Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Health

As Obamacare stabilizes, 2019 rate hikes for Floridians will be small compared to past years

As Obamacare stabilizes, 2019 rate hikes for Floridians will be small compared to past years

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida insurers selling health insurance under the Affordable Care Act requested the lowest premium hikes since the law’s inception, despite numerous obstacles from the Trump administration and major rate increases last year.The st...
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Detroit public schools shut off drinking water due to ‘elevated levels’ of lead, copper

Detroit public schools shut off drinking water due to ‘elevated levels’ of lead, copper

Less than a week before classes are scheduled to resume, Detroit’s city school district announced Wednesday that drinking water will be shut off for all its schools due to concerns over above-normal levels of lead and copper.The decision comes after ...
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State: BRT could get its own lane on new Howard Frankland Bridge

State: BRT could get its own lane on new Howard Frankland Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation says it has a back-up plan to create a dedicated lane for bus rapid transit on the new Howard Frankland Bridge in case the current plan for BRT doesn’t work out.A draft request for proposals to design and buil...
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What sends 12 million Americans to the doctor every year and costs us $51 million? Earwax.

What sends 12 million Americans to the doctor every year and costs us $51 million? Earwax.

Of all the indignities that come with aging, excessive earwax may be the most insidious.Don’t laugh.That greasy, often gross, buildup occurs more often in older ears than those of the young, experts say. And when it goes unrecognized, it can pose ser...
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Four more cases of measles found in Pinellas County, bringing total to seven

Four more cases of measles found in Pinellas County, bringing total to seven

Four more people have come down with the measles, according to the Department of Health in Pinellas County, adding to three cases announced by officials earlier this month. Before the first case was announced on Aug. 13, there had been no cases of me...
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Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question

Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question

CHICAGO— Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers’ breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward. Experts say the ingredient, THC, has chemical...
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Safest level of alcohol consumption is none, worldwide study shows

Safest level of alcohol consumption is none, worldwide study shows

To minimize health risks, the optimal amount of alcohol someone should consume is none. That’s the simple, surprising conclusion of a massive study, co-authored by 512 researchers from 243 institutions, published Thursday in the prestigious journal t...
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Tampa’s Haley VA makes point about pain management with acupuncture

Tampa’s Haley VA makes point about pain management with acupuncture

TAMPA — Above the war-torn jungles of Vietnam in 1969, U.S. Marine Capt. Bob McHenry piloted a ch-53 Sea Stallion helicopter after completing another dangerous ammunition support mission.When enemy fire struck one of his engines, McHenry spotted a br...
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Rabies alert issued for Tampa neighborhood after cat attacks three people

Rabies alert issued for Tampa neighborhood after cat attacks three people

TAMPA — A rabies alert has been issued and three people are receiving treatment because of an unprovoked attack Tuesday by a rabid cat near Sligh and Manhattan Avenues in Tampa.The Florida Department of Health issued the 60-day alert Saturday for an ...
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St. Pete’s new pulse spurs Bayfront Health to grow its heart program

St. Pete’s new pulse spurs Bayfront Health to grow its heart program

As more condos go up in downtown St. Petersburg, the city’s oldest and largest hospital is investing in ways to stay top of mind for current and future residents. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is expanding its cardiology program to offer more heart ...
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