59 am

For the first time in their 5-month-old lives, conjoined twins Carter and Conner squirmed in separate cribs.

The Jacksonville boys, who shared a liver and small intestine, were successfully separated Thursday after a 12-hour operation by three surgeons, five anesthesiologists and 12 other staffers.

Parents Michelle Brantley and Bryan Mirabal, whose lives were upended by the news that their twins were conjoined in the womb and then later struggled with the hope that they could be safely separated after birth, were all smiles following the operation.

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Law & Order
11:18 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

George Zimmerman Shooting Linked to Prior Road Rage Incident

File photo of George Zimmerman
Credit Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has had a series of run-ins with girlfriends, his ex-wife and random strangers since killing an unarmed black teenager, narrowly missed getting shot Monday after a mysterious dispute.

The dispute this time was with the same man that authorities said was involved in a road rage incident with Zimmerman last year. A bullet missed his head, spraying glass from the vehicle’s windshield, said his attorney, Don West. He said the bullet lodged somewhere in the vehicle. He was treated at a hospital and released.

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3:30 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Astronomer Chris Impey examines the possibilities of the universe in his new book Beyond. "I like the idea that the universe — the boundless possibility of 20 billion habitable worlds — has led to things that we can barely imagine," he says. In the 1970s, NASA Ames conducted several space colony studies, commissioning renderings of the giant spacecraft which could house entire cities.
Rick Guidice NASA Ames Research Center

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:53 pm

The possibility of humans colonizing outer space may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but British astronomer Chris Impey says that if the U.S. were pumping more money into the space program, the sci-fi fantasy would be well on its way to reality.

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