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6:30 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Loved Ones Remembered With Cremation Jewelry

Nelson Jantzen memorialized his deceased wife, Dianne, by incorporating her ashes into this fused glass pendant. The ashes are sealed inside the cat's face.
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 10:31 am

 When someone dies, a lot of people honor the memory of a loved one with a funeral.

Those who chose a traditional casket burial spend about $7,000 or more. A service that includes a cremation costs about a third of that.

But there’s a growing number of people who want to remember their loved ones long after the funeral ends in a different way.

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Health News Florida
11:16 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Written Consent No Longer Needed For HIV Test

A new law in effect July 1 makes it easier to get an HIV test in health care settings.

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:37 am

A new Florida law kicking in today makes getting an HIV test easier. Doctors no longer need written consent to give patients an HIV test in health care settings, like doctor’s offices and hospitals.

The law could have a big impact in Florida, which has more new HIV infections than anywhere else in the country.

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Health News Florida
11:15 am
Wed July 1, 2015

‘Right to Try’ May Be Hard to Implement

The Goldwater Institute has created a website to convince drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration to cooperate with states that have Right to Try laws.
RighttoTry.org

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 9:09 am

While the “Right to Try Act,” which aims to give dying patients the right to try unapproved experimental drugs, is law in Florida as of today, its implementation isn't so clear.

In theory, the Right to Try law allows terminally ill patients access to drugs that have passed first-phase clinical trials and are going through later-stage trials as part of a new drug application to the Food and Drug Administration.

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Health News Florida
11:08 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Vaccine Access Expands At Pharmacies

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:54 am

Floridians will be able to receive more vaccines at their local pharmacies under a law that takes effect Wednesday.

Pharmacists are already able to administer vaccines that fight some viruses, like influenza and shingles, but the new measure (HB 279) would add several others, including shots targeted at measles, mumps and rubella; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (or whooping cough); and human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cancer.

The new law will also allow pharmacy interns to be certified to give vaccines.

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Health News Florida
10:59 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Lethal Injection Ruling Draws Out Justices' Passionate Opinions

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that under the majority's reasoning it would not matter if the prisoner was being "drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake," as long as there was no more humane method of execution available. Justice Antonin Scalia orally rebutted Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent, calling it "gobbledygook."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:02 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to death penalty opponents, upholding the use of a controversial drug as part of a three-drug execution cocktail. The vote was 5-4, with unusually passionate and sometimes bitter opinions from the majority and dissenting justices.

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Health News Florida
3:18 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Judge Blocks Abortion Waiting Period Law

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 11:07 am

A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Tallahassee Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis on Tuesday blocked the law today, a day before it was scheduled to take effect.

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Health News Florida
9:04 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Insurance Regulators To Cap HIV Drug Costs

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:10 am

Florida insurance regulators will start reviewing health plans for discriminatory practices after three insurers were accused of charging higher prices for HIV drugs.

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Health News Florida
11:55 am
Mon June 29, 2015

MAP: Lethal Injection By Far The Most Popular Execution Method In U.S.

Lethal injection map
Chris Groskopf/NPR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:46 pm

States may continue using a popular but controversial drug in lethal injection executions, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-4 decision.

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Health News Florida
11:54 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:16 am

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

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Health News Florida
9:28 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

Stuart Kinlough Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

Parents, take note! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine committee has expanded its recommendation for immunization against meningitis B, a rare but potentially deadly strain of meningitis.

The committee's revised guidance, issued late last week, broadens the group of young people that the CDC thinks should consider getting the shot, and increases the likelihood that health insurance policies will pay for the injection.

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9:25 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Children's Medical Network Challenged

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:13 am

The families of four Florida children with special health-care needs have filed a challenge to a new state process that removed them from a program providing services to medically fragile kids.

On Thursday, attorneys for the families filed an administrative challenge to the Florida Department of Health's process, contending that the agency has been screening youngsters out of the Children's Medical Services Network without accepting public input or following other rule-making requirements.

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9:25 am
Mon June 29, 2015

More With SNAP Buying From FL Farmers

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:14 am

Food stamp recipients in Florida are buying a lot more from farmers and farmers markets.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says expanding access to fresh produce for SNAP recipients has been a top priority.

Redemptions under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp program, have ballooned since 2008 by more than a thousand percent.

Amy Rupert-Secol is chief vegetable officer at Homegrown, a Central Florida food co-op. She says even more could be done to get low-income families to shop local.

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Health News Florida
8:36 am
Fri June 26, 2015

100,000 Need Power for Medical Devices

Nearly 18,000 Central Florida residents need power for medical devices.

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 8:52 am

More than 100,000 Floridians depend on electrical power to keep life-saving medical devices running, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The interactive map released Tuesday shows that nationwide, 1.6 million Medicare patients need power for medical devices.

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8:36 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Free HIV Tests Being Offered Across Florida

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:17 pm

Saturday is National HIV Testing Day. In the lead up, groups across Florida are offering free tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

  Many Florida Department of Health offices are conducting simple blood tests for HIV and syphilis.

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10:21 am
Thu June 25, 2015

HealthCare.gov Subsidies Safe in Florida

U.S. Supreme Court

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 11:49 am

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on health subsidies keeps intact the way more than 1 million Floridians buy and pay for insurance through HealthCare.gov.

People like Phil Ammann. After nearly a decade without insurance, the St. Petersburg resident on Thursday was thrilled by the news. A $300 subsidy means he pays just $93 a month for coverage.

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