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4:34 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Music, Balloons and STD Awareness

Credit Quincy J. Walters / WUSF News

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. Friday, April 17 was STD Awareness Day in Hillsborough County. 

To mark the occasion, the Hillsborough County Florida Department of Health's clinic had a free STD testing day. 

The lobby was filled with music, balloons, conversation and health trivia games. 

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NPR Story
6:55 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Clash Over Medicaid Expansion Could Lead To A Special Session For The Budget

Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) talks Medicaid expansion plans

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 5:55 pm

Florida lawmakers are watching a projected $1 billion surplus disappear before their eyes. The cause: the impending loss of $1 billion in federal funds that support hospitals that treat low-income, uninsured patients. Both Governor Rick Scott and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli are counting on that money to come down, but the Senate is not.

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Health News Florida
9:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Depression An Evolutionary Process

USF psychology professor, Jonathan Rottenberg, will participate in the 22nd Annual Festival of Reading with his book about depression.
Basic Books Publishing Company

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:58 am

Psychology Professor Jonathan Rottenberg wants to change the way people think about depression, a condition the World Health Organization estimates 
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Health News Florida
7:41 am
Thu August 7, 2014

No Documents? No Problem Here

Sister Sara Proctor of the Catholic Mobile Medical Ministries of the Diocese of St. Petersburg
Mary Shedden/WUSF

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 1:49 pm

The dirt road and lush tree canopy leading to the Catholic Charities medical clinic is in stark contrast to the bright lights surrounding the nearest hospital.

Here, sirens would be drowned out by choruses of crickets and katydids.

But this refurbished double-wide trailer off a rural highway in Dover is a medical refuge for some agricultural workers and their families.

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Health News Florida
10:02 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Moffitt Adds OSU to Cancer Database

Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center, which began assembling a database of cancer patient tissue and clinical information a decade ago, is going national.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center on Wednesday was named the first partner in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, or ORIEN.

Moffitt’s for-profit subsidiary, M2Gen, will oversee the database’s operations. It already contains information on more than 105,000 patients.

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Health News Florida
3:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Meet the Health News Florida Team in Sarasota May 8

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Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 3:23 pm

The Health News Florida team is coming to USF Sarasota-Manatee on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. for a brief program and reception.

It's your chance to meet us and the leaders of WUSF Public Media, which has been our home since September 2012.

University Beat
7:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

USF Health Investigating Patient Data Breach

USF Health is investigating a breach that exposed the personal information of about 140 patients treated by its doctors at Tampa General Hospital.

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Health News Florida
5:14 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

How A Florida Medical School Cares For Communities In Need

With community-based health care a central part of its curriculum, Florida International University's medical school turned an RV into a mobile health clinic so that students could treat families in neighborhoods where medical care is scare.
Greg Allen/NPR

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 7:15 pm

If it's a Monday, you can usually find Dr. David Brown parked next to a lake in Miami, spending the day inside a 36-foot-long RV. He's not on vacation.

Brown is chief of family medicine at Florida International University's medical school. The RV is the school's mobile health clinic.

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Health News Florida
10:18 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Tweet Chat with Health News Florida: Thursday, May 9

Tons of health issues were brought up by the Florida Legislature this session. We've been paying close attention, and we're still sorting it all out.  

That's where you come in. We want to know what questions you have about the health issues lawmakers dealt with during the session.

Join us for a tweet chat on Thursday, May 9 at 12:15 p.m.  Make sure you're following us on Twitter  @HealthNewsFL and then tweet us your questions with the hashtag #HNFchat. 

Come join the discussion! 

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Health News Florida
6:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Symposium Addresses Relationship of Illness & Art

Megan Hildebrandt's "Counting Radiation" drawings on display in Moffitt Stabilie Research lobby
Peter Foe USF Contemporary Art Museum

The healing power of art is on display at the Moffitt Cancer Center through September, and it's also the topic of a symposium there tonight.

Megan Hildebrandt was just 25 years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2009. She began receiving treatment at Moffitt, and went into remission in 2011. She graduated from USF with her Master of Fine Arts degree last year, and now lives in Texas.

Now, a collection of her drawings reflecting on her time as a patient is on display in the lobby of the Moffitt Stabile Research building, where she'll speak at a symposium called "Witnessing Cancer: Communicating Illness through Visual Art and Narrative" tonight at 6 p.m.

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11:22 am
Fri March 8, 2013

New Port Richey Eye Doctor Brings Sight to the Amazon

Dr. Carey Rowan got to take in the wonders of the Amazon jungle during his recent trip to Colombia. What really mattered to this board-certified ophthalmologist, however, was what he helped others see. As part of a philanthropic mission trip coordinated through Medical Ministry International, Rowan and other volunteers distributed 5,000 pairs of glasses — many collected through the Lions Club — to those who needed them. They conducted 600 eye exams every day at a local hospital.
Dr. Carey Rowan got to take in the wonders of the Amazon jungle during his recent trip to Colombia. What really mattered to this board-certified ophthalmologist, however, was what he helped others see.
Health News Florida
9:21 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Delay in Fraud Case Put Patients at Risk

U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill

Dr. Steven Wasserman has entered the history books of health fraud. The Venice dermatologist recently agreed to pay $26 million to settle charges of Medicare fraud without admitting wrongdoing.

It is one of the largest one-man settlements in the nation's history, a "watershed event," says Robert O'Neill, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

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University Beat
1:31 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Moffitt Cancer Center Breaks Ground on $74 Million Outpatient Facility

Officials from Moffitt, local & state governement break ground on the new McKinley Outpatient Facility
Mark Schreiner WUSF News

Ground has been broken on the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center's new McKinley Drive Outpatient facility, which will serve patients with a variety of cancers, while also creating a number of jobs for the Tampa Bay area. This week's University Beat on WUSF Public Media has more on what the plan means for Moffitt, USF and the community.

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Health News Florida
6:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Moffitt Breaks Ground on New Site

rendering of Moffitt's McKinley Drive outpatient facility
Moffitt Cancer Center

Ground has been broken on the latest expansion of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, with both the economic and physical health of the Bay area being the main beneficiaries.

Moffitt Cancer Center's new outpatient care facility will be located on McKinley Drive, about two miles south of Moffitt's main site on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus. The 200,000 square foot, eight story structure will feature four ambulatory surgical suites and clinical space for Moffitt's breast and skin cancer programs.

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Health News Florida
2:09 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Walk While You Talk: The Meeting Goes Mobile

This meeting will now come to order.

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 1:17 pm

Who likes meetings? Anybody?

Didn't think so.

Now what if the meeting were held on the go instead of in a stuffy conference room?

If that sounds a little better, then try a walking meeting. You and your colleagues can talk shop and get some exercise.

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