Health News Florida

Since 2006, Health News Florida has provided in-depth journalism on health policy issues in our state.

Health News Florida is a project of WUSF Public Media in Tampa and is heard on public radio stations throughout Florida. It also is available online at http://health.wusf.usf.edu

It's a balmy Saturday morning at the Rotary campground in Brandon. Dark clouds are threatening to unleash the fury of a Florida summer rainstorm, so the canoes and kayaks have been packed up for the day.

Now, the teens are just hanging out. Some are getting their nails and hair done, others are doing arts and crafts.

But this isn't your typical summer camp.

Victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting will not be getting a bill from Orlando Health.

Orlando Regional Medical Center is less than a mile from Pulse Night Club and got 44 of the victims. Parent company Orlando Health announced it will not charge victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting.

Court Sides With Tampa General In Malpractice Case

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An appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling that cleared Tampa General Hospital from potential liability in a medical-malpractice case stemming from the death of a patient during surgery.

  With the first locally-transmitted case of Zika in Tampa Bay the question on everyone’s minds is where?

Rep.  David Jolly, who represents Pinellas County, is pushing for an answer.

Doctors describe 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon as a walking miracle – he’s only the fourth person in the U.S. to survive an infection from the so-called brain-eating amoeba in the U.S.

Supreme Court Turns Down Chinese Drywall Case

Aug 24, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court has declined a couple's request to take up a dispute about whether a property insurer is required to cover damage related to Chinese drywall in a Tampa home.

State officials are investigating Pinellas County’s first non-travel-related case of Zika virus, according to a release from Gov. Rick Scott’s office.


Florida Gov. Rick Scott has two goals when it comes to releasing information on locally transmitted cases of Zika. Make the information "accurate" and make it "timely."

 

Scott's reiterated this message, using these exact words, numerous times at press conferences over the past week.

Miami-Dade Gets $5 Million For Zika Fight

Aug 23, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott said Monday the state is sending $5 million to Miami-Dade County to help in the ongoing effort to stem an outbreak of the Zika virus.

Failures by a Tampa assisted living facility to follow its policies helped lead to an 81-year-old man’s death a state investigation found, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

NIH official: Gulf Coast states most vulnerable to Zika

Aug 22, 2016

A National Institutes of Health official says the Zika virus could "hang around" the United States for a year or two.

The Zika virus has changed how blood banks collect donations in Florida – and now it’s changing sperm and egg donations as well.

U.S. health officials are warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach, where Florida officials say mosquitoes have spread the Zika virus to five people.

Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Abortion Law

Aug 19, 2016

A federal judge Thursday issued a permanent injunction against a new Florida abortion law that would have led to increased inspections of clinic records and prevented abortion providers from receiving public money for other health services.

Medical Marijuana Group Raises $34K

Aug 19, 2016

With the November election starting to draw closer, a group backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would broadly legalize medical marijuana raised $34,526 from Aug. 6 to Aug. 12, according to a finance report posted Thursday on the state Division of Elections website.

Consumer advocacy group Florida CHAIN released a new report Wednesday that once again calls for the expansion of Medicaid in the state.

The push comes despite the fact that Florida House lawmakers have shut down expansion of the health care for the poor each year since 2010.

  Mindfulness meditation is designed to settle and ground you in the present moment.

That's something that Carole Kinder had a difficult time with after her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

There is only one confirmed case of travel-related Zika in Sarasota County, but that didn’t stop a large crowd of people from bringing their concerns to a forum about the virus.

  The Tampa Bay area's first medical marijuana dispensary opened Thursday morning and it will only be a matter of weeks before another local shop opens.

Abortion Clinic Case Could Cost State $50K

Aug 18, 2016

Attorneys for a Gainesville abortion clinic requested Wednesday that the state be required to pay $50,000 in legal fees and costs after the clinic was cleared of an allegation that it performed second-trimester abortions without a proper license.

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